Samer Tohme, MD

Education & Training

  • American University (Lebanon) – BS
  • American University (Lebanon) – MD
  • UPMC – General Surgery Residency
  • UPMC – Complex General Surgical Oncology Fellowship

Research Summary

My research interest focuses on the paradoxical problem arising from the role of surgery as a curative approach to cancer and at the same time a potential contributor to the formation and growth of metastases.  The currently continuing research to better understand the mechanisms behind surgery induces progression of metastases will pave the way for an institutional clinical trial to inhibit perioperative NET formation in cancer patients undergoing surgery with goals to improve disease-free and overall survival in patients undergoing cancer-directed surgery.

Career Goals

I am an aspiring surgeon-scientist currently doing my fellowship in surgical oncology with a clinical interest in liver surgery. As I finish fellowship training in 2020, my goal is to start a surgical career with a clinical focus on liver surgery in conjunction to having a productive basic and translational research. Watch the video below.