Surgical Oncology Team
St. Elizabeth’s surgical oncology experts are integral to our
patient-centered, multidisciplinary approach to cancer diagnosis and
treatment. Led by an internationally known cancer surgery expert,
they collaborate closely with the hospital’s team of top cancer
specialists in providing leading edge treatment and the most
technologically advanced minimally invasive surgical techniques,
including the da
Vinci® Surgical System.
Our surgeons specialize in treating cancers including:
Head and neck
Robotic surgery for prostate, bladder, urologic, lung and
The surgical oncology staff includes:
F. O'Donnell, MD, is chief of general surgery at St.
Elizabeth's Medical Center and a clinical professor of surgery
at Tufts University School of Medicine. O'Donnell specializes in
breast surgery, laparoscopic surgery, biliary tract surgery and
melanoma sentinel node surgery.
Hackford, MD, is vice chair of surgery at St. Elizabeth’s
Medical Center and a professor of surgery at Tufts University
School of Medicine.
Arthur Tuerk, MD, PhD, is chief of urology and director of
the robotic assisted surgery program at St. Elizabeth's Medical
Center and a professor of urology at Tufts University School of
Medicine. He has specific expertise treating cancers of the
prostate, kidney, bladder and testes.
Steller, MD, is chief of division of gynecologic oncology at
St. Elizabeth's Medical Center. Steller specializes in cervical
cancer, cervical cancer vaccines, ovarian cancer, uterine
cancer, vaccine development for anogenital cancers, and vulvar
and vaginal cancer.
Johnson, MD, is a St. Elizabeth's surgeon
with specific experience in hepatobiliary surgery,
pancreatic and bile-duct cancers and liver