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Robert Wascher, MD


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Dr. Wascher is a Surgical Oncologist, professor of surgery, and a widely published author.

In 2011, Dr. Wascher joined the faculty at the Cancer Treatment Centers of America, in Phoenix, Arizona, where he currently serves as a senior Surgical Oncologist. Dr Wascher also remains an Associate Professor in the Department of Surgery at the University of California at Irvine, and an Adjunct Associate Professor of Surgery at the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences School of Medicine in Bethesda, Maryland.

Dr. Wascher graduated from the University of California at Irvine with a B.S. degree in the Biological Sciences (Honors in Research), with an emphasis in Cognitive Neurosciences. Subsequently, Dr. Wascher received his M.D. degree (magna cum laude) from the Creighton University School of Medicine in Omaha, Nebraska. After completing medical school on a U.S. Army scholarship, Dr. Wascher performed his internship, in Surgery, at Letterman Army Medical Center in San Francisco. Following his internship, Dr. Wascher spent a year at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, where he performed a clinical fellowship in Neurosurgery.

Dr. Wascher completed residency training in Surgery at Tripler Army Medical Center in Honolulu, and was then assigned to Darnall Army Hospital at Fort Hood, Texas. While assigned to Fort Hood, Dr. Wascher served as the Chairman of the Cancer Program at Darnall Army Hospital, as well as the Chief of General Surgery. Subsequently, Dr. Wascher completed a 3-year research and clinical fellowship in Surgical Oncology at the John Wayne Cancer Institute, in Santa Monica, California. After completion of his fellowship, Dr. Wascher returned to Tripler Army Medical Center as the Chief of Surgical Oncology, and as Director of Research for Tripler Army Medical Center’s General Surgery Residency Program. While stationed in Honolulu, Dr. Wascher was also appointed as a Clinical Associate Professor in the Cancer Prevention & Control Program at the University of Hawaii’s renowned Cancer Research Center, and also served on the State of Hawaii’s Life Sciences Council.

In 2006, Dr. Wascher retired from the Army at the rank of Colonel, and was appointed as the Director of the Division of Surgical Oncology at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, and as a Clinical Associate Professor of Surgery at the University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey. In December of 2008, Dr. Wascher joined the Kaiser Permanente health care system in Orange County, California.

Dr. Wascher is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and the Society of Surgical Oncology. He is also a full member of the following professional organizations and societies: the American Society of Clinical Oncology, the American Medical Association, the American College of Surgeons Oncology Group, the National Surgical Adjuvant Breast and Bowel Project, the Southwest Oncology Group, the Gynecologic Oncology Group, and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Community Clinical Oncology Program. Dr. Wascher is also a registered researcher with the NIH.

Dr. Wascher is the author of numerous papers, articles, columns, and books and book chapters on cancer biology and cancer (and other disease) prevention and treatment, as well as other important public health topics. Dr. Wascher is also the founder and editor of Weekly Health Update, a leading global health information website (www.doctorwascher.com). He has also frequently appeared on television and radio programs to discuss many cancer and non-cancer health topics. Dr. Wascher also serves as a Medical Expert and Consultant in Oncology, Surgery, Social Media & Medicine, and in other healthcare-related areas, for multiple national and international organizations.

Dr. Wascher is the author of the landmark book, “A Cancer Prevention Guide for the Human Race,” one of the few evidence-based cancer prevention books ever written for the lay public.

Personal Bio (My story)

I strongly believe every patient should have as much information as possible about the biology of their cancer, as well as information about all of the available evidence-based approaches to treating their cancer.

I view each patient as a unique person, with unique concerns and needs, and I embrace the Cancer Treatment Centers of America core concept that an empowered patient will make the best possible decisions regarding their treatment.

Ultimately, as with all specialists who care for patients with cancer, my goal is to seek the best possible outcomes for every patient, and with the least possible risk. Using a multidisciplinary approach, I seek to provide every patient with compassionate, competent, honest, and evidence-based care that never quits.
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