Surgical Oncology

General Surgery and Surgical Oncology

Due to advances in modern medicine, more and more people who are diagnosed with cancer can now be cured. This requires the correct diagnosis and the most appropriate treatment at an early stage of the disease, which often requires more than one treatment option (surgery, radiation, biologic therapies, chemotherapy).

At the section of surgical oncology in the department of surgery at the University of Florida College of Medicine – Jacksonville, we focus exclusively on diagnosing and treating cancer as part of the UF Health Jacksonville cancer program. Our UF physicians develop individual surgical treatment plans for patients based on the kind of cancer, location and stage and regularly work with other specialists when other treatment options like radiation and chemotherapy are used. Specially trained physicians on our team are also able to perform minimally invasive surgeries or laparoscopic procedures when appropriate for esophageal, gastric, adrenal, colon and liver cancers, which results in less post-surgical pain and a faster recovery for the patient. We employ the latest and most innovative technologies and therapies to increase the rate of disease-free patient outcomes.

The UF Health Jacksonville campus also houses the UF Health Proton Therapy Institute facility, which was the first proton treatment facility in the Southeastern U.S. for cancer.


Clinical research studies for cancer treatment and prevention include unique UF protocols as well as multi-institutional programs through the Cancer and Leukemia Group B (which merged with the American College of Surgeons Oncology Group (ACOSOG) and North Central Cancer Treatment Group (NCCTG) to form the Alliance for Clinical Trails in Oncology in 2011), the American College of Surgeons Oncology Group, the Radiation Therapy Oncology Group, the National Surgical Adjuvant Breast and Bowel Project and the National Cancer Institute.

The development of early-stage translational research activities and programs are the focus of the section of surgical oncology. Rapid translation of scientific discoveries to benefit patient care through active clinical trials is the second focus.


Ziad T. Awad, MD, F.A.C.S.

Ziad T. Awad, MD, F.A.C.S.

Associate Chair, Clinical Operations; Chief, Division of General Surgery; Medical Director, Minimally Invasive Surgery Program; Program Director, Advanced GI Minimally Invasive Surgery Fellowship

Contact Us

For information on the University of Florida College of Medicine – Jacksonville section of surgical oncology, please contact:


Section of surgical oncology
UF College of Medicine – Jacksonville
653 West 8th Street, FC12
3rd Floor, Faculty Clinic
Jacksonville, FL 32209