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April 13, 2015 - USA Surgical Oncologist Earns New Board Certification

Tan.jpgDr. Marcus Tan, assistant professor of surgery at the University of South Alabama College of Medicine and a surgical oncologist with the USA Mitchell Cancer Institute, recently earned a board certification in surgical oncology.

“We congratulate Dr. Tan for this accomplishment. The board certification speaks directly to his education and clinical experiences reflected in the excellent care he provides his patients,” said Dr. William O. Richards, chair of the USA department of surgery.

Dr. Michael Finan, interim director of the USA Mitchell Cancer Institute, echoes Dr. Richards. “In the treatment of complex illness such as cancer, it is imperative that physicians demonstrate their keen understanding of the latest and most effective modalities of treatment,” he said.

Dr. Tan joined USA in 2013. His clinical interests include complex surgical oncology, including cancers of the upper gastrointestinal tract, liver and pancreas, sarcoma and melanoma.

Dr. Tan earned his medical degree at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia. After completing an internship at John Hunter Hospital in Newcastle, Australia, he moved to the United States.

Dr. Tan completed a general surgery residency at Barnes-Jewish Hospital at Washington University in St. Louis, Mo., where he served as chief resident in 2010-11. From 2011-2013, Dr. Tan served as a surgical oncology fellow at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York.

Surgical oncology is a branch of surgery that mainly deals with the removal of tumors, usually cancerous. Established to assess qualifications for the treatment of complex cases – typically seen in cancer centers and specialized institutions – the American Board of Surgery approved this certification in 2011 in an effort to help improve the care of cancer patients with complex cases requiring intensive, multidisciplinary treatment.

Dr. Tan’s clinic is located at the USA Mitchell Cancer Institute in Mobile, Ala. For more information visit For appointments or to make a referral, call (251) 665-8000

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