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Martin J. Heslin, M.D., M.S.H.A.

Surgical OncologistDirector of the USA Health Mitchell Cancer InstituteSpecialty: Cancer Care
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About Martin J. Heslin, M.D., M.S.H.A.

Martin J. Heslin, M.D., M.S.H.A., joined the Mitchell Cancer Institute (MCI) as director in February 2021.

Heslin is a renowned surgical oncologist and former associate director of the O’Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He has served as executive vice chair of the Department of Surgery and is the chief of the medical staff at UAB Hospital. Heslin also was the James P. Hayes Jr. Endowed Professor in Gastrointestinal Oncology.

Heslin has extensive training in hepatobiliary, pancreatic and colorectal surgery, and maintains a clinical interest in gastrointestinal cancers including liver, pancreas, stomach, colon and rectum malignancies. His research has focused on a variety of topics from surgical outcomes to physician management.

He is author or co-author on more than 120 publications and 10 book chapters.

Conditions Treated

  • Bile Duct Cancer
  • Colon Cancer
  • Esophageal Cancer
  • Liver Cancer
  • Pancreatic Cancer
  • Rectal Cancer
  • Sarcomas and Endocrine Diseases
  • Stomach Cancer

Professional Memberships

  • Association for Academic Surgery
  • Society of Surgical Oncology
  • Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract
  • Southeastern Surgical Congress
  • American College of Surgeons-Fellow
  • American Society of Clinical Oncology
  • American Association for Cancer Research
  • Society of University Surgeons
  • Southern Surgical Association
  • American Surgical Association
  • Surgical Biology Club II Member
  • Society of Asian Academic Surgeons
  • Alabama Chapter – American College of Surgeons

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Surgery (General Surgery)


  • Medical School: SUNY Health Science Center at Syracuse, College of Medicine
  • Residency: Department of Surgery, NYU Medical Center, New York, N.Y.
  • Fellowship: Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, N.Y.
  • Graduate School: UAB Executive Program

Research Interests

  • Gastrointestinal cancers
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