Complex Gastrointestinal Cancer Program Overview

We take a coordinated, multi-disciplinary approach to the care of patients with complex GI tumors by facilitating efficient access to multimodality treatments, as well as fostering physician collaboration on these complex cases through market-wide tumor conferences and patient navigation through the multiple modalities and components of each treatment plan.

  • Surgical Oncology: Our Surgical Oncologists have specialized knowledge of rare, unusual, or complex cancer types, and treat a high volume of patients with these conditions. They employ a host of minimally invasive and traditional surgical approaches to these diseases as well as NanoKnife® and other ablative therapies where indicated.
  • Interventional Radiology: Interventional Radiologists use cutting edge radio-embolization treatments (Selective Internal Radiation Therapy), as well as chemo-embolization and Radio Frequency Ablation (RFA).
  • Medical Oncology and Radiation Oncology: Medical oncologists offer specialized chemo-therapeutic treatment plans. Radiation oncologists deliver external and internal beam radiation therapy to referred patients.
  • Gastroenterology/Hepatology: Board-certified gastroenterologists offer advanced Endoscopic Ultrasound (EUS) to more precisely diagnose and stage cancers, as well as provide palliative drainage and stenting procedures for advanced malignancies.

This team becomes your partner through each stage of your journey. We offer you a dedicated GI health navigator who will help you overcome barriers and coordinate care with the entire health care team. She will guide and support you and your family through the many challenges of GI cancer and meet your physical, emotional, and spiritual needs with compassion.

Physician Leadership and Conferences

The Complex GI Program is led by a multidisciplinary physician-led workgroup, who meets every other month to optimize a continuum of care of the highest quality with consistency across the St. David HealthCare hospitals and outpatient facilities. St. David HealthCare hosts a prospective multidisciplinary GI Malignancy conference on a biweekly basis which incorporates experts in medical oncology, gastroenterology, surgical oncology, radiation oncology, diagnostic radiology, pathology, and other specialties to work collectively to develop the highest level of treatment plans for each patient. Evidence based approaches are emphasized, but not at the expense of the individualized care for the patient.

Contact and Referral Information

To refer your patient into this program, call our Complex GI Patient Navigator.

Anne Phillippe, RN
Complex GI Nurse Navigator
Phone: (512) 487-4145
Fax: (512) 544-2568


Specialized Treatment

  • Esophageal & Gastric Malignancies
  • Pancreatic Carcinoma
  • Hepatobiliary Carcinomas
  • Metastatic Disease to the Liver
  • Neuroendocrine Tumors
  • Retroperitoneal Sarcomas
  • Complex Colon, Rectal & Anal


  • Complex laparoscopic and open multi-visceral resections
  • Microwave Ablation
  • NanoKnife®
  • da Vinci® Surgical System
  • Esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD)
  • Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography (ERCP)
  • Magnetic Resonance Cholangiopancreatography (MRCP)
  • Endoscopic Ultrasound (EUS)
  • Endobronchial ultrasound (EBUS)
  • Radio-embolization
  • Chemo-embolization

Multidisciplinary Services

  • Surgical Oncology
  • Radiation Oncology
  • Interventional Radiology
  • Medical Oncology
  • Gastroenterology
  • Pathology
  • Oncology Nurse Navigation
  • Oncology Certified Inpatient Nurses
  • Rehab
  • Nutrition
  • Hospital Chaplain
  • Nutrition

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