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Gastrointestinal Cancer Care Team

Sarasota Memorial’s integrated cancer program uses a multidisciplinary team-based approach to leverage our specialists’ collective experience and expertise in diagnosing and treating even the most challenging diseases. What does this mean for our patients?

It means each patient has a dedicated team of highly trained specialists, working together to ensure coordinated, customized care, every step of the way—through diagnosis, treatment, managing treatment side effects, rehabilitation, and supportive care and survivorship.

Led by Gastrointestinal Cancer Specialty Program Medical Director Dr. Kenneth Meredith, SMH’s gastrointestinal (GI) cancer care teams include gastroenterologists, endoscopists, diagnostic and interventional radiologists, pathologists, GI oncology surgeons, medical and radiation oncologists, oncology nurses, an oncology nurse navigator, and an oncology-certified social worker. Our board-certified physicians offer a personalized approach to the safest, least invasive and most effective treatments available.

Sarasota Memorial is one of only a handful of medical centers in the nation with a multidisciplinary cancer team experienced at performing complex and minimally invasive surgery for gastrointestinal cancers and conditions.

Program Medical Director

Dr. Meredith is an internationally recognized robotic gastrointestinal oncology surgeon, who has pioneered a number of minimally invasive and robotic techniques for treating gastrointestinal cancers. Specializing in surgical treatments for hepatopancreaticobiliary, esophageal, and other GI malignancies, he is a global volume leader in robotic esophageal and pancreatic cancer surgeries.He works with physicians and specialists throughout across the nation to ensure SMH’s patients have access to the most innovative and successful current treatments.

GI Cancer Surgical Team Members

GI Cancer surgeonsBoard certified in general surgery, Dr. Pedro Briceno, MD, specializes in minimally invasive, laparoscopic surgery for gastrointestinal malignancies, including colon cancer, hepatobiliary cancer and pancreatic cancer. Dr. Briceno is fluent in English and Spanish.

Dr. Steven Halbreich, MD, FACS, is a board-certified general surgeon who specializes in minimally invasive laparoscopic, robotic and traditional surgical treatments for diseases of the abdomen and other tumor sites. 

Dr. John D. Nora, MD, FACS, is a board-certified general surgeon whose specialties include treating gastrointestinal cancer and other malignancies through minimally invasive surgical techniques. Dr. Nora also specializes in robotic surgical interventions.

Board certified in general surgery, Dr. Russell Novak, MD, FACS, has specialized expertise in pediatric surgery and surgical treatments for cancer, gastrointestinal and endocrine disorders.