The VCU Division of Surgical Oncology oversees the clinical and research activities of the Massey Cancer Center, one of only 67 National Cancer Institute-designated cancer centers in the country. Our surgeons perform approximately 1,500 procedures per year and work together with a multidisciplinary team of specialists from across the region.

Our surgeons participate in conferences for the following disease types:

  • Breast cancers
  • Gastrointestinal cancers (colorectal, stomach, esophagus, liver, pancreas)
  • Melanoma
  • Sarcomas
  • Thyroid

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Surgery Education

Our division offers one fellowship position each year into a two-year program of advanced training in surgical oncology and cancer research. We aim to produce an academic surgeon who is capable of taking a leadership role in the multidisciplinary care of cancer patients, as well as being qualified to carry on basic and clinical translational research in cancer.

Surgical Oncology Fellowship


The VCU Massey Cancer Center has been designated by NCI since 1974 because of the scientific excellence in cancer research and the vital role the center plays in reducing cancer morbidity and mortality. Massey is one of only two centers in the state with this designation.

Additionally, our division is engaged as principal investigators of clinical trials for GI cancer, melanoma, breast cancer and immunotherapy. We also conduct basic and translational research on breast cancer biology and immunotherapy of cancer.

Surgery Research

From the Chair

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From the Chair

"Our focus on teamwork, communication, and a multidisciplinary approach is unparalleled, and provides the highest-quality, personalized care—all culminating into better outcomes for patients."

— Harry Bear, M.D., Ph.D., FACS

VCU Health Surgical Oncology


Advanced Practice Providers

Anna K Nizinski, NP
Patricia Bragg, NP

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Harry Bear, M.D., Ph.D., FACS
Chair, Surgical Oncology

Biliana Ivanova, M.B.A.
Associate Administrator

Ann Whitaker
Division Manager
(804) 828-9322

Office Location

West Hospital
Seventh Floor, West Wing

Mailing Address 
Box 980011
Richmond, Virginia 23298-0011

Phone: (804) 828-9322
Fax: (804) 828-4808