Surgical Oncology

Surgical Oncology

Surgical oncologists in the Department of Surgery partner with the University of Arizona Cancer Center - the only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center headquartered in and serving the entire state of Arizona - to bring the latest in cancer treatment to those fighting cancer.



The Division of Surgical Oncology at the University of Arizona College of Medicine - Tucson


Our mission in the Division of Surgical Oncology is to provide state- of-the-art multidisciplinary care to patients with cancer. Our services cover the entire cancer continuum including screening and prevention, early detection, diagnosis, staging, local and systemic treatment, clinical trials, rehabilitation, survivorship, and palliative care.

We provide expertise in the treatment of:

  • Breast cancer
  • Thyroid and other endocrine cancers
  • Melanoma and other skin cancers
  • Abdominal and extremity sarcomas
  • Cancers of the gastrointestinal tract including pancreas, liver, and colorectal cancers.

Our surgical oncologists provide advanced patient-centered care including laparoscopic and robotic cancer resections with the goal of performing curative operations with minimal impact on quality of life.

Our surgeons are an integral part of the University of Arizona Cancer Center, the only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center in Arizona. We are also accredited by the Commission on Cancer, the National Accreditation Program for Breast Cancer, and the National Accreditation Program for Rectal Cancer. Lastly, the National Pancreas Foundation named us a clinical and academic Center of Excellence for both pancreatic cancer and pancreatitis. These accreditations are provided only to centers delivering the highest standards of comprehensive care.

Our patients have complete and easy access to the additional services necessary for comprehensive oncologic care, including medical oncology, radiation oncology, and social work. We also offer access to a wide range of clinical trials and new treatments. Weekly Tumor Boards are held to discuss, plan, and coordinate the multidisciplinary care for breast, colorectal, melanoma, sarcoma, pancreas, and hepatobiliary cancer patients. The division is active in raising statewide awareness about cancer prevention, diagnosis, and treatment.

Taylor S. Riall, MD, PhD, FACS

Division Chief
Taylor S. Riall, MD, PhD, FACS

Professor, Surgery
Member of the Graduate Faculty
Division Chief, Surgical Oncology

Associate Director, Cancer Services - Cancer Center
Co-Director, Oncology Service Line

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Our Team

The Department of Surgery's team of surgical oncologists specialize in the treatment of breast cancers; thyroid and endocrine cancers; melanoma and skin cancers; abdominal and extremity sarcomas; and gastrointestinal cancers including the pancreas, liver, colon and rectum, and esophagus.

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Our Services

Our surgical oncologists provide state-of-the-art care, including laparoscopic and robotic cancer resections as well as have experience frequently performing operations that cure cancers with minimal impact on quality of life.

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Research and Innovation

Our faculty members across all surgical oncologic subspecialties are engaged in research to deepen our knowledge of cancers, pioneer new treatments, and reduce inequities in cancer care.

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Make an Appointment

For the best surgical care in Tucson, Southern Arizona or the Southwest, make an appointment by calling

(520) 694-CURE(2873).

Contact Us

University of Arizona Department of Surgery

Division of Surgical Oncology

PO Box 245131

Tucson, AZ 85724-5131

Office Phone: (520) 626-2635

Fax: (520) 626-7785