Christopher Pezzi, MD, FACS
Christopher Pezzi, MD,is a board-certified surgeon who has been treating patients with cancer for more than 25 years. His surgical practice encompasses the removal of a wide variety of proven or suspected tumors. He believes that “the secret” to curing cancer includes early diagnosis when cure rates are highest and access to newer and more effective treatments. His areas of expertise include:
Melanoma and skin cancer
Thyroid cancer and thyroid surgery
Soft tissue sarcoma
Geriatric surgical oncology
Head of Surgical Oncology, Breast, Endocrine, Melanoma
A surgeon trained in Complex General Surgical Oncology has expertise in the diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of patients with cancer, especially those with rare, unusual, and/or complex cancers. These surgeons typically work in cancer centers or academic institutions and coordinate patient care with other cancer specialists. They also provide community outreach in cancer prevention and education, as well as lead cancer studies.
American Board of Surgery
A General Surgeon has expertise in the diagnosis and care of patients with diseases and disorders affecting the abdomen, digestive tract, endocrine system, breast, skin and blood vessels. A General Surgeon is also trained in the care of pediatric and cancer patients and in the treatment of patients who are injured or critically ill. Common problems treated by general surgeons include hernias, breast tumors, gallstones, appendicitis, pancreatitis, bowel obstructions, colon inflammation and colon cancer. General Surgeons increasingly provide care through the use of minimally invasive and endoscopic techniques. Some General Surgeons pursue additional training for one to two years and specialize in the fields of Trauma Surgery, Transplant Surgery, Surgical Oncology, Pediatric Surgery, Vascular Surgery and others.
American Board of Surgery
Education & Training:
Doctor of Medicine
Jefferson Medical College, Philadelphia, PA
1978 - 1982
Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, PA
1982 - 1987
University of Texas M.D. Anderson, Houston, TX
1987 - 1989
Baptist Medical Center Jacksonville
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From the Doctor:
Moving to Jacksonville from the Philadelphia area has given my wife and me the opportunity to experience a vibrant and growing new city, and I’m thrilled to be part of the talented and growing team at Baptist MD Anderson Cancer Center. On a personal note, I enjoy outdoor activities, including sports, collecting fossils, and spending time with my three grown children and granddaughter.
My philosophy of care involves spending the time to get to know my patients, answering their questions, and understanding their goals, fears and desires regarding surgery and treatment. I want my patients to know all of their options, including the pros and cons, so that together we can make the best decisions. This frequently involves not just the surgeon, but also a team of cancer physicians working to give each patient an individualized plan of care that gives them the greatest chance of a successful outcome.