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Renowned Breast Surgeon Joins USC Faculty

Renowned Breast Surgeon Joins USC Faculty
Stephen Sener

Stephen Sener has been named professor of clinical surgery at the Keck School of Medicine of USC. The renowned breast surgeon will serve as chief of the Division of Surgical Oncology at the USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center and Hospital.

Sener comes from Northwestern University in Chicago, where he served as professor of surgery at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and vice chairman of the Department of Surgery at NorthShore University HealthSystem.

He also served in 2004-05 as national president of the American Cancer Society and was a volunteer chairman of the society’s cancer incidence and end results committee. The work led to the development of the National Cancer Database.

“Dr. Sener has a strong background in administrative leadership, surgical oncology and the ability to facilitate cross-functional program development,” said Carmen A. Puliatito, dean of the Keck School of Medicine. “I think he will be an outstanding addition to the Department of Surgery.”

As the incoming chief, Sener will have several priorities, including incorporation of the new division into the administrative structure of the Department of Surgery.

He also hopes to augment the breast cancer screening and clinical care program at USC, both on the main medical campus and in the greater Los Angeles community.

“I want to strengthen a clinical and basic research program that will be integrated with breast cancer clinical care, and develop multidisciplinary programs that are designed to screen general and high-risk populations for cancer and to facilitate care of newly diagnosed patients with USC physicians,” Sener said.

Sener has been a volunteer with the American Cancer Society since 1984. As a writer and researcher, he has published more than 80 peer-reviewed journal articles and numerous books and book chapters. In addition, Sener serves as deputy editor of the Journal of Surgical Oncology and on the editorial board of the American Journal of Surgery and the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

Sener earned his medical degree from Northwestern University in Chicago, where he also completed an internship and residency in general surgery. He went on to finish American Cancer Society clinical fellowships in the Department of Surgery at Evanston Hospital and in the Department of Surgery at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York.

“I have the chance to join a great core group of dedicated, excellent physicians and caregivers and to facilitate the enhancement of integrated clinical and research programs within the medical school,” Sener said.

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