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Mission Statement


Our mission is to decrease perioperative morbidity and mortality, address health care disparities, and increase overall patient survival and quality of life. We hope, as part of the surgical outcomes research community, to improve overall outcomes for patients with surgical diseases.

SOAR director, Dr. Jennifer F. Tseng, has been supported by the Pancreatic Cancer Alliance through the UMass Cancer Center and the Department of Cancer Biology, and has a mandate to focus substantial effort on improving survival and quality of life for pancreatic cancer patients. She has spearheaded an integrated UMass Pancreas Program, a unique endeavor to Central Massachusetts.

SOAR co-investigators at UMass include: Dr. Fred Anderson, Director of the Center for Outcomes Research; Dr. Giles Whalen, Vice-Chair of Surgery and Chief of Surgical Oncology and Endocrine Surgery; Dr. Shimul Shah, Transplant Surgery, and Dr. Karim Alavi, Colorectal Surgery. The group also collaborates with investigators from other institutions.

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