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Dr. Espat recognized as “Top Cancer Doctor” by Newsweek magazine

N. Joseph Espat, MD, MS, FACS, Director of the Cancer Center at Roger Williams Medical Center, has been named one of the top cancer physicians in the United States in Newsweek's "Top Cancer Doctors 2015" list.

Newsweek, in conjunction with Castle Connolly Medical LTD, published the list of the "Top Cancer Doctors 2015" in a special cancer issue on July 23. Castle Connolly received nearly 100,000 peer nominations, from which 2,600 leading cancer specialists were selected for the "Top Cancer Doctors 2015" list.

In addition to serving as Director of the Cancer Center, Dr. Espat is also Chairman of the Department of Surgery and Chief of Surgical Oncology at Roger Williams. A Professor of Surgery and Assistant Dean of Clinical Affairs at Boston University School of Medicine, Dr. Espat focuses his practice on Hepatobiliary and Surgical Oncology. Dr. Espat received his fellowship training at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York. He completed his residency and medical School at University of Florida College of Medicine.

His clinical expertise is in the areas of liver surgery, pancreas and bile duct surgery. Dr. Espat is board certified by the American Board of Surgery and has research interests in a number of areas including the effect of fatty acids on pancreas cancer growth and response to chemotherapy, chemo-sensitizing of pancreatic cancer, cancer-induced weight loss/metabolism, thermal means of tumor ablation, and biomaterials for tissue regeneration.

“We are pleased to see Dr. Espat recognized with this well-deserved honor,” said Kimberly O’Connell, Esq., president of Roger Williams. “His leadership and experience in cancer care and surgical oncology has served to dramatically improve the care patients receive at Roger Williams Medical Center.”

This “Top Cancer Doctors 2015” list was compiled through peer nominations and extensive research that Castle Connolly Medical LTD. has conducted for more than two decades.

The Castle Connolly physician-led research team makes tens of thousands of phone calls each year, talking with leading specialists, chairs of clinical departments and vice presidents of medical affairs, seeking to gather further information regarding the top specialists for most diseases and procedures. Each year, Castle Connolly receives nearly 100,000 nominations via this process.