Surgical Oncology and Endocrine Surgery Faculty

Ismail Jatoi, M.D., Ph.D.  |  Email

Professor and Chief  |  Dale H. Dorn Chair in Surgery

Surgical Oncology and Endocrine Surgery

Dr. Ismail Jatoi is Professor and Chief of the Division of Surgical Oncology and Endocrine Surgery at UT Health San Antonio. He obtained his undergraduate bachelor’s degree from Washington University in St. Louis and his MD and PhD degrees from St. Louis University. He is a diplomate of the American Board of Surgery and a fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He completed fellowship training in surgical oncology at the Royal Marsden Hospital in London, England. Dr. Jatoi served in the U.S. military for many years, and was a Professor of Surgery at the Uniformed Services University in Bethesda, Maryland. He retired from the U.S. Army with the rank of Colonel. Dr. Jatoi has had a longstanding interest in the treatment of breast cancer, the management of women at increased risk for breast cancer, and cancer epidemiology.

Anatolio B. Cruz, Jr., M.D.  |  Email

Professor

Surgical Oncology and Endocrine Surgery

Clinical Professor at UT Health San Antonio. Dr. Cruz, a surgical specialist trained at the University of Minnesota, was the first UT Health San Antonio chief of surgical oncology; Dr. Cruz recently semi-retired after 35 years with the university. Dr. Cruz was principal investigator for the National Surgical Adjuvant Breast and Bowel Project at UT Health San Antonio, helping prove that lumpectomy or segmental mastectomy was as effective as total mastectomy in cure rates and was less mutilating. He also was instrumental in promoting the blue dye-radioisotope sentinel node biopsy procedure on lymph nodes in a patient’s axilla, which is now being widely tested throughout the US and Canada.

Maryam Elmi, M.D.  |  Email

Assistant Professor

Surgical Oncology and Endocrine Surgery

Maryam Elmi, M.D. is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Surgical Oncology & Endocrine Surgery at Mays Cancer Center UT Health San Antonio MD Anderson. She is board certified from the American Board of Surgery.

She graduated from The University of Toronto medical school with honours. She completed her General Surgery Residency at the University of Toronto, and was enrolled in the distinct clinician-investigator program. During her surgical training, she completed a Masters in Clinical Epidemiology and Health Services Research at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health (formerly known as Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation). She now joins the Division of Surgical Oncology & Endocrine Surgery after completing a clinical fellowship in Breast Surgical Oncology at the Princess Margaret Cancer Center and the Odette Cancer Center.

Dr. Elmi’s clinical practice focuses on the surgical management of both female and male breast cancer, familial breast and ovarian cancer syndromes, risk-reduction (prophylactic) surgery, and oncoplastic surgical techniques.

In addition to her clinical practice, Dr. Elmi is actively involved in surgical research, focusing on breast cancer surgical outcomes and cancer epidemiology.

Mio Kitano, M.D., MS, FACS  |  Email

Assistant Professor

Surgical Oncology and Endocrine Surgery

Dr. Kitano is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Surgical Oncology & Endocrine Surgery at UT Health San Antonio. She is board certified in both General Surgery and Complex General Surgical Oncology. She completed her General Surgery Residency at Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine. During her surgical training, she completed a 3-year clinical research fellowship at the National Institutes of Health. She joined the Division of Surgical Oncology & Endocrine Surgery in 2016 after completing a 2-year clinical fellowship in Complex General Surgical Oncology at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. Dr. Kitano’s clinical practice focuses on the surgical management of both benign and malignant thyroid and parathyroid tumors, adrenal and neuroendocrine tumors, and gastrointestinal malignancies, including those of the stomach, small bowel, colon, and pancreas.

Boyce Oliver, Jr., M.D.  |  Email

Professor

Surgical Oncology and Endocrine Surgery

Dr. Oliver graduated from the University of Texas Medical School at Galveston, where he was awarded the Singleton Surgical Society Award. He completed his General Surgery training at Bexar County Hospital in San Antonio in 1975. Dr. Oliver then completed a Clinical Fellowship in Surgical Oncology at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas. He has been on the Clinical Faculty in the Department of Surgery at UT Health San Antonio since 1975. He is well known regionally as an expert in the surgical management of thyroid and parathyroid disease. His interest and expertise include the management of both benign and malignant breast disease. He is well known to the San Antonio community having previously served as both Chief of Staff and Chief of Surgery at the Metropolitan Hospital, and Chief of Surgery at the Nix Medical Center. His distinguished career has earned him a Texas Monthly “Top Doctor” award in the years 2004-2017.

Federico Tozzi, M.D.  |  Email

Assistant Professor

Surgical Oncology and Endocrine Surgery

Federico Tozzi M.D. is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Surgical Oncology and Endocrine Surgery at UT Health San Antonio.

He received his medical doctorate from the University of Siena, School of Medicine in Italy, graduating Summa Cum Laude. He pursued his training as a general surgery resident at The Methodist Hospital in Houston, Texas and Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine in Dayton, Ohio.

Early in his surgical training, he nurtured a deep interest in cancer care. He devoted himself to the study of cancer metabolism and angiogenesis completing a research fellowship at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston under the mentorship of Dr. Lee Ellis. Dr. Tozzi is recipient of several honors and awards, including ASCO travel award.

He joined the Division of Surgical Oncology with the goal of expanding the division’s clinical practice in gastrointestinal malignancy after completing a clinical fellowship in Complex General Surgical Oncology at City of Hope National Cancer Center in Los Angeles, CA. His clinical interest includes gastric, pancreas, liver, colon, rectal, breast cancer and melanoma.

In addition to his clinical practice, Dr. Tozzi is actively involved in surgical research, focusing on the application of minimal invasive surgery – robotics and laparoscopy – in the treatment of solid tumors.

Jeanette Valverde, PA-C  |  Email

Faculty Associate

Surgical Oncology and Endocrine Surgery

Jeanette T. Valverde is a Physician Assistant in the Division of Surgical Oncology & Endocrine Surgery at Mays Cancer Center UT Health San Antonio MD Anderson. A native of San Antonio, she graduated from the University of Texas San Antonio where she majored in Biology.  She then completed her Masters in Physician Assistant Studies at The University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio.  She now joins the Division of Surgical Oncology & Endocrine Surgery where her clinical practice will focus primarily on Breast Cancer.

Deborah Seigler, MPAS, PA-C  |  Email

Faculty Associate

Surgical Oncology and Endocrine Surgery

Deborah E. Seigler, BHS, MPAS, PA-C, a native of North Carolina, graduated magna cum laude from Duke University’s PA Program in 1977. She has 20 years of Oncology experience beginning at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center where she specialized in GI malignancies. Currently, Deborah is on the faculty at UT Health San Antonio in the Division of Surgical Oncology and Endocrine Surgery. UT Health San Antonio, in partnership with University Hospital System (UHS), has a strong breast cancer program serving large numbers of underserved Hispanic women in San Antonio and is recognized as a Breast Center of Excellence by the National Consortium of Breast Centers. Deborah’s current efforts are focused on establishing a high-risk cancer screening and genetics component to the Division of Surgical Oncology and Endocrine Surgery. Deborah has co-authored over 30 book chapters, articles, abstracts, and patient care manuals, which are available on request.

Surgical Oncology Research Faculty

Thelma C. Hurd, M.D.  |  Email

Associate Professor

Surgical Oncology and Endocrine Surgery

Dr. Hurd is a Surgical Oncologist, Associate Professor of Surgery and Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology at UT Health San Antonio. She is an Adjunct Associate Professor at the UT School of Public Health Houston- San Antonio Extension.

Dr. Hurd’s primary research has focused on markers of breast cancer progression, special surgical techniques such as skin-sparing mastectomy and lymphatic mapping/sentinel node biopsy and health disparities in underserved populations. Since 2002, Dr. Hurd’s research has focused on health disparities in underserved populations. Currently, Dr. Hurd is a co-investigator on the UT Health San Antonio CTSA center grant and serves as the Co-Director of the Community Outreach Participation Engagement (COPE) within the community engagement core. The COPE Resource Center’s mission is to decrease health disparities among underserved populations in South Texas. To this end, it links communities with academia to increase access to T3/T4 translational research and decrease health disparities via initiatives that specifically address communities’ health needs. Dr. Hurd maintains a very active community service record and served as the Director of the Witness Project of Buffalo, and the Witness Project of Niagara. She has received multiple awards for outstanding contributions to healthcare and community outreach in Western New York that include Uncrown Queens, African-American Achiever Award (Roswell Park Cancer Institute), Outstanding Christian Board of Education, Alpha Kappa Alpha, and a New York State Congressional Citation. She is a nine-time recipient of the Best of Doctors in America Destination.