Noaman Syed Ali, MD | Cleveland Clinic General Surgery

Patients typically have complex cancers, mostly abdominal cancers, is the biggest part of my practice. And they come to see me for an opinion to see if I can do surgery on them or not. My biggest thing is just trying to ease the scare of it, because when you hear the word cancer, everything else doesn’t matter. Getting everyone in as quick as possible and then getting a plan for them, whether surgery, another treatment or working with the other doctors here to kind of ease that scare that immediately comes when you hear that word. I like to have as many family members as possible in all our meetings and we go through all the images and then make a plan based on that. So it means you take a long time. But I do like to sit and really make sure everyone understands what is going on and then what the next step will be. When someone has a cancer diagnosis, it’s not just myself taking care of them. There’s a whole team of other physicians, Medical Oncologists, Radiation Doctors, Interventional Radiologists, G.I. Doctors. We all work together so every case that I see, we do discuss at weekly meetings. But even after weekly meetings, as soon as I see a patient, I get on my phone, call the oncologist, to make sure that we have a plan for the patients, so they know exactly what their next step will be in the treatment for it. My goal here is to provide anything that a patient would need for their cancer diagnosis. So we’re the only center here in Akron that offers minimally invasive pancreatic surgery, in terms of doing purely laparoscopic, what’s called a whibble operation or robotic surgeries, as well. A majority of our surgeries are minimally invasive, laparoscopic or robotic, because patients just heal faster. They recover faster and it gets them back to their lives, back to their families, back to who they are as a person and hopefully put their cancer diagnosis behind them.

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