Monocacy Health Partners Surgical Specialists recently welcomed Dr. Jesus Esquivel, FACS, as a surgical associate. Dr. Esquivel is certified by the American Board of Surgery. He completed his surgical internship at MedStar Washington Hospital Center in Washington, D.C. and surgical residency at New York Hospital Queens, a teaching hospital of Cornell University School of Medicine. Dr. Esquivel is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, and holds memberships in the American Society of Clinical Oncology, Society of Surgical Oncology, International Society of Gastrointestinal Oncology and the American Society of Peritoneal Surface Malignancies.
A nationally recognized expert in his field, Dr. Esquivel is seeing an increasing number of cancer patients at Frederick Regional Health System’s James M Stockman Cancer Institute–patients who otherwise would have had to seek care outside of the community. Because Frederick Regional Health System is a certified member of MD Anderson Cancer Network®, a program of MD Anderson Cancer Center, 14 members of our cancer care team—including Dr. Esquivel—have applied for and earned the status of Network Certified physicians. As an MD Anderson Network Certified physician, Dr. Esquivel has access to disease-specific, evidence-based guidelines, treatment plans and best practices, leading edge research, and peer to peer consultations with experts from MD Anderson’s highly acclaimed faculty.
Dr. Esquivel also brings with him unique expertise in the treatment of Peritoneal Surface Malignancies, or PSMs. This group of cancers results from a primary tumor located in the ovaries, stomach, intestines, colon, rectum or appendix that spreads throughout the abdominal cavity. “Your abdomen is lined with a thin, clear membrane called the peritoneum,” explains Dr. Esquivel. “A Peritoneal Surface Malignancy develops when cancer cells from other organs spread, and a tumor forms on the top layers of that lining. They can be difficult to diagnose, since many do not show up on MRIs and Positron Emission Tomography scans.” Until recently, treatment options for people with PSMs were limited to symptom relief, with little hope of killing the cancer or stopping it from recurring. However, progress is being made, and Dr. Esquivel has been at the forefront of those surgical advances.
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