Nestor F. Esnaola, MD, MPH, MBA, FACS

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Patient Stories from Fox Chase Patients Dr. Esnaola's
Patient Stories

  • Gary Burk - Pancreatic Cancer Patient Stories
  • John Craig - Liver Cancer (Bile Duct Cancer) Patient Stories
  • Michael Laurenzi - Kidney Cancer Patient Stories, Pancreatic Cancer Patient Stories

Clinical Expertise:

Liver metastases and primary liver cancer (HCC); Pancreatic cancer; Gallbladder masses/cancer; Bile duct cancer (cholangiocarcinoma); Extremity and retroperitoneal (intra-abdominal/pelvic) sarcomas; Stomach cancer; Small bowel tumors/cancer; Colorectal cancer; Melanoma


The American Board of Surgery

Medical Education

MBA, School of Business, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN, 2008;
MPH, Harvard School of Public Health Boston, MA, 1998;
MD, The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine Baltimore, MD, 1993


General Surgery Resident, Brigham and Women's Hospital Harvard Medical School Boston, MA


Surgical Oncology (Clinical and Research Fellowships), U.T.M.D. Anderson Cancer Center Houston, TX

Honors and Awards

Cancer Control Award, American Cancer Society, 2015;
Top Doctor, US News and World Report, 2012, 2013;
Best Doctors in America®, 2007-14;
Selected Participant, State-of-the-Clinical-Science Meeting on Pancreas Cancer, National Cancer Institute, 2007;
Selected Participant, Southwest Oncology Group Young Investigators Training Course

Professional Societies

Association for Academic Surgery - Institutional Representative;
American Association for Cancer Research;
American College of Surgeons - Fellow;
American Society of Clinical Oncology;
Society of Surgical Oncology

Research Interests

Dr. Esnaola completed a Master in Public Health at Harvard, and his current research focuses on racial/ethnic disparities in cancer care and outcomes as well as the clinical impact and cost-effectiveness of alternative staging and cancer treatment strategies. He currently serves a Co-Principal Investigator on a $1.8 million grant from the National Institutes of Health designed to test the impact of a statewide, nurse navigation intervention to improve surgical resection rates and improve survival in African Americans with potentially curable, non-small cell lung cancer.

He also completed a Master in Business Administration at the University of Tennessee and has a strong interest in ways to optimize perioperative processes of care and improve surgical quality and safety. As Leader of the Best Practices Initiative for American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program, he developed several evidence-based, expert panel-rated Best Practice Guidelines designed to prevent common postoperative complications and potentially save lives, reduce hospital readmissions, and reduce costs of care.