Sam Wang, M.D.

Sam Wang, M.D.

  • Surgery - Surgical Oncology
  • Stomach/EG Junction Cancer
  • Surgery for Pancreatic Cancer


Sam Wang, M.D., FACS, is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Surgical Oncology in the Department of Surgery
at UT Southwestern Medical Center. His clinical focus includes cancers of the liver, pancreas, stomach, and bile duct.

Dr. Wang graduated from Stanford University, where he received a B.S. with honors in biological science and an A.B. with high honors in history. He attended medical school at Duke University School of Medicine and completed an internship and residency in general surgery at the University of California, San Francisco. He then received advanced training in complex general surgical oncology through a fellowship at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. He joined the UT Southwestern
faculty in 2014.

In the lab, Dr. Wang is interested in how the normal regenerative process mutates and leads to cancer. In addition, he is studying the molecular mechanisms behind outcome disparities that Hispanic gastric cancer patients face. The goals for his research are to identify new diagnostic and therapeutic strategies to improve outcomes for these patients.

Dr. Wang is a member of the Society of Surgical Oncology, the Association for Academic Surgery, the American Association for Cancer Research, and the American College of Surgeons. He is fluent in Mandarin.

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Meet Dr. Wang

Surgical Oncologist

As a researcher and clinician at UT Southwestern Medical Center, surgical oncologist Sam Wang, M.D., wants a better future for his patients.

In pursuit of that goal, he strives to translate his research findings to improve the lives of his patients with gastrointestinal cancers of the liver, pancreas, stomach, and bile duct.

He has a particular focus on stomachliver, and pancreatic cancer. His current research seeks to understand the biology of these malignancies in order to develop new classes of therapy for patients.

The survival rates for patients with these diseases have not improved in the past decades despite marked improvement in diagnostic modalities and surgical techniques. Many patients still present with metastatic disease, and the options for treatment are limited. Dr. Wang wants to change that.

“As a physician as well as a basic scientist, my goal is to make discoveries that are clinically relevant to patients,” he says. “With every project, I think about how it could lead to faster diagnosis or a better therapy. And the time I spend with my patients helps me focus my research on what’s clinically important and helps me better understand what can really make a difference.”

In the operating room, Dr. Wang is skilled in traditional and minimally invasive techniques, including robotics. He evaluates each patient to determine the best surgical approach to his or her tumor and works with the larger GI cancer team to treat patients when surgery is not an immediate option.

Dr. Wang knows that a diagnosis of pancreas cancer or any GI cancer can be frightening. He makes sure he spends time with each of his patients and their families, explaining their disease and dispelling myths about treatments.

“The GI Surgical Oncology team works together to help our patients and their families get through this process,” Dr. Wang says. “In addition to medical or surgical treatment, we also guide and support and let patients know what they can expect. It’s a big team effort.”

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Education & Training
  • Fellowship - Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (2012-2014), Surgical Oncology
  • Residency - UCSF School of Medicine (2005-2012), Surgery
  • Medical School - Duke University School of Medicine (2000-2005)
Professional Associations & Affiliations
  • American College of Surgeons
  • Association for Academic Surgery
  • Society of Surgical Oncology
  • Dallas Country Medical Society
  • Texas Medical Association
  • Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract
  • American Association for Cancer Research
Honors & Awards
  • Texas Monthly Super Doctors, Rising Star 2020
  • Jacobson Promising Investigator Award 2019, American College of Surgeons
  • Faculty Research Fellowship 2017-2019, American College of Surgeons
  • Health Care Disparities Research Award 2017-2019, Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract
  • Outstanding Mentor 2017, Center for Translational Medicine, UT Southwestern
  • Disease-Oriented Clinical Scholar 2015-2018, UT Southwestern
  • Conquer Cancer Foundation Merit Award 2014, American Society of Clinical Oncology
  • Outstanding Resident Achievement Award 2012, Department of Surgery, University of California, San Francisco
Books & Publications
  • Epigenetic changes in cancer
  • Gastric, pancreas, and liver cancer
  • Molecular mechanisms behind disparities in cancer outcomes
  • Role of tissue injury and regeneration on cancer formation

Clinical Focus

  • Stomach/EG Junction Cancer
  • Surgery for Pancreatic Cancer
  • Pancreatic Cancer
  • Surgery for Gastrointestinal Cancer
  • Gastrointestinal Cancers
  • Liver Cancer
  • Gallbladder/Bile Duct (Cholangiocarcinoma) Cancer

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