John Mansour, M.D.
John Mansour, M.D., knows that he is a vital piece of the cancer care puzzle, and he brings his “A” game every day.
Dr. Mansour is a surgical oncologist on the nationally recognized gastrointestinal cancer team at UT Southwestern Medical Center’s Simmons Cancer Center. He treats patients with malignancies of the stomach, pancreas, liver, bile duct, and other abdominal organs.
I want my patients to be mini experts in their disease, so they understand not just what I’m recommending but why I’m recommending it to them. They’re making very big decisions, and I believe in keeping them informed.”
He is Assistant Professor of Surgery and Associate Program Director of the residency program in the Department of Surgery. He also moderates the Gastrointestinal Cancers Disease Oriented Team conference at Simmons Cancer Center, and he is Chief of Surgical Oncology at Parkland Health & Hospital System.
“To be a good surgical oncologist, you can’t be just one thing,” Dr. Mansour says. “You have to be a skilled surgeon and a scientist who understands what the next steps in cancer care are five, 10, 20 years down the line. You have to be an oncologist who understands cancer, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and other therapies. And you need personal skills to bring together all of those pieces with a patient and their family, which is not always easy to do.”
Patients leave Dr. Mansour’s office with two things: hope and a plan. He keeps them in the loop about all aspects of their care and encourages them to become mini experts in their diseases.
Dr. Mansour is passionate about quality health care. He’s part of a national team that measures how well doctors and hospitals are caring for patients with hepatobiliary cancers.
He is deeply involved in research on the genetic analysis of tumors and blood. It will help predict a tumor’s behavior, how aggressive it will be, and how well patients will tolerate a major operation, he says.
The future of cancer care is bright, Dr. Mansour says. He anticipates that the cutting-edge research being done today at UT Southwestern’s Simmons Cancer Center will allow doctors to treat cancers differently in the future.
“I anticipate that we will develop individualized treatment for each patient that will, hopefully, help them live longer,” he says.