Edgar D. Staren
President and CEO, Medicine and Science, and President and CEO, Western Regional Medical Center
Area of Expertise
- Our Unique Model of Care
- Our Whole Person Philosophy
- Advancements in Surgical Oncology
- Technology and Treatment Protocols
- Advancements in Ultrasound Guided Surgery
- Cancer Vaccines and Immunology
- Breast Cancer Diagnostic & Treatment Advancements including technology and pharmaceuticals
- Breast Cancer Prevention
- Liver (and Metastatic Cancer of the Liver)
- Pancreatic Surgery
- Endocrine Surgery
Examples of Published Works and Presentations:
- Staren ED. Compassion and Communication in Cancer Care. Amer J Surg, 192: 411-415, 2006.
- Staren ED. Ultrasound for Surgeons. Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins, 2005.
- Staren ED. Update in the Diagnosis and Management of Breast Cancer. Cancer Treatment Centers of America, Grand Rounds, 2006.
“I wanted to be involved in an institution that truly puts the patient first. That sounds like a buzz word but so many organizations have forgotten that principle. They focus excessively on the financial bottom line and that becomes a negative, self-fulfilling destiny at the expense of patient care. CTCA has the proper perspective on giving the patient what they value. I believe that difference has been principally responsible for the dramatic, sustained growth the organization has seen in the last several years.”
Dr. Edgar Staren is President and CEO of Medicine and Science at Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA), and President and CEO of CTCA at Western Regional Medical Center in Goodyear, Arizona.
Dr. Staren is a 1979 graduate of the University of Arizona. In 1982, he graduated from Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine. He received his general surgery training at Rush
University Medical Center, and in 1988 completed a surgical oncology fellowship at Rush and Cook County Hospitals. Additionally, Dr. Staren earned a PhD in tumor immunobiology from
Rush University in 1991, and in 1999, he received an MBA from Benedictine University.
From 1988 to 1998, Dr. Staren was a faculty member at Rush Medical College and attending surgeon at Rush University Medical Center and Cook County Hospital. In addition, from
1995 to 1998 he held the positions of Assistant Dean for Clinical Curriculum and Associate Dean for Medical Student Programs at Rush.
As one of its founding organizers, between 1999 and 2005, Dr. Staren was Professor and Medical Director of the Medical College of Ohio (MCO) Cancer Institute. Between 1998 and
2004, Dr. Staren was Chairman of the Department of Surgery and Surgery Clinical Service Chief at the Medical College Hospitals.
In 2005, Dr. Staren was appointed Senior Vice President for Clinical Affairs and Chief Medical Officer for CTCA. In this role he was responsible for organization-wide clinical service
development and quality, clinical leadership, information management and strategic planning, and clinical and basic research. In June 2011, Dr. Staren was appointed President and CEO
of CTCA at Western Regional Medical Center in Goodyear, Arizona.
Dr. Staren is a Diplomate of the American Board of Surgery and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He is a member of numerous academic organizations including the
American Surgical Association, the American College of Medical Quality, the Society of Surgical Oncology, the American College of Physician Executives and the American College of
Healthcare Executives. Dr. Staren has also served as President of the American Society of Breast Surgeons, Rush Surgical Society and Toledo Surgical Society. He is a member of the
Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society. He served as its President at MCO in 2001.
In 2012, the Stritch School of Medicine named Dr. Staren Alumnus of the Year in recognition for excellence in research. He has been listed in America's Top
Doctors®, Best Doctors in America, America’s Top Surgeons and America’s Top Doctors for Cancer. In 2002, he received the
Association of American Medical Colleges’ Humanism in Medicine Award from MCO.
Dr. Staren has served as the Editor-in-Chief of Cancer Fighters ThriveTM. He has also served on the editorial boards of the American Journal of
Surgery, the American Journal of Clinical Oncology and Current Cancer Therapy Reviews. Additionally, he has served as a reviewer for more than 20 other
journals. Dr. Staren has been published extensively with more than 250 scientific works; including more than 130 manuscripts, 60+ abstracts, 45 book chapters, and 12 books on subjects
including the diagnosis and management of breast, endocrine, gastrointestinal and other malignancies, as well as healthcare management and information technology. He is frequently
invited to be a distinguished speaker and has given nearly 150 visiting professorships or lectures.
Dr. Staren and his wife Lisa are the parents of six children, five boys—Eddie, Danny, Johnnie, Tony and Mikey—and one girl, Helen.