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Juan Sanabria, MD, MSc, FACS

Surgical Oncologist

Midwestern Regional Medical Center

"I strive to discover new avenues to enhance patient recovery and new insights in disease processes."

- Juan R. Sanabria, MD, MSc, FACS
Juan R. Sanabria, MD, MSc, FACS

Medical Degree

  • Our Lady of the Rosary University, Bogotá, Colombia
  • International Medical Graduates Program - University of Toronto

Internship / Residency

  • Andes Medical Center, Bogotá
  • General Surgery - Toronto General & Mount Sinai Hospitals, Toronto

Advanced Degree(s)

  • MSc, Institute of Medical Sciences - University of Toronto


  • American Board of Surgery
  • Fellow, American College of Surgeons
  • Fellow, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada


  • Hepatopancreaticobiliary & Transplant Surgery - University of Toronto

Practicing Since: 2000

Dr. Juan Sanabria is an experienced surgical oncologist at Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA) at Midwestern Regional Medical Center. He performs sophisticated surgical procedures to treat liver, pancreatic and biliary cancer, as well as other types of cancer.

Dr. Sanabria prides himself on being what he describes as a "true physician"—a healer, innovator, educator, counselor and friend. He strongly believes in the Patient Empowered Care® model at CTCA® and encourages his patients to participate in the decision-making process for their treatment plan.

Dr. Sanabria is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. He earned a medical degree from Our Lady of the Rosary University in Bogotá, Colombia, where he graduated with honors. He studied ischemia-reperfusion injury on liver surgery and transplantation and completed a master’s degree at the University of Toronto. Before pursuing his clinical training, Dr. Sanabria helped develop the Familial Polyposis Registry, which has grown into the Ontario Cancer Registry. He then went on to complete a surgical residency at Toronto General and Mount Sinai Hospitals, followed by a fellowship in abdominal organ transplantation and hepatobiliary and pancreatic surgery at the University of Toronto.

Prior to joining CTCA in January 2014, Dr. Sanabria served as a surgical oncologist and Director of the Pancreas Transplant Program at Case Medical Center in Cleveland, as well as assistant professor of surgery at Case Western Reserve University. He also served as Director of the Liver and Pancreas Transplant Programs and assistant professor of surgery at Medical College of Ohio hospitals in Toledo.

In 2008, Dr. Sanabria won a research award from the National Institutes of Health (NIH)/National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. He is part of a multidisciplinary NIH-funded laboratory that studies the origins of liver cancer, its early detection, pathways for liver regeneration and avenues for new and innovative treatments.

Dr. Sanabria has conducted extensive research on liver and pancreatic cancer and has served as co-investigator in a number of clinical trials. He has also written five medical textbook chapters and has been published in more than 50 peer-reviewed publications, including the Journal of Surgical Research, American Journal of Gastroenterology and the American Journal of Surgery. He has also presented at clinical conferences and meetings around the world.

Dr. Sanabria has served on numerous hospital, academic and professional association committees. He has also been honored with awards for teaching and community service, and he has developed a successful Spanish language program for medical students. Additionally, Dr. Sanabria has participated in medical missions in Central America, helping to provide much-needed care to indigent communities.

He is a member of a number of professional associations, including the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons, American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases, International Society for Digestive Surgery and the National Hispanic Medical Association.

Dr. Sanabria enjoys family gatherings and cooking, as well as the outdoors, taekwondo, soccer, tennis, swimming and fishing.

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