David A. Litvak, MD – Chief of Staff & Surgical Oncologist
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Video: Dr. David LitvakMeet Dr. Litvak, an experienced surgical oncologist at our hospital in suburban Phoenix, Arizona. He talks about his education and training, one of the advanced surgical procedures he performs, and what makes him a stronger patient advocate.
University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine
Internship / Residency
Surgery - University of California, Davis - East Bay, Oakland
Research - University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston
Surgical Oncology - John Wayne Cancer Institute, Santa Monica, CA
American Board of Surgery
"I treat each patient as an individual. They all have individual needs, but one of the common goals is providing clear information in order to put a plan in place. Then we have hope for the patient on one hand, and a good plan in place on the other."
Dr. David Litvak
Chief of Staff & Surgical Oncologist
An expert surgical oncologist at our hospital in Arizona, Dr. David Litvak is part of a multidisciplinary care team that provides patient-centered cancer care each day. He also serves as Chief of Staff.
Dr. Litvak earned a medical degree from the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine and a bachelor’s degree from the University of California in San Diego.
Following medical school, Dr. Litvak completed a surgical internship and residency at the University of California, Davis-East Bay, where he served as Chief Resident in the Department of Surgery. He also completed a research fellowship at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston and a surgical oncology fellowship at John Wayne Cancer Institute in Santa Monica, California.
Prior to joining the Western team, Dr. Litvak served for two years as a cancer liaison physician for the American College of Surgeons Committee on Cancer.
Dr. Litvak has presented at 15 national meetings on clinical and basic cancer research. He has also authored 27 articles and four abstracts in various journals, including the Archives of Surgery, the Journal of the American College of Surgeons and the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.