Katherine Poruk,MD

MD

Surgical Oncologist

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I chose to work at Cancer Treatment Centers of America so I could work closely with patients, to fight alongside them, to provide hope and to deliver optimal medical care all under one roof.

Location
CTCA Atlanta
Specialties
Surgical Oncology
Education
Medical school:

University of Utah School of Medicine, Salt Lake City, UT

Residency:

General Surgery - Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, MD

Fellowship:

Surgery Research - Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, MD

Complex General Surgical Oncology - Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Institute, New York, NY

Certifications

General Surgery, American Board of Surgery

As a surgical oncologist at Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA) in Atlanta, Georgia, Dr. Katherine Poruk believes in the Mother Standard® of care, the patient-centered hospital philosophy. Growing up, Dr. Poruk always knew she wanted to be a doctor, especially after her father passed away from pancreatic cancer when she was 16. During his treatment, she observed few treatment options and no options for whole-person care. This experience led Dr. Poruk to want to become an oncologist. Having been a caregiver to a patient with cancer, she knows what patients and their families are going through and she connects with them on a personal level.

“I see how CTCA® truly puts patients first by delivering whole-person care,” says Dr. Poruk. “Patients at CTCA benefit from the close proximity to a talented multidisciplinary team, timely test results and compassionate care.”

Surgery and other surgical procedures may be part of a patient’s comprehensive plan. Dr. Poruk performs surgery to diagnose, stage and treat cancer. In addition, she may recommend and complete palliative surgeries to control pain, increase comfort level or improve quality of life. Dr. Poruk works closely with patients to determine the right treatment plan that is personalized to their needs and goals.

At CTCA, Dr. Poruk focuses on gastrointestinal surgeries including those involving the pancreas, liver, colon, rectum, small intestine, stomach and gallbladder. She works primarily with gastrointestinal and hepatopancreatic cancer patients, as well as those with advanced or complex tumors. Dr. Poruk performs open surgery and minimally invasive surgery including ablation therapies. This helps to reduce surgical complications and speed recovery with minimal scarring, where possible. Dr. Poruk is also trained in using robotic surgery.

After growing up in Arizona, Dr. Poruk moved to Utah to complete a Bachelor of Science degree in both chemistry and biology at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, Utah. She then completed her Doctor of Medicine degree at the University of Utah School of Medicine in Salt Lake City, Utah. Following medical school, she headed to the East Coast to complete a residency in general surgery and a fellowship in surgery research at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. Dr. Poruk then completed a fellowship in complex general surgical oncology at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Institute in New York, New York.

Dr. Poruk is committed to advancing the surgical treatment of cancer by integrating the latest technologies and techniques to help her cancer patients. She is certified by the American Board of Surgery in general surgery and board eligible in complex general surgical oncology. Dr. Poruk has authored peer-reviewed original research publications and presented her work at multiple conferences.

Dr. Poruk lives in Georgia with her husband. She likes to travel and see Broadway shows. She has been all over Europe and many of the other continents, however, she really wants to visit Asia. When she’s not working, she enjoys boating, golfing, hiking and attending sporting events.
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