Sharma, Rohit MD

Sharma, Rohit MD

Dr. Rohit Sharma

Surgical Oncologist

Board Certified

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Marshfield Clinic

Dr. Rohit Sharma is affiliated with Marshfield Clinic.

Fellowship Experience

Roswell Park Cancer Institute

When you are one of Dr. Rohit Sharma’s patients, you become part of his family.

“As I had family members afflicted with cancer, I relate to my patients who have been diagnosed with the disease,” Dr. Sharma said. His mother was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and his wife is a cancer survivor.

As a part of his family, Dr. Sharma’s patients can call him on his personal phone at any time.

“Having a patient’s and their family’s appreciation is the best part of my day and more important to me than any award,” Dr. Sharma said. “I consider my patients to be a part of my family. I am here to guide them through their treatment journey.”

While Dr. Sharma is a surgical oncologist today because of his past experience with the disease, he is a surgeon because of a private audience he had with Mother Theresa when he was younger.

“At the end of the meeting, she asked me what I wanted to be and whether I wanted to be a surgeon like my dad. That struck me like a lightning bolt, and that is the day I knew I was going to be a surgeon,” Dr. Sharma said.

Dr. Sharma completed his general surgery residency at Easton Hospital in Easton, Pennsylvania before completing research and surgical oncology fellowships at Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo, New York.

He was a surgical oncologist at the Lehigh Valley Health Network in Pennsylvania before coming to Marshfield Clinic.

Dr. Sharma and his wife, who has a doctorate degree in nursing, have five children. Dr. Sharma also is a self-proclaimed “history buff.”

PROFESSIONAL SUMMARY
Medical School
Maulana Azad Medical College
New Delhi, India,
M.D. 1995

Internship
Montefiore Medical Center
Bronx, NY, United States,
General Surgery 2003

Residency
Easton Hospital
Easton, PA, United States,
General Surgery 2008

Fellowship
Roswell Park Cancer Institute
Buffalo, NY, United States
Oncology – Surgical 2012

Roswell Park Cancer Institute
Buffalo, NY, United States
Research 2010

Professional Societies
American Association for Cancer Research
American College of Healthcare Executives
American College of Surgeons
American Medical Association
American Society of Breast Surgeons
American Society of Clinical Oncology
Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract
Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons
Society of Surgical Oncology

Board Certifications: Surgery: 2008
State Licenses: Pennsylvania, Wisconsin

Being diagnosed with cancer of the lining of the abdominal cavity, or peritoneal carcinomatosis, was considered incurable just two decades ago.

In the last decade, a new procedure called hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy (HIPEC) has significantly increased survivability in select patients with this type of cancer.

“Traditionally all peritoneal carcinomatosis cases were considered end stage until about the 1990s. Its prognosis was dismal. People with peritoneal carcinomatosis would expect to survive maybe 8-12 months,” said Dr. Rohit Sharma, a surgical oncologist with Marshfield Clinic Health System who performs the HIPEC procedure.

The procedure typically begins by surgically removing any visible tumors in the patient’s abdomen. The surgeon then puts heated chemotherapy into the body cavity to kill any remaining cancer cells. Research has shown that both heat and chemotherapy kill cancer cells individually.

“When we combine the two, the effect is more than each of them individually. It has a multiplicative effect,” Sharma said.

Preventive measures
Surgeons also use HIPEC as a preventive measure in certain patients at high risk of peritoneal carcinomatosis. This may reduce the chance that cancer forms in the future.

HIPEC decreases the likelihood of our patients having the recurrence of disease in their abdomen,” said Dr. Jessica Wernberg, a surgical oncologist with Marshfield Clinic Health System who performs this specialized procedure.

Side effects
Unlike traditional chemotherapy treatments, side effects from the chemotherapy used in the HIPEC procedure are limited despite the more effective higher doses of chemotherapy used.

“Most of the side effects of traditional chemotherapy are pretty much avoided,” Sharma said.

Since the HIPEC procedure does include an extensive surgery, a prolonged recovery is expected.

The HIPEC procedure is one of many cancer treatment options available from Marshfield Clinic Health System for cancer patients.

I think it is critical to have the whole gamut of surgical options available to our cancer patients,” Wernberg said. “Whether it is liver resection for metastatic disease or the HIPEC procedure, having all of these available under one roof is important.”

Originally posted on http://shine365.marshfieldclinic.org/cancer-care/heated-chemotherapy/

Dr. Rohit Sharma

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