Van Elslander Cancer Center at St. John Hospital and Medical Center
19229 Mack Ave. Suite 34
Grosse Pointe Woods, MI 48236


Ascension St. John Hospital was the first hospital in Michigan to provide a comprehensive CRS+HIPEC program as part of it’s Oncology Offering. Under the direction of Dr. Richard Berri, Chief of Surgical Oncology and Director of the Peritoneal Surface Malignancy Program, Ascension St. John has grown to one of the largest HIPEC Programs in the United States.

Since October 2011 Dr. Richard Berri has performed more than 350 HIPEC procedures for advanced colon cancer, appendix cancer, pseudomyxomia peritoni (PMP), ovarian cancer, gastric cancer, peritoneal mesothelioma and primary peritoneal cancer. In addition to providing this service nationally,The Peritoneal Surface Malignancy Program at Ascension St. John Hospital has also attracted international patients.

In 2020 Dr. Sharif Sakr, Gynecologic Oncologist, joined the Peritoneal Surface Malignancy Team at Ascension St. John Hospital, which utilizes a multidisciplinary team of experts that develop an individualized, comprehensive plan of care.

This dedicated team and support personnel are available to guide the patient through their journey.

Why is the HIPEC Program at St. John Hospital & Medical Center different?

• Richard Berri, MD, FACS, surgical oncologist is fellowship trained specializing in the treatment of advanced cancers of the abdominal cavity.

• “Second Opinion Clinic” is designed for patients diagnosed outside of our hospital or health system, seeking a second opinion relating to their plan of care.

• Dedicated nurse practitioner for patient and family guidance and support through the diagnostic, treatment, and surveillance processes.

• Certified oncology dietitian to provide continuous nutritional support and guidance.

• We are dedicated to providing holistic patient care and ensuring care is provided in a patient and family centered environment.

Why Choose Ascension St. John Hospital

Dr. Richard Berri’s surgical oncology practice at the Van Elslander Cancer Center on the campus of St. John Hospital is dedicated to providing patients with the highest quality of care in a patient and family centered environment. Our goal is to partner with the patient to educate them to the fullest extent of their health care needs. Dr. Berri is up to date with the best practice surgical techniques and procedures. Dr. Berri’s office staff includes a dedicated nurse practitioner, GI nurse navigator, GI dietitian, and a patient access advocate.

The Peritoneal Malignancies Program and HIPEC team’s depth of experience is unmatched. Dr. Berri and his team also lead the Jerome F. Williams Gastric Cancer Program.

Patients seen by Dr. Berri have the option of being seen in a multidisciplinary clinic fashion where a team of experts evaluate the patient. This is especially helpful in the light of a new diagnosis or for a second opinion. Patients will be evaluated by medical, surgical, and radiation oncology as well as gastroenterology. Through the multidisciplinary clinic each patient will receive an individualized plan of care that works best for the patient, their family, and their diagnosis.

Treatment for patients with Peritoneal Carcinomatosis from different types of cancer

Peritoneal Carcinomatosis potentially occurs in several different types of cancers such as appendiceal cancer, colorectal cancer, gastric cancer, mesothelioma, and ovarian cancer. A treatment for peritoneal carcinomatosis is a procedure using heated chemotherapy called HIPEC (Hyperthermic Intraperitoneal Chemotherapy). Here at St. John Hospital & Medical Center, Richard Berri, MD, FACS, is the director of the Peritoneal Malignancies Program and surgical oncologist that performs HIPEC. This program, developed by Dr. Berri, is the first in the state of Michigan, now a nationally and internationally recognized program. Dr. Berri has performed the most cases, as a single surgeon, in the entire country.

Our experienced HIPEC team consists of a Surgical Oncologist, Medical Oncologist, Radiation Oncologist, Gastroenterologist, Medical Geneticist, Nurse Practitioner, Patient Access Advocate, GI Nurse Navigator, Oncology Dietitian, Social Worker and Financial Counselor.

We strive to ensure that your experience from the beginning of evaluation through surgery and recovery proceeds in a seamless and manageable way. Our goal is to provide not only the best surgical care but the best possible outcomes while maintaining your quality of life and hope for the future.

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HIPEC at Ascension St. John

What is HIPEC

Hyperthermic Intraperitoneal Chemotherapy or HIPEC, is a procedure that has applications for advanced cancers that have spread to the lining of the abdominal cavity including colorectal, gastric, ovarian, appendiceal and mesothelioma.

The treatment involves surgically removing cancerous tumors from the abdominal cavity, then bathing the cavity with heated chemotherapy. Dr. Berri then continuously circulates the heated, sterile chemotherapy solution throughout the abdominal cavity for up to two hours. The solution is then removed and the incision is closed.

Delivering heated chemotherapy throughout the abdominal cavity distributes the drug thoroughly and allows it to directly penetrate the areas of cancer and reach areas where cancer cells aren’t easily visible.

HIPEC is a viable treatment option that has been shown to extend and improve patients’ quality of life.

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