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Vernon Sondak, MD


Chair of the Department of Cutaneous OncologyDirector of Surgical EducationH. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute


Dr Sondak is Chair of the Department of Cutaneous Oncology and Director of Surgical Education at the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute in Tampa, Florida.  He is also a Professor in the Departments of Oncologic Sciences and Surgery at the University of South Florida, College of Medicine.  His research interests include surgical treatment of malignant melanoma in adults and children; surgical treatment of Merkel cell carcinoma and soft-tissue sarcomas, including dermatofibrosarcoma protuberans, angiosarcoma, gastrointestinal stromal tumors, and desmoid tumors; adjuvant therapy of melanoma; and evaluation of vaccine treatments for patients with localized or disseminated melanoma.  Dr. Sondak has also been a leader in studies of surgical treatment of melanoma and other cutaneous malignancies, particularly in the application of sentinel lymph node biopsy to the staging of melanomas, sarcomas and non-melanoma skin cancers.  He is actively involved in ongoing analyses to determine which patients with thin melanoma are most likely to benefit from sentinel node biopsy, as well as which patients with sentinel node metastases are most likely to have further metastases identified in other regional lymph nodes. Dr Sondak is the author or coauthor of over 230 articles in peer-reviewed publications, 132 abstracts, and 8 books and 64 book chapters.