Iswanto Sucandy MD FACS
Dr. Iswanto Sucandy is a highly trained and experienced board certified surgeon with dual fellowship training in Hepatopancreatobiliary Surgery, as well as in Advanced Gastrointestinal Minimally Invasive Surgery. He primarily specializes in minimally invasive and robotic surgery for disorders of the liver, gallbladder, and bile duct.
Majority of gallbladder cancer surgery, liver cancer surgery, and bile duct cancer surgery are still performed using the traditional open operation in the United States. Lack of formal training in minimally invasive surgery in the earlier generations of surgeon creates difficulty in adoption of minimally invasive surgical techniques.
In a modern era of surgery, minimally invasive approach is becoming the new goal standard technique of performing many operations, including for liver, gallbladder and biliary tract surgery.
Minimally invasive surgery is associated with significantly less complications, less pain, less requirement for narcotic pain medication, shorter recovery, earlier return to work, and earlier resumption of chemotherapy for certain cancers. This has been validated in a randomized clinical trial for liver cancer. Dr. Iswanto Sucandy had a formal training in both minimally invasive surgery and hepatobiliary (liver, biliary, and pancreas) surgery. Using this dual expertise, Dr. Sucandy was subsequently able to apply and further developed techniques in minimally invasive robotic hepatobiliary surgery to cure , biliary cancers, gallbladder cancers and other non-malignant diseases of hepatobiliary organs.
There are only very few surgeons who achieve this level of competency in the United States. The expertise of our hepatobiliary team benefits many patients with liver, gallbladder and biliary tract tumors, especially with minimally invasive operation.
My Journey In Medicine
Dr. Sucandy was born and raised in South Celebes, Indonesia. After completing one of the most prestigious and oldest medical school in Indonesia, he moved to the United States where his decade-long surgical education started as a research scholar at the Cleveland Clinic.
Dr. Sucandy then completed his residency in General Surgery at Jefferson Health-Abington Hospital in Philadelphia where he served as the Academic Chief Resident and was also a recipient of the Rosenfeld Scholarship for his academic and clinical excellence.
After finishing his general surgery training in Philadelphia, Dr. Sucandy went to pursue a fellowship in Advanced Gastrointestinal and Minimally Invasive Surgery with Yale University School of Medicine at Yale New Haven Hospital. Dr. Sucandy’s passion for improving the care of patients with liver, pancreas and bile duct cancers led him to complete a second fellowship in Hepato Pancreato Biliary Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Thomas E Starzl Institute. It was here that both liver transplantation and minimally invasive liver resection were pioneered in the United States and in the world.
As a result of his endeavors in the fields of minimally invasive surgery and hepatopancreatobiliary surgical diseases, Dr. Sucandy was chosen as the 2016-2017 recipient of the very prestigious IRCAD (Research Institute Against Digestive Cancers in Strasbourg, France). Award was supported by SAGES (Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons) and Karl Storz Endoscopy.
In 2019, Dr. Sucandy was awarded Carol and Tom R Demeester Award by The Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract (SSAT). This prestigious award is given to clinical surgeons with a primary goal to facilitate exchange of knowledge with other major academic centers within the United States and Canada.
Dr. Sucandy continues to push the envelope in the advancement of minimally invasive surgery and robotic liver resection to benefit patients with benign and malignant gastrointestinal and hepatopancreatobiliary tumors.
IRCAD / Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons Fellowship Award 2017, Strasbourg, France
Frederick Coller Surgical Society Award 2013-2014 (Visiting Mayo Clinic, Department of Surgery / Hepatobiliary and Pancreatic Surgery, Rochester, MN)
Rosenfeld Cancer Center Surgical Scholarship Award 2013-2014, Philadephia, PA
Duke University Medical Center / Minimally Invasive EndoSurgery Award 2011-2012, Durham, NC
Additional Details About
Iswanto Sucandy, M.D
Associate Professor of Surgery
(University Of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh, PA)
Surgery – Advanced Gastrointestinal and Minimally Invasive Surgery
(Yale University School of Medicine/Yale-New Haven Hospital, New Haven, CT)
Languages: English, Indonesian