Our Experts — Surgical Oncology Robotics Training

Meet the surgical oncology experts from the UPMC Center for Advanced Robotics Training (CART).

Melissa E. Hogg, MD

Dr. Hogg is a surgical oncologist specializing in gastrointestinal surgical oncology with a focus in minimally invasive treatment of benign and malignant stomach, pancreas, biliary, and colorectal diseases. She also practices state-of-the-art robotic technology.

She's board-certified in general surgery and board-eligible in complex general surgical oncology. She received her medical degree from Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, and she completed her general surgery residency at McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University in Chicago. Dr. Hogg completed a surgical oncology fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.


Herbert J. Zeh III, MD

Dr. Zeh specializes in cancers and diseases of the pancreas and the use of state-of-the-art robotic technology. Dr. Zeh and his team at UPMC have some of the most extensive experience in performing robotic-assisted pancreatic resections.

Board-certified in surgery, Dr. Zeh received a medical degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. He completed post-graduate training in advanced gastrointestinal surgery and surgical oncology at The Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, where he served as senior and chief resident and Society of Surgical Oncology fellow. Dr. Zeh served as a surgical oncology medical staff fellow at the National Cancer Institute — Surgery Branch in Bethesda, MD.

Dr. Zeh has authored over 70 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters. He directs a translational research laboratory examining damage associated molecular pattern molecules (DAMP) in the setting of pancreatic cancer. In addition, he's principal investigator on several pancreatic cancer clinical trials in pancreatic cancer.


Amer H. Zureikat, MD

Dr. Zureikat is co-director of the UPMC Pancreatic Cancer Center. He is highly experienced in robotic pancreatic surgery, and has contributed a variety of publications on the safety, feasibility, and outcomes of this approach.

He received his medical education at the Royal College of Surgeons in Dublin, Ireland, and completed his residency in general surgery at the University of Chicago. His fellowship training in surgical oncology took place at the University of Pittsburgh where he focused on pancreas surgery and minimally invasive surgical oncology.

Dr. Zureikat's research interests are focused on how the design and implementation of quality metrics, protocols, and curriculum for robotic surgery can improve cancer care and outcomes.

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