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Fox Chase's New Attending Physician Focuses on Gastrointestinal Cancers

PHILADELPHIA (October, 2008) — Michael John Hall, MD, MS, has joined Fox Chase Cancer Center's medical oncology staff as an attending physician.  He treats patients with gastrointestinal cancers, with a special focus on tumors of the pancreas, small bowel and colon tumors.

As a member of Fox Chase's Gastrointestinal Tumor Risk Assessment Program, Hall also takes part in cancer risk assessment.  This includes risk counseling, and when appropriate, genetic testing.

"The goal of the GI Tumor Risk Assessment Program is to help our patients understand their cancer risk and to offer them opportunities to participate in cutting-edge research focused on risk reduction and cancer prevention," Hall explained.  "To this end, we study various aspects of cancer risk, including genetic markers of increased cancer risk in families."
Hall is board-certified in internal medicine, medical oncology and hematology.  He earned his medical degree at Columbia University, where he was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society.  After completing his residency in internal medicine at Harvard University's Brigham and Women's Hospital, he served a three-year fellowship in hematology and oncology at the University of Chicago and was again elected to Alpha Omega Alpha.

Next, he completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health.  Before joining Fox Chase, Hall was assistant professor of medicine at Columbia and assistant professor of epidemiology at the Mailman School of Public Health.

Fox Chase Cancer Center, part of the Temple University Health System, is one of the leading cancer research and treatment centers in the United States. Founded in 1904 in Philadelphia as one of the nation’s first cancer hospitals, Fox Chase was also among the first institutions to be designated a National Cancer Institute Comprehensive Cancer Center in 1974. Fox Chase researchers have won the highest awards in their fields, including two Nobel Prizes. Fox Chase physicians are also routinely recognized in national rankings, and the Center’s nursing program has received the Magnet recognition for excellence four consecutive times. Today, Fox Chase conducts a broad array of nationally competitive basic, translational, and clinical research, with special programs in cancer prevention, detection, survivorship, and community outreach.  For more information, call 1-888-FOX CHASE or (1-888-369-2427).

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