Arizona Oncology Welcomes Dr. Edgar D. Staren as Chief of Operations: Highly regarded surgical oncologist to spearhead operations of leading community oncology group

12/02/2019

PHOENIX, AZ, Dec. 2, 2019 - Arizona Oncology is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Edgar D. Staren, as chief of operations, building on its mission to provide comprehensive cancer care throughout Arizona. Dr. Staren brings more than 30 years of oncology experience to Arizona Oncology including numerous executive leadership roles, academic appointments, committees, honors, awards and publications.

Most recently, he served as president of TransMed7, a minimal access medical technology company addressing patient needs from diagnosis to therapy. Previously, he held leadership positions as chief medical officer, chief executive officer of the Western Regional Medical Center, and chief executive officer of medicine and science for Cancer Treatment Centers of America; professor of surgery, vice president and executive director for Cancer Services at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center; and professor, chairman of surgery and medical director of the cancer institute at the Medical College of Ohio.

"I am thrilled to join the Arizona Oncology team. I’m looking forward to partnering with outstanding clinicians, staff, and scientists in bringing lifesaving diagnostic and therapeutic options to cancer patients in need,” said Dr. Staren. “It’s an exciting opportunity to work with such a talented team to set the standard for cancer care in Arizona through innovative new programs and building on the comprehensive care the practice has provided to patients for more than two decades.”

In addition to his leadership and clinical experience, Dr. Staren has published nearly 300 scientific works including more than 150 manuscripts, 80+ abstracts, 45 book chapters, and 12 books.

“We are proud to welcome Dr. Staren to Arizona Oncology in a forward-thinking, strategic role,” said Dr. Joseph Buscema, practice president. “As a highly skilled surgeon and well-respected leader, we believe his experience will be a critical element in ensuring Arizona Oncology continues its journey to transform cancer care for communities across the state. Dr. Staren will be a key member of the leadership team supporting the more than 125 practicing clinicians dedicated to providing quality, comprehensive cancer care. We are honored to welcome a physician of his caliber to the team.”

Arizona Oncology, established in 1998, provides leading-edge cancer care at more than 40 locations throughout Arizona and is composed of expert physicians specializing in medical, gynecologic, and radiation oncology, as well as hematology, stem cell transplant, breast and colorectal surgery, urology, and genetic risk assessment. Part of The US Oncology Network, Arizona Oncology is connected to more than 1,200 independent physicians to provide advanced resources for patients like clinical research and treatment technology through the convenience of community-based locations. Arizona Oncology physicians utilize evidence-based treatment standards to tailor plans specific to each patient’s unique needs.

Dr. Staren is a board-certified surgeon who earned his medical degree from Loyola University School of Medicine. He completed his general surgery training and fellowship in surgical oncology at Rush University Medical Center and Cook County Hospitals. He completed additional graduate education including his doctorate of immunology/microbiology from Rush Medical College and a masters of business administration from Benedictine University.