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Michael Nicholl, MD

Michael Nicholl, MD, is an assistant professor of surgery at the University of Missouri School of Medicine.

Dr. Nicholl joined the Hugh E. Stephenson Jr., MD in July of 2009. As a member of the faculty at MU, Dr. Nicholl has focused his clinical interests on foregut cancers, including the surgical treatment of stomach, pancreas and liver cancer. He routinely performs major liver and pancreas operations for cancer, including the Whipple procedure. With his arrival at the Ellis Fischel Cancer Center, he introduced the HIPEC procedure to mid-Missouri. Dr. Nicholl is an accomplished laparoscopic and robotic surgeon. He is the first surgeon in the region to perform stomach, liver, spleen, and pancreas surgery with the daVinci robotic system. Dr. Nicholl also performs surgery for the treatment of melanoma.

As an award-winning cancer researcher, Dr. Nicholl has published numerous cancer research papers in top surgery and cancer journals. His cancer research has been presented at national medical meetings. His current laboratory research seeks to understand how to enhance the body's immune system to fight cancer (immunotherapy). Immunotherapy is available at the Ellis Fischel Cancer Center and Dr. Nicholl serves as the principal site investigator for a pancreas cancer vaccine trial.

Dr. Nicholl's lab also researches the use of naturally occurring substances in the fight against cancer. Dr. Nicholl serves an important leadership role in the Ellis Fischel Cancer Center as the cancer liaison physician to the American College of Surgeons.

Dr. Nicholl received his medical degree from the MCP-Hahnemann University School of Medicine in Philadelphia, Pa. Dr. Nicholl completed general surgery training at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee in 2006. Following residency, Dr. Nicholl served three years as a fellow in surgical oncology at the John Wayne Cancer Institute in Santa Monica, California.

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