Dr. Allan Tsung, MD

Department of Surgery
Division of Hepatobiliary & Pancreatic Surgery
Roberta G. Simmons Assistant Professor of Surgery
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Surgical oncologist
UPMC Liver Cancer Center

UPMC Montefiore, 7 South
3459 Fifth Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213-2582
Phone: 412-692-2001 or Toll-free at 1-855-74-LIVER
Fax: 412-692-2002
E-mail: tsunga@upmc.edu

Dr. Tsung is the Roberta G. Simmons assistant professor of surgery in the Department of Surgery, Division of Hepatobiliary & Pancreatic Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.  His clinical interests center on the evaluation and management of patients with liver, bile duct, and pancreas cancers. He is specialty-trained in liver and pancreatic surgery, with a focus on minimally invasive (laparoscopic and robotic) surgery. Dr. Tsung also co-leads the liver-directed therapy program utilizing hepatic artery chemoembolization and Yttrium 90 internal radiation for primary and metastatic liver cancers, bile duct cancers, and gallbladder carcinoma.

Dr. Tsung earned his medical degree at the SUNY Health Science Center at Brooklyn College of Medicine. He completed his general surgical residency and hepatobiliary and pancreas fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. 

His primary research interest is directed toward hepatobiliary clinical trials and the role of inflammation in tumorigenesis of primary and metastatic liver cancers. Dr. Tsung has active research grants from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and the NIH, and is also the Principal Investigator on multiple clinical trials for liver cancer. He is a member of the Society of Surgical Oncology and has authored more than 50 manuscripts and four book chapters.


Selected Publications

  • Tsung A, Sahai R, Tanak H, Nakao A, Fink MP, Lotze MT, Yang H, Li J, Tracey KJ, Geller Da, Billiar TR. The nuclear factor HMGB1 mediates hepatic injury after murine liver ischemia-reperfusion. J Exp Med. 2005; 205:1-10.
  • Geller DA, Tsung A, Maheshwari V, Rutstein LA, Fung JJ, Marsh W. Hepatic resection in 170 patients using saline-cooled radiofrequency coagulation. HPB. 2005; 7:208-213.
  • Tsung A, Geller DA.Workup of the Incidental Liver Lesion. Adv Surg. 2005; 39:331-341.
  • Geller DA, Tsung A, Marsh JW, Dvorchik I, Gamblin TC, Carr BI. Outcome of 1,000 Liver Cancer Patients Evaluated at the UPMC Liver Cancer Center. J Gastrointest Surg. 2006; 10:63-68.
  • Balaa FK, Gamblin TC, Tsung A, Marsh JW, Geller DA. Right Hepatic Lobectomy Using the Staple Technique in 101 Patients. J Gastrointest Surg. 2008; 12(2):338-43.
  • Tsung A, Klune JR, Zhang X, Jeyabalan G, Cao Z, Peng X, Stolz DB, Geller DA, Rosengart MR, Billiar TR. Ischemia-induced HMGB1 Release by Hepatocytes Involves Toll-like Receptor 4 Dependent Reactive Oxygen Species Production and Calcium Mediated Signaling. J Exp Med. 2007; 204(12):2913-23.
  • Nguyen KT, Steel J, Vanounou T, Tsung A, Marsh JW, Geller DA, Clark Gamblin T. Initial Presentation and Management of Hilar and Peripheral Cholangiocarcinoma: Is a Node-Positive Status or Potential Margin-Positive Result a Contraindication to Resection? Ann Surg Oncol. 2009; 16(12):3308-15.
  • Vanounou T, Steel JL, Nguyen KT, Tsung A, Marsh JW, Geller DA, Gamblin TC. Comparing the Clinical and Economic Impact of Laparoscopic Versus Open Liver Resection. Ann Surg Oncol. 2010; 17(4):998-1009.

Dr. Allan Tsung, MD

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