Harold J. Wanebo, MD, FACS

Harold Wanebo

Title: Founder
Company: Chemo Enhanced
Location: Providence, Rhode Island, United States

Harold J. Wanebo, Founder of Chemo Enhanced, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Doctors for dedication, achievements, and leadership in health care education.

Passionate about surgical oncology, Dr. Wanebo has dedicated nearly 60 years to advancing the field. He started by graduating from Regis College with a Bachelor of Science in 1957, and from the University of Colorado with a Doctor of Medicine in 1961, subsequently joining the Cornell Medical Division of Bellevue Hospital as an intern. Dr. Wanebo then became a resident in the same division in 1962, a surgical resident at the University of California, San Francisco Medical Center in 1963, a fellow in tumor immunology at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in 1965, and a surgical resident at the University of California, San Francisco Medical Center in 1967. From 1969 to 1971, he served as a major in the U.S. Army, resuming his medical efforts as a senior surgical fellow at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center afterward.

Dr. Wanebo’s educational journey came to an end in 1973, when he was promoted to clinical assistant to the attending surgeon and associate of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and became an instructor of surgery at Weill Cornell Medicine. Since then, he has several positions, such as assistant attending surgeon, associate scientist, and consultant of clinical immunology for Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and assistant professor of surgery for Weill Cornell Medicine. He has also been a professor of surgery and the chief of the division of surgical oncology for the University of Virginia, a member of the advanced training council of the American Head and Neck Society, a consultant in the ad hoc study session on allergy and infectious diseases for the National Institutes of Health, and a professor of surgery and the director of surgical oncology for Brown University. Although Dr. Wanebo is mostly retired now and a professor emeritus of surgery for the Roger Williams Medical Center, he is still an active affiliate of the Boston University School of Medicine, and as the founder of his own lab, Chemo Enhanced, where he is working on cancer research.

Throughout his career, Dr. Wanebo has delivered more than 500 presentations and authored 290 peer-reviewed journal articles, as well as 75 chapters and five books. He was the editor of “Regional Therapy of Malignancy,” for Surgical Clinics of North America in 2008, “Surgical Management for Pelvic Malignancy” in 2005, “Surgery for Gastrointestinal Cancer” in 1996, “Colorectal Cancer” in 1993, “Common Problems in Cancer Surgery” in 1990, and “Hepatic and Biliary Cancer” in 1987. Further, he was a contributor to the Journal of Cancer Education, an editor of Surgical Clinics of North America, an associate editor for Gastric Center in Japan, an associate international adviser for the Journal of Surgical Association in Taiwan, and an editorial board member for the Annals of Surgical Oncology and Head and Neck Surgery. A respected leader in the industry, Dr. Wanebo is a member of organizations such as the American College of Surgeons, the American Association for Cancer Research, the American Association of Immunologists, the American Cancer Society, and the American Society of Clinical Oncology.

In recognition of his successful career, Dr. Wanebo earned a Special Award from the University of Colorado Medical School in 2007, as well as a Junior Faculty Clinical Fellowship Award from the American Cancer Society, a Bronze Star Medal, and a Commendation Medal with Device. He has also been featured in numerous editions of Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Education, Who’s Who in Medicine and Healthcare, Who’s Who in Science and Engineering, Who’s Who in the East, and Who’s Who in the World, and he has a chair endowed in his name at the Rodger Williams Medical Center. Dr. Wanebo attributes his success to his wife, Claire Anne, who was a Bellevue Hospital nurse and who was always very helpful and supportive.

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