Treating Complex Cases

Many patients who can't be helped elsewhere come to OU Physicians. Following are just a few examples of the expertise that brings them here:

  • We are the only group in the state doing research specifically directed toward effective treatment of pancreatic cancer.
  • One of our surgeons is so experienced at performing the Whipple procedure that it takes him only three and a half hours to perform it, and his surgeries have only a 2 percent mortality rate. Most doctors performing this procedure require about seven hours and experience a 20 percent mortality rate.
  • A treatment that speeds platelet recovery after chemotherapy was developed by one of our hematologist-oncologists. This physician is a national leader in the treatment of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma and chronic leukemia.
  • Our board-certified, fellowship-trained, pediatric urologists pioneered urological tissue engineering to create functional bladders.
  • OU Physicians ranks among the top centers in the country in the number of National Cancer Institute-endorsed treatments for women's cancers, providing more of the newest innovations than any center in the region.
  • Our surgical oncologist was awarded first prize for the Outstanding Research Project of 2000 from The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists for his refinements of ductal lavage. (Ductal lavage is a new technique for early detection of breast cancer in women at high risk for the disease.)
  • OU Physicians is a national leader in research in developing minimally invasive, laparoscopic surgeries to eliminate uterine cancer.