Martin McCarter, MD
Professor, Surgery-Surgical Oncology

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Medical School:
  • MD, University of Vermont College of Medicine (1992)
Undergraduate School:
  • AB, Dartmouth College (NH) (1987)
Internship:
  • New York Presbyterian Hospital (Cornell Campus) Program (1993)
Residency:
  • New York Presbyterian Hospital (Cornell Campus) Program, Chief Resident, Surgery (1999)
Fellowships:
  • Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center Program, Surgery (2001)
Languages: English
Department: Surgery-Surgical Oncology

Recognition & Awards

  • Top Doctor in Denver, 5280 Magazine (2012)
    Voted a 5280 best doctor by my peers in response to the question, "Which physician would you trust to treat you and your family?"
  • Outstanding Full-Time Physician of the Year, University of Colorado Hospital (2008)
  • The Ben Eiseman, MD Faculty Teaching Excellence Award, University of Colorado School of Medicine (2006)

Research Interests

My research interests are primarily focused on understanding and overcoming tumor induced immune suppression. Along with my research colleagues, we have active investigations intent on discovering how tumors shut down the immune response to the cancer and more importantly, find ways to prevent this from occurring. In addition, I work closely with other cancer researchers in developing and applying targeted and immunotherapies therapies for GI tumors, Melanoma and Sarcoma.

Teaching

  • Associate Professor of Surgery (2001)
    School of Medicine, Surgery
    Dr. McCarter’s clinical interests focus on the surgical treatment of melanoma and gastrointestinal cancer. The practice of surgical oncology continues to evolve with the integration of multiple treatment options designed to best suit the individual patient situation. Dr. McCarter is a leading proponent of involving the patient in the multidisciplinary care process. He is committed to advancing medical knowledge through both clinical and translational research and is an active participant in many national and local trials. Current research interests include tumor induced immunosuppression in melanoma and targeted therapies for colorectal cancers and gastrointestinal stromal tumors. The education of students and residents is a critical component of his practice.

Publications

  • Carmichael H, King BBT, Friedman C, Torphy RJ, Medina T, Gleisner A, McCarter MD, Kwak JJ, Kounalakis N. Frequency and implications of occipital and posterior auricular sentinel lymph nodes in scalp melanoma. J Surg Oncol. 2019 Oct 15. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 31614003
  • Friedman C, Lyon M, Torphy RJ, Thieu D, Hosokawa P, Gonzalez R, Lewis KD, Medina TM, Rioth MJ, Robinson WA, Kounalakis N, McCarter MD, Gleisner AL. A nomogram to predict node positivity in patients with thin melanomas helps inform shared patient decision making. J Surg Oncol. 2019 Dec;120(7):1276-1283. PubMed PMID: 31602665
  • Halpern AL, Friedman C, Torphy RJ, Al-Musawi MH, Mitchell JD, Scott CD, Meguid RA, McCarter MD, Weyant MJ, Gleisner AL. Conversion to open surgery during minimally invasive esophagectomy portends worse short-term outcomes: an analysis of the National Cancer Database. Surg Endosc. 2019 Oct 7. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 31591657
  • Castleman MJ, Dillon SM, Purba C, Cogswell AC, McCarter M, Barker E, Wilson C. Enteric bacteria induce IFN? and Granzyme B from human colonic Group 1 Innate Lymphoid Cells. Gut Microbes. 2019 Oct 4;:1-17. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 31583949
  • Dillon SM, Liu J, Purba CM, Christians AJ, Kibbie JJ, Castleman MJ, McCarter MD, Wilson CC. Age-related alterations in human gut CD4 T cell phenotype, T helper cell frequencies, and functional responses to enteric bacteria. J Leukoc Biol. 2019 Oct 1. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 31573727
  • Chapman BC, Weyant M, Hilton S, Hosokawa PW, McCarter MD, Gleisner A, Nader ND, Gajdos C. Analysis of the National Cancer Database Esophageal Squamous Cell Carcinoma in the United States. Ann Thorac Surg. 2019 Nov;108(5):1535-1542. PubMed PMID: 31302081
  • Torphy RJ, Chapman BC, Friedman C, Nguyen C, Bartsch CG, Meguid C, Ahrendt SA, McCarter MD, Del Chiaro M, Schulick RD, Edil BH, Gleisner A. Quality of Life Following Major Laparoscopic or Open Pancreatic Resection. Ann Surg Oncol. 2019 Sep;26(9):2985-2993. PubMed PMID: 31228131
  • Garcia-Perez JE, Baxter RM, Kong DS, Tobin R, McCarter M, Routes JM, Verbsky J, Jordan MB, Dutmer CM, Hsieh EWY. CTLA4 Message Reflects Pathway Disruption in Monogenic Disorders and Under Therapeutic Blockade. Front Immunol. 2019;10:998. PubMed PMID: 31156616
  • Halpern AL, Torphy RJ, McCarter MD, Sciotto CG, Glode LM, Robinson WA. A familial germline mutation in KIT associated with achalasia, mastocytosis and gastrointestinal stromal tumors shows response to kinase inhibitors. Cancer Genet. 2019 Apr;233-234:1-6. PubMed PMID: 31109590
  • Janssen QP, Buettner S, Suker M, Beumer BR, Addeo P, Bachellier P, Bahary N, Bekaii-Saab T, Bali MA, Besselink MG, Boone BA, Chau I, Clarke S, Dillhoff M, El-Rayes BF, Frakes JM, Grose D, Hosein PJ, Jamieson NB, Javed AA, Khan K, Kim KP, Kim SC, Kim SS, Ko AH, Lacy J, Margonis GA, McCarter MD, McKay CJ, Mellon EA, Moorcraft SY, Okada KI, Paniccia A, Parikh PJ, Peters NA, Rabl H, Samra J, Tinchon C, van Tienhoven G, van Veldhuisen E, Wang-Gillam A, Weiss MJ, Wilmink JW, Yamaue H, Homs MYV, van Eijck CHJ, Katz MHG, Koerkamp BG. Neoadjuvant FOLFIRINOX in patients with borderline resectable pancreatic cancer: a systematic review and patient-level meta-analysis. J Natl Cancer Inst. 2019 May 14. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 31086963
  • Halpern AL, McCarter MD. Palliative Management of Gastric and Esophageal Cancer. Surg Clin North Am. 2019 Jun;99(3):555-569. PubMed PMID: 31047042
  • Castleman MJ, Dillon SM, Purba CM, Cogswell AC, Kibbie JJ, McCarter MD, Santiago ML, Barker E, Wilson CC. Commensal and Pathogenic Bacteria Indirectly Induce IL-22 but Not IFN? Production From Human Colonic ILC3s via Multiple Mechanisms. Front Immunol. 2019;10:649. PubMed PMID: 30984202
  • Lyell NJ, Kitano M, Smith B, Gleisner AL, Backes FJ, Cheng G, McCarter MD, Abdel-Misih S, Jones EL. The effect of preoperative nutritional status on postoperative complications and overall survival in patients undergoing pelvic exenteration: A multi-disciplinary, multi-institutional cohort study. Am J Surg. 2019 Aug;218(2):275-280. PubMed PMID: 30982571
  • Li SX, Sen S, Schneider JM, Xiong KN, Nusbacher NM, Moreno-Huizar N, Shaffer M, Armstrong AJS, Severs E, Kuhn K, Neff CP, McCarter M, Campbell T, Lozupone CA, Palmer BE. Gut microbiota from high-risk men who have sex with men drive immune activation in gnotobiotic mice and in vitro HIV infection. PLoS Pathog. 2019 Apr;15(4):e1007611. PubMed PMID: 30947289
  • King BBT, Chapman BC, Gleisner A, Stewart C, Friedman C, Kwak JJ, McCarter MD, Kounalakis N. Postbiopsy Pigmentation is Prognostic in Head and Neck Melanoma. Ann Surg Oncol. 2019 Apr;26(4):1046-1054. PubMed PMID: 30706226
  • Dewberry LC, Wingrove LJ, Marsh MD, Glode AE, Schefter TE, Leong S, Purcell WT, McCarter MD. Pilot Prehabilitation Program for Patients With Esophageal Cancer During Neoadjuvant Therapy and Surgery. J Surg Res. 2019 Mar;235:66-72. PubMed PMID: 30691852
  • Turner JA, Bemis JGT, Bagby SM, Capasso A, Yacob BW, Chimed TS, Van Gulick R, Lee H, Tobin R, Tentler JJ, Pitts T, McCarter M, Robinson WA, Couts KL. BRAF fusions identified in melanomas have variable treatment responses and phenotypes. Oncogene. 2018 Sep 25. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 30254212
  • Stewart CL, McCarter M. ASO Author Reflections: Should We Be Using Dextrose-Containing Carrier Solutions for Perfusion During HIPEC?. Ann Surg Oncol. 2018 Oct 1. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 30276640
  • Turner JA, Bemis JGT, Bagby SM, Capasso A, Yacob BW, Chimed TS, Van Gulick R, Lee H, Tobin R, Tentler JJ, Pitts T, McCarter M, Robinson WA, Couts KL. BRAF fusions identified in melanomas have variable treatment responses and phenotypes. Oncogene. 2018 Sep 25. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 30254212
  • Tobin RP, Jordan KR, Robinson WA, Davis D, Borges VF, Gonzalez R, Lewis KD, McCarter MD. Targeting myeloid-derived suppressor cells using all-trans retinoic acid in melanoma patients treated with Ipilimumab. Int Immunopharmacol. 2018 Oct;63:282-291. PubMed PMID: 30121453
  • Chapman BC, Gleisner A, Rigg D, Messersmith W, Paniccia A, Meguid C, Gajdos C, McCarter MD, Schulick RD, Edil BH. Perioperative and Survival Outcomes Following Neoadjuvant FOLFIRINOX versus Gemcitabine Abraxane in Patients with Pancreatic Adenocarcinoma. JOP. 2018 Mar;19(2):75-85. PubMed PMID: 29950957
  • Torphy RJ, Friedman C, Halpern A, Chapman BC, Ahrendt SS, McCarter MM, Edil BH, Schulick RD, Gleisner A. Comparing Short-term and Oncologic Outcomes of Minimally Invasive Versus Open Pancreaticoduodenectomy Across Low and High Volume Centers. Ann Surg. 2018 May 16. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 29771723
  • von Mehren M, Randall RL, Benjamin RS, Boles S, Bui MM, Ganjoo KN, George S, Gonzalez RJ, Heslin MJ, Kane JM 3rd, Keedy V, Kim E, Koon H, Mayerson J, McCarter M, McGarry SV, Meyer C, Morris ZS, O'Donnell RJ, Pappo AS, Paz IB, Petersen IA, Pfeifer JD, Riedel RF, Ruo B, Schuetze S, Tap WD, Wayne JD, Bergman MA, Scavone JL. Soft Tissue Sarcoma, Version 2.2018, NCCN Clinical Practice Guidelines in Oncology. J Natl Compr Canc Netw. 2018 May;16(5):536-563. PubMed PMID: 29752328
  • Neff CP, Krueger O, Xiong K, Arif S, Nusbacher N, Schneider JM, Cunningham AW, Armstrong A, Li S, McCarter MD, Campbell TB, Lozupone CA, Palmer BE. Fecal Microbiota Composition Drives Immune Activation in HIV-infected Individuals. EBioMedicine. 2018 Apr;30:192-202. PubMed PMID: 29650491
  • Moore HB, Paniccia A, Lawson PJ, Torphy RJ, Nydam TL, Moore EE, McCarter MD, Schulick RD, Edil BH. Utility of Viscoelastic Assays Beyond Coagulation: Can Preoperative Thrombelastography Indices Predict Tumor Histology, Nodal Disease, and Resectability in Patients Undergoing Pancreatectomy?. J Am Coll Surg. 2018 Jul;227(1):55-62. PubMed PMID: 29605725
  • Chapman BC, Gleisner A, Rigg D, Meguid C, Goodman K, Brauer B, Gajdos C, Schulick RD, Edil BH, McCarter MD. Perioperative outcomes and survival following neoadjuvant stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) versus intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) in pancreatic adenocarcinoma. J Surg Oncol. 2018 Apr;117(5):1073-1083. PubMed PMID: 29448308
  • Wani S, Qumseya B, Sultan S, Agrawal D, Chandrashekara V, Harnke B, Kothari S, McCarter M, Shaukat A, Wang A, Yang J, Dewitt J. Endoscopic eradication therapy for patients with Barrett's esophagus-associated dysplasia and intramucosal cancer. Gastrointest Endosc. 2018 Feb 1. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 29397943
  • Trinh BB, Chapman BC, Gleisner A, Kwak JJ, Morgan R, McCarter MD, Gajdos C, Kounalakis N. SPECT/CT Adds Distinct Lymph Node Basins and Influences Radiologic Findings and Surgical Approach for Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy in Head and Neck Melanoma. Ann Surg Oncol. 2018 Jan 12. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 29330718
  • Stewart CL, Gleisner A, Halpern A, Ibrahim-Zada I, Luna RA, Pearlman N, Gajdos C, Edil B, McCarter M. Implications of Hyperthermic Intraperitoneal Chemotherapy Perfusion-Related Hyperglycemia. Ann Surg Oncol. 2017 Dec 4. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 29204776
  • Sharma PK, Mehrotra S, Gleisner AL, Schulick RD, McCarter MD. Recurrent Solid Pseudopapillary Neoplasm of Pancreas: Case Report and Review of Literature. J Pancreat Cancer. 2018;4(1):25-29. PubMed PMID: 30631854
  • Stewart CL, McCarter M. ASO Author Reflections: Should We Be Using Dextrose-Containing Carrier Solutions for Perfusion During HIPEC?. Ann Surg Oncol. 2018 Oct 1. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 30276640
  • Chapman BC, Gleisner A, Rigg D, Messersmith W, Paniccia A, Meguid C, Gajdos C, McCarter MD, Schulick RD, Edil BH. Perioperative and Survival Outcomes Following Neoadjuvant FOLFIRINOX versus Gemcitabine Abraxane in Patients with Pancreatic Adenocarcinoma. JOP. 2018 Mar;19(2):75-85. PubMed PMID: 29950957
  • Tobin RP, Jordan KR, Robinson WA, Davis D, Borges VF, Gonzalez R, Lewis KD, McCarter MD. Targeting myeloid-derived suppressor cells using all-trans retinoic acid in melanoma patients treated with Ipilimumab. Int Immunopharmacol. 2018 Oct;63:282-291. PubMed PMID: 30121453
  • Jordan KR, Kapoor P, Spongberg E, Tobin RP, Gao D, Borges VF, McCarter MD. Immunosuppressive myeloid-derived suppressor cells are increased in splenocytes from cancer patients. Cancer Immunol Immunother. 2017 Jan 20. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 28108766
  • Stewart CL, Gleisner A, Kwak J, Chapman B, Pearlman N, Gajdos C, McCarter M, Kounalakis N. Implications of Sentinel Lymph Node Drainage to Multiple Basins in Head and Neck Melanoma. Ann Surg Oncol. 2017 Jan 5. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 28058553
  • Stewart CL, Wilson L, Hamm A, Bartsch C, Boniface M, Gleisner A, Mitchell JD, Weyant MJ, Meguid R, Gajdos C, Edil BH, McCarter M. Is Chemical Pyloroplasty Necessary for Minimally Invasive Esophagectomy?. Ann Surg Oncol. 2017 Jan 5. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 28058546
  • Chang S, Lanctot AC, McCarter MD, Roberts KM, Glueck DH, Dodd GD 3rd. The prediction of radiofrequency ablation zone volume using vascular indices of 3-dimensional volumetric colour Doppler ultrasound in an in vitro blood-perfused bovine liver model. Br J Radiol. 2017 Feb;90(1070):20160661. PubMed PMID: 27925468
  • Ryan CE, Paniccia A, Meguid RA, McCarter MD. Transthoracic Anastomotic Leak After Esophagectomy: Current Trends. Ann Surg Oncol. 2017 Jan;24(1):281-290. PubMed PMID: 27406098
  • Stewart CL, Gleisner A, Halpern A, Ibrahim-Zada I, Luna RA, Pearlman N, Gajdos C, Edil B, McCarter M. Implications of Hyperthermic Intraperitoneal Chemotherapy Perfusion-Related Hyperglycemia. Ann Surg Oncol. 2017 Dec 4. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 29204776
  • Scott AJ, Song EK, Bagby S, Purkey A, McCarter M, Gajdos C, Quackenbush KS, Cross B, Pitts TM, Tan AC, Eckhardt SG, Fenton H, Arcaroli J, Messersmith WA. Evaluation of the efficacy of dasatinib, a Src/Abl inhibitor, in colorectal cancer cell lines and explant mouse model. PLoS One. 2017;12(11):e0187173. PubMed PMID: 29091939
  • Chapman BC, Gajdos C, Hosokawa P, Henderson W, Paniccia A, Overbey DM, Gleisner A, Schulick RD, McCarter MD, Edil BH. Comparison of laparoscopic to open pancreaticoduodenectomy in elderly patients with pancreatic adenocarcinoma. Surg Endosc. 2017 Oct 24. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 29067580
  • Bruno TC, Ebner PJ, Moore BL, Squalls OG, Waugh KA, Eruslanov EB, Singhal S, Mitchell JD, Franklin WA, Merrick DT, McCarter MD, Palmer BE, Kern JA, Slansky JE. Antigen-Presenting Intratumoral B Cells Affect CD4( ) TIL Phenotypes in Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer Patients. Cancer Immunol Res. 2017 Oct;5(10):898-907. PubMed PMID: 28848053
  • Smith B, Jones EL, Kitano M, Gleisner AL, Lyell NJ, Cheng G, McCarter MD, Abdel-Misih S, Backes FJ. Influence of tumor size on outcomes following pelvic exenteration. Gynecol Oncol. 2017 Nov;147(2):345-350. PubMed PMID: 28822555
  • Norton JA, Kim T, Kim J, McCarter MD, Kelly KJ, Wong J, Sicklick JK. SSAT State-of-the-Art Conference: Current Surgical Management of Gastric Tumors. J Gastrointest Surg. 2017 Aug 14. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 28808875
  • Chapman BC, Gleisner A, Ibrahim-Zada I, Overbey DM, Paniccia A, Meguid C, Brauer B, Gajdos C, McCarter MD, Schulick RD, Edil BH. Laparoscopic pancreaticoduodenectomy: changing the management of ampullary neoplasms. Surg Endosc. 2017 Aug 4. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 28779245
  • Miller SM, Miles B, Guo K, Folkvord J, Meditz AL, McCarter MD, Levy DN, MaWhinney S, Santiago ML, Connick E. Follicular Regulatory T Cells Are Highly Permissive to R5-Tropic HIV-1. J Virol. 2017 Sep 1;91(17). PubMed PMID: 28615202
  • Hintzsche JD, Gorden NT, Amato CM, Kim J, Wuensch KE, Robinson SE, Applegate AJ, Couts KL, Medina TM, Wells KR, Wisell JA, McCarter MD, Box NF, Shellman YG, Gonzalez RC, Lewis KD, Tentler JJ, Tan AC, Robinson WA. Whole-exome sequencing identifies recurrent SF3B1 R625 mutation and comutation of NF1 and KIT in mucosal melanoma. Melanoma Res. 2017 Jun;27(3):189-199. PubMed PMID: 28296713
  • Yoder AC, Guo K, Dillon SM, Phang T, Lee EJ, Harper MS, Helm K, Kappes JC, Ochsenbauer C, McCarter MD, Wilson CC, Santiago ML. The transcriptome of HIV-1 infected intestinal CD4 T cells exposed to enteric bacteria. PLoS Pathog. 2017 Feb;13(2):e1006226. PubMed PMID: 28241075
  • Tobin RP, Davis D, Jordan KR, McCarter MD. The clinical evidence for targeting human myeloid-derived suppressor cells in cancer patients. J Leukoc Biol. 2017 Feb 8. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 28179538
  • Jordan KR, Kapoor P, Spongberg E, Tobin RP, Gao D, Borges VF, McCarter MD. Immunosuppressive myeloid-derived suppressor cells are increased in splenocytes from cancer patients. Cancer Immunol Immunother. 2017 Jan 20. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 28108766
  • Stewart CL, Gleisner A, Kwak J, Chapman B, Pearlman N, Gajdos C, McCarter M, Kounalakis N. Implications of Sentinel Lymph Node Drainage to Multiple Basins in Head and Neck Melanoma. Ann Surg Oncol. 2017 Jan 5. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 28058553
  • Stewart CL, Wilson L, Hamm A, Bartsch C, Boniface M, Gleisner A, Mitchell JD, Weyant MJ, Meguid R, Gajdos C, Edil BH, McCarter M. Is Chemical Pyloroplasty Necessary for Minimally Invasive Esophagectomy?. Ann Surg Oncol. 2017 Jan 5. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 28058546
  • Dillon SM, Kibbie J, Lee EJ, Guo K, Santiago ML, Austin GL, Gianella S, Landay AL, Donovan AM, Frank DN, McCarter MD, Wilson CC. Low abundance of colonic butyrate-producing bacteria in HIV infection is associated with microbial translocation and immune activation. AIDS. 2016 Dec 19. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 28002063
  • Chang S, Lanctot AC, McCarter MD, Roberts KM, Glueck DH, Dodd GD 3rd. The prediction of radiofrequency ablation zone volume using vascular indices of 3-dimensional volumetric colour Doppler ultrasound in an in vitro blood-perfused bovine liver model. Br J Radiol. 2017 Feb;90(1070):20160661. PubMed PMID: 27925468
  • Chapman BC, Paniccia A, Hosokawa PW, Henderson WG, Overbey DM, Messersmith W, McCarter MD, Gleisner A, Edil BH, Schulick RD, Gajdos C. Impact of Facility Type and Surgical Volume on 10-Year Survival in Patients Undergoing Hepatic Resection for Hepatocellular Carcinoma. J Am Coll Surg. 2016 Dec 5. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 27923615
  • Ryan CE, Paniccia A, Meguid RA, McCarter MD. Transthoracic Anastomotic Leak After Esophagectomy: Current Trends. Ann Surg Oncol. 2017 Jan;24(1):281-290. PubMed PMID: 27406098
  • Dillon SM, Lee EJ, Donovan AM, Guo K, Harper MS, Frank DN, McCarter MD, Santiago ML, Wilson CC. Enhancement of HIV-1 infection and intestinal CD4 T cell depletion ex vivo by gut microbes altered during chronic HIV-1 infection. Retrovirology. 2016 Jan 14;13(1):5. PubMed PMID: 26762145
  • Dillon SM, Kibbie J, Lee EJ, Guo K, Santiago ML, Austin GL, Gianella S, Landay AL, Donovan AM, Frank DN, McCarter MD, Wilson CC. Low abundance of colonic butyrate-producing bacteria in HIV infection is associated with microbial translocation and immune activation. AIDS. 2016 Dec 19. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 28002063
  • Chapman BC, Paniccia A, Hosokawa PW, Henderson WG, Overbey DM, Messersmith W, McCarter MD, Gleisner A, Edil BH, Schulick RD, Gajdos C. Impact of Facility Type and Surgical Volume on 10-Year Survival in Patients Undergoing Hepatic Resection for Hepatocellular Carcinoma. J Am Coll Surg. 2016 Dec 5. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 27923615
  • Neff CP, Rhodes ME, Arnolds KL, Collins CB, Donnelly J, Nusbacher N, Jedlicka P, Schneider JM, McCarter MD, Shaffer M, Mazmanian SK, Palmer BE, Lozupone CA. Diverse Intestinal Bacteria Contain Putative Zwitterionic Capsular Polysaccharides with Anti-inflammatory Properties. Cell Host Microbe. 2016 Oct 12;20(4):535-547. PubMed PMID: 27693306
  • Meguid C, Schulick RD, Schefter TE, Lieu CH, Boniface M, Williams N, Vogel JD, Gajdos C, McCarter M, Edil BH. The Multidisciplinary Approach to GI Cancer Results in Change of Diagnosis and Management of Patients. Multidisciplinary Care Impacts Diagnosis and Management of Patients. Ann Surg Oncol. 2016 Nov;23(12):3986-3990. PubMed PMID: 27342825
  • von Mehren M, Randall RL, Benjamin RS, Boles S, Bui MM, Conrad EU 3rd, Ganjoo KN, George S, Gonzalez RJ, Heslin MJ, Kane JM 3rd, Koon H, Mayerson J, McCarter M, McGarry SV, Meyer C, O'Donnell RJ, Pappo AS, Paz IB, Petersen IA, Pfeifer JD, Riedel RF, Schuetze S, Schupak KD, Schwartz HS, Tap WD, Wayne JD, Bergman MA, Scavone J. Soft Tissue Sarcoma, Version 2.2016, NCCN Clinical Practice Guidelines in Oncology. J Natl Compr Canc Netw. 2016 Jun;14(6):758-86. PubMed PMID: 27283169
  • Boniface MM, Wani SB, Schefter TE, Koo PJ, Meguid C, Leong S, Kaplan JB, Wingrove LJ, McCarter MD. Multidisciplinary management for esophageal and gastric cancer. Cancer Manag Res. 2016 Apr 22;8:39-44. PubMed PMID: 27217796
  • Brown NG, Camilo J, McCarter M, Shah RJ. Refractory Jaundice From Intraductal Papillary Mucinous Neoplasm Treated With Cholangioscopy-Guided Radiofrequency Ablation. ACG Case Rep J. 2016 Apr 15;3(3):202-4. PubMed PMID: 27144205
  • White JT, Cross EW, Burchill MA, Danhorn T, McCarter MD, Rosen HR, O'Connor B, Kedl RM. Virtual memory T cells develop and mediate bystander protective immunity in an IL-15-dependent manner. Nat Commun. 2016 Apr 21;7:11291. PubMed PMID: 27097762
  • Hintzsche J, Kim J, Yadav V, Amato C, Robinson SE, Seelenfreund E, Shellman Y, Wisell J, Applegate A, McCarter M, Box N, Tentler J, De S, Robinson WA, Tan AC. IMPACT: a whole-exome sequencing analysis pipeline for integrating molecular profiles with actionable therapeutics in clinical samples. J Am Med Inform Assoc. 2016 Jul;23(4):721-30. PubMed PMID: 27026619
  • Chapman BC, Gleisner A, Kwak JJ, Hosokawa P, Paniccia A, Merkow JS, Koo PJ, Gajdos C, Pearlman NW, McCarter MD, Kounalakis N. SPECT/CT Improves Detection of Metastatic Sentinel Lymph Nodes in Patients with Head and Neck Melanoma. Ann Surg Oncol. 2016 Aug;23(8):2652-7. PubMed PMID: 26983744
  • Kohler SL, Pham MN, Folkvord JM, Arends T, Miller SM, Miles B, Meditz AL, McCarter M, Levy DN, Connick E. Germinal Center T Follicular Helper Cells Are Highly Permissive to HIV-1 and Alter Their Phenotype during Virus Replication. J Immunol. 2016 Mar 15;196(6):2711-22. PubMed PMID: 26873986
  • Ge PS, Gaddam S, Keach JW, Mullady D, Fukami N, Edmundowicz SA, Azar RR, Shah RJ, Murad FM, Kushnir VM, Ghassemi KF, Sedarat A, Watson RR, Amateau SK, Brauer BC, Yen RD, Hosford L, Hollander T, Donahue TR, Schulick RD, Edil BH, McCarter MD, Gajdos C, Attwell AR, Muthusamy VR, Early DS, Wani S. Predictors for Surgical Referral in Patients With Pancreatic Cystic Lesions Undergoing Endoscopic Ultrasound: Results From a Large Multicenter Cohort Study. Pancreas. 2016 Jan;45(1):51-7. PubMed PMID: 26262589
  • Merkow J, Paniccia A, Jones E, Jones T, Hodges M, Stovall R, Kounalakis N, Gajdos C, Lewis K, Robinson W, Gonzalez R, Pearlman N, McCarter M. Association of sentinel lymph node diameter with melanoma metastasis. Am J Surg. 2016 Jan 6. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 26827186
  • Dillon SM, Lee EJ, Donovan AM, Guo K, Harper MS, Frank DN, McCarter MD, Santiago ML, Wilson CC. Enhancement of HIV-1 infection and intestinal CD4 T cell depletion ex vivo by gut microbes altered during chronic HIV-1 infection. Retrovirology. 2016 Jan 14;13(1):5. PubMed PMID: 26762145
  • Ge PS, Gaddam S, Keach JW, Mullady D, Fukami N, Edmundowicz SA, Azar RR, Shah RJ, Murad FM, Kushnir VM, Ghassemi KF, Sedarat A, Watson RR, Amateau SK, Brauer BC, Yen RD, Hosford L, Hollander T, Donahue TR, Schulick RD, Edil BH, McCarter MD, Gajdos C, Attwell AR, Muthusamy VR, Early DS, Wani S. Predictors for Surgical Referral in Patients With Pancreatic Cystic Lesions Undergoing Endoscopic Ultrasound: Results From a Large Multicenter Cohort Study. Pancreas. 2016 Jan;45(1):51-7. PubMed PMID: 26262589
  • Dillon SM, Lee EJ, Kotter CV, Austin GL, Gianella S, Siewe B, Smith DM, Landay AL, McManus MC, Robertson CE, Frank DN, McCarter MD, Wilson CC. Gut dendritic cell activation links an altered colonic microbiome to mucosal and systemic T-cell activation in untreated HIV-1 infection. Mucosal Immunol. 2016 Jan;9(1):24-37. PubMed PMID: 25921339
  • Meguid C, Ryan CE, Edil BH, Schulick RD, Gajdos C, Boniface M, Schefter TE, Purcell WT, McCarter M. Establishing a framework for building multidisciplinary programs. J Multidiscip Healthc. 2015;8:519-26. PubMed PMID: 26664132
  • Harper MS, Guo K, Gibbert K, Lee EJ, Dillon SM, Barrett BS, McCarter MD, Hasenkrug KJ, Dittmer U, Wilson CC, Santiago ML. Interferon-a Subtypes in an Ex Vivo Model of Acute HIV-1 Infection: Expression, Potency and Effector Mechanisms. PLoS Pathog. 2015 Nov;11(11):e1005254. PubMed PMID: 26529416
  • Miles B, Miller SM, Folkvord JM, Kimball A, Chamanian M, Meditz AL, Arends T, McCarter MD, Levy DN, Rakasz EG, Skinner PJ, Connick E. Follicular regulatory T cells impair follicular T helper cells in HIV and SIV infection. Nat Commun. 2015 Oct 20;6:8608. PubMed PMID: 26482032
  • Gaddam S, Ge PS, Keach JW, Mullady D, Fukami N, Edmundowicz SA, Azar RR, Shah RJ, Murad FM, Kushnir VM, Watson RR, Ghassemi KF, Sedarat A, Komanduri S, Jaiyeola DM, Brauer BC, Yen RD, Amateau SK, Hosford L, Hollander T, Donahue TR, Schulick RD, Edil BH, McCarter M, Gajdos C, Attwell A, Muthusamy VR, Early DS, Wani S. Suboptimal accuracy of carcinoembryonic antigen in differentiation of mucinous and nonmucinous pancreatic cysts: results of a large multicenter study. Gastrointest Endosc. 2015 Dec;82(6):1060-9. PubMed PMID: 26077458
  • Paniccia A, Hosokawa P, Henderson W, Schulick RD, Edil BH, McCarter MD, Gajdos C. Characteristics of 10-Year Survivors of Pancreatic Ductal Adenocarcinoma. JAMA Surg. 2015 Aug;150(8):701-10. PubMed PMID: 26062046
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Professional Memberships

  • American College of Surgeons (ACS), Fellow
  • Society of Surgical Oncology, Member
  • American Society of Clinical Oncology, Member
  • Society of University Surgeons, Member
  • Association for Academic Surgery, Member

Practice Locations

UCH - Cancer Center
1665 Aurora Ct
Aurora, CO 80045
720-848-0300

University of Colorado Hospital (UCH)
12605 E. 16th Ave
Aurora, CO 80045
720-848-0000

Esophagus & Gastric Cancer Multidisciplinary Clinic - Anschutz
1665 Aurora Ct
3rd Floor
Aurora, CO 80045
720-848-0405

CU Specialty Care at Highlands Ranch Cancer Care - Surgical Oncology
1500 Park Central Drive, Suite 101
Highlands Ranch, CO 80129
720-516-1092

Hospital Affiliation
  • University of Colorado Hospital
Center Affiliations

Specialty Information

Specialties
  • Surgery, Board Certification (2001)
  • Complex General Surgical Oncology
  • Surgical Oncology, Certificate (2001)
Conditions & Treatments
  • Cancers - Colorectal Cancer
  • Cancers - Melanoma
  • Digestive System - Gastrointestinal Surgery
  • Cancers - Sarcoma
  • Cancers - Gastroenterologic Cancer (Colon, Stomach, Esophageal, Liver)
  • Cancers - Cancer Surgery
  • Cancers - Anal Cancer
  • Cancers
  • Digestive System
Clinical Interests
My clinical interests apply to the broad field of Surgical Oncology with emphasis on Gastrointestinal Cancers (Esophagus, Stomach, Colon, Rectum), Melanoma, and Sarcoma. I am a firm believer in delivering a multidisciplinary care team approach designed to best suit the individual patient situation. I am also a strong believer in advancing medical knowledge through both clinical and translational research and actively participate in many national and local trials striving to improve cancer outcomes.

Care Philosophy
I aim to provide the best possible care taking into consideration the individual patient's specific cancer and treatment goals. Surgery is just one aspect of the team based integrated multidisciplinary care we strive to deliver.

Personal Interests
In my spare time, I enjoy living all of Colorado's adventures with my wife and two children.

Public Speaking
Yes

General Information

Medical Schools:
  • MD, University of Vermont College of Medicine (1992)
Undergraduate Schools:
  • AB, Dartmouth College (NH) (1987)
Internships:
  • New York Presbyterian Hospital (Cornell Campus) Program (1993)
Residency Programs:
  • New York Presbyterian Hospital (Cornell Campus) Program, Chief Resident, Surgery (1999)
Fellowships:
  • Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center Program, Surgery (2001)
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Department: Surgery-Surgical Oncology
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