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Timothy D. Sielaff, MD, Named Medical Director Of Abbott Northwestern Hospital's Virginia Piper Cancer Institute

10/19/2005 5:08:59 PM

MINNEAPOLIS, July 12 /PRNewswire/ -- After a national search, Timothy D. Sielaff, MD, PhD, FACS, has been named medical director of Abbott Northwestern Hospital's Virginia Piper Cancer Institute. He will join the Institute in mid- July.

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Sielaff is currently an associate professor of Surgery at the University of Minnesota Medical School and a member of the University of Minnesota Cancer Center. He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin - Madison and the Medical College of Virginia in Richmond. He completed a residency in general surgery at the University of Minnesota, where he also completed a PhD in surgery in 1997. In 1998, he completed a fellowship in hepato-pancreatobiliary surgery and liver transplantation at the University of Toronto. Sielaff has been a staff surgeon at Fairview-University Medical Center since 1998.

Sielaff specializes in surgery of the liver, pancreas and bile ducts. He is a nationally recognized expert in minimally invasive liver and pancreas surgery and is a strong advocate for multidisciplinary disease specific cancer care teams. His research efforts have focused on the role of radiofrequency thermal ablation of liver tumors and the utility of laparoscopy in cancer surgery.

"We are thrilled to have Dr. Sielaff join the Virginia Piper Cancer Institute as medical director," said Denny DeNarvaez, president of Abbott Northwestern. "The Institute has earned a reputation as one of the leading cancer programs in the Upper Midwest and Dr. Sielaff's leadership will be a tremendous addition to our hospital."

Founded in 1990, the Virginia Piper Cancer Institute offers patients the most current oncology care by combining state-of-the-art technology and access to clinical treatment trials with standard treatment modalities and complementary therapies. The Institute's Piper Breast Center provides world- class care for the diagnosis and treatment of breast conditions, and the Piper Lung Cancer Program coordinates all the services related to a patient's lung cancer diagnosis and treatment. The Virginia Piper Cancer Institute delivers comprehensive care through specialized services, including clinical research, radiation oncology, a dedicated inpatient oncology unit, the Bone Marrow Transplant Program, genetic counseling, Cancer Pain Relief Service and the Cancer Laboratory.

Minneapolis-based Abbott Northwestern Hospital is part of Allina Hospitals & Clinics, a non-profit network of hospitals, clinics and other health care services. Abbott Northwestern is found online at and the latest health information is at .

Photo: Archive: Photo Desk, +1-888-776-6555 or +1-212-782-2840 Virginia Piper Cancer Institute

CONTACT: Jennifer Syltie Johnson of Abbott Northwestern Hospital MediaRelations for Virginia Piper Cancer Institute, +1-612-863-4801 (phone),612-654-7488 (pager)

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