Peter Kingham was appointed to the staff at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC) on the Hepatopancreatobiliary Surgery Service in August, 2010. Prior to my appointment I completed a two-year fellowship in surgical oncology at MSKCC. I am also co-founder of a non-profit organization called Surgeons OverSeas. Since 2001 I have been collaborating with surgical colleagues in sub-Saharan Africa working on surgical oncology and general surgical development projects.

My early research demonstrated the importance of surgery as a component of public health. Now, my research is focused on defining disparities in cancer care, cancer outcomes, surgical oncology training, and introducing new diagnostic tests in low- and middle-income countries. After documenting the differences in the metastatic presentation of patients with colorectal cancer in Nigeria, prospective studies exploring these differences and community based screening projects for colorectal cancer are underway. We have also formed a consortium of investigators in 5 hospitals in Nigeria centered on gastrointestinal malignancies. This project has created a robust clinical, pathologic, and radiologic database with good quality assurance.

I have mentored and trained surgeons from Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Ghana, Kenya, Rwanda, and Malawi. As the Director of Global Cancer Disparity Initiatives at MSKCC I am now expanding our training and research efforts to additional sites in Africa.