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Albo, Daniel, MD, PhD

Administrative Title: 
Vice Chairman, Department of Surgery
Surgery Service Chief at Augusta University Health
Director, Oncology Surgical Services
Specialties: 
Surgical Oncology
Minimally Invasive Surgery
Office 706-721-4726
Cell 281-881-6054
Email dalbo@augusta.edu
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Faculty Title

  • Professor
  • Co-leader, Colorectal Cancer Team

Medical Degree

  • University of the Republic Medical School (Uruguay)

Internship

  • Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA

Residency

  • Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA

Fellowship

  • The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX

Research

  • Dr. Albo’s research has focused on translational, educational, and health services research in surgical oncology. He is widely considered and expert in minimally invasive surgery research.
  • In the Health Services research arena, Dr. Albo has extensively studied minimally invasive surgery (MIS) utilization patterns as well as barriers and facilitators for a widespread adoption of MIS in colorectal disease. His research has been instrumental in elucidating the positive impact in patient outcomes that result from the establishment of multidisciplinary cancer programs and minimally invasive colorectal surgery programs. He has extensively studied the impact MIS has in reducing the cost of care in colorectal surgery. He has also helped elucidate the positive effect of MIS in colorectal disease in obesity and the elderly. His work has also contributed on issues of health care disparities in surgical oncology, particularly as it affects minorities.
  • In the translational research arena, Dr. Albo’s work has focused on the mechanisms of tumor invasion and metastases. He has considerable expertise in the fields of perineural invasion and neurogenesis. Neurogenesis, a field that he has helped pioneered, studies the complex interactions between cancer cells and new nerve tissue development, an interaction that leads to the development of a very aggressive tumor behavior. He has been actively involved in biomarker discovery in cancer and has collaborated extensively in translational genomics work in colorectal cancer.
  • In the educational research arena, Dr. Albo has developed a unique MIS colorectal re-training program that has successfully led to the conversion of open colorectal surgical units into minimally invasive ones, allowing for a rapid assimilation of minimally invasive concepts and highly reproducible excellent clinical results in several countries. In addition, he has helped develop one of the most advanced surgical simulators for minimally invasive colorectal surgery.
  • His work has resulted in over 100 publications in peer review manuscripts, multiple book chapters and several research grants and awards. In addition, he is a co-editor of the Operative Techniques in General Surgery and the editor for the Operative Techniques in Colorectal Surgery textbooks.

Languages

  • English
  • Spanish

Board Info

  • American Board of Surgery - Certified
  • Fellow, American College of Surgeons

Dr. Albo, a tenured Professor of Surgery, joined the Georgia Regents University in August 2015. He currently serves as the Director of Surgical Oncology Services, the Director of Health Services Research, and the Co-Leader of the Colorectal Cancer Team at the GRU Cancer Center.

Dr. Albo earned his medical degree Magna Cum Laude at the University of the Republic, Uruguay, in 1991. He completed his General Surgery residency and obtained a PhD degree in Molecular Pathobiology at Drexel University in Philadelphia in 2000. He completed a Surgical Oncology fellowship at the UTMD Anderson Cancer Center in 2002 before joining the Medical College of Georgia, where he helped develop a state of the art surgical oncology program and a multidisciplinary MD/PhD program in Oncology. He then moved to the Baylor College of Medicine (BCM) in Houston, TX, in 2004. At BCM, he was first the Chief of General Surgery and Director of the Operating Room for the Houston VA Medical Center, where he developed Surgical Oncology and Minimally Invasive surgical services as well as a Colorectal Cancer Center, the latter two firsts in the VA system. He was subsequently named the Vice Chairman of the Department of Surgery and the Director for Surgical Network Development, helping develop Surgical Oncology and Minimally Invasive Surgery services throughout the Baylor system.

Dr. Albo has held leadership roles in several academic surgical societies, including being the President for the Association for Academic Surgery. His leadership has been influential in the transformation of the AAS into one of the leading Academic surgical societies in the world. He has been instrumental in the development of several key AAS initiatives, including the creation of highly successful international Academic Surgery Career Development courses, currently held in multiple countries worldwide.

Dr. Albo’s clinical expertise is on minimally invasive surgical oncology with emphasis on colorectal surgery. He has one of the highest utilization rates for laparoscopic surgery in patients with colon and rectal cancer in the US, resulting in significant outcomes advantages for patients, including less pain, faster and more complete recoveries, and lower rate of wound complications. He has also helped pioneered the development of a Natural Orifice Trans Endoluminal Surgery (NOTES) technique for resection of rectal tumors, the single port trans anal microsurgery (TAMIS) procedure. This cutting edge surgical technique allows for the removal of rectal tumors without incisions, precluding the need for colostomies and resulting in a pain-free and greatly accelerated functional recovery for patients. His clinical expertise has resulted in several awards, including the prestigious Michael E. DeBakey Distinguished Service Award Medal. Earning the recognition of his peers, he has been consistently listed in the Best Doctors in America, America’s Top Surgeons, and America’s Top Oncologist lists.

Dr. Albo is a dedicated surgical educator. He has been awarded several prestigious teaching awards, including the Golden Stethoscope, Golden Apple and Gene A. Guinn, MD Teaching Awards. He has developed a unique MIS colorectal re-training program that has successfully led to the conversion of open colorectal surgical units into minimally invasive ones, allowing for a rapid assimilation of minimally invasive concepts and highly reproducible excellent clinical results in several countries. In addition, he has helped develop one of the most advanced surgical simulators for minimally invasive colorectal surgery. He is a sought-after lectures and has given numerous presentations, Grand Round and Visiting Professor lectures throughout the US and abroad.

His research has focused on translational and health services research in surgical oncology. In the Health Services research arena, he has extensively studied minimally invasive surgery (MIS) utilization patterns as well as barriers and facilitators for a widespread adoption of MIS in colorectal disease. He has extensively studied the impact MIS has in reducing the cost of care in colorectal surgery. His work has also focused on issues of health care disparities in surgical oncology, particularly as it affects minorities. In the translational research arena, his work has focused on the mechanisms of tumor invasion and metastases. He has considerable expertise in the fields of perineural invasion and neurogenesis.<

His work has resulted in over 100 publications in peer review manuscripts, multiple book chapters and several research grants and awards. In addition, he is a co-editor of the Operative Techniques in General Surgery and the editor for the Operative Techniques in Colorectal Surgery textbooks.

Dr. Albo lists his family as his most significant accomplishment in life, with his lovely wife since 1991 (she has tremendous patience!), Luisa, and his two wonderful children, Camila and Nicolas.

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