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Physicians join Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Center


The Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Center is pleased to announce the addition of four physicians to its team of cancer specialists. Surgeon Lydia Woo Young Choi, M.D., joins Karmanos’ Breast Cancer Multidisciplinary Team; Minsig Choi, M.D., and Surgical Oncologist Steve Kim, M.D., join the Gastrointestinal Multidisciplinary Team; and Miguel F. Alvelo-Rivera, M.D., joins Karmanos’ Thoracic Oncology Multidisciplinary Team.

Dr. Lydia Choi most recently served as a clinical fellow in the Department of Breast Surgery at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. She received her medical degree at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in Newark. She received postgraduate training at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, N.H., Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, Pa. She specializes in the surgical treatment of breast cancer, including sentinel node biopsy, nipple-sparing mastectomy and oncoplastic techniques.

 
Lydia Woo Young Choi, M.D. 


Dr. Minsig Choi previously worked as an assistant professor at the University of Mississippi’s Department of Medicine, Division of Hematology-Oncology. He also served as a staff physician at G.V. Montgomery VA Medical Center in Jackson, Miss. He received his medical degree at Far Eastern University in Manila, the Philippines. Dr. Choi received internal medicine training at Chicago Medical School/Finch University (Mt. Sinai Hospital in Chicago and North Chicago Veterans Affairs) and completed hematology-oncology training at Karmanos Cancer Center. Dr. Choi is a member of the Southwest Oncology Group’s GI Committee, American Society of Clinical Oncology, the International Society of Gastrointestinal Oncology and the American College of Physicians. His clinical research interest is in caring for elderly cancer patients who have been diagnosed with gastrointestinal malignancies. He also has an interest in the pharmacoeconomics of cancer care. 
Minsig Choi, M.D. 



Dr. Kim most recently served as clinical assistant professor of Surgery at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and was an associate in Surgery at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. He received his medical degree at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York and received his postgraduate training in the Department of Surgery at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York. He is a member of the Society of Surgical Oncology and a fellow of the American College of Surgeons. Dr. Kim’s surgical specialties include treating stomach, esophageal and small and large intestine (colorectal) cancers; hepatobiliary and pancreatic (liver, bile duct and pancreatic) cancers; as well as skin (melanoma), sarcoma (soft tissue tumors) and breast cancer. He is also proficient in minimally-invasive cancer staging, as well as the laparoscopic removal of colon cancers. 
Steve Kim, M.D. 



Dr. Alvelo-Rivera most recently worked in the Thoracic Oncology Division at the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute in Tampa, Fla. He received his medical degree at the University of Puerto Rico Medical Sciences Campus and received his postgraduate training at the University of Puerto Rico Affiliated Hospitals and the University of Pittsburgh. He is a member of various professional associations, including the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR), the Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons and is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons. Dr. Alvelo-Rivera specializes in thoracic surgical oncology; minimally-invasive thoracic surgery; esophageal surgery; palliative procedures for lung and esophageal cancers; and the multidisciplinary management of lung, chest wall, esophageal and mediastinum cancers, as well as mesothelioma. 
Miguel F. Alvelo-Rivera, M.D. 
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