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Colette R. Pameijer, MD

Colette R. Pameijer, MD

Professor and Interim Chair, Department of Surgery
Professor, Department of Surgery
Chief, Division of General Surgery Specialties and Surgical Oncology
Scientific Program:Next-Generation Therapies
Disease Teams:
Cancer Institute, Melanoma and Skin Cancer Team
Cancer Institute, Sarcoma Cancer Team

Research Interests

  • Peritoneal Neoplasms
  • Guidelines
  • Oncologists
  • Neoplasms
  • Peritoneal Diseases
  • Palliative Care
  • Pharmacists
  • Physicians
  • Radiologists
  • Pathologists
  • Melanoma
  • Neoplasm Metastasis

Clinical Trials

The Collection of Blood, Tissue and Phenotypic Data in Patients Diagnosed with Skin Cancers and Subsequent Metastases for Inclusion in a Repository and Use in Outcome Studies
APG-115 - A Phase Ib/II Study of APG-115 in Combination with Pembrolizumab in Patients with Unresectable or Metastatic Melanomas or Advanced Solid Tumors
An Open-Label, Randomized, Controlled Multi-Center Study of The Efficacy of Daromun (L19IL2 + L19TNF) Neoadjuvant Intratumoral Treatment Followed by Surgery and Adjuvant Therapy Versus Surgery and Adjuvant Therapy in Clinical Stage IIIB/C Melanoma Patients (PSCI 21-190) (PH-L19IL2TNF-01/18)
A Phase Ib/11 Study of Propranolol with fixed-dose Pembrolizumab in Patients with Unresectable Stage III and Stage IV Melanoma
EA2197: Optimal Perioperative Therapy For Incidental Gallbladder Cancer (OPT-IN): A Randomized Phase II/III Trial

Recent Publications


Greene, AC, Ziegler, O, Quattrone, M, Stack, MJ, Becker, B, Pameijer, CR & Shen, C 2024, 'Association between Medicaid Expansion and Cutaneous Melanoma Diagnosis and Outcomes: Does Where You Live Make a Difference?', Annals of Surgical Oncology, vol. 31, no. 7, pp. 4584-4593.
Greene, AC, Matzelle-Zywicki, M, Ziegler, O, El-Mallah, JC, Stack, MJ, Pameijer, CR & Shen, C 2024, 'Characteristics and variations in young adults with cutaneous melanoma: A national cancer database analysis', Journal of Surgical Oncology.
Hoskins, MA, Finkelstein, A, Rashid, A, Ziegler, O, Mankarious, MM, Benavides, JV & Pameijer, CR 2024, 'Data-Driven Surveillance Protocol for Patients at Risk for Peritoneal Recurrence of Primary Colon Cancer: Surveillance for Peritoneal Carcinomatosis †', Journal of Clinical Medicine, vol. 13, no. 8, 2358.
Mitra, M, Haworth, A, Gaddale, P, Badran, F, Lagno, N, Pameijer, C, Aziz, F & Kothapalli, SR 2024, 'Multiwavelength laser diode based portable photoacoustic and ultrasound imaging system for point of care applications', Journal of Biophotonics.
Shen, C, Thornton, JD, Li, N, Schaefer, E, Zhou, S, Kawasaki, S, Pameijer, C & Leslie, D 2024, 'Opioid and Non-Opioid Pharmacotherapy Use for Pain Management Among Privately Insured Pediatric Patients With Cancer in the United States', Oncologist, vol. 29, no. 2, pp. 176-184.


Greene, AC, Wong, WG, Pameijer, CR & Shen, C 2023, 'ASO Author Reflections: Lower Guideline Concordance and Decreased Overall Survival for Melanoma Patients at Minority-Serving Hospitals: How Can We Do Better?', Annals of Surgical Oncology, vol. 30, no. 6, pp. 3646-3647.
Chhabra, G, Li, WQ & Pameijer, C 2023, 'Editorial: Prognostic gene signatures in skin cancer', Frontiers in Oncology, vol. 13, 1163642.
Ikram, M, Shen, C & Pameijer, CR 2024, 'Racial and Socioeconomic Differences and Surgical Outcomes in Pancreaticoduodenectomy Patients: A Systematic Review of High- Versus Low-Volume Hospitals in the United States', American Surgeon, vol. 90, no. 2, pp. 292-302.
Greene, AC, Wong, WG, Perez Holguin, RA, Patel, A, Pameijer, CR & Shen, C 2023, 'The Association of Guideline-Concordant Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy for Melanoma at Minority-Serving Hospitals', Annals of Surgical Oncology, vol. 30, no. 6, pp. 3634-3645.


Arhin, N, Ssentongo, P, Taylor, M, Olecki, EJ, Pameijer, C, Shen, C, Oh, J & Eng, C 2022, 'Age-standardised incidence rate and epidemiology of colorectal cancer in Africa: A systematic review and meta-analysis', BMJ open, vol. 12, no. 1, e052376.
Olecki, EJ, Ssentongo, P, Dao, J, Wong, WG, Stahl, KA, Ofosu-Akromah, R, Amponsah-Manu, F & Pameijer, C 2022, 'Burden of cancer in the general surgical population in the eastern region of Ghana', BMJ open, vol. 12, no. 3, pp. e051741.
Wong, WG, Perez Holguin, RA, Stahl, KA, Olecki, EJ, Pameijer, C & Shen, C 2022, 'Utilization and survival benefit of adjuvant immunotherapy in resected high-risk stage II melanoma', Surgery in Practice and Science, vol. 8, 100056.


Pameijer, CR 2022, 'HIPEC Trials and the US: A Review and Call to Action', Annals of Surgical Oncology, vol. 29, no. 2, pp. 866-872.
Agrawal, S, Singh, MKA, Johnstonbaugh, K, Han, DC, Pameijer, CR & Kothapalli, SR 2021, 'Photoacoustic imaging of human vasculature using LED versus laser illumination: A comparison study on tissue phantoms and in vivo humans', Sensors (Switzerland), vol. 21, no. 2, 424, pp. 1-18.
Mrowczynski, OD, Vasekar, M, Fox, E, Harbaugh, K, Aregawi, D, Pameijer, CR, Zaorsky, N, Payne, R & Rizk, E 2021, 'Spontaneous Hip Dislocation Complicating the Management of Malignant Peripheral Nerve Sheath Tumor Arising Within a Plexiform Neurofibroma', Cureus, vol. 13, no. 7, e16320.
Wong, WG, Stahl, K, Olecki, EJ, Holguin, RP, Pameijer, C & Shen, C 2021, 'Survival Benefit of Guideline-Concordant Postoperative Radiation for Local Merkel Cell Carcinoma', Journal of Surgical Research, vol. 266, pp. 168-179.
Juris, A, Taylor-Gehman, A, Spencer, B, Schaefer, E & Pameijer, C 2021, 'The Impact of Sarcopenia in Patients with Peritoneal Surface Disease', Pathology and Oncology Research, vol. 27, 638857.


Pameijer, CR 2020, 'Comment on “Diagnostic Laparoscopy as a Selection Tool for Patients with Colorectal Peritoneal Metastases to Prevent a Non-therapeutic Laparotomy During Cytoreductive Surgery”', Annals of Surgical Oncology, vol. 27, no. 4, pp. 975-977.
Lewcun, JA, Pameijer, C, Kass, R, Cream, L, Hershock, D, Brooks, AJ & Dodge, DG 2020, 'Doxorubicin, paclitaxel, and cisplatin based chemotherapy for the treatment of angiosarcoma: Two case reports', International Journal of Surgery Case Reports, vol. 68, pp. 83-87.
Lewcun, JA, Pauli, EM & Pameijer, C 2020, 'Incisional hernia formation can be reduced following hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy with increased suture length to wound length ratio fascial closure', International Journal of Abdominal Wall and Hernia Surgery, vol. 3, no. 4, pp. 117-121.
Chicago Consensus Working Group 2020, 'The Chicago Consensus on Peritoneal Surface Malignancies: Management of Appendiceal Neoplasms', Annals of Surgical Oncology, vol. 27, no. 6, pp. 1753-1760.
Chicago Consensus Working Group 2020, 'The Chicago Consensus on peritoneal surface malignancies: Management of neuroendocrine tumors', Cancer, vol. 126, no. 11, pp. 2561-2565.