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Dr. Richard Zera, MD, PhD, Chief of Surgical Oncology

Graduated from the University of Minnesota Medical School and completed his residency training in general surgery at Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC). He earned a fellowship in surgical oncology at Roswell Park Cancer Institute.


The HHRI Cancer Research Program supports and collaborates with numerous local and national organizations to study the most applicable, pertinent, and cutting edge drugs, strategies, and therapies. HHRI’s Cancer Research Program is also an affiliate member of the National Surgical Adjuvant Breast and Bowel Program (NSABP), which is a National Cancer Institute funded cooperative group of institutions nationwide whose mission is to study treatment and prevention of breast and colorectal cancer.

For more information, please contact Carol Sojos Schmidt, 612-873-5911.

Further, ongoing studies for most other cancers are available through association with the Metro MN CCOP. For more information about the CCOP go to, or call 952-993-1517.

Suggested Links*

American Cancer Society

National Cancer Institute

Cancer Prevention and Control

NIH Cancer Clinical Trials

*HHRI is not responsible for the content on external websites. The appearance of these links on the HHRI website does not constitute an endorsement by HHRI.

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