Sebastian de la Fuente, MD


Director of Research, Florida Hospital Surgical Residency Program
Focuses on GI, liver, bile duct, pancreatic cancers, sarcoma and melanoma
Sebastian de la Fuente, MD

Dr. Sebastian de la Fuente is a board-certified general surgeon with certification in advanced surgical oncology. He specializes in providing highly skilled and minimally invasive surgical interventions for patients with pancreatic and liver cancers and is Director of the Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Fellowship along with Director of Research for the Florida Hospital Surgical Residency Program. He consults with patients at the Center for Specialized Surgery, whose offices are adjacent to Florida Hospital Orlando. His extensive medical training includes a research fellowship in gastrointestinal surgery and a general surgery residency at the prestigious Duke University Medical Center in Durham, N.C., where he earned Chief Resident status, along with a surgical oncology fellowship at H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute in Tampa, Fla.

Dr. de la Fuente’s work to achieve the best outcomes for patients with liver and bile duct cancers, cancer of the pancreas and esophagus, and soft tissue sarcomas and melanomas has earned him recognition as a “Who’s Who” among Emerging Leaders and resulted in a Merit Award from The Conquer Cancer Foundation of the American Society of Clinical Oncology. He has been also awarded the Vitals Patients' Choice Award (2012 - 2013), Compassionate Doctor Recognition (2012 - 2013), Top 10 Doctor in Orlando City (2014), and Top 10 Doctor in greater Orlando Metro Area (2014). He is also a highly respected researcher who has authored more than 45 peer-reviewed scientific journal articles and 17 book chapters.


  • Esophageal Cancer
  • Gastrointestinal Surgery
  • Liver and Bile Duct Cancers
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • Pancreatic Cancer
  • Robotic Surgery
  • Sarcoma and Melanoma

Awards & Recognitions

  • The Conquer Cancer Foundation of the ASCO Merit Award
  • Author of 45+ Peer-Reviewed Articles and 17 Book Chapters
  • Who is Who in Emerging Leaders Recognition
  • Who is Who in Medicine and Health Care Recognition
  • Director of Research, General Surgery Residency Program
  • Director of the Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Fellowship


  • Research focus on clinical outcomes in patients with pancreatic cancer
  • Rationalization of care in patients with gastrointestinal malignancies
  • Optimization of surgical care in patients with hepato-pancreato-biliary diseases


  • Beyond cytology: why and when does the oncologist require core tissue
  • Recent developments in surgery: minimally invasive approaches for patients requiring pancreaticoduodenectomy Vagotomy/Drainage is Superior to Local Oversew in Patients Who Require Emergency Surgery for Bleeding Peptic Ulcers
  • Functional status determines postoperative outcomes in elderly patients undergoing hepatic resections
  • Initial experience from a large referral center with robotic-assisted Ivor Lewis esophagogastrectomy for oncologic purposes

Points of Difference

  • Award-Winning Innovations
  • Care, Support and Spa Services
  • Clinical Trials
  • Destination Services
  • National Accreditations and Certifications
  • Nationally Ranked Cancer Programs

Results & Outcomes

  • Higher than Average Survival Rates
  • Advanced Diagnostics and Surgical Innovations
  • High Patient Satisfaction
  • Ongoing Research
  • Publications and Presentations
  • Ongoing Data, Results and Comparisons
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