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Dr. Jesus Esquivel

Dr. Jesus Esquivel

Surgical Oncologist

Dr. Jesus Esquivel is a surgical oncologist at Frederick Memorial Hospital and a pioneer in the advancement of hyperthermic Intraperitoneal chemotherapy for patients with mesothelioma cancer.

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About Jesus Esquivel

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    Board Certified in Surgery

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    Peritoneal Mesothelioma

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    Team Leader

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    Mesothelioma Pioneer

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    Hyperthermic Intraperitoneal Chemotherapy

Dr. Jesus Esquivel has been a mentor to other specialists abroad, including surgeons in Mexico.

Since the late ‘90s, Esquivel has helped champion the treatment of cytoreductive surgery and hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy, commonly known as HIPEC, to treat mesothelioma.

He still is spreading the word as he continues to carve an international reputation as a leader in the field.

Before joining Frederick Memorial Hospital in Maryland in 2016, Esquivel was director of the Peritoneal Surface Malignancy Program at Saint Agnes Hospital in Baltimore.

His willingness to mentor and educate others on his specialty led to a 2012 induction to the Mexican Academy of Surgery, an elite distinction to recognize medical professionals for their humanitarian efforts in improving the quality of patient care in Mexico.

Esquivel traveled to Guadalajara, Mexico, five times in 2011 to teach and assist other surgeons in cytoreductive surgery and HIPEC. He has made the trip more than a dozen times in the past few years.

Dr. Jesus Esquivel Surgical Oncologist at Frederick Memorial Hospital

“Education has become a significant priority for me, through training others how to perform these rare procedures.”

The HIPEC is a complex procedure that eliminates cancerous growths from the abdominal cavity and other areas of the body using heated chemotherapy drugs.

Specialized Peritoneal Mesothelioma Training

Esquivel received his medical degree from the Universidad Autonoma de Tamaulipas in Mexico before coming to Washington Hospital Center to complete a surgical internship.

He did his residency at The New York Hospital of Queens. Before joining St. Agnes, he had returned to Washington, where he worked with peritoneal mesothelioma surgeon Dr. Paul Sugarbaker.

In recent years, Esquivel and Sugarbaker have traveled together to Mexico, where they have co-chaired treatment workshops in cancer centers, including one at the National Cancer Institute in Mexico City.

Esquivel, who is also a professor of gynecologic oncology at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, serves as president of the American Society for Peritoneal Surface Malignancies. He is an adjunct member for the United States Military Cancer Institute.

He is also president and CEO at the Institute for Hyperthermic Regional Perfusions.

Esquivel has performed many instructional surgeries, and a recent one gathered military doctors, a videographer from the Department of Defense and members of the media in the operating room. His thoughts on the four-hour procedure were documented on video.

His goal is to provide the medical field with more surgeons who can execute the intricate HIPEC procedure he frequently performs. One of his recent patients had traveled from California to Baltimore in search of his expertise.

“In the future, the hope is that more centers will be doing this kind of procedure,” Esquivel said.

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Last Modified August 2, 2020

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