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Anniversaries – An Excuse for Reflection

Dr. Yale PodnosDr. Yale Podnos is the director of Surgical Oncology at Rex Cancer Center and a Surgical Oncologist at Rex Surgical Specialists. Dr. Podnos specializes in surgical oncology focused on liver, colon and solid organ tumors.

I have been in Raleigh for six years. And what a six years it’s been!

The time has seen a son born, friends made, colleagues arrived, and patients cured. Since anniversaries are an excuse for reflection…

The most incredible thing I have learned in this time is not to underestimate people. I have seen so many people, in such dire circumstances, exude levels of poise and dignity I didn’t know people had and don’t think I am capable of. Read more…

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Tanning Booths – A Public Health Threat

Post by Dr. Yale Podnos, a Surgical Oncologist at Rex Surgical Specialists. Dr. Podnos specializes in surgical oncology focused on liver, colon and solid organ tumors. He is also the director of Surgical Oncology at Rex Cancer Center.

Our society has an inconsistent history of establishing priorities that protect us. We outlaw dangerous drugs such as marijuana and cocaine, but only limit other dangerous substances such as alcohol and cigarettes. Our health system, working hard to treat things we can’t help, is straining under the weight of things we can; diabetes, obesity, sedentary lifestyles, and tanning booths. Read more…

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Visiting Surgeon in the Middle East: Part 1

Post by Dr. Yale Podnos, a Surgical Oncologist at Rex Surgical Specialists. Dr. Podnos specializes in surgical oncology focused on liver, colon and solid organ tumors. He is also the director of Surgical Oncology at Rex Cancer Center. Last year, Dr. Podnos visited the Middle East on a surgical teaching mission. Below is the first post of his journey…


It wasn’t until at about 39,000 feet over North Africa that the thought finally came to me. “What on earth am I doing going to Saudi Arabia?” I was invited to be a Visiting Professor in Jeddah and Riyadh, Saudi Arabia followed by stops in Kuwait and Lebanon. My purpose was to teach surgeons there about advanced laparoscopic techniques for colorectal cases. As a surgeon and compulsive traveller, how could I refuse? Read more…

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