Orlando Health Cancer Institute Welcomes New Gastrointestinal Cancer Expert

Dr. Wasif Saif Also Tapped for Leadership Role

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Orlando, FL (June 22, 2022) – Dr. Wasif Saif, a nationally-recognized expert in gastrointestinal cancer and experimental therapeutics, has joined the team of specialists at Orlando Health Cancer Institute. He will serve as deputy director of the Cancer Institute and department chair for hematology and oncology.

Before joining Orlando Health Cancer Institute, Dr. Saif served in leadership and teaching posts in top-tier programs at the medical schools of Columbia University in New York City, Tufts University in Boston and Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut. He has extensive experience researching and treating tumors in the gastrointestinal tract, including the pancreas, bile duct, gall bladder, liver, colon, rectum, anus, small bowel, esophagus, stomach, and peritoneum.

“I am very fortunate to be part of a great team of physicians here at Orlando Health Cancer Institute who are on the cutting edge of cancer care,” said Dr. Saif. “I look forward to working with our specialists to continue to bring the best and most advanced treatments to our patients.”

Dr. Saif received his medical training at King Edward Medical College in Pakistan. He completed his residency in internal medicine at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine in Farmington and performed fellowships in medical oncology at the National Cancer Institute and in hematology at the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. Both are part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland.

In addition to being an internationally recognized expert on GI cancers and phase I studies, Dr. Saif has been the principal investigator for more than 65 prospective cancer clinical trials for agencies such as the NIH and the American Cancer Society. He serves on the editorial board of numerous peer review journals, is a grant reviewer for competitive grants, and is a highly sought-after lecturer. Dr. Saif has distinguished himself as an eminent scholar, publishing over 600 scientific papers, textbook chapters, and abstracts/proceedings of meetings.


About Orlando Health

Orlando Health, headquartered in Orlando, Florida, is a not-for-profit healthcare organization with $8 billion of assets under management that serves the southeastern United States.

Founded more than 100 years ago, the healthcare system is recognized around the world for Central Florida’s only pediatric and adult Level One Trauma program as well as the only state-accredited Level Two Adult Trauma Center in the St. Petersburg region. It is the home of the nation’s largest neonatal intensive care unit under one roof, the only system in the southeast to offer open fetal surgery to repair the most severe forms of spina bifida, the site of an Olympic athlete training facility and operator of one of the largest and highest performing clinically integrated networks in the region. Orlando Health has pioneered life-changing medical research and its Graduate Medical Education program hosts more than 350 residents and fellows. The 3,200-bed system includes 10 award-winning hospitals, 9 hospital based ERs, and 7 free-standing emergency rooms; rehabilitation services, cancer and heart institutes, imaging and laboratory services, wound care centers, physician offices for adults and pediatrics, skilled nursing facilities, an in-patient behavioral health facility, home healthcare services in partnership with LHC Group, and urgent care centers in partnership with FastMed Urgent Care. More than 4,200 physicians, representing more than 100 medical specialties and subspecialties have privileges across the Orlando Health system, which employs more than 23,000 team members. In FY21, Orlando Health served more than 160,000 inpatients and 3.6 million outpatients. During that same time period, Orlando Health provided approximately $648 million in total value to the communities it serves in the form of charity care, community benefit programs and services, community building activities and more. Additional information can be found at, or follow us on LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @orlandohealth.

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