University of Nebraska Medical Center

Juan A. Santamaria, MD, FACS

Assistant Professor, UNMC Department of Surgery, Division of Surgical Oncology
Assistant Director for Clinical Integration, Community Outreach and Engagement Office, Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center
Co-Founder, Director, Breath Health Navigation Program
Surgical Oncologist, Nebraska Medicine

Juan A. Santamaria, MD, FACS

Dr. Santamaria is a Panamanian American surgical oncologist born in Detroit and raised in Panama. His father, who has been a medical oncologist in Panama since 1990, inspired him to go into oncology. After completing his surgical oncology fellowship in the fall of 2020, Dr. Santamaria joined the Division of Surgical Oncology in the Department of Surgery at the University of Nebraska Medical Center.

His two academic goals are to pursue basic science research on breast cancer metastasis, and to serve his community by reducing breast cancer care disparities for minorities via a lay peer navigator program.

Dr. Santamaria's main clinical interest is breast and cutaneous surgical oncology and the multidisciplinary management of these cancer patients. He is passionate about excellent oncological outcomes, oncoplastic breast surgery, and community service.

  • MD: Universidad de Navarra, Pamplona, Spain
  • Residency: General Surgery, Department of Surgery, University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, Houston, Texas
  • Fellowship: Research, Department of Surgical Oncology, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, New York
  • Fellowship: Complex General Surgical Oncology, Department of Surgical Oncology, John Wayne Cancer Institute, Santa Monica, California
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