Dr. Julian Sanchez is a colorectal surgeon in the Department of Gastrointestinal Oncology at Moffitt Cancer Center. He is Assistant Professor of Surgery and Assistant Professor of Oncologic Sciences at the University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine. He is board certified in both general surgery and colorectal surgery.
Dr. Sanchez’s clinical interests include colon and rectal cancer, anal cancer, genetic cancer syndromes, minimally invasive surgery, and inflammatory bowel disease related cancers. His research centers on HPV infection and associated anal cancer. He is especially interested in the progression of anal dysplasia in immunosuppression and in screening programs for high risk patients.
Dr. Sanchez is originally from South Florida and graduated Summa cum Laude from the University of Florida with a degree in Biochemistry. From there he graduated from Tufts University School of Medicine in 2003. Dr. Sanchez came to the University of South Florida for his general surgery residency. During residency he spent additional time conducting research on colorectal cancer genetics. His research centered on hereditary causes for colon cancer. He presented his findings at international meetings and published multiple articles on the subject. Dr. Sanchez was awarded a grant for his work and subsequently won the Harry Bacon Award and a Research Award by the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons. After completing general surgery residency, Dr. Sanchez received additional, specialized training in colon and rectal surgery at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio.
After fellowship, Dr. Sanchez practiced as a colorectal cancer surgeon in Los Angeles. While there he was twice named a “Top Doctor” in Los Angeles by Pasadena Magazine. Dr. Sanchez returned to Moffitt Cancer Center in 2013 as a colorectal cancer specialist. He has published multiple journal articles and written several book chapters. He has presented lectures at national meetings and has been interviewed by national media outlets including TIME Magazine and WebMD.
He is a member of the American College of Surgeons, the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons, the Society of Surgical Oncology, and the Collaborative Group on Inherited Colorectal Cancer. Dr. Sanchez is fluent in Spanish.