Jason Sicklick, MD, FACS


Surgical Oncologist
Associate Professor of Surgery
University of California, San Diego, Moores Cancer Center

Dr. Jason Sicklick is an NIH and FDA R01 funded investigator, Professor of Surgery, Executive Vice Chair of Research in the Department of Surgery, and Co-Leader of the Sarcoma Disease Team at the UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center. He is a board-certified general surgeon and surgical oncologist specializing in the treatment of retroperitoneal and abdominal sarcomas, including gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GIST), as well as hepatobiliary surgery. In 2016, Dr. Sicklick was named the GIST Clinician of the Year by the Life Raft GIST Support Group, the largest GIST patient advocacy group in the world. In 2018, Dr. Sicklick was selected as a James IV Association of Surgeons fellow. This highly prestigious international traveling fellowship is designed to promote communication and collaboration in the international surgical community. In 2018 he also received the RARE Champion of Hope in Medical Care & Treatment Award from the Global Genes-Allies in Rare Disease.

He received his medical degree from the UCLA School of Medicine, completed his general surgery residency at The Johns Hopkins Hospital where he was the Administrative Chief Resident, and completed a fellowship in surgical oncology at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center where he was the Chief Administrative Fellow. He joined the UC San Diego Division of Surgical Oncology at Moores Cancer Center in 2010. Dr. Sicklick is an active member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) Soft Tissue Sarcoma Committee and GIST Subcommittee, and the Trans-Atlantic Australasian Retroperitoneal Sarcoma Working Group, amongst 11 national/international committees he currently serves on. Dr. Sicklick is on the Editorial Boards of Annals of Surgical Oncology, Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery and Journal of Surgical Research. He has published in prestigious journals such as Nature Medicine, Nature, Gastroenterology, Cancer Research, Annals of Surgery, JAMA Surgery, Archives of Surgery, and Annals of Surgical Oncology. He is a member of the numerous societies including the American College of Surgeons, Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract (SSAT), the Society for University Surgeons (SUS), Surgical Biology Club II (SBC2), the Association of Academic Surgery (AAS), the Society of Surgical Oncology (SSO), American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), American Association for Cancer Research (AACR), and Connective Tissue Oncology Society (CTOS). He previously served a Cancer Liaison Physician to the American College of Surgeons’ (ACS) Commission on Cancer. In addition, he is active on committees in the ACS, SUS, SSAT, AHPBA, and SSO. Dr. Sicklick has been featured in many lay press articles, including stories in ABC News, National Geographic, the Los Angeles Times, and the San Diego Union Tribune. His translational and clinical research focus on molecular mechanisms of GIST, as well as precision medicine approaches to cancer therapy.