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William Charles Conway, II, MD, FACS

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Areas of Expertise

  • Conditions:
  • Esophagus cancer
  • Stomach cancer
  • Pancreatic cancer and pre-malignant cysts
  • Liver cancer and other liver masses
  • Bile duct cancer
  • Gallbladder cancer
  • Sarcoma (abdominal, retroperitoneal, and extremity)Peritoneal surface malignancy (mesothelioma)
  • Procedures:
  • Pancreatic resection including Whipple with vascular resection and reconstruction
  • Liver resection
  • Esophagectomy
  • Gastrectomy
  • Bile duct resection
  • Complex upper GI surgery for benign conditions (pancreatitis, bile duct repair)
  • Cytoreduction and HIPEC


  • W. Charles Conway MD, FACS, fellowship-trained surgical oncologist, recently joined the medical staff at the newly opened Ridley-Tree Cancer Center at 540 W. Pueblo St., (805) 898-3140.
  • A native of Michigan, Dr. Conway completed his medical school at Wayne State University in Detroit. Continuing at Wayne State and the Detroit Medical Center, he completed a General Surgery residency. During this time, Dr. Conway spent a year in a translational research laboratory studying colon cancer cellular adhesion. He then entered the surgical oncology fellowship program at the John Wayne Cancer Institute in Santa Monica, CA. This program included broad surgical oncology training as well as focused study in the treatment of gastroesophageal cancers at the University of Southern California, and liver and pancreas cancers at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.
  • Dr. Conway then accepted a position at Ochsner Medical Center in New Orleans, LA where he practiced for 8 years. At Ochsner, Dr. Conway was a high volume pancreas surgeon, personally performing over 30 Whipple procedures per year. His practice was also high volume for liver and esophageal cancer procedures, and included complex pancreatobiliary resections that involved vascular reconstruction. Dr. Conway performed the first totally robotic Whipple procedure in Louisiana, and started the State’s only total pancreatectomy with autoislet transplantation program for chronic pancreatitis. Dr. Conway will continue focusing on the multidisciplinary care of patients with gastroesophageal, hepatic, and pancreatic tumors in his current practice at the Ridley-Tree Cancer Center.

At Sansum Clinic since:

 2017 (7 years)

Training & Certification

Medical School/Graduate School

  • Wayne State University School of Medicine, Detroit, MI


  • Wayne State University/Detroit Medical Center - General Surgery


  • Wayne State University/Detroit Medical Center - General Surgery


  • John Wayne Cancer Institute, Santa Monica, CA - Surgical Oncology Fellow


  • American Board of Surgery