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W. Charles Conway, II, M.D.

Dr. Conway
Santa Barbara, CA

Dr. W. Charles Conway, II

Surgical Oncologist

Ridley-Tree Cancer Center

540 West Pueblo Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93105
(805) 563-5800

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Wayne State University School of Medicine, Detroit, MI

Wayne State University/Detroit Medical Center, Detroit, MI

John Wayne Cancer Institute, Santa Monica, CA

Dr. W. Charles Conway, II is a surgical oncologist at Ridley-Tree Cancer Center in Santa Barbara, California. He joined the staff in 2017 after 8 years at Ochsner Medical Center in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Educational Background

Dr. Conway received his medical degree in 2001 from Wayne State University School of Medicine located in Detroit, Michigan. He remained in Michigan, completing both his internship and residency at Wayne State University/Detroit Medical Center. Additionally, during this period of time he also pursued international studies in Ghana. Dr. Conway relocated to Santa Monica, California where he completed a fellowship in surgical oncology at the John Wayne Cancer Institute.

Clinical and Laboratory Research

Board certified in general surgery, Dr. Conway’s clinical interests and areas of expertise encompass a broad range of conditions, among them gastric cancer, biliary tract cancers, esophageal cancer, pancreatic cancer, metastatic liver disease, abdominal sarcoma, and complex upper GI oncologic surgery. He employs minimally invasive techniques to pancreatic, liver, and gastric surgeries. Dr. Conway has a particular interest and clinical experience in the treatment of patients with peritoneal malignant mesothelioma.

In 2013, Dr. Conway was recognized for performing the first completely robotic pancreaticoduodenectomy (Whipple procedure) in the state of Louisiana. This robotic surgery is employed for complex operations and allows for the optimization of all the principles of cancer surgery in a minimally invasive manner.

Additional Work

A published author in several peer-reviewed journals, Dr. Conway is a member of several professional organizations, including the Society of Surgical Oncology and the American College of Surgeons.


Dr. Conway’s published articles:
National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine—PubMed

Author: Linda Molinari

Editor in Chief, Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance

Linda Molinari

Reviewer: Annette Charlevois

Patient Support Coordinator

Annette Charlevois

Ridley-Tree Cancer Center


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