More About Dr. Picon

Antonio I. Picon, MD, FACS 

Title:  Chief, Surgical Oncology


  • Surgical Oncology
  • General Surgery
  • Gastrointestinal Surgery


Medical School: University of Los Andes Merida, Venezuela 1988


  • Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York 1995
  • Beth Israel Medical Center, New York 2006
  • Central University of Venezuela. Caracas, Venezuela 2001


  • Surgical Research Fellowship. Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. New York,  1998
  • International Surgical Oncology Fellowship. Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, 2004
  • Advanced Gastrointestinal Surgery Fellowship. National Cancer Center Hospital. Tokyo, Japan 2006

Board Certification: American Board of Surgery, 2007

Professional Memberships:

  • Society of Surgical Oncology
  • Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons 
  • Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract 
  • International Gastric Cancer Association 
  • Japanese Gastric Cancer Association
  • Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center Alumni Society

Awards & Accolades

  • "Dr. Diego Carbonell Espinel" Award, 2006. University of Los Andes, Venezuela. Acknowledging surgical and research achievements. 
  • Traveling Fellowship, 2006. National Cancer Center, Tokyo.  Department of Surgery: Hepatobiliary Surgery Service and Gastric Cancer Service.
  • Senior Resident Academic Achievement Award, 2006.  Beth Israel Medical Center, New York. 
  • Resident Achievement Award, 2006.  The Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons. 
  • Sponsorship to the Investigator Award, 2000-2003. National Council for Scientific and Technological Research (CONICIT). Caracas, Venezuela 
  • Stuart Quan Research Fellow, 1997.  Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York.
  • Ranked 3rd of 135 graduates.M.D. University of Los Andes School of Medicine, 1988.  Merida, Venezuela


  • W.E. Enker, J.E. Martz, A.I.Picon, et al.  An incremental step in patient safety: reducing the risks of retained foreign bodies by the use of an integrated lap/retractor.  Surgical Innovation 2008;15:203-207.
  • Picon AI, D. G. Coit, A.R. Shaha, M.S. Brady, J.O. Boyle, B.B. Singh, R.J. Wong, K.J. Busam, J.P. Shah, D.H. Kraus. Sentinel lymph node biopsy for cutaneous head and neck melanoma mapping the parotid gland. Annals of Surgical Oncology, electronic publication.
  • Allen PJ, Nissan A, Picon AI, Kemeny N, Dudrick P, Ben Porat L et al. Technical complications and durability of hepatic artery infusion pumps for unresectable colorectal liver metastases: an institutional experience of 544 consecutive cases. J Am Coll Surg 2005; 201(1):57-65.
  • Picon AI, Moore HG, Sternberg SS, Minsky BD, Paty PB, Blumberg D et al. Prognostic significance of depth of gross or microscopic perirectal fat invasion in T3 N0 M0 rectal cancers following sharp mesorectal excision and no adjuvant therapy. Int J Colorectal Dis 2003; 18(6):487-492.
  • Schwarz RE, Wojciechowicz DC, Picon AI, Schwarz MA, Paty PB. Wheatgerm agglutinin-mediated toxicity in pancreatic cancer cells. Br J Cancer 1999; 80(11):1754-1762.
  • Blumberg D, Paty PB, Guillem JG, Picon AI, Minsky BD, Wong WD et al. All patients with small intramural rectal cancers are at risk for lymph node metastasis. Dis Colon Rectum 1999; 42(7):881-885.
  • Wojciechowicz DC, Mallon RG, Picon A, Paty PB. Characterization of lectin resistant cell populations derived from human colon carcinoma: correlation of K-Ras with beta1-6 branching of N-linked carbohydrate and CEA production. Biochem Biophys Res Commun 1999; 259(3):588-593.
  • Khanna M, Park P, Zirvi M, Cao W, Picon A, Day J et al. Multiplex PCR/LDR for detection of K-ras mutations in primary colon tumors. Oncogene 1999; 18(1):27-38.
  • Picon A, Gold LI, Wang J, Cohen A, Friedman E. A subset of metastatic human colon cancers expresses elevated levels of transforming growth factor beta1. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev 1998; 7(6):497-504.
  • Blumberg D, Paty PB, Picon AI, Guillem JG, Klimstra DS, Minsky BD et al. Stage I rectal cancer: identification of high-risk patients. J Am Coll Surg 1998; 186(5):574-579.
  • Picon AI, Guillem JG. Anastomotic occlusive web following double-stapled anterior resection and fecal diversion. Presentation and endoscopic management. Surg Endosc 1998; 12(2):156-158.
  • Larson SM, El Shirbiny AM, Divgi CR, Sgouros G, Finn RD, Tschmelitsch J, Picon AI et al. Single chain antigen binding protein (sFv CC49): first human studies in colorectal carcinoma metastatic to liver. Cancer 1997; 80(12 Suppl):2458-2468.