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Richard Essner, M.D.
Richard Essner, M.D.


Surgical Oncology

General Information:



Clinical Professor, Department of Medicine, Hematology/Oncology
Physician, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
Member, JCCC Community

Hospital Affiliation(s):

Cedars Sinai Medical Center
Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center


General Surgery, University of North Carolina Hospitals, 1989 - 1992
Surgical Oncology, UCLA Medical Center, 1987 - 1989
General Surgery, Jackson Memorial Hospital/Jackson Health System, 1985 - 1987
Medical Degree:
M.D., Emory University School of Medicine, 1985


Board Certification(s):
General Surgery, American Board of Surgery, 1994

Contact Information:

(310) 423-0301

Practice Information:

Clinical Interest(s):
Gastrointestinal soft tissue neoplasm

Scientific Interest(s):

Dr. Richard Essner is interested in immunobiology and the molecular mechanism of melanoma.

Selected Cancer-Related Publications:

Essner R. Lymphatic mapping and sentinel lymphadenectomy in primary cutaneous melanoma. Expert Rev Anticancer Ther. 2010 May;10(5):723-8. doi: 10.1586/era.10.65. Review.

Tap WD, Gong KW, Dering J, Tseng Y, Ginther C, Pauletti G, Glaspy JA, Essner R, Bollag G, Hirth P, Zhang C, Slamon DJ. Pharmacodynamic characterization of the efficacy signals due to selective BRAF inhibition with PLX4032 in malignant melanoma. Neoplasia. 2010 Aug;12(8):637-49.

Essner R. Erratum to "Experimental frontiers for clinical applications: novel approaches to understanding mechanisms of lymph node metastases in melanoma". Cancer Metastasis Rev. 2008 Sep;27(3):539.

Wright BE, Scheri RP, Ye X, Faries MB, Turner RR, Essner R, Morton DL. Importance of sentinel lymph node biopsy in patients with thin melanoma. Arch Surg. 2008 Sep;143(9):892-9; discussion 899-900. doi: 10.1001/archsurg.143.9.892.

Essner R. Defining the highway of lymphatic patterns for melanoma. Lancet Oncol. 2007 Sep;8(9):755-7. No abstract available.