ECU News Services
July 11, 2017
By University Communications
Dr. Emmanuel “Manny” Zervos, a surgical oncologist at the Brody
School of Medicine at East Carolina University (ECU), has been appointed as the
executive director of Vidant Cancer Care as of July 1.
excited to utilize the knowledge and experience I have gained over the past 10
years working in this system and serving patients with cancer in eastern North
Carolina,” Dr. Zervos said. “The burden of cancer is so prevalent and one of
the biggest public health issues we face in this region. I am humbled to have
the opportunity to further develop and expand our cancer services, while
working alongside a dedicated and talented team and others who are invested in
supporting and fulfilling this mission.”
In his new
role, Dr. Zervos will oversee cancer care delivery across the system and
throughout the region. This includes the new cancer center and bed tower at
Vidant Medical Center, a state-of-the-art facility that will serve as the hub
of Vidant Cancer Care, providing both inpatient and outpatient cancer services.
“I am thrilled to have Dr. Zervos join us in this new role.
There is no one better to lead our Cancer Care team,” said Dr. Mike Waldrum,
chief executive officer for Vidant Health. “His vast experience and expertise
will continue to greatly benefit eastern North Carolina and the patients and
families we serve.”
Dr. Zervos joined Brody in July 2007 as professor
and founding chief of the Division of Surgical Oncology in the Department
of Surgery and as associate director of the Leo Jenkins Cancer Center. In
addition, he is the vice chair of academic affairs for ECU’s Department of
Surgery, and chief of surgical oncology at Vidant Medical Center. Dr. Zervos is
also on the medical staff of the Outer Banks Hospital.
delighted that after a national search, we have recruited Dr. Zervos to
lead our cancer program,” said Dr.
Nicholas Benson, the school of medicine’s interim dean. “He brings
national-level stature to this leadership position. I have great confidence
that he will be successful in collaborating broadly with other cancer
professionals to move the program to all-new heights.”
Dr. Zervos received his medical degree in 1992 from the
University of Michigan College of Medicine followed by an internship in general
surgery, a surgical residency and fellowship in surgical immunology at the
University of South Florida in Tampa (USF), and a fellowship in surgical
oncology and molecular genetics research at the Ohio State University Arthur G.
James Cancer Hospital.
Following his extensive professional medical training, he joined
the faculty at USF and Moffitt Cancer Center in 2001, serving as director of
surgical research for USF and as assistant professor in the Division of General
Surgery, ultimately serving as associate professor with tenure. At USF and
Moffitt he developed national recognition for federally funded investigator-initiated
industry-sponsored clinical trials in the treatment of pancreatic cancer.
Dr. Zervos’ research efforts include 136 publications, 46
published abstracts, 183 presentations, 10 book chapters, and grant awards in
excess of $2 million. He has also been appointed by the governor to the
North Carolina Advisory Committee on Cancer Coordination and Control; served as
chair of the Southeastern Surgical Congress and Society of Pelvic Surgeons
Program Committee; provided oversight in the achievement of an Outstanding
Achievement Award from the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer
for Pitt County Memorial Hospital (now Vidant Medical Center); and received the
North Carolina Surgical Oncology Best Doctors in America Award in consecutive