Dr. Eric Nakakura is a cancer surgeon who specializes in tumors of the liver, pancreas, bile ducts and gastrointestinal tract. He also treats soft tissue sarcomas, including tumors of the retroperitoneum (a space in the abdominal cavity), trunk and extremities. At the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center, he helps manage complex gastrointestinal tract cancers, soft tissue sarcomas and gastrointestinal neuroendocrine tumors, including carcinoid and islet cell tumors.
In his research, Nakakura studies endocrine differentiation in gastrointestinal tumors.
Nakakura earned his medical degree at Stanford University School of Medicine. He earned a doctorate in cellular and molecular medicine at Johns Hopkins University. He completed a residency in general surgery at Johns Hopkins Medicine and received advanced training in surgery at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford, England. At Johns Hopkins, he completed a fellowship in surgical oncology with an emphasis on pancreatic, biliary and gastrointestinal surgery.