Dr. Leopoldo Fernandez is a surgical oncologist at VCU Massey Cancer Center and assistant professor in the Department of Surgery’s Division of Surgical Oncology at the VCU School of Medicine. He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the surgical oncology team, specializing in gastrointestinal cancers, including liver and pancreas, with expertise in minimally invasive surgery (laparoscopic and robotic) and intraperitoneal chemotherapy.

Dr. Fernandez is one of the few cancer care providers in the state to offer HIPEC (hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy) for the treatment of advanced abdominal cancers that have spread through the peritoneal cavity. This complex procedure involves cytoreduction surgery followed by a heated chemotherapy solution circulated throughout the abdominal cavity continuously for up to two hours. There is substantial evidence showing HIPEC is an effective treatment for several gastrointestinal cancers.

Dr. Fernandez has been published in a number of peer-reviewed journals and has presented at a variety of professional meetings, including the Academic Surgical Congress, the Society of Surgical Oncology and the American Association for Cancer Research. He is certified by the American Board of Surgery in both general surgery and complex general surgical oncology. He also obtained specific training in the management of peritoneal malignancies at Wake Forest Baptist Hospital.

Dr. Fernandez is a member of the Society of Surgical Oncology and the American Society of Clinical Oncology. 

Clinical Interests

    Peritoneal Surface Malignancies, Hepato Pancreato Biliary, Gastrointestinal Malignancies


Medical School

Universidad Central de Venezuela, Escuela Luis Razetti


Massachusetts General Hospital


VCU Medical Center


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Ratings & Reviews

119 Ratings

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A great physician.
January 2024
Was very happy with the doctor and would recommend him highly.
December 2023
Doctor Fernandez was very good - Easy to talk with.
October 2023
He is the best!
August 2023
He listened attentively. He answered questions. Obviously very competent & caring.
August 2023
Outstanding and competent physician, great person.
August 2023
Best dr. ever.
June 2023
Entire experience was World Class - everything from start to current was perfect.
June 2023
Dr. Fernandez is one of the finest physicians I have ever had - I'm so lucky to be his patient.
June 2023
I had a very good task I think I was in a little denial but Dr. Fernandez explained everything. After I thought everything over there is not a doubt in my mind I would never want another dr. He is great.
May 2023
Dr. Fernandez is outstanding. I will forever be grateful for his care of me. There are truly no words to describe the degree of excellence, skill and knowledge this man has. Plus, he is a caring gentleman with a sense of humor.
May 2023
Dr. was very prepared for my visit, lots of info provided, several options. Expressed his expertise, gave options.
April 2023
Very good.
February 2023
Great personal care.
December 2022
Dr. Fernandez & nurse [...] provides outstanding care!
November 2022
My care provider is exceptional in all areas.
October 2022
Great experience, no issues or concerns.
September 2022
[...] First visit with provider and it was very good.
September 2022
Very good appt.
September 2022
Exceptional care & concern with quality of life for patient not just performing a procedure.
August 2022
Dr. Fernandez took extra time with me when he sensed I was upset. I very much needed.
May 2022
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