Dr. Orcutt

Sonia Tewani Orcutt, MD

Specialty: Liver, Skin/Melanoma, Stomach, Thyroid

About Dr. Orcutt


Dr. Sonia Orcutt earned her undergraduate Bachelor of Arts degree at Boston University. She graduated with the College Prize for Excellence as the top student in her major, as well as summa cum laude and as a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society. She received her Doctor of Medicine degree from Boston University as well, where she graduated magna cum laude and as a member of the prestigious Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society. She completed her residency in General Surgery at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX. She won several awards during her time there, including the McCollum Academic Achievement Award, the Outstanding VA General Surgery Chief Resident Award, and the Raleigh Ross Scholarship Award from the Texas Surgical Society. She then completed fellowship in Complex General Surgical Oncology at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, FL, where she was administrative fellow and won a merit award from the Conquer Cancer Foundation of the American Society of Clinical Oncology for her research.

Surgical Oncology Specialization

Dr. Orcutt is board certified in general surgery, and is the first board certified surgical oncologist in northern and central Illinois outside of Chicago and its suburbs. Her primary areas of interest include cancers of the liver, pancreas, small bowel, appendix, and stomach. Within these cancer types, she has a focus on liver metastases from colorectal and neuroendocrine cancers as well as liver cancers originating in the liver. She also has a keen interest in skin cancers and cancers of the soft tissue (sarcomas).

She is well-trained in complex surgical treatment of these patients, but just as importantly in the multidisciplinary treatment of these patients. Especially for patients with cancer, the knowledge of how and when to coordinate care for these patients with other specialties (including medical and radiation oncology, gastroenterology, and interventional radiology) is of vital importance in providing streamlined and effective cancer care.

She is passionate about using a team approach to personalize care for each patient. Her goal is to provide top-notch surgical specialty care to patients of this community without the need to travel great distances.


Dr. Orcutt grew up in New Jersey, and has spent time in the northeast and south prior to moving to Illinois. She is happy to make Peoria her new home. She lives here with her husband Jeff, who is a pediatric cardiac electrophysiologist at the Children’s Hospital of Illinois.

  • Sub-Specialties
    Surgical Oncology
  • Education
    MD – Boston University School of Medicine
    Residency in General Surgery – Baylor College of Medicine
    Fellowship in Complex General Surgical Oncology – Moffitt Cancer Center (University of South Florida College of Medicine)
  • Academic Appointment
    Assistant Professor of Medicine, University of Illinois College of Medicine
  • Recent Publications
  1. Orcutt ST and Anaya DA. Surgical management and onco-surgical strategies for primary liver cancer. Cancer Control. 2018 Jan-Mar;25(1):1-15.
  2. Perez M, Orcutt ST, Zager J. Current standards of surgical management in primary melanoma. Giornale Italiano di Dermatologia e Venereologia. 2018 Feb;153(1):56-67.
  3. Orcutt ST, Abuodeh Y, Naghavi A, Frakes J, Hoffe S, Kis B, Anaya DA. Kinetic analysis of contralateral liver hypertrophy following radioembolization of primary and metastatic liver tumors. Surgery. 2018 Jan. [Epub ahead of print].
  4. Orcutt ST, O’Donoghue C, Smith P, Laronga C. Expanding eligibility criteria for nipple-sparing mastectomy. Southern Medical Journal. 2017 Oct;110(10):654-659.
  5. O’Donoghue C, Orcutt ST, Pal T, Laronga C. Risk reducing surgery for BRCA 1/2 genetic mutation carriers. In: Chagpar A, editor. Managing BRCA Mutation Carriers. New York: Springer; 2017.
  6. Orcutt ST, Kis B, Malafa M. Case report: irreversible electroporation for locally advanced pancreatic cancer. International Journal of Surgery Case Reports. 2017 Sept;40:54-57.
  7. Orcutt ST, Anaya DA, Malafa M. Case report: minimally invasive appendectomy for resection of appendiceal mucocele. International Journal of Surgery Case Reports. 2017 May;37:13-16.
  8. Li LT, Lau KSW, Ramanathan V, Orcutt ST, Sansgiry S, Albo D, Berger DH, Anaya DA. Ileostomy creation during colorectal cancer surgery: acute kidney injury-related readmission and risk of chronic kidney disease. Journal of Surgical Research. 2017 Apr;210:204-212.
  9. Orcutt ST, Gangi A, Hodul P, Anaya DA. Resectable pancreatic neuroendocrine tumor with liver metastases. Americas Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Association Case of the Month. February 2017. https://ahpba.org/case-month.phtml.
  10. Orcutt ST, Massarweh NN, Li LT, Artinyan A, Richardson PA, Petersen NJ, Albo D, Berger DH, Anaya DA. Patterns of care for colorectal liver metastasis within an integrated healthcare system: secular trends and outcomes. Annals of Surgical Oncology. 2017 Jan;24(1):23-30.
  11. Permuth JB, Choi J, Balarunathan Y, Kim J, Kim J, Chen D, Chen L, Orcutt ST, Dopeker M, Gage K, Zhang G, Latifi K, Hoffe, S, Jiang K, Coppola D, Centeno BA, Magliocco A, Li Q, Trevino J, Merchant N, Gillies R, Malafa M; Florida Pancreas Collaborative. Combining radiomic features with a miRNA classifier may improve prediction of malignant pathology for pancreatic intraductal papillary mucinous neoplasms. Oncotarget. 2016 Dec 27;7(52):85785-97.
  12. Orcutt ST, Coppola D, Hodul PJ. Colloid Carcinoma of the Pancreas: Case report and review of the literature. Case Reports in Pancreatic Cancer. 2016 June:2(1):50-52.
  13. Orcutt ST, Li LT, Balentine, CJ, Artinyan A, Naik AD, Petersen NJ, Albo D, Awad SS, Berger DH, Anaya DA. Ninety-day readmission after colorectal cancer surgery in a Veterans Affairs cohort. Journal of Surgical Research. 2016 Apr;201(2):370-7.
  14. Orcutt ST, Kobayashi K, Sultenfuss M, Hailey BS, Sparks A, Satpathy B, Anaya DA. Portal vein embolization as an oncosurgical strategy prior to major hepatic resection: anatomic, surgical and technical considerations for successful outcomes. Frontiers in Surgical Oncology. 2016 Mar 11;3:14.
  15. Orcutt ST, Sultenfuss MA, Anaya DA. A large liver mass with acute hemorrhage. JAMA Surgery. 2016 Jan 1;151(1):83-4.
  16. Artinyan A, Orcutt ST, Anaya DA, Chen GJ, Berger DH. Infectious post-operative complications decrease long-term survival in patients undergoing curative surgery for colorectal cancer: a study of 12,410 patients. Annals of Surgery. 2015 Mar;261(3):497-505.
  17. Li LT, Barden GM, Balentine CJ, Orcutt ST, Naik AD, Artinyan A, Sansgiry S, Albo D, Berger DH, Anaya DA. Postoperative transitional care needs in the elderly: an outcome of recovery associated with worse long-term survival. Annals of Surgery. 2015 Apr;261(4):695-701.
  18. Fernandez R, Anaya DA, Li LT, Orcutt ST, Awad SA, Berger DH, Albo DA, Artinyan A. Laparoscopic versus robotic rectal resection for rectal cancer in a veteran population. American Journal of Surgery. 2013 Oct;206(4):509-17.
  19. Kougias P, Orcutt ST, Pak T, Lin PH, Pisimisis G, Barshes NR, Bechara CF. Impact of postoperative nadir hemoglobin and blood transfusion on outcomes after operations for atherosclerotic vascular disease. Journal of Vascular Surgery. 2013 May;57(5):1331-7.
  20. Orcutt ST, Artinyan A, Li LT, Silberfein EJ, Berger DH, Albo D, Anaya DA. Postoperative mortality and need for transitional care following liver resection for metastatic disease in the elderly: a population-level analysis of 4,026 patients. HPB (Oxford). 2012 Dec; 14(12):863-70.