Aaron Saunders, MD

Surgical Oncologist

Dr. Aaron Saunders is a board-certified Surgeon at Summit Cancer Centers.

Dr. Saunders is the only physician is Spokane with formal board certification in Surgical Oncology. He is also board certified in Complex General Surgical Oncology. Dr. Saunders pursued training in medicine, surgery, and oncology to provide holistic care for his patients and community. He had an example of this commitment in his father and grandfather, who both practiced surgery in Oregon and Washington, as well as performing long term humanitarian medical missions in Asia and Africa. Dr. Saunders prioritizes completely informing his patients and works with his patients and their families to customize a treatment plan that achieves the greatest quality of life and is most consistent with their goals of care.

Dr. Saunders completed his undergraduate studies at Walla Walla University and Portland State University before traveling to California for medical school and a general surgery residency at Loma Linda University. He then completed an advanced fellowship training program in complex general surgical oncology at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center, the world’s oldest institution dedicated solely to the study and treatment of cancer. His experience at leading academic centers prepared him to provide a full range of multidisciplinary treatment options for cancer, as well as minimally invasive surgical approaches utilizing laparoscopic and robotic assisted techniques.

Dr. Saunders specializes in providing diagnosis and treatment plans for solid tumors growing in the skin, soft tissue of the trunk and extremity, breast, esophagus, stomach, liver, pancreas, adrenal gland, small bowel, colon, and rectum. In addition to his clinical work, Dr. Saunders teaches medical students from the University of Washington and Washington State University, and participates in a master’s degree program from the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University.



Complex General Surgical Oncology, Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center – Buffalo, NY

Residency & Internship

General Surgery, Loma Linda University – Loma Linda, CA

Medical School

Loma Linda University School of Medicine – Loma Linda, CA

Board Certification

Surgery, American Board of Surgery

Complex General Surgical Oncology, American Board of Surgery


American College of Surgeons

Society of Surgical Oncology

American Medical Association