Dr. Faries came to JWCI for a surgical oncology fellowship in 2002. He remained on the institute’s faculty after graduation and led several therapeutic clinical trials during that time. He was then recruited to Yale University, where he was appointed associate professor of surgery.

In 2011, Dr. Donald Morton, JWCI's founder and leader of its melanoma program at the time, asked Dr. Faries to return to ensure completion of important research projects and take over leadership of the fellowship program.

Dr. Faries oversees clinical trials that include over 6,000 patients around the world and has been awarded substantial research funding by the National Cancer Institute. He was the first surgeon in California to perform minimally invasive inguinal lymph node dissections.He established a Food and Drug Administration- certified cellular immunotherapy lab, and has published over 150 manuscripts, abstracts and book chapters. He has given invited lectures in nine countries on three continents.

Medical School
  • Cornell University - Weill Medical College, New York, NY
  • University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA
  • University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA
  • John Wayne Cancer Institute, Santa Monica, CA
  • English


PSJHC - John Wayne Cancer Institute
2200 Santa Monica Boulevard
Suite 60
Santa Monica, CA 90404
(310) 582-7438
(310) 582-7236


  • General Surgery (Board Certified)
  • Melanoma and Cutaneous Oncology
  • Surgical Oncology
Clinical Interests
  • Thyroidectomy
  • Endocrine Surgery
  • Immunotherapy
  • Melanoma Surgery
  • Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy
  • Melanoma Immunotherapy and Vaccines
  • Minimally Invasive Lymph Node Dissection
  • Merkel Cell Carcinoma
  • Dermatofibrosarcoma Protuberans


Insurances Accepted
  • Aetna PPO/POS/EPO
  • Anthem Blue Cross PPO/POS/EPO
  • Blue Shield PPO/POS/EPO
  • Cigna PPO/POS/EPO
  • Covered CA Anthem BC HMO
  • Covered CA Anthem BC PPO/EPO
  • Covered CA Blue Shield HMO
  • Covered CA Blue Shield PPO/EPO
  • Covered CA Health Net PPO
  • Covered CA LA Care HMO
  • Health Net PPO/EPO/POS
  • Humana ChoiceCare PPO
  • Medicare
  • MultiPlan LTD PPO
Insurance Medical Groups
  • Axminister Medical Group/IPA
  • HealthCare Partners Medical Group