Edwin L. Kaplan, MD

UChicago Faculty Physicians

Edwin L. Kaplan, MD

Professor of Surgery

Edwin L. Kaplan, MD, is a world-respected endocrine surgeon. He is an expert in the surgical management of thyroid, parathyroid, endocrine, pancreatic, and adrenal diseases. Dr. Kaplan no longer sees patients, but he continues to teach and perform research.

He is the editor of two books about the thyroid and the co-author of a book on neuroendocrine tumors of the gastrointestinal tract. In addition, Dr. Kaplan has authored more than 75 book chapters, 160 research articles, and a number of other contributions to the medical literature.

Dr. Kaplan previously served as a governor of the American College of Surgeons. He is a past president of the American Association of Endocrine Surgeons, the Chicago Surgical Society, and the Metropolitan Chicago Chapter of the American College of Surgeons. He has been a visiting professor at medical schools in Europe, Asia and Australia.

Board Certifications

  • General Surgery

Memberships & Medical Societies

  • American Surgical Association
  • Society of University Surgeons
  • Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract
  • International Association of Endocrine Surgeons
  • Illinois Surgical Society
  • Chicago Surgical Society
  • American Association of Endocrine Surgeons
  • American College of Surgeons
  • American Gastroenterological Association
  • Endocrine Society

Practicing Since

  • 1961

Languages Spoken

  • English

Medical Education

  • Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania


  • Mount Sinai Hospital


  • Hospitals of the University of Pennsylvania

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