Jeffrey B. Matthews, MD

UChicago Faculty Physicians

Jeffrey B. Matthews, MD

Dallas B. Phemister Distinguished Service Professor of Surgery Chair, Department of Surgery

Jeffrey B. Matthews, MD, is a gastrointestinal surgeon and leading authority on the surgical treatment of diseases of the pancreas and bile ducts. He is highly skilled in the treatment of acute and chronic pancreatitis, and is one of a handful of surgeons in the nation who has expertise in islet autotransplantation, a treatment for severe pancreatitis with and without a genetic component. He also has vast experience in bile duct reconstruction and complex reoperative gastrointestinal surgery.

Dr. Matthews has held several leadership positions during his distinguished career. Currently, he is the chair of the Surgery Residency Review Committee of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. He is a senior director of the American Board of Surgery and past-president of the Society of Surgical Chairs, the Society of University Surgeons and the Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract (SSAT). Dr. Matthews led a federally funded research laboratory for over two decades studying the regulation of epithelial transport and barrier function. His research received long-term support from the National Institutes of Health.

An accomplished author, Dr. Matthews has published over 200 original articles, chapters and editorials, as well as multiple surgical textbooks. He serves on the editorial board of 11 prestigious surgical and scientific journals and is Editor-in-Chief Emeritus of the Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery.

Dr. Matthews is dedicated to teaching and mentoring medical students and new physicians, and has received awards for excellence in teaching. A popular speaker, Dr. Matthews is frequently invited to lecture at universities and medical conferences across the United States and abroad.

Areas of Expertise

Board Certifications

  • Surgery

Memberships & Medical Societies

  • Southern Surgical Association
  • American Physiological Society
  • International Surgical Group
  • ACGME Review Committee for Surgery
  • James IV Association of Surgeons
  • American Medical Association
  • Association for Academic Surgery
  • Illinois State Medical Society
  • Cincinnati Surgical Society
  • American Society for Clinical Investigation
  • American Gastroenterological Association
  • American Surgical Association
  • Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract
  • Society of Surgical Chairs
  • International Society of Surgery
  • Pancreas Club
  • Central Surgical Association
  • Society of Asian Academic Surgeons
  • Chicago Surgical Society
  • American College of Surgeons

Practicing Since

  • 1990

Languages Spoken

  • German
  • French
  • English

Medical Education

  • Harvard University Medical School


  • Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center


  • Brigham and Women's Hospital; University of Bern Ibselspital

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