Dr. Jeffrey Matthews named President-Elect of Chicago Surgical Society

Dr. Jeffrey Matthews named President-Elect of Chicago Surgical Society

May 21, 2013

Jeffrey B. Matthews, MD, Dallas B. Phemister Professor of Surgery and chair of the Department of Surgery at the University of Chicago Medicine, has been named president-elect of the Chicago Surgical Society.

The Chicago Surgical Society has served as a platform for continuing medical education and the exchange of ideas affecting surgical practice for more than 100 years. In his new role, Matthews will support the Society's pursuit in hosting educational conferences for practicing and attending surgeons, residents, fellows and medical students in Chicago. Matthews' term as president begins in 2014. Matthews will succeed Allan Fredland, MD.

"The Chicago Surgical Society brings together our vibrant community of surgeons from Chicagoland's many outstanding hospitals, independent practices and academic medical centers," Matthews said. "The camaraderie and intellectual exchange of the CSS is invigorating, and I feel truly honored to follow in the footsteps of so many distinguished leaders of Chicago surgery over the past century."

Matthews, who has served as chair of the Department of Surgery since joining the University of Chicago Medicine in 2006, is an international authority on the surgical treatment of diseases affecting the pancreas, bile ducts and liver. He also has clinical expertise in the treatment of acute and chronic pancreatitis, bile duct reconstruction, and islet autotransplantation. Matthews has been honored as one of America's Best Doctors by Best Doctors Inc., since 2006.

Matthews is also a prolific researcher, author, editor and teacher who has published more than 150 original articles, chapters and reviews in high-impact national and international journals. His research endeavors have focused on the cell biology of epithelial transport and barrier functions, and his laboratory has been supported by the National Institutes of Health for nearly 20 years. He has delivered invited lectureships and served as visiting professor to departments of surgery around the globe.

He is a senior director of the American Board of Surgery and has served as President of the Society of University Surgeons and the Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract. He also is co-editor in chief of the Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery and serves on the editorial boards of 12 scientific journals and textbooks.

Matthews completed his medical training at Harvard Medical School and surgical residency at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, including a fellowship in hepatobiliary surgery at the University of Bern in Switzerland. He began his academic and clinical career at Harvard and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. In 2001, he joined the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine as Christian R. Holmes Professor and Chairman of the Department of Surgery. He served in that capacity till 2006, when he joined the University of Chicago Medicine.

"Dr. Matthews is an outstanding surgeon-scientist who has had a broad impact as a clinician, teacher and researcher," said Kenneth Polonsky, MD, executive vice president for medial affairs at the University of Chicago and dean of the Biological Sciences Division and Pritzker School of Medicine. "I cannot think of a more appropriate role model to lead the Chicago Surgical Society."