Harvard Physician Named Chair of Surgery Department
Date: June 26, 2001
By: Angela Russo
Archive: Campus News
Cincinnati -- Jeffrey Matthews, MD, has been appointed chairman of the
UC College of Medicine Department of Surgery and Christian R. Holmes Professor. Matthews will begin his term on July
"Jeff Matthews is a nationally recognized superstar in academic
surgery. He has headed general surgery at a major Harvard teaching
hospital and is the ideal person to lead our department of surgery in
this new millennium," said John Hutton, MD, dean of the UC College of
Medicine. "Jeff's diverse experiences in Boston will be of great value
to us as we address the extraordinarily complex problems faced by our
medical college and health system in Cincinnati. Our present chair of
surgery, Josef Fischer, MD, has led the department to national
prominence. Dr. Matthews will build on that legacy."
Matthews is a gastrointestinal surgeon with special expertise in
diseases of the pancreas, bile ducts, and liver as well as a broad range
of gastrointestinal problems. He comes to the College of Medicine from
Harvard Medical School (HMS) in Boston, where he was an associate
professor of surgery.
He was also chief of the Division of
General and Gastrointestinal Surgery at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical
Center, one of Harvard's major teaching hospitals. Throughout his career,
Matthews has been principal investigator of a number of National
Institutes of Health (NIH) research grants to study and understand the
biologic basis of surgical diseases of the gastrointestinal tract. As
chair of surgery at the College of Medicine, he plans to expand his
research to take advantage of excellent programs in other departments of
"I am deeply honored to be named chair of surgery and follow in
the footsteps of such an influential and illustrious chairman as Dr.
Fischer," Matthews said. "Cincinnati is historically viewed as one of
the most important centers of surgery in the country. We face many
challenges in this volatile health care climate, but we are poised to
become the model academic surgical department in the future that is able
to continue scholarly achievement while working within the context of an
integrated healthcare network."
Matthews obtained his medical degree in 1985 from Harvard
Medical School where he graduated cum laude. He served his internship
and residency at Beth Israel Hospital (now known as Beth Israel
Deaconess Medical Center).
Matthews is president-elect of the Society of
University Surgeons and a member of the American College of Surgeons, the Association for
Academic Surgery and the American Gastroenterological Association.