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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 1.

"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 the college.

"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.

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