Cincinnati--Jeffrey Matthews, MD, has been appointed chairman of the
University of Cincinnati (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."
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, Mass., where he was an
associate professor of surgery from 1996. He was also chief of the
Division of General and Gastrointestinal Surgery at Beth Israel
Deaconess Medical Center, one of HMS'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
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). From there he did a fellowship in
hepatobiliary surgery at the University of Bern in Switzerland.
is president-elect of the prestigious Society of University Surgeons.
He is also a member of other national professional societies such as
the American College of Surgeons, the Association for Academic Surgery
and the American Gastroenterological Association.