Cancer surgeon Douglas Evans, MD, named Chairman of Surgery
Milwaukee, WI (Jan. 15, 2009) — Cancer surgeon Douglas Evans, MD, has been appointed Donald C. Ausman Family Foundation Professor of Surgery and Chairman of the Department of Surgery at The Medical College of Wisconsin, effective Jan. 15, 2009. He will be based at Froedtert Hospital, and will hold appointments at the Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center and Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin.
Dr. Evans comes to the Medical College from the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, where he was the Hamill Foundation Distinguished Professor of Surgery. He is board-certified in surgery, and his clinical interests include treatment of pancreatic cancer and tumors of the endocrine system (thyroid, parathyroid, adrenal).
“I am pleased to announce that Dr. Evans has accepted the position of Chairman of the Department of Surgery and will no doubt take the department to the next level of excellence,” said Jonathan Ravdin, MD, Dean and Executive Vice President.
Dr. Ravdin also acknowledged the efforts of Keith Oldham, MD, who served as Interim Chairman of the department.
“I wish to recognize the outstanding efforts of Dr. Oldham, who has so ably served as Interim Chairman of surgery since June 2007,” said Dr. Ravdin.
Dr. Evans’ research interests focus on translational laboratory research in the biology of pancreatic cancer and in clinical trial development for patients with localized disease. He is co-principal investigator of a National Cancer Institute Specialized Programs of Research Excellence (NIH P20 SPORE) pancreatic cancer grant, and has completed a number of investigator-initiated clinical trials defining how to incorporate chemotherapy and radiation therapy with surgery.
His endocrine surgery group has worked extensively on the genotype-phenotype correlations in multiple endocrine tumors and was the first to define the role for ultrasound in the preoperative management of patients with thyroid cancer.
He was twice awarded the Outstanding Teacher Award at M. D. Anderson Cancer Center in 1995 and 2003. He also received the Faculty Achievement Award in Clinical Research in 1998.
Dr. Evans is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons, and a member of the editorial boards of Surgery and the American Journal of Surgery. He served on the editorial board for the seventh edition of the AJCC (American Joint Committee on Cancer), Cancer Staging Manual, and chaired the committee that revised the staging system for pancreatic cancer. He has served on various national medical advisory committees and has worked extensively with patient advocacy groups including the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (PanCAN) and the Lustgarten Foundation.
He has authored or co-authored 197 journal articles and has edited seven books. He has delivered more than 50 invited lectureships nationally, most recently at Johns Hopkins University, the University of California – San Diego, the Mayo Clinic and the University of Wisconsin – Madison, amongst others. He has also been invited to present his research findings at international meetings in New Zealand, Belgium, France, Sweden, Japan, and elsewhere. He was awarded an American College of Surgeons Traveling Fellowship in 1999.
Dr. Evans completed a general surgery residency at Dartmouth in 1988 followed by a surgical oncology fellowship at the University of Texas, M. D. Anderson Cancer Center. He received his medical degree from Boston University School of Medicine in 1983, and his bachelor of science from Bates College in Lewiston, Maine, in 1978.