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The one hundred honoree: Keith D. Lillemoe, MD

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The one hundred honoree: Keith D. Lillemoe, MD

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Keith Lillemoe, MD, is a world-renowned general surgeon who specializes in gastrointestinal and pancreaticobiliary tract surgery. In 2011, Dr. Lillemoe became the surgeon-in-chief and chief of the Department of Surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital, and under his extraordinary leadership, the department has continued to flourish. Placing a significant priority on safety and quality initiatives, Dr. Lillemoe works tirelessly to develop strategies to improve patient care and reduce surgical complications.

W. Gerald Austen, MD, chief of the Department of Surgery at Mass General from 1969 to 1997 and chairman of the MGH Chief’s Council, says, “Since coming to MGH three years ago, Dr. Lillemoe has been tireless in his efforts to advance the mission of exceptional patient care, research and teaching in the 11 divisions in the Department of Surgery, and also in the MGH Cancer Center.”

Prior to joining the MGH community in 2011, Dr. Lillemoe served as surgeon-in-chief at Indiana University Hospital and the Jay L. Grosfeld Professor of Surgery and chairman of the Department of Surgery at Indiana University School of Medicine. He previously spent nearly three decades at the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions. Dr. Lillemoe’s clinical and research findings have been published extensively in more than 300 journal articles and 115 book chapters and he has spoken nationally and internationally on more than 315 occasions.

“Dr. Lillemoe is well-known for his visionary leadership, cutting-edge care for patients with pancreatic cancer, and superb support for faculty and staff,” says Kenneth Tanabe, MD, chief of the Division of Surgical Oncology at Mass General. “Beyond doubt, our patients are the real beneficiaries of Dr. Lillemoe’s arrival.”

Watch Dr. Lillemoe in “Turning the Exception into the Rule,” a video shown at the 2014 the one hundred. You can also watch all of the evening’s videos here.


Listen to Jordan Rich of WBZ NewsRadio 1030 talk about Dr. Lillemoe’s contributions to the fight against cancer.