Dr. Charles J. Yeo of Thomas Jefferson University to Speak at 19th Annual Biomedical Lecture Series

Release Date: Tuesday, September 11, 2012

PHILADELPHIA, PA – Dr Charles J. Yeo, MD., FACS, co-director of the Pancreas, Biliary and Related Cancer Center at Jefferson, the Samuel D. Gross Professor of Surgery and chair of the Department of Surgery at Thomas Jefferson University will present the lecture, “The New Faces of Pancreatic Cancer Surgery and Treatment” at the 19th Annual Biomedical lecture on Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at 4 p.m. in the East Parlor, St. Joseph Hall.


Dr. Yeo's primary interests and research have been in the fields of hepato-pancreatic-biliary surgery, evaluation and management of patients with pancreatic and related cancers, unusual pancreatic neoplasms, as well as acute or chronic pancreatitis. Personally, Yeo has performed over 1,100 Whipple procedures, and has treated more than 1,500 patients with pancreatic and related cancers. In 2005, he was named the Samuel D. Gross Professor & chairman of the Department of Surgery at Jefferson Medical College, Thomas Jefferson University.


Yeo’s major accomplishments have been in the fields of surgical education, clinical care of patients with complex alimentary tract diseases, and research. He has made major contributions to the surgical literature through his authorship of manuscripts in journals, book chapters, and books. His design and completion of numerous prospective randomized clinical trials have dramatically impacted the field of pancreatic surgery—particularly the most difficult of all pancreatic procedures, the pancreaticoduodenectomy. Additionally, his leadership of large teams of physicians and scientists (at both Johns Hopkins and Thomas Jefferson) dedicated to a better understanding of pancreatic neoplasia, has generated a plethora of new knowledge relevant to the early detection, screening, categorization, and therapy of pancreatic and related types of cancer. Recently, Dr. Yeo was instrumental in organizing the Jefferson Pancreas, Biliary and Related Cancer Center, the Jefferson Pancreas Tumor Registry and a presentation of a Webcast about the mini-Whipple operation (www.jeffersonhospital.org/pancreas).


A resident of Philadelphia, Dr. Yeo received his undergraduate degree from Princeton University, summa cum laude with an A.B. in biochemistry. Dr. Yeo graduated in 1979 from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, being awarded the Upjohn Achievement Award and was elected to Alpha Omega Alpha and Phi Beta Kappa.


The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Dr. Lakshmi Atchison at latchiso@chc.edu or call 215.248.7159.