Timothy J. Eberlein, MD


Head, Department of Surgery at Washington University School of Medicine; Director, Siteman Cancer Center

Dr. Eberlein is the Bixby Professor and Chairman of the Department of Surgery at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and Surgeon-in-Chief at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. He also serves as the Olin Distinguished Professor and Director of the Alvin J. Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University Medical Center.

Born in New Kensington, Pennsylvania, Dr. Eberlein graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Pittsburgh, and cum laude and AOA from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. He completed his surgical training at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, including an appointment as Chief Resident. He also completed research and clinical fellowships at the National Cancer Institute (NIH).

Prior to joining Washington University in January of 1998, Dr. Eberlein was the Richard E. Wilson Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School in Boston, Chief of the Division of Surgical Oncology and Vice-Chairman for Research in the Department of Surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

Dr. Eberlein was the founding Director of the Siteman Cancer Center which is now an NCI Comprehensive Cancer Center and a member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network. As one of the largest clinical cancer centers in the United States, its integrated research programs involve all of the Departments of the School of Medicine, as well as the Schools of Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Arts and Architecture, Social Work, Arts and Sciences and Law.

Dr. Eberlein has participated on numerous national committees and medical advisory boards. He is active in the American College of Surgeons and is a member of the Board of Regents, a past member of the Board of Governors, and past Chairman of the Committee on Research and Education as well as ViceChairman of the Surgical Forum Committee. He is a past Senior Director of the American Board of Surgery and was Chairman of the Advisory Committee to the Board for Surgical Oncology.

Dr. Eberlein has been very active in the work of the National Cancer Institute, having served on the Board of Scientific Counselors and as a Chairperson for NIH Study Sections. He is a past-President of the Society of Surgical Oncology, Society of Surgical Chairs, the American Surgical Association and the Southern Surgical Association. Dr. Eberlein serves on a number of editorial boards of peer reviewed journals and is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of the American College of Surgeons and Associate Editor of Annals of Surgical Oncology. In 2004, Dr. Eberlein was elected a member of the National Academy of Medicine. He has also been elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He has received the John Wayne Clinical Research Award from the Society of Surgical Oncology in 1999 and the Sheen Award in 2006 for outstanding contributions to the medical profession. He is also a recipient of the Philip B. Hench Distinguished Alumnus Award from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, and at Washington University, the Academic Women’s Network Pillar of Support Award in 2013. Dr. Eberlein is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons (Glasgow) and an Honorary Fellow of the Swiss Surgical Society, an Honorary Member of the of Academie Royale de Chirurgie/Academie Nationale de Chirurgie and an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. He was also elected an Honorary Fellow of the Society of Black Academic Surgeons.

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