About the Chair: Jeffrey Sussman, MD
Jeffrey Sussman, MD, became interim chair of surgery in January 2019. Dr. Sussman is a surgical oncologist who has been a UC faculty member since 1997 and is Christian R. Holmes Professor of Surgery and vice chair for education. He also is program director of General Surgery Residency and director of the Skin Cancer and Sarcoma Program at the UC Cancer Institute, roles he will continue while serving as interim chair. From 2007 until 2015 he served as chief of the department’s Section of Surgical Oncology.
Dr. Sussman is active in clinical research, having served as principal investigator for a variety of laboratory and clinical trials, exploring how the human immune response can be altered to improve cancer therapy. He has published numerous articles focused on advancing treatments and understanding of melanoma and other solid tumors. Dr. Sussman’s clinical practice focuses on melanoma, sarcoma, gastrointestinal neoplasms, peritoneal surface and hepatobiliary/pancreas malignancies.
Dr. Sussman received his medical degree from the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine and completed his general surgery residency at the University of Michigan. He also completed tumor immunology research at the National Institutes of Health and fellowships in surgical critical care and surgical oncology research at the University of Michigan and in surgical oncology at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center.