Keith D. Lillemoe, MD, a world-renowned general surgeon who specializes in pancreatic and biliary surgery, has been selected as the MGH's next surgeon-in-chief and chief of the Department of Surgery. Lillemoe currently is 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. Prior to Indiana University, he spent nearly three decades at Johns Hopkins University.
Lillemoe's appointment was formally announced to the MGH community Jan. 24. He will begin his new position at the hospital this May, succeeding Andrew L. Warshaw, MD, who has led the department for 14 years. More than a year ago, Warshaw shared his plans to step down from his position once a new chief was selected.
"Dr. Lillemoe is an extraordinary surgeon, both clinically and academically," says MGH President Peter L. Slavin, MD. "I am confident that in his very capable and skilled hands the MGH Department of Surgery will continue to flourish. Dr. Lillemoe is joining a proud tradition of exceptional surgical leaders, who have built, shaped and strengthened this department into one of the most widely respected surgical programs in the nation. "
Lillemoe graduated from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in 1978 and completed his surgical training at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in 1985. Later that year, Lillemoe joined the staff of the Johns Hopkins Department of Surgery. By 1996, he rose to the rank of full professor, and between 1997 and 2003, Lillemoe served as vice chairman and deputy director of the department. In 2003, he was recruited to Indiana University. A native of Aberdeen, S.D., Lillemoe earned his undergraduate degree from the University of South Dakota.
Clinically, Lillemoe has concentrated on the treatment of benign and malignant pancreatic disease, while his research has focused on the pathogenesis of pancreatic cancer and pancreatitis as well as benign biliary disorders. He has published extensively and serves on the editorial boards of many major surgical journals. In July of 2011, he will assume the position of editor-in-chief of Annals of Surgery. He also serves as editor of Greenfield's Surgery: Scientific Principles and Practice,
a leading surgical textbook.
Lillemoe has served as president of the Society of Surgery of the Alimentary Tract, the Society of Clinical Surgery and the Society of University Surgeons and is a member of nearly all of the leading organizations in his field. His distinguished career has been acknowledged through many awards and honors, including the 2010 Outstanding Faculty Member from Indiana University's Department of Surgery Residency and the Faculty Teaching Award from the Johns Hopkins Department of Surgery, which he received on five occasions. In 2003, the Johns Hopkins Department of Surgery established the Keith D. Lillemoe
Faculty Teaching Award in his name.
Lillemoe calls it a great honor to join the MGH as surgeon-in-chief. "This department, this hospital and Harvard Medical School are all at the pinnacle of excellence in the field of medicine," he says. "Dr. Warshaw and Dr. [W. Gerald] Austen before him have built a tremendous Department of Surgery here. I look forward to working with them, as well as with the excellent surgical division leadership, the outstanding faculty and staff, and finally the great surgical residents at the MGH."