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Keith D. Lillemoe, MD

  • Chief of Surgery


Accepting New Patients




Centers & Specialties

Cancer Center

Digestive Healthcare Center

Clinical Interests
  • Pancreatic cancer
  • Pancreatic cystic tumors
  • Pancreatitis (acute and chronic)
  • Gallbladder and biliary tract disease
  • Gastrointestinal disease
  • Hernia
Medical Education
  • MD, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
  • Residency, The Johns Hopkins Hospital
Board Certifications
  • Surgery
  • Boston: Massachusetts General Hospital
Insurances Accepted
  • Aetna Health Inc.
  • AllWays Health (NHP) - ACD
  • AllWays Health (NHP) - PBO
  • Beech Street
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Blue Care 65
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Indemnity
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Managed Care
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Partners Plus
  • BMC HealthNet Mass Health MCO/ACO
  • Cigna (PAL #'s)
  • Commonwealth Care Alliance
  • Fallon Community HealthCare
  • Great-West Healthcare (formally One Health Plan)
  • Harvard Pilgrim Health Plan - ACD
  • Harvard Pilgrim Health Plan - PBO
  • Health Care Value Management (HCVM)
  • Humana/Choice Care PPO
  • Maine Community Health Options (MCHO)
  • MassHealth
  • Medicare
  • Medicare - ACD
  • OSW - Maine
  • OSW - New Hampshire
  • OSW - Rhode Island
  • Private Health Care Systems (PHCS)
  • Senior Whole Health
  • TriCare
  • Tufts Health Plan
  • Unicare
  • United Healthcare (non-HMO) - ACD
  • United Healthcare (non-HMO) - PBO
  • Well Sense Pediatrics

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Dr. Keith D. Lillemoe received his undergraduate education at the University of South Dakota and his MD from The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in 1978. He served his surgical training at Hopkins and joined the faculty there in 1985, rising to the rank of Professor of Surgery in 1996.  He served as Associate Program Director for the Hopkins Surgical Residency from 1993 to 2003 and Vice-Chairman of the department from 1997 to 2003.  He was recognized with the Hopkins Department of Surgery Faculty Teaching Award on five occasions.  In 2003, he was appointed the Jay L. Grosfeld Professor and Chairman of the Department of Surgery at the Indiana University School of Medicine.  In May 2011, Dr. Lillemoe was appointed to the position of Surgeon-in-Chief and Chief of the Department of Surgery at the Massachusetts General Hospital and the W. Gerald Austen Professor of Surgery at the Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Lillemoe has served as Secretary, President and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract.  He has served as President of the Society of Clinical Surgery, Secretary and President of the Society of University Surgeons, and as the Recorder and President of the American Surgical Association.  In 2018, he was elected to membership in the National Academy of Medicine.  He is a Senior Director of the American Board of Surgery. 

Dr. Lillemoe’s clinical research interests are in pancreatic cancer, IPMNs and other benign pancreatic disorders and biliary tract injuries.  His bibliography lists over 450 journal articles and 120 book chapters.  He has served as a visiting professor over 100 times and has spoken nationally and internationally on over 350 occasions.  He is currently the Editor of one of the leading surgical texts Surgery: Scientific Principles and Practice and is Editor-in-Chief of Annals of Surgery.

Research & Publications

Research Summary
Dr. Lillemoe has clinical research interests in pancreatic cancer, IPMNs and other benign and malignant pancreatic disease and biliary injuries and strictures. 

Lillemoe KD: Current management of bile duct injury. Br J Surg 95:403-405, 2008.

Bilimoria KY, Bentrem DJ, Lillemoe KD, et al.  Assessment of pancreatic cancer care in the United States based on formally developed quality indicators. J Nat Can Inst 101:848-859, 2009.

Ziegler KM, Nakeeb A, Pitt HA, Schmidt CM, Bishop SA, Moreno J, Matos JM, Zyromski NJ, House MG, Madura JA, Howard TJ, and Lillemoe KD: Pancreatic Surgery: Evolution at a high volume center.  Surgery 148:702-710, 2010.  (Presented at the Central Surgical Association, 2010).

Ziegler KM, Pitt HA, Zyromski NJ, Chauhan A, Sherman S, Lehman GA, Lillemoe KD,

Rescorla FJ, West KW, and Grosfeld JL: Choledochoceles: Are they choledochal cysts?  Ann Surg 252:683-690, 2010.  (Presented at the American Surgical Association, 2010).

Lutz E, Yeo CJ, Lillemoe KD, et al.  A lethally irradiated allogeneic granulocyte-macrophage colony stimulating factor-secreting tumor vaccine for pancreatic adenocarcinoma: A phase II trialof safety, efficacy, and immune activation.  Ann Surg 253: 328-335, 2011.

News & Events

  • Making a mark on mentorship

    “You can make all the rules and set all the examples, but unless you change the culture you’ve got nothing,” said Keith Lillemoe, MD, chief of the Department of Surgery, at the 11th annual Nancy J. Tarbell, MD Faculty Development Lectureship Series.

  • Keith Lillemoe, MD, Elected to National Academy of Medicine

    Keith Lillemoe, MD, Chief of the Department of Surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital, was elected to join the National Academy of Medicine. This award is one of the highest honors in health and medicine.

  • Health care education at the MGH

    On May 21, 125 members of the educator community at the MGH gathered for a day-long symposium focusing on interprofessional health care education. Sponsored by the MGH Executive Committee on Teaching and Education (ECOTE), the event started with opening remarks by Keith Lillemoe, MD, chief of Surgery and ECOTE chair.

  • Surgical mentorship and a look toward the future

    “If you ever see a turtle atop a flagpole, you know it had a lot of help getting there,” said Keith Lillemoe, MD, chief of the Department of Surgery, during the Sept. 7 Surgery Grand Rounds where he shared his 2017 American Surgical Association (ASA) Presidential Address. “I am the proverbial turtle and owe so much to so many.”

  • Symposium offers tips, tools to enhance teaching practices

    The MGH Executive Committee on Teaching and Education (ECOTE) hosted its first Education Symposium for MGH educators on May 16 in the Starr Center and the Richard B. Simches Research Center. Nearly 200 of the hospital’s brightest teachers and educational innovators gathered for the event.

  • Understanding life after pancreatic surgery

    Thirty-six former MGH patients, ranging in age from 35 to 81, recently returned to the hospital for the inaugural pancreatic surgery patient symposium, “Through Patients’ Eyes: Understanding Life After Pancreatic Surgery.”

  • Journey of discovery

    Some virtuosos play the piano to perfection, others paint like Picasso, but for MGH physician-researchers, talent lies in the art of discovery.

  • Improved Understanding and Management of Pancreatic Cancer

    Efforts at Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center are underway to address the need for more effective treatment approaches for locally advanced and metastatic disease.

  • Lord Darzi presents McCabe Lecture

    The MGH Department of Surgery hosted Lord Ara Darzi of Denham, England, as the keynote speaker of the third annual Charles D. McCabe Lecture in Surgical Education Sept. 16.


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