Frank C Detterbeck MD, FACS, FCCP

Professor of Surgery (Section of Thoracic Surgery); Chief, Thoracic Surgery; Surgical Director, Thoracic Oncology; Clinical Program Leader, Thoracic Oncology Program, Smilow Cancer Hospital

Biographical Info

Frank Detterbeck, MD, FACS, FCCP is a Professor of Surgery and Chief of Thoracic Surgery at Yale University and Associate Director of the Yale Cancer Center. He earned a BS in Cell Biology at the University of Michigan, and an MD degree from Northwestern University. After completing general surgery training at the Virginia Mason Clinic in Seattle, he pursued a cardiothoracic fellowship and a fellowship in thoracic transplantation at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He rose to the rank of professor of surgery at the University of North Carolina during a long tenure there before being recruited to Yale University in 2005. The major focus of his career has been on thoracic oncology. In particular, he has promoted evidence-based care and multidisciplinary teamwork. He has written extensively on these and other topics, with over 150 papers and book chapters. He holds leadership positions in many of the major professional societies associated with thoracic surgery and has given invited lectures on a wide variety of topics at many institutions and international meetings.

He specializes in the surgical treatment of lung cancer, lung metastases, esophageal cancer, thymoma, mediastinal tumors, chest wall tumors, Pancoast tumors, mesothelioma, and sarcoma. The majority of his thoracic/chest surgeries are performed using minimally invasive techniques. His clinical research includes cancer biology, cancer imaging techniques, prognostic markers of cancers, multimodality (multiple therapies for) treatment of cancer, and evidence-based medicine.

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International Activity

  • Thymic Tumors
    Krakow, Poland   (2009)
    Thymic Tumors. Invited Lecture (Meet the Professor), European Society of Thoracic Surgeons Annual Meeting, Krakow, Poland June 1, 2009
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery
    Paris, France   (2007)
    Teaching Faculty, European Master Class Course for Minimally-Invasive Thoracic Surgery. Paris, France, Dec 17-18, 2007
  • Thoracic Sugery
    Antalya, Turkey   (2007)
    Teaching Faculty, European School of Thoracic Surgery
  • Zurich, Switzerland   (2004)
    Lecture, Multimodality therapy of lung cancer - Adjuvant therapy for resected N1, N2 lung cancer: radiation and/or chemotherapy? 11th European Conference on General Thoracic Surgery, European Society of Thoracic Surgeons spring meeting
  • Taipei, Taiwan   (2002)
    Changes in the treatment of Pancoast tumors, Workshop on Locally Advanced Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer, Taiwan Lung Cancer Society and International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer

Education & Training

BS
University of Michigan/Ann Arbor (1976)
M.D.
Northwestern University (1983)
Resident
Virginia Mason Clinic, Seattle, WA, Surgery 
Chief Resident
Virginia Mason Clinic, Seattle, WA, Surgery 
Fellow
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC, Thoracic Transplantation  (1991 - 1992)
Fellow
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC, Cardiothoracic Surgery  (1988 - 1991)
Board Certification
Surgery, General, Board Certified  (1990)

Honors & Recognition

  • Listed in “America’s Top Doctors for Cancer”
    Castle Connolly guide (2009)
  • Listed in “Who’s Who in Medicine Higher Education (AcademicKeys)
    (AcademicKeys) (2009)
  • Specialty Teaching Service Award
    Thoracic Surgery, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC (2001)
  • Elton Cahow Teaching Award, Yale Department of Surgery
    Yale Department of Surgery (2007)
  • Listed in “The Best Doctors in America”
    Best Doctors, Inc. (2003-2009)
  • Associate Editor, J of Thoracic Oncology 2009
    J of Thoracic Oncol. (2009)
  • Specialty Teaching Service Award
    Thoracic Surgery, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC (2002)
  • Listed in “Guide to America’s Top Physicians”
    Consumers’ Research Council of America (2003-9)
  • Specialty Teaching Service Award
    Thoracic Surgery, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC (2003)

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