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Nita Ahuja, MD, MBA, FACS

William H. Carmalt Professor of Surgery; Chair, Department of Surgery; Interim Director, Yale Cancer Center; Interim Physician-in-Chief, Smilow Cancer Hospital

Years active at Yale: 2018-present

Dr. Ahuja is being recognized for her leadership and her excellence in clinical care and research. Dr. Ahuja is a passionate advocate for mentorship of trainees, staff, and faculty and has a reputation as a collaborative leader. Her surgical specialization is in gastrointestinal cancers, including gastric, rectal, and pancreatic cancers. She has developed an international reputation for management of peritoneal cancer metastases with cytoreduction and heated intraperitoneal chemotherapy, which attracts patients from around the world. She is widely recognized as a leader in translational epigenetics, conducting investigator-initiated clinical trials in colorectal cancer, pancreatic cancer, and other solid tumors. In addition, she has developed biomarkers for early detection of colorectal and pancreatic cancers.

Dr. Ahuja is a national and international surgical leader and surgeon scientist who serves on multiple editorial boards and in national leadership positions including as a member of the American Surgical Association, the elected national representative to the Commission on Cancer from the Fellowship for the American College of Surgeons, and on the Association of American Medical Colleges Council of Faculty and Academic Societies Administrative Board. She has published over 200 papers and book chapters contributing to both the surgical and basic science fields. Her many awards and honors include the William J. Reinhoff, Jr. Scholar Award, the American Surgical Association Fellowship, the Society of Surgical Oncology Clinical Investigator Award, and the Abell Foundation Award: Johns Hopkins Alliance for Science and Technology Development.