Nita Ahuja, MD, MBA

Chair, Department of Surgery

Departments & Organizations

Surgery

Yale Cancer Center: Gastrointestinal Cancers Program

Biography

Nita Ahuja, MD, MBA, is the chair of the Department of Surgery at Yale School of Medicine and chief of surgery at Yale New Haven Hospital, effective February 1, 2018. Dr. Ahuja obtained her medical education at the Duke University School of Medicine and her training in general surgery at Johns Hopkins. She completed a fellowship in surgical oncology at Johns Hopkins focused on hepatobiliary malignancies and joined the faculty in 2003. 

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.

Education & Training

MBA Johns Hopkins University (2016)
MD Duke University School of Medicine (1993)
BS University of Maryland, Biology (1989)
BS University of Maryland, Mathematics (1989)
Surgical Oncology Fellowship Johns Hopkins University
Registrar: Surgical Oncology and Colorectal Service John Radcliffe Hospital
Residency in General Surgery Johns Hopkins University
Internship in General Surgery Johns Hopkins University
Board Certification AB of Surgery, Surgery, General (2003)

Honors & Recognition

  • Abell Foundation Award: Johns Hopkins Alliance for Science and Technology Development (2014)

  • Society of Surgical Oncology Clinical Investigator Award (2009)

  • American Surgical Association Foundation Fellowship Award (2005)

  • William J. Reinhoff, Jr. Scholar Award (2005)

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