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Charles Cha, MD, FACS

Associate Professor of Surgery (Oncology and Gastrointestinal)

Contact Information

Charles Cha, MD, FACS

Patient Care Location

Mailing Address

  • Surgical Oncology

    PO Box 208062

    New Haven, CT, 06520-8062

    United States



Charles H. Cha, MD, FACS earned his medical degree from Northwestern University Medical School and is a Board Certified Surgeon. He completed a surgical oncology fellowship at Memorial Sloan Kettering in New York. He is dedicated to advancing surgical techniques for removing tumors and advancing medical knowledge about tumor growth. In his practice, he continually integrates the latest in minimally invasive techniques and surgical technology to provide better outcomes for his patients. Dr. Cha is one of the few surgeons in the region with considerable experience in laparoscopic and robotic surgery for liver and stomach tumors. Watch a video with Dr. Charles Cha>>

He specializes in benign and malignant diseases of the liver, esophagus, stomach, colon, and pancreas. He currently serves as the Director of the Minimally Invasive Hepatopancreatobiliary Program with an specific interest in robotic and laparoscopic surgery for the liver, pancreas and stomach.

Dr. Cha has established an active research laboratory studying the effects of angiogenesis on colorectal and liver malignancy using gene-silencing techniques to silence angiogenic factors leading to decreased tumor growth. His clinical research includes the determination of the diagnostic and therapeutic utility of angiogenic inhibitors for treatment of colorectal and liver cancers. In addition, he is involved in clinical outcomes research in surgery for liver, gastric, esophageal, and colorectal malignancy using the National Surgical Quality Improvement Program Database as well as the Connecticut Tumor Registry.

He has received numerous awards and recognitions for his research and teaching, including the American College of Surgeons Faculty Research Award and the Ohse Surgical Research Award.

Education & Training

  • MD
    Northwestern University Medical School (1995)
  • BS
    Northwestern University (1990)
  • Clinical Fellow
    Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
  • Resident
    University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics
  • Board Certification
    AB of Surgery, Surgery, General (2002)


  • Invited Presentation, Amplification of myc Oncogene in Osteogenic Sarcoma, International Symposium on Limb Salvage
    Singapore 1993
    Invited Presentation, Amplification of myc Oncogene in Osteogenic Sarcoma, International Symposium on Limb Salvage

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
Best DoctorsConnecticut Magazine2019
FellowRoyal Society of Medicine2010
FellowAmerican College of Surgeons2005
Chairman, Awards CommitteeAssociation of VA Surgeons2005, 2006
Best Basic Science PresentationNew England Surgical Society2005
Ohse Surgical Research Award2005
Marquis Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in the World2005
Dennis Jahnigen Career Development Award2004
American College of Surgeons Faculty Research AwardAmerican College of Surgeons2004
Ohse Surgical Research Award2003
American Association for Cancer Research Trainee Scholarship AwardAmerican Association for Cancer Research2003
David and Monica Gorin Award of Courage FellowMemorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer, New York, NY2002, 2003
Benjamin Layton Award for Outstanding Teaching2001
University of Wisconsin Surgical Award for Basic Science ResearchUniversity of Wisconsin, Madison, WI1998
NIH/NCI Research Fellowship AwardNIH/NCI, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY1993
Honors Program in Medical EducationNorthwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago, IL1985, 1987

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