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Frank Detterbeck

MD, FACS, FCCP
Professor of Surgery (Thoracic Surgery); Chief, Thoracic Surgery; Surgical Director, Thoracic Oncology

Contact Information

Frank Detterbeck, MD, FACS, FCCP

Patient Care Locations

  • Smilow Cancer Hospital Care Center at Yale New Haven
    35 Park Street, Ste 4th Floor
    New Haven, CT, 06511
  • Yale New Haven Hospital
    20 York Street, Ste East Pavilion
    New Haven, CT, 06510

Mailing Address

  • Thoracic Surgery

    330 Cedar Street, P.O. Box 208062

    New Haven, CT, 06520-8062

    United States

Frank Detterbeck
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Biography

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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Education & Training

  • MD
    Northwestern University (1983)
  • BS
    University of Michigan/Ann Arbor (1976)
  • Fellow
    University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC
  • Fellow
    University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC
  • Chief Resident
    Virginia Mason Clinic, Seattle, WA
  • Resident
    Virginia Mason Clinic, Seattle, WA
  • Board Certification
    AB of Thoracic Surgery, Thoracic & Cardiac Surgery (1992, recertified: 2002)

Activities

  • 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
  • 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
    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
  • 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
    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

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
Connecticut Magazine Top Docs 2016Connecticut Magazine2016
Connecticut Magazine Top Docs 2015Connecticut Magazine2015
Listed in “Who’s Who in Medicine Higher Education (AcademicKeys)(AcademicKeys)2009
Associate Editor, J of Thoracic Oncology 2009J of Thoracic Oncol.2009
Listed in “America’s Top Doctors for Cancer”Castle Connolly guide2009
Elton Cahow Teaching Award, Yale Department of SurgeryYale Department of Surgery2007
Listed in “The Best Doctors in America”Best Doctors, Inc.2003, 2009
Listed in “Guide to America’s Top Physicians”Consumers’ Research Council of America2003
Specialty Teaching Service AwardThoracic Surgery, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC2003
Specialty Teaching Service AwardThoracic Surgery, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC2002
Specialty Teaching Service AwardThoracic Surgery, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC2001

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