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Nita Ahuja

William H. Carmalt Professor of Surgery; Chair, Surgery; Associate Cancer Center Director, Surgical Services

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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. Watch a video with Dr. Nita Ahuja>>

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's surgical specialization is in management of sarcomas and complex 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 a strong advocate for working with various disciplines to deliver caring and cutting edge treatment to her patients and is honored as a top doctor by multiple organizations. Prior to coming to Yale as chair of surgery, she was the director of sarcoma program and gastric cancer program.

Dr. Ahuja is also a passionate advocate of clinician scientist and has run a laboratory focused on developing new knowledge to improve cancer outcomes. Her NIH funded laboratory has been focused on identifying new biomarkers for pancreas and colon cancers using liquid biopsies and stool DNA. She has also led over twenty national and international clinical trials on testing new therapies in gastrointestinal and breast cancers based on concepts identified in her laboratory.

She is a national and international surgical leader and surgeon scientist who serves on multiple editorial boards and in national leadership positions including as an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine, member of the American Surgical Association, New England Surgical Society, Southern Surgical Association and on the Association of American Medical Colleges Council of Faculty and Academic Societies Administrative Board. She has published over 300 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)
  • Surgical Oncology Fellowship
    Johns Hopkins University (2003)
  • Residency in General Surgery
    Johns Hopkins University (2002)
  • Registrar: Surgical Oncology and Colorectal Service
    John Radcliffe Hospital (2001)
  • Internship in General Surgery
    Johns Hopkins University (1994)
  • MD
    Duke University School of Medicine (1993)
  • BS
    University of Maryland, Biology (1989)
  • BS
    University of Maryland, Mathematics (1989)

Honors & Recognition

Abell Foundation Award: Johns Hopkins Alliance for Science and Technology Development2014
Society of Surgical Oncology Clinical Investigator Award2009
American Surgical Association Foundation Fellowship Award2005
William J. Reinhoff, Jr. Scholar Award2005

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