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Anees Chagpar

Professor of Surgery (Oncology)



Anees is a full Professor in the Department of Surgery at Yale School of Medicine. Born and raised in Canada, she completed her BSc in Honors Biochemistry and MD with Honors in Research at the University of Alberta, and her general surgery residency training and MSc at the University of Saskatchewan. She went on to complete the Susan G. Komen Interdisciplinary Breast Fellowship at the University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, an MPH at Harvard School of Public Health and an MA in Bioethics and Medical Humanities at the University of Louisville. After fellowship, she joined the University of Louisville as Assistant Professor of Surgery, rising rapidly through the ranks to Associate Professor with tenure and Academic Advisory Dean. She built the first nationally accredited Breast Center in Kentucky at the James Graham Brown Cancer Center prior to being recruited to Yale in September 2010 where she led the effort for Yale to become the first NCI designated Comprehensive Cancer Center in the Northeast to have a nationally accredited breast center. She participates in investigator-initiated and cooperative group clinical trials, as well as translational and clinical research. Her most recent ground-breaking work was published in the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine. She enjoys teaching and mentoring medical students, residents, fellows and junior faculty, and is the Breast Surgery Section Editor for UpToDate, a commonly used resource. She is passionate about global health and leadership in academic medicine, having most recently completed an MBA for Executives with a focus on Leadership in Healthcare at Yale’s School of Management.

Education & Training

  • MBA
    Yale University (2014)
  • MA
    University of Louisville (2009)
  • MPH
    Harvard School of Public Health (2007)
  • MSc
    University of Saskatchewan (2002)
  • MD
    University of Alberta (1996)
  • BS
    University of Alberta, Biochemistry (1992)
  • Interdisciplinary Breast Fellowship
    University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
  • General Surgery Residency
    University of Saskatchewan
  • Board Certification
    AB of Surgery, Surgery, General (2004, recertified: 2012)


  • Aga Khan University Breast Center
    Karachi, Pakistan 2018
    Partnering with the Aga Khan University (Karachi) to help them in developing their clinical multidisciplinary breast center, fostering research and aiding in their educational efforts.

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
Distinguished Research AwardClinical Research Forum2016
Yale Cancer Center Clinical Research AwardYale Cancer Center2015
Public Voices Thought Leadership FellowshipWomen Faculty Forum2015
Oral Presentation PrizeBreast Surgery International2015
Horace W. Goldsmith AwardYale University Teaching and Learning Center2015
Class MarshalYale University School of Management2014
Claude Organ MD, FACS Travelling FellowshipAmerican College of Surgeons2013
Award for Excellence in Ethics and LeadershipYale University School of Management2013

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