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Peter Steven Yoo, MD, FACS

Associate Professor of Surgery (Transplant); Program Director, Surgical Residency

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Peter Steven Yoo, MD, FACS

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Dr. Yoo is a board-certified surgeon who specializes in abdominal organ transplantation in children and adults. He is appointed as Associate Professor in the Department of Surgery, serves as the Program Director of the Yale Surgical Residency, and directs the Yale Surgical Education Research Laboratory.

A native of New York, Dr. Yoo was an undergraduate at Dartmouth College and earned his medical degree at SUNY Stony Brook. He was an intern, resident, and administrative chief resident in the Department of Surgery at Yale. During residency, he completed a post-doctoral research fellowship examining mediators of angiogenesis in hepatic malignancy and obtained support from the National Institutes of Health for his work. After residency, Dr. Yoo was a fellow in organ transplantation at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Dr. Yoo formerly directed Yale's program in pediatric kidney transplantation as well as Yale's Paired Organ Exchange Program, which notably performed an 18-patient kidney exchange in 2017.

Dr. Yoo's research has focused on understanding and improving the clinical learning environment for surgical residents. His work includes the first major study of attitudes toward pregnancy and parenthood during surgical residency (J Am Coll Surg, 2016), the first national study of sexual harassment in surgical training (Ann Surg, 2020), and numerous manuscripts regarding wellbeing/burnout, the balance between fatigue and safety, and the engagement of surgical residents in society. He has spoken nationally and internationally on these topics and serves various associations and societies in surgery, transplantation, and surgical education.

He is a Councilor of the American Board of Surgery and an Associate of the American College of Surgeons Academy of Master Surgeon Educators. As the Chair of the Knowledge Assessment Committee of the Transplant Accreditation and Certification Council, he is a key national leader in the effort to establish tools for specialty certification in Transplantation Surgery. Additionally, he serves as the Treasurer of the New England Surgical Society.

Education & Training

  • Fellow
    Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (2012)
  • Administrative Chief Resident
    Yale-New Haven Hospital (2010)
  • Intern, Resident
    Yale-New Haven Hospital (2009)
  • MD
    SUNY at Stonybrook (2003)
  • AB
    Dartmouth College (1998)

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
Associate, Academy of Master Surgical EducatorsAmerican College of Surgeons2020

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