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Dr. Barbara Bass

Barbara L. Bass, M.D., F.A.C.S.

John F. and Carolyn Bookout Distinguished Endowed Chair of Surgery
Director, Methodist Institute for Technology, Innovation and Education (MITIE)
Professor of Surgery, Weill Medical College of Cornell University

Clinical Expertise

  • Breast surgery
  • Endocrine surgery
  • GI surgical oncology and inflammatory bowel disease

Professional Activity

  • Regent, American College of Surgeons
  • Senior Director and past Chair, American Board of Surgery
  • President of Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract
  • Editorial board member of Annals of Surgery, SURGERY, Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery and World Journal of Surgery
  • Associate editor of Journal of the American College of Surgeons
  • U.S. Army Medal of Commendation for active duty service at Walter Reed Army Institute of Research
  • Nina Starr Braunwald Award from the Association of Women Surgeons

Research Interests

  • Breast cancer clinical trials
  • Surgical quality and outcomes research
  • Surgical education policy and innovation


  • Gastrointestinal Surgical Research Fellowship - Division of Surgery, Walter Reed Army Institute of Research
  • General Surgery Residency - George Washington University
  • Alpha Omega Alpha
  • University of Virginia Medical School, M.D., 1979
  • Tufts University, B.S. Summa Cum Laude, 1975

Academically Affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College
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