Mitchell C. Posner, MD, FACS

Thomas D. Jones Professor of Surgery and Vice-Chairman Chief, Section of General Surgery and Surgical Oncology Co-Director, Digestive Diseases Center Medical Director, Clinical Cancer Programs

Dr. Mitchell C. Posner was born in Brooklyn, New York and was educated at the University of Michigan and State University of New York at Buffalo Medical School. Following his graduation from Medical School in 1981, he trained in general surgery at the University of Colorado followed by specialized training in surgical oncology at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. From 1988 to 1995, he served on the faculty at the University of Pittsburgh and was director of the Colorectal and Gastrointestinal Cancer Center at the Pittsburgh Cancer Institute. He moved to the University of Chicago in 1995 to become Chief of Surgical Oncology and Director of the Surgical Oncology Fellowship Program.

His principle clinical and research interests are focused on the management of upper gastrointestinal cancer, the molecular and genetic basis of gastrointestinal malignancy and viral gene therapy of solid tumors. The author of more than 200 original articles, published abstracts and book chapters, he has received numerous awards for his investigative efforts and teaching. These include the Robert J. Baker Award for Excellence in Teaching at the University of Chicago, and both the Basic Science and Clinical Research Award from the Society of Surgical Oncology. He served as Chair of the Gastrointestinal Committee of the American College of Surgeons Oncology Group (ACOSOG), the only national surgically focused cooperative group dedicated to clinical trials research.

Dr. Posner serves on the Editorial Board of the Annals of Surgery, Surgery, The Journal of the American College of Surgeons, Annals of Surgical Oncology and the American Journal of Surgery. He is a member of many national surgical and oncology organizations including the Society of University Surgeons and the American Surgical Association. He is a Past President of the Society of Surgical Oncology. He is a member of the newly created Surgical Oncology Board of The American Board of Surgery. In 2002, Dr. Posner was appointed as Professor of Surgery and Cancer Research at the University of Chicago. In 2004, Dr. Posner was named Chief of the Section of General Surgery, Director of the Surgical Residency Program and Vice-Chairman in the Department of Surgery at the University of Chicago. In 2007 he was awarded the Thomas D. Jones Professorship, becoming one of only five individuals since 1940 (the first being Lester Dragstedt) to be honored with receiving this endowed chair in surgery at the medical school. Finally, in 2012 he was appointed Medical Director of Clinical Cancer Programs at the University of Chicago and Professor of Radiation and Cellular Oncology.