Dr. Poultsides is Section Chief of Surgical Oncology and Professor of Surgery at Stanford University. He is an oncologic surgeon specializing in the removal of liver, pancreatic, and other abdominal tumors. He joined Stanford in 2009 after completing fellowship training in Surgical Oncology at Memorial Sloan Kettering and in Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary (HPB) Surgery at Johns Hopkins.
Dr. Poultsides serves as Physician Lead of the GI Oncology Clinical Research Program at the Stanford Cancer Institute. His research program focuses on outcomes analysis following multidisciplinary treatment of hepatic, pancreatic and gastrointestinal malignancies. He has received a Masters Degree in Epidemiology from Stanford University and has led several nationwide, multi-institutional clinical research collaborations across several academic medical centers in the US. Within Stanford, Dr. Poultsides has developed a novel interdisciplinary research program assessing the completeness of surgical resection for pancreatic cancer. He has been the principal investigator in two, first in human, prospective clinical trials evaluating the role of mass spectrometric and intraoperative fluorescent imaging during surgery for pancreatic cancer. These research efforts were funded through the 2012 Stanford Hospital Cancer Innovation Fund award and the 2016 Stanford Cancer Institute translational research award. In addition, Dr. Poultsides sits on the guidelines panel of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network for gastric and esophageal cancer.
For his contributions to the education of the next generation of surgeons, Dr. Poultsides received the John Austin Collins, MD annual teaching award from the Stanford Surgery residents in 2013 and the Best Rotation award from the Stanford Surgery chief residents in 2012, 2016, 2017, and 2018.