Eberlein named president-elect of American Surgical Association

Timothy J. Eberlein, MD, head of the Department of Surgery and director of the Alvin J. Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine, has been elected to the top leadership post in the American Surgical Association.

He is president-elect for the 2010-11 year and will serve as president in 2011-12.

The American Surgical Association is the nation’s oldest and most prestigious surgical organization. Its members include the nation’s most prominent surgeons from leading academic medical institutions, many of whom are surgery department chairs at these institutions. Membership also includes leading surgeons from around the world.


Eberlein is the Bixby Professor of Surgery and the Spencer T. and Ann W. Olin Distinguished Professor at Washington University School of Medicine and surgeon-in-chief at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. His research activities focus on tumor immunology and immune therapies, and he is an actively practicing breast surgeon. His bibliography includes more than 300 titles, including original reports in peer-reviewed journals and contributions to many textbooks and monographs.

Born in New Kensington, Pa., Eberlein earned undergraduate and medical degrees from the University of Pittsburgh. He was trained in surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital at Harvard Medical School and later completed research and clinical fellowships at the National Cancer Institute.

Before joining Washington University in 1998, Eberlein served as the Richard E. Wilson Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School, chief of the Division of Surgical Oncology and vice chairman for research in the Department of Surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.

A member of Phi Beta Kappa and Alpha Omega Alpha, Eberlein is the recipient of numerous honors and awards, including the Hench Award from the University of Pittsburgh and the Sheen Award from the American College of Surgeons. In 2004, he was elected to the National Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Medicine, one of the highest honors medical scientists in the United States can receive.

Eberlein is editor-in-chief of the Journal of the American College of Surgeons. He has served on the National Cancer Policy Board of the Institute of Medicine and numerous other advisory committees and editorial boards.

Washington University School of Medicine’s 2,100 employed and volunteer faculty physicians also are the medical staff of Barnes-Jewish and St. Louis Children’s hospitals. The School of Medicine is one of the leading medical research, teaching and patient care institutions in the nation, currently ranked fourth in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. Through its affiliations with Barnes-Jewish and St. Louis Children’s hospitals, the School of Medicine is linked to BJC HealthCare.

Siteman Cancer Center is the only federally designated Comprehensive Cancer Center within a 240-mile radius of St. Louis. Siteman Cancer Center is composed of the combined cancer research and treatment programs of Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine. Siteman has satellite locations in West County and St. Peters, in addition to its full-service facility at Washington University Medical Center on South Kingshighway.