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LEE_KENNETH_MD_SURGERY_20110809_.jpg Kenneth K. W. Lee, MD
Vice Chair for Graduate Education, Department of Surgery
Jane and Carl Citron Endowed Chair in Colon Cancer
Professor of Surgery
Program Director, General Surgery Residency
497 Scaife Hall
3550 Terrace Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15261

Current Academic Appointments
Vice Chair for Graduate Education, University of Pittsburgh Department of Surgery, 2007 -

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Chatham College , 2008 -

SRM University Member, International Advisory Board, 2009 -

Professor with tenure, University of Pittsburgh Department of Surgery, 2012 -

Jane and Carl Citron Endowed Chair in Colon Cancer, University of Pittsburgh, 2012 -
2014-National Pancreas Foundation Courage Award

2014-Best Doctors in America

2013-Best Doctors in America

2012-Top Doctors in America

2012-Best Doctors in America

2011-Richard L. Simmons Mentorship Award, Department of Surgery, University of Pittsburgh

2011-Excellence in Teaching Award, Department of Surgery, University of Pittsburgh

2011-Ladies Hospital Aid Society Innovation Award

2010-Clinical Teacher of the Year, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

2009-Excellence in Teaching Award, Department of Surgery, University of Pittsburgh
Current Professional Activities
Alpha Omega Alpha, 1981
Association for Academic Surgery, 1987
American Medical Association,1989
Pennsylvania Medical Society,1989
Allegheny County Medical Society,1989
American College of Surgeons (fellow), 1991; Governor (2012 - present)
Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract, 1993
Pancreas Club, 1993
Pittsburgh Surgical Society, 1995; Chairman, Fellowship Committee (1996); Past President (1999);
Council Member (2009 - present)
Central Surgical Society, 1996
Midwest Multicenter Pancreatic Study Group, 1998
Society of University Surgeons, 1999
American Gastroenterology Association, 2000
Association of Program Directors in Surgery, 2002
Southwestern Chapter, American College of Surgeons, 2002; Council Member (2002 - present); Past President (2007)
National Pancreas Foundation, 2002; Medical Director, Western PA Chapter (2011-present); Chair, Fellowship Award Committee (2013-present)
Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons, 2004
American Hepatopancreaticobiliary Association, 2008
International Hepatopancreaticobiliary Association, 2009
Academy of Master Educators, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, 2009
National Pancreas Foundation, 2002; Medical Director, Western PA Chapter (2011 - present)
Selected Bibliography of Recent Publications
Rickels MR, Bellin M, Toledo FG, Robertson RP, Andersen DK, Chari ST, Brand R, Frulloni L, Anderson MA, Whitcomb DC; PancreasFest Recommendation Conference Particpants. Detection, evaluation and treatment of diabetes mellitus in chronic pancreatitis: recommendations from PancreasFest 2012. Pancreatology 2013 Jul-Aug; 13(4):336-42

Boone BA, Zeh HJ, Mock BK, Johnson PJ, Dvorchik I, Lee KKW, Moser AJ, Bartlett DL, and Marsh JW. Resection of isolated local and metastatic recurrence in periampullary adenocarcinoma. HPB (Oxford) 2013 Apr 22 (Epub ahead of print)

Bellin MD, Freeman ML, Gelrud A, Slivka A, Clavel A, Humar A, Schwarsenberg SJ, Lowe ME, Rickels MR, Whicomb DC, Matthews JB, for the PancreasFest Recommendation Conference Participants. Total pancreatectomy and islet autotransplantation in chronic pancreatitis: Recommendations from PancreasFest. Pancreatology 2014:27-35.

Durgampudi C, Noel P, Patel K, Cline RA, Trivedi RN, DeLany JP, Yadav D, Papachristou GI, Lee KKW, Acharya C, Jaligama D, Navina S, DCMurad F, Singh VP. Acute lipotoxicity regulates severity of biliary acute pancreatitis without affecting its initiation. AJ Path 2014; 184:1773-84.

Mejia J, Sucandy I, Steel J, Golas B, Humar A, Lee KKW, Zeh H, Marsh J, Tsung A. Indications and outcomes of pancreatic surgery after liver transplantation. Clin Transplant. 2014 Mar; 28(3):330-6

Singhi AD, Pai RK, Kant JA, Bartholow TL, Zeh HJ, Lee KKW, Wijkstrom M, Yadav D, Bottino R, Brand RE, Chennat JS, Lowe ME, Papachristou GI, Slivka A, Whitcomb DC, Humar A. The histopathology of PSSR1 hereditary pancreatitis. Am J Surg Pathol. 2014 Mar;38(3):346-53.

Winer J, Zenati M, Ramalingam L, Jones H, Zureikat A, Holtzman M, Lee KKW, Ahrendt S, Pingpank J, Zeh HJ, Bartlett DL, and Choudry HA. Impact of aggressive histology and location of primary tumor on the efficacy of surgical therapy for peritoneal carcinomatosis of colorectal origin. Ann Surg Oncol. 2014 May;21(5):1456-62.

Magge D, Zenati M, Mavanur A, Winer J, Ramalingam L, Jones H, Zureikat A, Holtzman M, Lee KKW, Ahrendt S, Pingpank J, Zeh HJ, Bartlett DL, Choudry HA. Aggressive locoregional surgical therapy for gastric peritoneal carcinomatosis. Ann Surg Oncol. 2014 May;21(5):1448-55.

Singhi AD, Nikiforova MN, Fasanella KE, McGrath KM, Pai RK, Ohori NP, Bartholow TL, Brand RE, Chennat JS, Lu X, Papachristou GI, Slivka A, Zeh HJ, Zureikat AH, Lee KKW, Tsung A, Mantha GS, Khalid A. Preoperative GNAS and KRAS testing in the diagnosis of pancreatic mucinous cysts. Clin Cancer Res 2014; 20:4381-9.

Noel P, Patel K, Durgampudi C, Trivedi RN, de Oliveira C, Crowell MD, Pannala R, Lee KKW, Brand R, Chennat J, Slivka A, Papachristou GI, Khalid A, Whitcomb DC, DeLany JD, Cline RA, Acharya C, Jaligama D, Murad FM, Yadav D, Navina S, and Singh VP. Peripancreatic fat necrosis worsens acute pancreatitis independent of pancreatic necrosis via unsaturated fatty acids increased in human pancreatic necrosis collections. Gut Published Online First: 10 Dec 2014 doi:10.1136/gutjnl-2014-308043
Recent Review Articles, Chapters, and Textbooks
Lee KKW. Enteric drainage of pancreatic pseudocysts: Pancreatic cystgastrstomy and cystjejunostomy. In: Mulholland MW, Albo D, Hughes S, Dalman R, Hawn M, Sabel M. Operative Techniques in Surgery. Wolters Kluwer (in press)

Nace G and Lee KKW. Pancreatic endocrine tumors. In: Bartlett DL, Thirunavukarasu P, and Neal MD, eds. Surgical Oncology: Fundamentals, Evidence-based Approaches and New Technology. New Delhi: JaypeeBrothers Medical Publishers, 2011:475-490.
Recent Presentations/Abstracts
The Thought Leaders Conference on Minimally Invasive Pancreatic Surgery. “Education: Role of the Trainee – Challenges.” Pittsburgh, PA November 12, 2010.

Middle East Medical Assembly. “Minimally Invasive Pancreatic Surgery: State of the Art.” Beirut, Lebanon May 6, 2011

American University of Beirut, Department of Surgery Grand Rounds. “Surgical Training at the University of Pittsburgh: The Start of the Next 50 Years.” Beirut, Lebanon. May 9, 2011.

Asian Pacific Hepatopancreaticobiliary Association Annual Meeting. “Pancreatic debridement: have results improved?” (senior author)

Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons. “Endoluminal stomach sparing laparoscopic-endoscopic resection of gastric GIST.” (narrated video presentation) San Diego, CA March 2012

American College of Surgeons Annual Clinical Congress scientific sessions. “Comparison Of Outcomes and Costs Of Laparoscopic (LDP) and Open (ODP) Distal Pancreatectomy.” Chicago, IL October 1, 2012.

Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons. “Minimally invasive strategies for the management of necrotizing infected pancreatitis.” Baltimore, MD April 19, 2013.

Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons. “Intraluminal resection of gastric GISTs.” Baltimore, MD April 20, 2013.

Provost’s Inaugural Lecture for the Jane and Carl Citron Chair in Colon Cancer. “Colon Cancer at the University at Pittsburgh: Progress and Promise.” Pittsburgh, PA November 7, 2013.

University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine Department of Surgery Master Surgeon Lecture. “When Sweetbreads Go Sour.” Pittsburgh, PA April 23, 2014.
Current Research Projects
Current Research Interests:
Pathophysiology and clinical outcomes of severe acute pancreatitits

Pathophysiology and treatment of metastases in pancreatic cancer

Biology of metastatic disease in colon cancer

Assessment of technical feasibility, clinical outcomes, and cost effectiveness of minimally invasive pancreatic surgery

Surgical skills training and assessment, and development and validation of surgical simulation models
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