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Developmental Therapeutics 

Charles H Cha MD, FACS

Associate Professor of Surgery (Oncology and Gastrointestinal)

Biographical Info

Charles H. Cha, MD, FACS earned his medical degree from Northwestern University Medical School and is a Board Certified Surgeon. He completed a surgical oncology fellowship at Memorial Sloan Kettering in New York. He is dedicated to advancing surgical techniques for removing tumors and advancing medical knowledge about tumor growth. In his practice, he continually integrates the latest in minimally invasive techniques and surgical technology to provide better outcomes for his patients. Dr. Cha is one of the few surgeons in the region with considerable experience in laparoscopic and robotic surgery for liver and stomach tumors.

He specializes in benign and malignant diseases of the liver, esophagus, stomach, colon, and pancreas. He currently serves as the Director of the Minimally Invasive Hepatopancreatobiliary Program with an specific interest in robotic and laparoscopic surgery for the liver, pancreas and stomach.

Dr. Cha has established an active research laboratory studying the effects of angiogenesis on colorectal and liver malignancy using gene-silencing techniques to silence angiogenic factors leading to decreased tumor growth. His clinical research includes the determination of the diagnostic and therapeutic utility of angiogenic inhibitors for treatment of colorectal and liver cancers. In addition, he is involved in clinical outcomes research in surgery for liver, gastric, esophageal, and colorectal malignancy using the National Surgical Quality Improvement Program Database as well as the Connecticut Tumor Registry.

He has received numerous awards and recognitions for his research and teaching, including the American College of Surgeons Faculty Research Award and the Ohse Surgical Research Award.


International Activity

  • Singapore   (1993)
    Invited Presentation, Amplification of myc Oncogene in Osteogenic Sarcoma, International Symposium on Limb Salvage

Education & Training

B.S.
Northwestern University (1990)
M.D.
Northwestern University Medical School (1995)
Clinical Fellow
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY, Surgical Oncology  (2001 - 2003)
Resident
University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics, Madison, WI, General Surgery  (1995 - 2001)

Honors & Recognition

  • Fellow
    American College of Surgeons (2005)
  • Fellow
    Royal Society of Medicine (2010)
  • Chairman, Awards Committee
    Association of VA Surgeons (2005-2006)
  • Best Basic Science Presentation
    New England Surgical Society (2005)
  • Ohse Surgical Research Award
    (2005)
  • Marquis Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in the World
    (2005)
  • Dennis Jahnigen Career Development Award
    (2004)
  • American College of Surgeons Faculty Research Award
    American College of Surgeons (2004)
  • Ohse Surgical Research Award
    (2003)
  • American Association for Cancer Research Trainee Scholarship Award
    American Association for Cancer Research (2003)
  • David and Monica Gorin Sarcoma Fellow
    Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer, New York, NY (2002-2003)
  • Benjamin Layton Award for Outstanding Teaching
    (2001)
  • University of Wisconsin Surgical Award for Basic Science Research
    University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI (1998)
  • NIH/NCI Research Fellowship Award
    NIH/NCI, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY (1993)
  • Honors Program in Medical Education
    Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago, IL (1987-1985)

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