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Oct. 1, 2015

Kimchi Named Medical Director of Cancer Center

Accomplished academic physician also leads Division of Surgical Oncology

James Stannard, MD, interim dean of the University of Missouri School of Medicine, announced that Eric Tzvi Kimchi, MD, has been appointed chief of the Division of Surgical Oncology at the University of Missouri School of Medicine and medical director of Ellis Fischel Cancer Center. He will also serve as associate professor in the Department of Surgery. Kimchi assumed his new positions at MU on Sept. 1.

Eric Kimchi, MD


“I am honored to lead MU’s surgical oncology division and serve as the medical director of the Ellis Fischel Cancer Center,” Kimchi said. “The Ellis Fischel brand has a storied history and an even brighter future. The multidisciplinary care of cancer is my passion, and I look forward to using MU’s outstanding array of resources to further develop our cancer mission for the benefits of the residents of Missouri and beyond.”

A surgical oncologist, Kimchi comes to MU from the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, where he served as associate professor of surgery, associate program director for the hepato-pancreatobiliary fellowship and as chair of the Surgical Quality Council. Kimchi previously served as associate professor of surgery at the Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center in Hershey, Pennsylvania. He is currently treasurer of the Association for Academic Surgery, the largest organization of academic surgeons in the world.

Kimchi is a leader in research involving hepatobiliary and pancreatic malignancies. His research has led to advancements understanding the immune system’s response to liver cancer.

“Dr. Kimchi is another addition to our leadership team whose significant contributions to his field as an academic physician exemplify the MU School of Medicine’s commitment to leading-edge clinical care, research and medical education,” said Stannard, who also serves as the J. Vernon Luck Sr. Distinguished Professor in Orthopaedic Surgery. “Dr. Kimchi will make significant contributions to the University of Missouri’s stature as a leading academic medical center and research-intensive university.”

An accomplished academic physician, Dr. Kimchi’s research and mentoring activities have been funded by the Association for Academic Surgery well as foundations and industry.

The author of more than 60 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters, Kimchi has served as an invited reviewer for scientific journals including Cancer Biology & Therapy, Journal of Surgical Research and the Journal of Surgical Oncology.

“Dr. Kimchi excels in research, teaching, mentoring students and clinical care,” said Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Garnett S. Stokes. ”We are pleased to welcome Dr. Kimchi to campus, where his work will complement that of other MU faculty and recent signature hires.”

Kimchi will join his former colleague Kevin Staveley-O’Carroll, MD, PhD, who has been appointed chair of the University of Missouri School of Medicine Hugh E. Stephenson Jr., M.D., Department of Surgery and director of MU’s Ellis Fischel Cancer Center.

After receiving his medical degree from Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine, Kimchi completed his residency in general surgery and a research fellowship in thoracic oncology at Wayne State University in Detroit. He went on to complete a clinical and research fellowship in surgical oncology at the University of Chicago. He recently completed his MBA at The Citadel, the Military College of South Carolina in Charleston.

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