Faculty Profile

Shishir Maithel, MD

Shishir K. Maithel, MD

Professor of Surgery, Division of Surgical Oncology, Department of Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine

Scientific Director, Emory Liver and Pancreas Center

Director, Surgical Oncology Research Fellowship Program






American Board of Surgery

Year Joined Emory as a Faculty Member



Dr. Maithel is an expert in hepatopancreatobiliary surgery including the Whipple procedure and minimally invasive laparoscopic pancreatectomy. His clinical interests include surgical treatment of hepatobiliary tumors, or cancer of the liver (metastatic and primary) and bile ducts, and other gastrointestinal malignancies such as cancer of the pancreas, stomach, colon, and small intestine.

Dr. Maithel has a variety of research interests. He has worked in clinical investigation and outcomes analysis of patients treated for tumors of the liver, biliary tract, pancreas, and stomach. He also leads the translational research program in the Division of Surgical Oncology, which focuses on identifying tumor specific molecular biomarkers as predictors of outcome and chemotherapeutic response for tumors of the liver, biliary tract, pancreas, and stomach (including colorectal liver metastases and pancreas cancer). Dr. Maithel uses the diverse learning opportunities provided by his highly active laboratory to mentor postdoctoral research fellows, residents, and medical students, allowing them to develop their academic portfolios.

As chair of the Gastrointestinal Surgery Working Group of the Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group and the American College of Radiology Imaging Network Cancer Research Group, Dr. Maithel evaluates the production of forward-looking clinical trials that focus on biomarker-driven cancer investigations.

His appointment to the Executive Committee of the International Cholangiocarcinoma Research Network allows him to oversee the global collaborations of renowned research groups that are working to improve knowledge about cholangiocarcinoma. He also serves as co-chair of the Adjuvant Therapy for Biliary Tract Cancers Expert Panel of the American Society of Clinical Oncology's Clinical Practice Guidelines Committee.

Dr. Maithel provided the medical direction and voice-over narration for the "Surgical Anatomy of the Liver" app. Intended for trainees, medical students, instructors, and professionals, this highly comprehensive interactive 3D app allows users to mentally map the anatomy of the liver in ways that were never before possible with print illustrations or imaging studies.


Dr. Maithel's publications in PubMed.


  • Emory University Hospital

  • Emory Clinic

  • Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University


  • MD, Class of 2000, University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine

  • Internship and Junior General Surgery Residency, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School, 2000-2003

  • Research Fellowship, General Surgery, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Massachusetts General Hospital, 2003-2005

  • Senior and Chief General Surgery Residency, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School, 2005-2007

  • Surgical Oncology Fellowship, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, 2007-2009

  • Hepatopancreatobiliary Surgery Fellowship, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, 2008-2009

Current Editorships and Editorial Boards

  • Associate Editor, Journal of Surgical Oncology

  • Associate Editor, Annals of Surgical Oncology

  • Editorial Board, HPB

Honors and Awards

  • Nominee for Emory Medicine Mentoring Award, 2016

  • Junior Resident Faculty Teaching Award, 2015

  • Outstanding Resident Teaching Award, Harvard Medical School, 2006

  • Winner of Annual Residents' Research Competition, Harvard Medical School, 2005

  • Outstanding Resident Teaching Award, Harvard Medical School, 2003

  • Department of Surgery, Medical Student Award, University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine, 2000

Current Organizational Memberships

  • Fellow, American College of Surgeons

  • Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract

  • Surgical Biology Club II

  • International Cholangiocarcinoma Research Network

  • Americas Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Association

  • International Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Association

  • Chair, GI Surgery Working Group, ECOG-ACRIN

  • ECOG-ACRIN Representative, NCI Hepatobiliary Task Force

  • The Pancreas Club

  • Association for Academic Surgery

  • Society of Surgical Oncology

  • American Society of Clinical Oncology

  • American Association for Cancer Research

  • Association for Academic Surgery

  • Southeastern Surgical Congress

  • Eastern Surgical Society

Clinical Interests

  • Adrenal cancer

  • Colorectal cancer

  • Gallbladder cancer

  • Gastrointestinal stromal tumor

  • Liver cancer

  • Neuroendocrine tumors

  • Pancreatic cancer

  • Sarcoma

  • Stomach cancer

Research Interests

  • Clinical and translational investigations and outcomes analyses of GI and hepatopancreatobiliary tumors

  • Assessment of molecular biomarker predictors of patient outcome and treatment response

  • Organization and direction of several multi-institutional research collaborations aimed at studying GI and HPB malignancy