Cleveland Clinic Elevates Matthew Walsh MD to Department Chair of General Surgery

August 3, 2011

After an extensive search, R. Matthew Walsh, MD, has been named Chair of the General Surgery Department of the Digestive Disease Institute of Cleveland Clinic.

Dr. Walsh has served as interim department chair since John Fung, MD, PhD, was named Chair of the Digestive Disease Institute in November 2010.

Ranked No. 2 in the nation for digestive disorders by U.S.News & World Report for several years, the Digestive Disease Institute is one of the largest in the country. It is also the first of its kind to integrate specialists in gastroenterology and hepatology, colorectal surgery, hepato-pancreato-biliary (HPB) and transplant surgery, general surgery and nutrition.

“Dr. Walsh already has a distinguished career here, clinically, educationally and administratively,” said Dr. Fung. “In his new position, I am confident that he will continue to lead the department in these areas, while enhancing the stature of the department regionally and nationally.”

In his new capacity, Dr. Walsh will oversee more than 80 employees of the General Surgery Department. He is also a Professor of Surgery at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University.

Prior to his appointment, Dr. Walsh has served in the Department of General Surgery at Cleveland Clinic for nearly 20 years following his training in Chicago, Boston and finally under Robert Hermann, M.D., at Cleveland Clinic as an HPB surgery fellow. His interests lie in minimally invasive and pancreatic surgery, as well as surgical education.

About the Digestive Disease Institute

The Digestive Disease Institute at Cleveland Clinic is among the nation’s only integrated diagnosis and treatment centers combining gastrointestinal and colorectal specialists. The offers expertise in advanced endoscopy, minimally-invasive surgery, hepatobiliary and transplant surgery, nutrition therapy and support, pancreatic-biliary disorders, inflammatory bowel diseases and swallowing and esophageal conditions.

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