Meet the Department Chair

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David Shibata, MD, FACS, FASCRS,
is Professor & Scheinberg Endowed Chairman of the Department of Surgery at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center.

Before assuming his current role at UTHSC, Dr. Shibata was Professor of Surgery and Oncology at the University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine, as well as Senior Member and Chief of the Section of Colorectal Oncology at the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute in Tampa.

The Department of Surgery is comprised of 50 faculty members and 50 surgical residents who participate in research, education, and clinical services at affiliated hospitals that include Methodist UT Hospital, Baptist Memorial Hospital, Regional One Health, St. Francis Hospital, Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and the Veteran’s Administration Medical Center. The divisions within the Department of Surgery include general surgery, surgical oncology, thoracic surgery, pediatric surgery, transplant surgery, trauma/surgical critical care, cardiac surgery, minimally invasive surgery, and vascular surgery.

Dr. Shibata’s focus is in the development and leadership of a comprehensive surgical clinical service, clinical and basic science research, and the growth and enhanced excellence of our residency program.  With more than 24 years of experience, Dr. Shibata has held academic appointments at several world-renowned institutions including Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts, where he completed his residency in General Surgery and a research fellowship in Cancer Biology; Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York, New York, where he completed a clinical fellowship in Surgical Oncology; and the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland, where he was Assistant Professor of Surgery.

Dr. Shibata is an internationally recognized authority in the multidisciplinary management of colorectal cancer and, in particular, brings significant expertise in minimally invasive and robot-assisted surgical approaches.  In addition, Dr. Shibata serves as a member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) guidelines panel for colon and rectal cancer, as well as the Lower GI Expert Panel for the American Joint Commission on Cancer. He has served on the Executive Council of the Society of Surgical Oncology and holds numerous committee appointments in multiple national surgical societies.

An accomplished clinical, translational and laboratory research investigator, Dr. Shibata has published more than 100 peer reviewed publications, reviews and book chapters. To date he has served as principal investigator or co-investigator on grants and awards, including those from the National Institutes of Health, totaling more than $10 million.