Peter J. Allen, MD, FACS

Associate Director for Clinical Programs, David M. Rubenstein Center for Pancreatic Cancer Research; Murray F. Brennan Chair in Surgery
Pictured: Peter Allen

Peter Allen, a pancreatic and liver cancer surgeon, talks about the specialized team of cancer experts at Memorial Sloan Kettering and the long-term relationships he maintains with his patients.


I am a surgical oncologist who specializes in diagnosing and treating people with cancerous or precancerous conditions of the pancreas, liver, and stomach. My initial general surgical training was at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, followed by a surgical oncology fellowship at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

After my fellowship here in 2004, as part of my service to the U.S. Army, I served for a year as a surgeon on a small trauma team in Iraq called the 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment Forward Surgical Team. During this time we provided acute trauma care to soldiers injured in combat, as well as surgical care to Iraqi patients in hospitals in Baghdad and surrounding villages. I was honored to receive the Combat Medical Badge in 2004 for providing surgical care during combat operations in Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Appointments for New Patients
Clinical Expertise

Malignant and Premalignant Diseases of the Pancreas; Liver Cancer; Gastric Cancer; Disorders of the Adrenal Gland

Languages Spoken

MD, Dartmouth Medical School


Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Washington, D.C.


Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Board Certifications


Publications by Peter J. Allen

Selected Book Chapters
“Cystic neoplasms of the pancreas: epidemiology, clinical features, assessment and management.” Mezhir JJ, Allen PJ. In: Blumgart’s Surgery of the Liver, Biliary Tract, and Pancreas. Jarnagin WR, ed. Philadelphia: Saunders; 2012.

“Distal pancreatectomy – open.” Winter J, and Allen PJ. In: Master Techniques in General Surgery: Hepatobiliary and Pancreatic Surgery. Lillemoe K, Jarnagin WR, eds. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins; 2013.

“Cystic tumors of the pancreas.” Allen PJ and Brennan MF. In: Surgical Management of Hepatobiliary and Pancreatic Disorders. 2nd ed. Poston GJ, D’Angelica M, Adam R, eds. New York: Informa Healthcare; 2011.  

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