Jeffrey Drebin, surgeon and Chief, Department of Surgery, Memorial Sloan Kettering

Jeffrey Drebin, MD, PhD



Chair, Department of Surgery; Murray F. Brennan Chair in Surgery

Clinical Expertise

Pancreas Cancer; Pancreas Cysts; Liver Tumors; Bile Duct Tumors; Stomach Cancer

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About Me


MD, PhD, Harvard Medical School


The Johns Hopkins Hospital


The Johns Hopkins Hospital

Board Certifications


As Chair of the Department of Surgery, I oversee a team that is world-renowned for its innovation and expertise in cancer surgery. In addition to my administrative duties, I am also a surgeon and scientist. I specialize in treating people with pancreatic cancer, gallbladder and bile duct cancers, liver cancer, and stomach cancer.

I knew from a young age I wanted to be a doctor, and losing a number of relatives to cancer gave me a personal stake in finding better ways to treat the disease. But it wasn’t until I was almost finished with medical school, going through my final rotations, that I decided to change paths and become a surgeon. I was inspired by how quickly and substantially surgeons are able to help people.

I came to MSK not only because it is the preeminent cancer institution in the country, but also because it is a place where people are committed to going above and beyond the scope of their work. Everyone here is simultaneously dedicated to caring for patients and advancing our knowledge of this disease.

When I meet patients, they’re often frightened. I find the best way to deal with that is by giving them accurate information. While I am always honest, I lean on the side of hopeful: I have treated many people with very bad cancers who are alive and well years later. This is an exciting time to be in the field because I believe the areas of immunotherapy, which harnesses the body’s immune system to fight cancer, and targeted therapy, which directly attacks the altered biochemical pathways in cancer cells, hold great potential for pancreatic and other gastrointestinal cancers. MSK has a number of clinical trials that are looking at how we can add immunotherapy and targeted therapies to conventional treatments so that, in essence, we’re giving people tomorrow’s treatments today. We are also looking at ways to improve early detection methods.

When I’m not working, I like to spend time with my family, ski, and read.

While I am always honest, I lean on the side of hopeful: I have treated many people with very bad cancers who are alive and well years later.

Dr. Drebin

Awards and Honors

  • Castle Connolly: New York Magazine Top Doctors (2018)
  • American Association for Cancer Research Surgeon Scientist Award (2016)


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Memorial Sloan Kettering's doctors and scientists are constantly developing new treatments for cancer. MSK is typically running hundreds of clinical trials at a given time.

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Research and Publications

Publications on PubMed

Visit PubMed for a full listing of Dr. Drebin’s journal articles. Pubmed is an online index of research papers and other articles from the US National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health.