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Thomas Schnelldorfer, MD, PhD, FACS
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Surgical Oncologist; Director, Minimally Invasive Surgical Oncology; Director of the Surgical Imaging Laboratory; Professor of Surgery, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department + Services
Surgery, Surgical Oncology
Clinical Focus Areas
Gastrointestinal and oncologic surgery, gastric cancer, pancreatic cancer, hepatobiliary cancers, gallbladder disease, minimally invasive gastrointestinal surgery
Research Focus Areas
Computer vision and development of label-free laparoscopic sensors for enhanced intra-operative detection of cancer
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|Programs + Specialties
|Training + Education
University of Ulm School of Medicine, Germany; Residency: General Surgery, Medical University of South Carolina; Fellowship, Gastrointestinal, Hepatobiliary & Pancreatic Surgery, Mayo Clinic; Fellowship, Minimally Invasive and Bariatric Surgery, Lahey Clinic; PhD, Molecular Oncology, University of Ulm School of Medicine, Germany
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Tufts Medical Center
South Building, 4th Floor
800 Washington Street
Boston, MA 02111
Phone #: 617-636-9400
Fax #: 617-636-9095
2020, 2021 Champions of Care, Lahey Clinic
2019 Annual Research Award, Lahey Clinic
2013 SAGES Foundation Research Award
2010 Fellow, American College of Surgeons
2010 Senior Fellow, Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics
2006 Young Investigator Award, International Electrogastrography Society
2006 Gold Medal Forum Award, Southeastern Surgical Congress
Nguyen TH, Dang TN, Schnelldorfer T. Single-port laparoscopic repair of perforated duodenal ulcers. World Journal of Surgery 2020;44:1425-1430.
Pouli D, Genega EM, Sullivan TB, Rieger-Christ KM, Wright V, Georgakoudi I, Schnelldorfer T. Two-photon images reveal unique texture features for label-free identification of ovarian cancer peritoneal metastases. Biomedical Optics Express 2019;10:4479-4488.
Schnelldorfer T, Ware M, Liu L, Sarr MG, Ruthazer R. Can we accurately identify peritoneal metastases based on its appearance? - An assessment of the current practice of intra-operative cancer staging. Annals of Surgical Oncology 2019;26:1795-1804.
DesJardins H, Duy L, Scheirey C, Schnelldorfer T. Porcelain gallbladder: is observation a safe option in select populations? Journal of the American College of Surgeons 2018;226:1064-1069.
Vogell A, Burley H, Ware M, Wright VJ, Georgakoudi I, Schnelldorfer T. Novel imaging technologies In laparoscopic gynecologic surgery: a systematic review. ASME Journal of Engineering and Science in Medical Diagnostics and Therapy 2018;1:010801-1-6.
Pantel H, Hwang J, Brams D, Schnelldorfer T, Nepomnayshy D. Effect of incentive spirometry on postoperative hypoxemia and pulmonary complications after bariatric surgery: a randomized clinical trial. JAMA Surgery 2017;152:422-428.
Liu Z, Pouli D, Sood D, Sundarakrishnan A, Hui Mingalone CK, Arendt LM, Alonzo C, Quinn KP, Kuperwasser C, Zeng L, Schnelldorfer T, Kaplan DL, Georgakoudi I. Automated quantification of three-dimensional organization of fiber-like structures in biological tissues. Biomaterials 2017;116:34-47.
Scheuer LS, Schnelldorfer T. Inguinal hernia mesh plug migrated into the abdominal cavity. Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery 2015;19:1187-1188.
Schnelldorfer T, Jenkins R, Birkett DH, Georgakoudi I. From shadow to light – visualization of extra-hepatic bile ducts using image-enhanced laparoscopy. Surgical Innovation 2015;22:194-200.
Qin R, Smyrk TC, Reed NR, Schmidt RL, Schnelldorfer T, Chari ST, Petersen GM, Tang AH. Combining clinicopathological predictors and molecular biomarkers in the oncogenic K-RAS/Ki67/HIF1α pathway to predict survival in resectable pancreatic cancer. British Journal of Cancer 2015;112:514-522.
Schnelldorfer T, Gagnon AI, Birkett RT, Reynolds G, Murphy KM, Jenkins RL. Staging laparoscopy in pancreatic cancer: a potential role for advanced laparoscopic techniques. Journal of the American College of Surgeons 2014;218:1201-1206.
American College of Surgeons
American Association for Cancer Research
New England Surgical Society
Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract
American Gastroenterological Association
Americas Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Association
Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons