Ralph S. Greco

Surgical oncologist, Cutaneous oncology specialist

Johnson and Johnson Professor of Surgery

Skin Cancer Program

  • 900 Blake Wilbur Drive
  • Palo Alto, CA 94304
  • Phone: 650-498-6000
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Gastrointestinal (GI) Cancer Program

  • 875 Blake Wilbur Drive
  • Palo Alto, CA 94304
  • Phone: 650-498-6000
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Professional Education

Medical Education: Yale University School of Medicine (1968) CT

Residency: Yale - New Haven Hospital (1973) CT

Board Certification: General Surgery, American Board of Surgery (1974)

Internship: Yale - New Haven Hospital (1969) CT

MD, Yale Medical School (1968)

Fellow, American Cancer Society (1971)

Honors & Awards

The John C. Gienapp Award, Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) (2012)

The Parker J. Palmer Courage to Teach Award, Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) (2006)

The Wakely Prize - Runner up, The Lancet (1997)

Cum Laude Graduation Honors, Fordham University (1964)

Administrative Appointments

Chief, Division of General Surgery, Stanford University School of Medicine (2000 - 2006)

Director, General Surgery Residency Program, Stanford University School of Medicine (2000 - 2009)

Johnson & Johnson Distinguished Professor, Stanford University School of Medicine (2000 - Present)

Clinical Trials

Clinical trials are research studies that evaluate a new medical approach, device, drug, or other treatment. As a Stanford Health Care patient, you have access to the latest, advanced clinical trials.

Open trials refer to studies currently accepting participants. Closed trials are not currently enrolling, but may open in the future.

Symbiotic or Parasitic? A Review of the Literature on the Impact of Fellowships on Surgical Residents
Plerhoples, T. A., Greco, R. S., Krummel, T. M., & Melcher, M. L. (2012). Symbiotic or Parasitic? A Review of the Literature on the Impact of Fellowships on Surgical Residents. ANNALS OF SURGERY, 256(6), 904-908.

Bilateral Adrenal Medullary Hyperplasia Associated With an SDHB Mutation
Grogan, R. H., Pacak, K., Pasche, L., Huynh, T. T., & Greco, R. S. (2011). Bilateral Adrenal Medullary Hyperplasia Associated With an SDHB Mutation. JOURNAL OF CLINICAL ONCOLOGY, 29(8), E200-E202.

Massive Extra-adrenal Retroperitoneal Paraganglioma: Pre-operative Embolization and Resection
Rosing, J. H., Jeffrey, R. B., Longacre, T. A., & Greco, R. S. (2009). Massive Extra-adrenal Retroperitoneal Paraganglioma: Pre-operative Embolization and Resection. DIGESTIVE DISEASES AND SCIENCES, 54(8), 1621-1624.

Fabrication of multi-layered biodegradable drug delivery device based on micro-structuring of PLGA polymers
Ryu, W. H., Vyakarnam, M., Greco, R. S., Prinz, F. B., & Fasching, R. J. (2007). Fabrication of multi-layered biodegradable drug delivery device based on micro-structuring of PLGA polymers. BIOMEDICAL MICRODEVICES, 9(6), 845-853.

The construction of three-dimensional micro-fluidic scaffolds of biodegradable polymers by solvent vapor based bonding of micro-molded layers
Ryu, Wh., Min, S. W., Hammerick, K. E., Vyakarnam, M., Greco, R. S., & Fasching, R. J. (2007). The construction of three-dimensional micro-fluidic scaffolds of biodegradable polymers by solvent vapor based bonding of micro-molded layers. BIOMATERIALS, 28(6), 1174-1184.

Micro Fabrication Technology for Biodegradable Polymers for Interconnecting Microstructures
Ryu WonHyoung, Fasching R, Vyakarnam M, Prinz F, & Greco R S. (2006). Micro Fabrication Technology for Biodegradable Polymers for Interconnecting Microstructures.

Nanotechnology Applied to Biological Systems
Greco RS. (2004). Nanotechnology Applied to Biological Systems.

Immunohistochemical profile of the sodium/iodide symporter in thyroid, breast, and other carcinomas using high density tissue microarrays and conventional sections
Wapnir, I. L., van de Rijn, M., Nowels, K., Amenta, P. S., Walton, K., & Carrasco, N. (2003). Immunohistochemical profile of the sodium/iodide symporter in thyroid, breast, and other carcinomas using high density tissue microarrays and conventional sections. JOURNAL OF CLINICAL ENDOCRINOLOGY & METABOLISM, 88(4), 1880-1888.

Neutrophil survival on biomaterials is determined by surface topography.
Chang S, Popowich Y, Greco RS, & Haimovich B. (2003). Neutrophil survival on biomaterials is determined by surface topography. J Vasc Surg., 37(5).

PMN exposure to a quantified bacterial load leads to a rapid, non-apoptotic cell death.
Popowich Y, Greco RS, & Haimovich B. (2001). PMN exposure to a quantified bacterial load leads to a rapid, non-apoptotic cell death. Surg Forum, 87(LII).

Dacron and ePTFE-associated neutrophil death is linked to surface to surface topography and involves activation of SRC and PYK tyrosine kinases.
Chang SS, Haimovich B, & Greco RS. (2000). Dacron and ePTFE-associated neutrophil death is linked to surface to surface topography and involves activation of SRC and PYK tyrosine kinases. Surg Forum, 86(LI).

The cardboard box
Greco RS. (2000). The cardboard box. JAMA, 284(5).

Neutrophil Adhesion to vascular prosthetic surfaces triggers non-apoptotic cell death.
Nadzam G, De La Cruz C, Greco RS, & Haimovich B. (2000). Neutrophil Adhesion to vascular prosthetic surfaces triggers non-apoptotic cell death. Ann Surg, 231(4).