George A. Poultsides, MD

Surgical oncologist

Assistant Professor of Surgery (General Surgery) at the Stanford University Medical Center

Gastrointestinal (GI) Cancer Program

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

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

Fellowship: Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (2008) NY

Residency: University of Connecticut-School of Medicine (2007) CT

Internship: University of Connecticut-School of Medicine (2003) CT

MS, Stanford University, Epidemiology (2011)

Fellowship: Johns Hopkins School of Medicine (2009) MD

Board Certification: General Surgery, American Board of Surgery (2008)

Medical Education: University of Athens Medical School (2000) Greece

Honors & Awards

John Austin Collins, MD Memorial Award for Outstanding Teaching and Dedication to Resident Training, Department of Surgery, Stanford University (2013)

Cancer Innovation Fund Award, Stanford Hospital and Clinics (2012)

Ludwig J. Pyrtek, MD Prize for Clinical and Scientific Capabilities, Department of Surgery, Hartford Hospital, University of Connecticut School of Medicine (2007)

Henry Mannix, Jr, MD Award for Clinical and Academic Excellence, Saint Francis Hospital & Medical Center, University of Connecticut School of Medicine (2007)

Andrew Canzonetti, MD Award, Outstanding 4th Year Surgery Resident, Department of Surgery, University of Connecticut School of Medicine (2006)

Charles Polivy, MD Memorial Award, Department of Surgery, Hartford Hospital, University of Connecticut School of Medicine (2005)

Administrative Appointments

Instructor in Surgery, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (2008 - 2009)

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.

Laparoscopic spleen-preserving distal pancreatectomy: the technique must suit the lesion.
Worhunsky, D. J., Zak, Y., Dua, M. M., Poultsides, G. A., Norton, J. A., & Visser, B. C. (2014). Laparoscopic spleen-preserving distal pancreatectomy: the technique must suit the lesion. Journal of gastrointestinal surgery , 18(8), 1445-1451.

Pancreatic neuroendocrine tumours: hypoenhancement on arterial phase computed tomography predicts biological aggressiveness
Worhunsky, D. J., Krampitz, G. W., Poullos, P. D., Visser, B. C., Kunz, P. L., & Poultsides, G. A. (2014). Pancreatic neuroendocrine tumours: hypoenhancement on arterial phase computed tomography predicts biological aggressiveness. HPB, 16(4), 304-311.

Does chronic kidney disease affect outcomes after major abdominal surgery? Results from the National Surgical Quality Improvement Program.
Cloyd, J. M., Ma, Y., Morton, J. M., Kurella Tamura, M., Poultsides, G. A., & Visser, B. C. (2014). Does chronic kidney disease affect outcomes after major abdominal surgery? Results from the National Surgical Quality Improvement Program. Journal of gastrointestinal surgery , 18(3), 605-612.

Molecular assessment of surgical-resection margins of gastric cancer by mass-spectrometric imaging
Eberlin, L. S., Tibshirani, R. J., Zhang, J., Longacre, T. A., Berry, G. J., & Poultsides, G. A. (2014). Molecular assessment of surgical-resection margins of gastric cancer by mass-spectrometric imaging. PROCEEDINGS OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, 111(7), 2436-2441.

Postoperative serum amylase predicts pancreatic fistula formation following pancreaticoduodenectomy.
Cloyd, J. M., Kastenberg, Z. J., Visser, B. C., Poultsides, G. A., & Norton, J. A. (2014). Postoperative serum amylase predicts pancreatic fistula formation following pancreaticoduodenectomy. Journal of gastrointestinal surgery , 18(2), 348-353.

Reassessment of the Current American Joint Committee on Cancer Staging System for Pancreatic Neuroendocrine Tumors
Qadan, M., Ma, Y., Visser, B. C., Kunz, P. L., Fisher, G. A., & Poultsides, G. A. (2014). Reassessment of the Current American Joint Committee on Cancer Staging System for Pancreatic Neuroendocrine Tumors. JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN COLLEGE OF SURGEONS, 218(2), 188-195.

Gastrointestinal stromal tumor: an unusual cause of gastrointestinal bleeding.
Wong, R. J., Longacre, T. A., Poultsides, G., Park, W., & Rothenberg, M. E. (2013). Gastrointestinal stromal tumor: an unusual cause of gastrointestinal bleeding. Digestive diseases and sciences, 58(11), 3112-3116.

Metabolomic-derived novel cyst fluid biomarkers for pancreatic cysts: glucose and kynurenine
Park, W. G., Wu, M., Bowen, R., Zheng, M., Fitch, W. L., & Peltz, G. (2013). Metabolomic-derived novel cyst fluid biomarkers for pancreatic cysts: glucose and kynurenine. GASTROINTESTINAL ENDOSCOPY, 78(2), 295-?.

Metabolomic-derived novel cyst fluid biomarkers for pancreatic cysts: glucose and kynurenine.
Park, W. G., Wu, M., Bowen, R., Zheng, M., Fitch, W. L., & Peltz, G. (2013). Metabolomic-derived novel cyst fluid biomarkers for pancreatic cysts: glucose and kynurenine. Gastrointestinal endoscopy, 78(2), 295-302 e2.

Colorectal cancer diagnostics: biomarkers, cell-free DNA, circulating tumor cells and defining heterogeneous populations by single-cell analysis.
Kin, C., Kidess, E., Poultsides, G. A., Visser, B. C., & Jeffrey, S. S. (2013). Colorectal cancer diagnostics: biomarkers, cell-free DNA, circulating tumor cells and defining heterogeneous populations by single-cell analysis. Expert review of molecular diagnostics, 13(6), 581-599.

Seventh edition (2010) of the AJCC/UICC staging system for gastric adenocarcinoma: is there room for improvement?
Patel, M. I., Rhoads, K. F., Ma, Y., Ford, J. M., Visser, B. C., & Poultsides, G. A. (2013). Seventh edition (2010) of the AJCC/UICC staging system for gastric adenocarcinoma: is there room for improvement?. Annals of surgical oncology, 20(5), 1631-1638.

Iliocaval and aortoiliac reconstruction following en bloc retroperitoneal leiomyosarcoma resection.
Ohman, J. W., Chandra, V., Poultsides, G., & Harris, E. J. (2013). Iliocaval and aortoiliac reconstruction following en bloc retroperitoneal leiomyosarcoma resection. Journal of vascular surgery, 57(3), 850-?.

Hospital readmission after a pancreaticoduodenectomy: an emerging quality metric?
Kastenberg, Z. J., Morton, J. M., Visser, B. C., Norton, J. A., & Poultsides, G. A. (2013). Hospital readmission after a pancreaticoduodenectomy: an emerging quality metric?. HPB , 15(2), 142-148.

Lymph Nodes and Survival in Pancreatic Neuroendocrine Tumors
Krampitz, G. W., Norton, J. A., Poultsides, G. A., Visser, B. C., Sun, L., & Jensen, R. T. (2012). Lymph Nodes and Survival in Pancreatic Neuroendocrine Tumors. ARCHIVES OF SURGERY, 147(9), 820-827.

Pathologic Response to Preoperative Chemotherapy in Colorectal Liver Metastases: Fibrosis, not Necrosis, Predicts Outcome
Poultsides, G. A., Bao, F., Servais, E. L., Hernandez-Boussard, T., DeMatteo, R. P., & D'Angelica, M. I. (2012). Pathologic Response to Preoperative Chemotherapy in Colorectal Liver Metastases: Fibrosis, not Necrosis, Predicts Outcome. ANNALS OF SURGICAL ONCOLOGY, 19(9), 2797-2804.

Failure to comply with NCCN guidelines for the management of pancreatic cancer compromises outcomes
Visser, B. C., Ma, Y., Zak, Y., Poultsides, G. A., Norton, J. A., & Rhoads, K. F. (2012). Failure to comply with NCCN guidelines for the management of pancreatic cancer compromises outcomes. HPB, 14(8), 539-547.

Pancreatic Neuroendocrine Tumors: Radiographic Calcifications Correlate with Grade and Metastasis
Poultsides, G. A., Huang, L. C., Chen, Y., Visser, B. C., Pai, R. K., & Norton, J. A. (2012). Pancreatic Neuroendocrine Tumors: Radiographic Calcifications Correlate with Grade and Metastasis. ANNALS OF SURGICAL ONCOLOGY, 19(7), 2295-2303.

Hybrid Treatment of Celiac Artery Compression (Median Arcuate Ligament) Syndrome
Palmer, O. P., Tedesco, M., Casey, K., Lee, J. T., & Poultsides, G. A. (2012). Hybrid Treatment of Celiac Artery Compression (Median Arcuate Ligament) Syndrome. DIGESTIVE DISEASES AND SCIENCES, 57(7), 1782-1785.

Duodenal Adenocarcinoma: Clinicopathologic Analysis and Implications for Treatment
Poultsides, G. A., Huang, L. C., Cameron, J. L., Tuli, R., Lan, L., & Schulick, R. D. (2012). Duodenal Adenocarcinoma: Clinicopathologic Analysis and Implications for Treatment. ANNALS OF SURGICAL ONCOLOGY, 19(6), 1928-1935.

Intensity-Modulated Radiotherapy for Pancreatic Adenocarcinoma
Abelson, J. A., Murphy, J. D., Minn, A. Y., Chung, M., Fisher, G. A., & Chang, D. T. (2012). Intensity-Modulated Radiotherapy for Pancreatic Adenocarcinoma. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF RADIATION ONCOLOGY BIOLOGY PHYSICS, 82(4), E595-E601.

Diagnostic accuracy of cyst fluid amphiregulin in pancreatic cysts
Tun, M. T., Pai, R. K., Kwok, S., Dong, A., Gupta, A., & Park, W. G. (2012). Diagnostic accuracy of cyst fluid amphiregulin in pancreatic cysts. BMC GASTROENTEROLOGY, 12.

An HNF4 alpha-miRNA Inflammatory Feedback Circuit Regulates Hepatocellular Oncogenesis
Hatziapostolou, M., Polytarchou, C., Aggelidou, E., Drakaki, A., Poultsides, G. A., & Iliopoulos, D. (2011). An HNF4 alpha-miRNA Inflammatory Feedback Circuit Regulates Hepatocellular Oncogenesis. CELL, 147(6), 1233-1247.

Hybrid Resection of Duodenal Tumors
Poultsides, G. A., Pappou, E. P., Bloom, G. P., & Orlando, R. (2011). Hybrid Resection of Duodenal Tumors. JOURNAL OF LAPAROENDOSCOPIC & ADVANCED SURGICAL TECHNIQUES, 21(7), 603-608.

Laparoscopic Duodenojejunostomy for Superior Mesenteric Artery Syndrome
Magee, G., Slater, B. J., Lee, J. T., & Poultsides, G. A. (2011). Laparoscopic Duodenojejunostomy for Superior Mesenteric Artery Syndrome. DIGESTIVE DISEASES AND SCIENCES, 56(9), 2528-2531.

Surgical Management of Neuroendocrine Tumors of the Gastrointestinal Tract
Huang, L. C., Poultsides, G. A., & Norton, J. A. (2011). Surgical Management of Neuroendocrine Tumors of the Gastrointestinal Tract. ONCOLOGY-NEW YORK, 25(9), 794-803.

Ruptured Biliary Cystadenoma Managed by Angiographic Embolization and Interval Partial Hepatectomy
Ghole, S. A., Bakhtary, S., Staudenmayer, K., Sze, D. Y., Pai, R. K., & Poultsides, G. A. (2011). Ruptured Biliary Cystadenoma Managed by Angiographic Embolization and Interval Partial Hepatectomy. DIGESTIVE DISEASES AND SCIENCES, 56(7), 1949-1953.

Pancreatic Endocrine Tumors With Major Vascular Abutment, Involvement, or Encasement and Indication for Resection
Norton, J. A., Harris, E. J., Chen, Y., Visser, B. C., Poultsides, G. A., & Jensen, R. T. (2011). Pancreatic Endocrine Tumors With Major Vascular Abutment, Involvement, or Encasement and Indication for Resection. ARCHIVES OF SURGERY, 146(6), 724-732.

Colloid Carcinoma of the Pancreas
Plerhoples, T. A., Ahdoot, M., DiMaio, M. A., Pai, R. K., Park, W. G., & Poultsides, G. A. (2011). Colloid Carcinoma of the Pancreas. DIGESTIVE DISEASES AND SCIENCES, 56(5), 1295-1298.

Reassessing the need for primary tumor surgery in unresectable metastatic colorectal cancer: overview and perspective.
Poultsides, G. A., & Paty, P. B. (2011). Reassessing the need for primary tumor surgery in unresectable metastatic colorectal cancer: overview and perspective. Therapeutic advances in medical oncology, 3(1), 35-42.

Intrahepatic Cholangiocarcinoma
Poultsides, G. A., Zhu, A. X., Choti, M. A., & Pawlik, T. M. (2010). Intrahepatic Cholangiocarcinoma. SURGICAL CLINICS OF NORTH AMERICA, 90(4), 817-?.

Histopathologic Basis for the Favorable Survival after Resection of Intraductal Papillary Mucinous Neoplasm-Associated Invasive Adenocarcinoma of the Pancreas
Poultsides, G. A., Reddy, S., Cameron, J. L., Hruban, R. H., Pawlik, T. M., & Wolfgang, C. L. (2010). Histopathologic Basis for the Favorable Survival after Resection of Intraductal Papillary Mucinous Neoplasm-Associated Invasive Adenocarcinoma of the Pancreas. ANNALS OF SURGERY, 251(3), 470-476.

Hepatic resection for colorectal metastases: the impact of surgical margin status on outcome
Poultsides, G. A., Schulick, R. D., & Pawlik, T. M. (2010). Hepatic resection for colorectal metastases: the impact of surgical margin status on outcome. HPB, 12(1), 43-49.

Outcome of Primary Tumor in Patients With Synchronous Stage IV Colorectal Cancer Receiving Combination Chemotherapy Without Surgery As Initial Treatment
Poultsides, G. A., Servais, E. L., Saltz, L. B., Patil, S., Kemeny, N. E., & Paty, P. B. (2009). Outcome of Primary Tumor in Patients With Synchronous Stage IV Colorectal Cancer Receiving Combination Chemotherapy Without Surgery As Initial Treatment. JOURNAL OF CLINICAL ONCOLOGY, 27(20), 3379-3384.

Image of the Month Left Paraduodenal Hernia
Poultsides, G. A., Zani, S., Bloom, P., & Tishler, D. S. (2009). Image of the Month Left Paraduodenal Hernia. ARCHIVES OF SURGERY, 144(3), 287-288.

Epigenetic regulation of hTERT promoter in hepatocellular carcinomas
Iliopoulos, D., Satra, M., Drakaki, A., Poultsides, G. A., & Tsezou, A. (2009). Epigenetic regulation of hTERT promoter in hepatocellular carcinomas. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF ONCOLOGY, 34(2), 391-399.

Angiographic embolization for gastroduodenal hemorrhage
Poultsides, G. A., Kim, C. J., Orlando, R., Peros, G., Halliscy, M. J., & Vignati, P. V. (2008). Angiographic embolization for gastroduodenal hemorrhage. ARCHIVES OF SURGERY, 143(5), 457-461.

Hand-assisted laparoscopic management of liver tumors
Poultsides, G., Brown, M., & Orlando, R. (2007). Hand-assisted laparoscopic management of liver tumors. SURGICAL ENDOSCOPY AND OTHER INTERVENTIONAL TECHNIQUES, 21(8), 1275-1279.

Carcinoid of the ampulla of Vater: Morpholdgic features and clinical implications
Poultsides, G. A., & Frederick, W. Ai. (2006). Carcinoid of the ampulla of Vater: Morpholdgic features and clinical implications. WORLD JOURNAL OF GASTROENTEROLOGY, 12(43), 7058-7060.

Range of movement in the wrist as a diagnostic tool in radial-sided wrist pain
Wollstein, R., Watson, H. K., Poultsides, G., Wear-Maggitti, K., & Carlson, L. (2006). Range of movement in the wrist as a diagnostic tool in radial-sided wrist pain. SCANDINAVIAN JOURNAL OF PLASTIC AND RECONSTRUCTIVE SURGERY AND HAND SURGERY, 40(4), 230-233.

Portal vein thrombosis after laparoscopic colectomy: Thrombolytic therapy via the superior mesenteric vein
Poultsides, G. A., Lewis, W. C., Feld, R., Walters, D. L., Cherry, D. A., & Ruby, S. T. (2005). Portal vein thrombosis after laparoscopic colectomy: Thrombolytic therapy via the superior mesenteric vein. AMERICAN SURGEON, 71(10), 856-860.

Common origins of carotid and subclavian arterial systems: Report of a rare aortic arch variant
Poultsides, G. A., Lolis, E. D., VASQUEZ, J., Drezner, A. D., & Venieratos, D. (2004). Common origins of carotid and subclavian arterial systems: Report of a rare aortic arch variant. ANNALS OF VASCULAR SURGERY, 18(5), 597-600.

Double trisomy (48,XXY,+21) in monozygotic twins: case report and review of the literature
Iliopoulos, D., Poultsides, G., Peristeri, V., KOURI, G., Andreou, A., & Voyiatzis, N. (2004). Double trisomy (48,XXY,+21) in monozygotic twins: case report and review of the literature. ANNALES DE GENETIQUE, 47(1), 95-98.

Endovascular stent-graft placement for nonaneurysmal infrarenal aortic rupture: A case report and review of the literature
VASQUEZ, J., Poultsides, G. A., Lorenzo, A. C., Foster, J. E., Drezner, A. D., & Gallagher, J. (2003). Endovascular stent-graft placement for nonaneurysmal infrarenal aortic rupture: A case report and review of the literature. JOURNAL OF VASCULAR SURGERY, 38(4), 836-839.

Distal trapezius musculocutaneous flap for upper thoracic back wounds associated with spinal instrumentation and radiation
Chun, J. K., Lynch, M. J., & Poultsides, G. A. (2003). Distal trapezius musculocutaneous flap for upper thoracic back wounds associated with spinal instrumentation and radiation. ANNALS OF PLASTIC SURGERY, 51(1), 17-22.