Ralph S. Greco, MD

Ralph S. Greco, MD

Surgical oncologist, Cutaneous oncology specialist

Bio:   Ralph S. Greco, M.D. is the Johnson & Johnson Distinguished Professor, Emeritus at the Stanford University School of Medicine. He is also the immediate past Chief of the Division of General Surgery at Stanford and past Director of the General Surgery Training Program. Dr. Greco joined the faculty at Stanford in the year 2000. He graduated cum laude from Fordham University in 1964 and from the Yale University School of Medicine in 1968. His internship and residency were also served at Yale New Haven Hospital where he was chief resident in 1972-73. After two years of military service, he became an Assistant Professor at the Rutgers Medical School in 1975. He became Chief of the Division of General Surgery and Program Director in 1982 and Chief of Surgery at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in 1997.

Dr. Greco is a member of the American Surgical Association, the Society of University Surgeons, the Society for Biomaterials and the Association of Program Directors in Surgery, among many other surgical societies. He is board certified in General Surgery and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. Dr. Greco has been the recipient of research grants from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute and served as a consultant to the NHLBI and the NSF. Dr. Greco is the recipient of six patents on various aspects of antibiotic bonding and has published more than 100 papers in the scientific literature. His research interest is focused on biomaterials, the host response to implantable biomaterial surfaces, and surface modification of biomaterials. When he arrived at Stanford he began a collaboration with Friedrich Prinz, Chair of Mechanical Engineering in a related, but new area, namely the nanofabrication of new biomaterial surfaces and their potential application to a new generation of biomaterials for clinical applications.

At Stanford, Dr, Greco is a surgical oncologist and currently is surgical lead of the Melanoma Program. In 2010, Dr. Greco became interested in Resident Well Being in the aftermath of the death by suicide of one of the very finest residents who graduated from the Stanford General Surgery Training Program. Losing someone only 4 months after starting a fellowship elsewhere was terribly disturbing to all the Stanford residents and the faculty. Together with Drs Claudia Mueller and Rachel Callcut and residents Greg Magee, Mediget Teshome, Yulia Zak, and Arghavan Salles, The Balance in Life Program was developed and rolled out in July 2011. A recipient of the Palmer Award from the ACGME in 2006, Dr. Greco then received the prestigious John Gienapp Award, the ACGME’s highest honor, largely for his work on Resident Wellness in 2012.

Dr. Greco summarizes his work on well being by saying, “Surgeons can be extremely proud of how well they have taught their residents to take the best care of the sickest patients. Now it is time to teach them how to take care of themselves.” Each year 400 physicians die by suicide in the US, the equivalent of 3 medical school classes at Yale, Stanford and John Hopkins. Giving residents the tools to deal with vicissitudes of life as a surgeon will provide them with the skillset they will need throughout their careers.
4.5 out of 5
30 Patient Ratings
3 Patient Comments

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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

  • Cum Laude Graduation Honors, Fordham University (1964)
  • 1000 Best Doctors in America, American Health Fitness of Body and Mind (1996)
  • The Wakely Prize - Runner up, The Lancet (1997)
  • The Parker J. Palmer Courage to Teach Award, Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) (2006)
  • The John C. Gienapp Award, Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) (2012)
  • Shumway Award, Stanford University (2016)

Administrative Appointments

  • Johnson & Johnson Distinguished Professor-Emeritus, Stanford University School of Medicine (2015 - Present)
  • Johnson & Johnson Distinguished Professor, Stanford University School of Medicine (2000 - 2015)
  • Director, General Surgery Residency Program, Stanford University School of Medicine (2000 - 2009)
  • Chief, Division of General Surgery, Stanford University School of Medicine (2000 - 2006)

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4.6

Friendliness

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Recommended to others

4.5

Explanations

4.5

Listens

4.4

Includes you in decisions

4.7

Clear Communication

4.5

Confidence in your doctor

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Wait times

SHC Patient, Feb 2015

Overall not great bedside manor.

SHC Patient, Dec 2014

Was a bit too casual about my emotional...response to the diagnosis and statistical downsides to my condition.

SHC Patient, Mar 2014

Thanks to Dr. Greco & team, Dr. Swettem & team for a job well done. Special mention to Dr. Angst & Dr. Timothy Chang who are so so nice and caring.

4.5 out of 5
30 Patient Ratings
3 Patient Comments

SHC Patient, Feb 2015

Overall not great bedside manor.

SHC Patient, Dec 2014

Was a bit too casual about my emotional...response to the diagnosis and statistical downsides to my condition.

SHC Patient, Mar 2014

Thanks to Dr. Greco & team, Dr. Swettem & team for a job well done. Special mention to Dr. Angst & Dr. Timothy Chang who are so so nice and caring.