George A. Poultsides, MD

George A. Poultsides, MD

Surgical oncologist

Bio:   Dr. Poultsides is an Associate Professor of Surgery at the Stanford University School of Medicine. He is a surgeon specializing in the removal of pancreatic, liver and other abdominal tumors. He joined Stanford in 2009 after completing fellowship training in Surgical Oncology at Memorial Sloan Kettering and in Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Surgery at Johns Hopkins. He previously received General Surgery residency training at the University of Connecticut and medical school education at the University of Athens in his native Greece. Dr. Poultsides sits on the guidelines panel of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network. His research focuses on clinical outcomes assessment following multidisciplinary treatment of hepatic, pancreatic and gastrointestinal malignancies. He has received a Masters Degree in Epidemiology from Stanford University and has led several nationwide, multi-institutional clinical research collaborations across several academic medical centers in the US. Within Stanford, Dr. Poultsides has developed a novel interdisciplinary research program assessing the completeness of surgical resection for pancreatic cancer. He has served as the principal investigator in two, first in human, prospective clinical trials evaluating the role of mass spectrometric and intraoperative fluorescent imaging during surgery for pancreatic cancer. These research efforts were funded through the 2012 Stanford Hospital Cancer Innovation Fund award and the 2016 Stanford Cancer Institute translational research award. For his contributions to the education of the next generation of surgeons, Dr. Poultsides received the John Austin Collins, MD annual teaching award from the Stanford Surgery residents in 2013 and the Best Rotation award from the Stanford Surgery chief residents in 2012, 2016, and 2017.
4.7 out of 5
240 Patient Ratings
62 Patient Comments

Gastrointestinal (GI) Cancer Program in Palo Alto

Sarcoma Program

Benign Pancreas Program

  • 900 Blake Wilbur Drive
  • Digestive Health Center
  • Palo Alto , CA 94304
  • Phone: 650-736-5555
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Hypertension Center

  • 300 Pasteur Drive
  • 1st Floor, Suite A11
  • Stanford , CA 94305
  • Phone: 650-723-6961
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Professional Education

  • Fellowship: Johns Hopkins School of Medicine (2009) MD
  • 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)
  • Board Certification: General Surgery, American Board of Surgery (2008)
  • Medical Education: University of Athens Medical School (2000) Greece

Honors & Awards

  • Andrew Canzonetti, MD Award, Outstanding 4th Year Surgery Resident, Department of Surgery, University of Connecticut School of Medicine (2006)
  • Best PGY-5 Rotation Award, Stanford General Surgery Chief Residents (2012)
  • Best PGY-5 Rotation Award, Stanford General Surgery Chief Residents (2016)
  • Best PGY-5 Rotation Award, Stanford General Surgery Chief Residents (2017)
  • Cancer Innovation Fund Award, Stanford Hospital and Clinics (2012)
  • Charles Polivy, MD Memorial Award, Department of Surgery, Hartford Hospital, University of Connecticut School of Medicine (2005)
  • Henry Mannix, Jr, MD Award for Clinical and Academic Excellence, Saint Francis Hospital & Medical Center, University of Connecticut School of Medicine (2007)
  • John Austin Collins, MD Memorial Award for Outstanding Teaching and Dedication to Resident Training, Department of Surgery, Stanford University (2013)
  • Ludwig J. Pyrtek, MD Prize for Clinical and Scientific Capabilities, Department of Surgery, Hartford Hospital, University of Connecticut School of Medicine (2007)
  • Translational Research Award, Stanford Cancer Institute (2016)

Administrative Appointments

  • Clinical Practice Guidelines Panel Member, National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN), Gastric and Esophageal Cancer (2014 - Present)
  • Instructor in Surgery, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (2008 - 2009)

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Friendliness

4.7

Explanations

4.7

Listens

4.7

Includes you in decisions

4.7

Clear Communication

4.8

Confidence in your doctor

4.8

Recommended to others

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SHC Patient, Aug 2017

Dr. Poultsides is "Da Bomb." Superb. Excellent. Great.

SHC Patient, Jul 2017

Cancer is a serious scary thing, but some of us try to keep the scary at a distance with light humor. George is just a little stiff around the collar.

SHC Patient, Jul 2017

Dr. Poultsides is an excellent doctor.

SHC Patient, Jun 2017

Superb doctor & staff.

SHC Patient, Apr 2017

We are pleased to be able to have the quality of the personnel to attend to our needs.

SHC Patient, Apr 2017

Great service - I am a terrible patient when I do not feel good - he helped me a lot.

SHC Patient, Apr 2017

Dr. Poultsides was extremely helpful.

SHC Patient, Apr 2017

For me the best doctor in their specialty.

SHC Patient, Mar 2017

Not on any medicine. We LOVE Dr. Poultsides. he is always available for issues & questions. Saved my husbands life. We cannot thank them enough!

SHC Patient, Mar 2017

My care team is the very best.... always!

SHC Patient, Mar 2017

Had some complications but the surg. and his dream team figured it all out! I did suffer a little but the made it as comfortable as the could without breaking the rules.

SHC Patient, Nov 2016

He was amazing as was the whole team.

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4.7 out of 5
240 Patient Ratings
62 Patient Comments

SHC Patient, Aug 2017

Dr. Poultsides is "Da Bomb." Superb. Excellent. Great.

SHC Patient, Jul 2017

Cancer is a serious scary thing, but some of us try to keep the scary at a distance with light humor. George is just a little stiff around the collar.

SHC Patient, Jul 2017

Dr. Poultsides is an excellent doctor.

SHC Patient, Jun 2017

Superb doctor & staff.

SHC Patient, Apr 2017

We are pleased to be able to have the quality of the personnel to attend to our needs.

SHC Patient, Apr 2017

Great service - I am a terrible patient when I do not feel good - he helped me a lot.

SHC Patient, Apr 2017

Dr. Poultsides was extremely helpful.

SHC Patient, Apr 2017

For me the best doctor in their specialty.

SHC Patient, Mar 2017

Not on any medicine. We LOVE Dr. Poultsides. he is always available for issues & questions. Saved my husbands life. We cannot thank them enough!

SHC Patient, Mar 2017

My care team is the very best.... always!

SHC Patient, Mar 2017

Had some complications but the surg. and his dream team figured it all out! I did suffer a little but the made it as comfortable as the could without breaking the rules.

SHC Patient, Nov 2016

He was amazing as was the whole team.

SHC Patient, Nov 2016

Dr. Poultsides is wonderful.

SHC Patient, Aug 2016

Good.

SHC Patient, Aug 2016

Dr. Poultsides & his team are exceptional. This includes his PA & RN. Knowledgeable & caring.

SHC Patient, Jul 2016

Very good experiences here your the best.

SHC Patient, Jun 2016

Dr. P.'s people always tops.

SHC Patient, Jun 2016

He never seemed rushed!

SHC Patient, May 2016

Dr. Poultsides & care provider staff was great.

SHC Patient, Apr 2016

Very professional

SHC Patient, Apr 2016

You people are the best and I always go away knowing I have been well treated.

SHC Patient, Apr 2016

Excellent care provider, I hope that you always continue having staff as well as very good qualities.

SHC Patient, Apr 2016

Dr. Poultsides exhibited sincere interest in my wife's well being from his very first phone call to us. I have been amazed and impressed with how personally involved he has been.

SHC Patient, Mar 2016

Excellent communication. Dr. answered all my questions. Very satisfied with my dr.

SHC Patient, Mar 2016

Dr. Poultsides is very compassionate and patient. I felt he explained everything to me with great compassion and concern. He was very optimistic when discussing my prognosis which put me at ease.

SHC Patient, Mar 2016

It was clear and specific the problem was explained to me very well and was very friendly, they are very specific in any problem to me I liked it and it was a good experience.

SHC Patient, Mar 2016

My first visit seemed to go better and I felt much more reassured by the resident/PA and doctor as to the information I received regarding surgery options, my condition in general. Better listening and more detailed discussion. The first visit.

SHC Patient, Mar 2016

Cannot say enough. Dr. Poultsides was GOD sent! Awesome.

SHC Patient, Mar 2016

Dr. Poultsides was excellent, friendly doctor. He concerned all my problems and explained everything to me.

SHC Patient, Jan 2016

I am so very appreciative for Stanford!!! Love my doctor

SHC Patient, Jan 2016

Dr. George Poultsides is a very brilliant surgeon. I have great confidence on his expertise being a surgeon. He is very concern on the safety of his patient, definitely I will recommend him to others. His PA, Dr. Wheeler is very friendly too... thanks a lot for your great services.

SHC Patient, Dec 2015

Dr. Poultsides is kind, sensitive & are of the BEST physicians I have ever met.

SHC Patient, Dec 2015

Dr. Poultsides and Dr. Ganjoo very good at their jobs and take time to help this patient at each step in the process.

SHC Patient, Nov 2015

Dr. Poultsides has a wonderful bedside manner -

SHC Patient, Sep 2015

Dr. Poultsides, aside from being an excellent physician, is the most caring, thoughtful person!!

SHC Patient, Sep 2015

Dr Poultsides is wonderful. He quickly took ownership of my problem and very possibly saved my life. I love him!

SHC Patient, Aug 2015

My experience with the entire hospital was a life changing. Keep it up.

SHC Patient, Aug 2015

Dr. Poultsides was an excellent doctor!! Very caring!!

SHC Patient, Jul 2015

Dr. Poultsides is a gem. She should teach all other doctors how to interact with patients.

SHC Patient, Jul 2015

Excellent doctor, would highly recommend.

SHC Patient, Jun 2015

Dr. Poultsides work as a surgeon is exceptional.

SHC Patient, Jun 2015

The best.

SHC Patient, Jun 2015

Very good experience - Explained drugs very well -

SHC Patient, May 2015

Dr. Poultsides & NP Kristen Wheeler both did exceptional work!

SHC Patient, Apr 2015

Everything was explained.

SHC Patient, Mar 2015

Dr. Poultsides is the BEST! "Very good" is not enough for him. You should add a "beyond excellent" category so that I can mark that!! Truly an amazing doctor and person.

SHC Patient, Jan 2015

He is a great doctor!

SHC Patient, Jan 2015

I wish you worked as a team. The surgeon knew the other doctors & you were in one location.

SHC Patient, Jan 2015

I had a good experience.

SHC Patient, Dec 2014

The very best of the best.

SHC Patient, Dec 2014

Dr. Poultsides & his team were absolutely wonderful!

SHC Patient, Nov 2014

Very grateful for all the care and attention from my doctors.

SHC Patient, Oct 2014

Brilliant doctor.

SHC Patient, Oct 2014

I was very impressed w/Dr. Poultsides and his nurse, Sara. I would have had my surgery there, if my insurance company would have allowed it.

SHC Patient, Sep 2014

Dr. Poultsides has gone above & beyond. He makes himself very available to his patients & that is truly fantastic. I know from first hand experience that not all doctors do this.

SHC Patient, Sep 2014

Excellent second opinion. The process was flawless.

SHC Patient, Sep 2014

He's a very busy person, recognized as the best gastroenterologist/cancer man - but maybe is overwhelmed.

SHC Patient, Aug 2014

Drs. Fisher and Poultsides and their PA's are both excellent and caring drs.

SHC Patient, Aug 2014

Dr. Poultsides is the kindest doc. I've met.

SHC Patient, Jun 2014

Dr. Poultsides is the best, listens to concerns & is a very caring dr. - A++++ - Thank you.

SHC Patient, Mar 2014

Great doctor!

SHC Patient, Jan 2014

Dr. Poultsides was very caring & listened & answered all my concerns. Thank you so much, you are the best.