George A. Poultsides, MD, MS, FACS

Hepatobiliary surgeon, Pancreatic surgeon, Liver surgeon, Sarcoma specialist, Gastrointestinal specialist, Minimally invasive surgeon

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

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Dr. Poultsides is Section Chief of Surgical Oncology and Professor of Surgery at Stanford University. He is an oncologic surgeon specializing in the removal of liver, pancreatic, 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 (HPB) Surgery at Johns Hopkins.

Dr. Poultsides serves as Physician Lead of the GI Oncology Clinical Research Program at the Stanford Cancer Institute. His research program focuses on outcomes analysis 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 been 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. In addition, Dr. Poultsides sits on the guidelines panel of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network for gastric and esophageal cancer.

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, 2017, and 2018.

Professional Summary

Professional Education
  • Residency: University of Connecticut School of Medicine Registrar (2007) CT
  • Internship: University of Connecticut School of Medicine Registrar (2003) CT
  • Fellowship: Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (2009) MD
  • Fellowship: Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (2008) NY
  • MS, Stanford University, Epidemiology (2011)
  • Board Certification: American Board of Surgery, General 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)
  • Bay Area Top Doctors, Castle Connolly (2017)
  • Bay Area Top Doctors, Castle Connolly (2018)
  • 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)
  • Best PGY-5 Rotation Award, Stanford General Surgery Chief Residents (2018)
  • 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)
  • James Foster Visiting Professor, University of Connecticut School of Medicine, Department of Surgery (2017)
  • 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
  • Chief, Section of Surgical Oncology, Stanford University (2019 - Present)
  • Instructor in Surgery, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (2008 - 2009)
  • Lead, Gastrointestinal Oncology Clinical Research Program, Stanford Cancer Institute (2019 - Present)
  • Program Director, Stanford University Complex General Surgical Oncology (CGSO) Fellowship (2019 - Present)


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Practice Locations

Gastrointestinal (GI) Cancer Program in Palo Alto Palo Alto, CA
Palo Alto, CA

875 Blake Wilbur Drive

Palo Alto , CA 94304

(650) 498-6000

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Sarcoma Program at Blake Wilbur Building Palo Alto, CA
Palo Alto, CA

875 Blake Wilbur Drive

Palo Alto , CA 94304

(650) 498-6000

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Benign Pancreas Program Redwood City, CA
Redwood City, CA

420 Broadway Street, Pavilion D, 2nd Floor

Redwood City , CA 94063

(650) 736-5555

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Hypertension Center Stanford, CA
Stanford, CA

300 Pasteur Drive, 1st Floor, Suite A11

Stanford , CA 94305

(650) 723-6961

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His kindness, helpfulness, and professionalism. I appreciated the time he took to answer my questions. The wait was worth every minute. He certainly gave me more than 15 minutes of his valuable time It is a little confusing that one Dr. advises NO chemo and Dr. P advised chemo. As a patient I am trying to move along and belive that each new bit of information can change the diagnosis and the plan to take care of particular cancer. Again, thank you Dr. Poutsides, I am relying totally on you.
Very helpful consultation.
I think he is very good at what he does.
Dr Poultsides goes above and beyond to maintain contact with his patients. He does a good job with the video visits during this Covid time.
I appreciate the time that Dr. Poultsides spent with me on the phone before the zoom meeting. I also appreciate that he is trying the least invasive procedures first.
Outstanding caregiver, thorough in all explanations. I never felt hurried.
He is the best!
I appreciate his preparation of my case prior to our call. He seems like an excellent Dr. and I’m happy with the next steps he recommended.
He is thorough and kind. I do want him to do surgery on me though because this tumor has me going to the bladder too often and also concerned.
very good surgeon
He is the very best!! I couldn't have had a better doctor or a better care team.
Dr. Poultsides is an excellent doctor and very affectionate.
Just say thank you a lot and appreciate .
Dr Poultsides has been very professional and caring through my care, surgery and recovery. I never felt rushed with any visits. Everything was always explained to me in terms I could understand. He has a great bedside manner. I am grateful for Dr Poultsides and his team.
Dr Poultsides was very good and I’m glad I have him as my son Dr
Excellent care from a very caring individual!
Very considerate and positive. Instilled confidence in me for future treatment from Dr. Poulsides. Has great communication and trust with my oncologist .I am looking forward to our next meeting
Great Doctor
I think Dr. Poultsides is an excellent doctor and surgeon specialist on the pancreas. I trust his judgement and recommendations.
Dr Poultsides exuded confidence upon my initial visit.
Wonderful doctor -- takes the time to review CT scans as well as show them -- answers questions and provides follow up plans --n 11 years plus with him and and appreciate his "efficiency" as well as his staff follow up!!
A compassionate, excellent physician. Saved me from a wrong diagnosis and surgery through the second opinion process, then followed up with excellent communication and care. I could not be more pleased.
Outstanding physician, answered all my questions. Thoughtful answers to my questions. Very trustworthy. Encouraged me. Obviously knowledgeable.
Thank you so much for your time and expertise Dr Poultsides! We are very appreciative!
The consultation was friendly, positive and thorough. We appreciate Dr. Sibley and her referral to Dr. Poultsides.
Very caring and thorough.
Dr. Poultsides is an excellent surgeon and doctor. He is also a kind and caring person. He is outstanding. If I had to give him a letter grade (I am a retired college professor), I would give him an A+. He is the best!!!
I love the guy! Awesome surgeon!
He is knowledgeable and a great doctor
Excellent, caring Dr. That wants the best care possible for me and my condition.
This man saved my life, I will be forever grateful
Excelent care
THANK YOU Dr. Poultsides
explained everything that I was concerned about. Very thoughtful person
I found him to be thorough, factual and conveyed information that was readily understood .
He is very professional, knowledgeable and polite. He gets right to the point, which I appreciate.
Dr Poultsides is a very good surgeon
Grateful to have Dr Poultsides as the primary surgeon on my husband’s upcoming Whipple surgery. His experience & confidence are reassuring.
Very good Doc
Very patient w/ me. Concerned about my well being.
Excellent Physician-Surgeon and wonderful, caring human being!
Excellent care from Dr. Poultsides and his team as always. Transfer of scans between SHC and PAMF remains a problem.
Great surgeon. Personable and cares about you.
Dr. George Poultsides was very thorough, professional and helpful. In my opinion he’s an excellent doctor and I would highly recommend him!
I feel very confident with Dr Poltsides. So blessed to have great care Thank you
Wonderful doctor. Very happy to work with him.
Recognized, respected and recommended by multiple healthcare professionals. I feel confident and comfortable with him and his team.
Dr. Poultsides is highly professional, and personable, at the same time, doctor,- I trust him.
I thought you were very helpful and informative. I just wish you would have explained what the referral process would be like and how quickly I would be on chemo.
Very knowledgeable, kind, informative and gained my trust from the beginning of our virtual meeting.
Thank you for being direct and helpful.
Dr. George Poultsides clearly explained to me about a surgery that is required to cure my cancer. He also carefully listened to me and my husband and answered all our questions. Dr. Poultsides gave me a breath of fresh air. I am thankful to Dr. Poultsides for offering a surgery that can prolong my life, and I am looking forward to live longer.
Thank you for your professional expertise and kindness. Your resident was great too.
Thank you for your care, Dr. Poultsides!
It was a very good video appointment & also he was excellent in explaining things to me. I feel safe having Dr. Poultsides operating on me
He is an amazing doctor!!!!
He is good
To the point, straight forward
I appreciate having him on my medical team and that he communicated everything clearly
He listened to me, addressed all my questions and concerns. He was clear and compassionate.
He is quite thorough with his assessment of the CT scan, and gave me information about when surgery may occer, when another CT scan would be scheduled, and the affirmation that chemo therapy would continue for 4 more rounds..
This was my first interaction with physician and I found him very informative and decisive. I agreed with his future plans for my care and the time plan he recommended. However the follow up appointment does not match the schedule we agreed on. I will be incurring a large medical expense if I am not discharged from Nursing home/Rehab facility. This is weighing heavily on my mind. Thank you
He has helped me a lot regardless of the distance. Dr. Poultsides is by far one of the best doctors I have interacted with. I appreciate everything you are doing to help me.
For me , he is excelent doctor
Very concise but friendly. Was helpful to talk to his associates before so they could gather additional background.
Dr. Poultsides came across as highly experienced, caring and competent. He answered all of my questions and concerns.
He is a good doctor and I am happy to have him as mine
Thanks Dr .You do good job.
Dr. Poultsides & his assistant, Taylor, were so nice & explained to me & my husband what his game plan was. It’s helped me calm down a bit. This cancer is new to me & I don’t know what to ask. He told me we’re having surgery, there’s no chemo after surgery. I feel better knowing what is going to happen. Had trouble sleeping lately. I feel I’m in good hands
He is very attentive and concerned for his patients
I like him!
Wonderful doctor and person.
Friendly clear answered all my questions
He was very helpful in terms of scheduling my procedure and after the surgery he personally saw me and told me how did it go.
Dr was very attentive
I especially liked how Dr Poultsides face timed Dr Fang during our video meeting to discuss a plan. I understand everything was sudden and to have this sort of connection gave me comfort.
I will be forever grateful to George Poultsides for saving my life and forever grateful that human beings such as he devote their lives to this.
Liked him a lot and feel so good about him doing my surgery!
He was very good to explain.
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Dr. Poultsides' care for our son has been fantastic. He communicates well, answers all of our questions and keeps us informed. He has been a consummate professional and we are grateful for his and his team's care. Thank you!
He’s wonderful. He saved my life.
He’s such an amazing doctor
I was very impressed with Dr. Poultsides. He explained things thoroughly and in lay terms. He was aware of my circumstances and seemed to answer some of my questions before I asked. He seemed to understand the concerns of the patient. He has an excellent PA also. As a team they were outstanding.
Thank you for your attention and explanation on next appointment
Excellent careful "caring!" "listened" -
Polite and friendly, very professional.
Good experience.
This was my 1st time at Stanford and was very pleased. Modesto's care is very bad.
Dr. Poultsides excellent doctor.
Very good. All the people very nice.
I went to Stanford for a second opinion on my cancer treatment. I was given that I did it. It provided no new information.
The PA & nurses were very helpful in giving me details of what is happening & what to expect after chemotherapy.
Dr. Poultsides is a wonderful & caring provider. We're blessed to have him as our care provider.
Very GOOD.
I could every thing I got here in Fresno, but I thought my doctor/surgeon was the very best.
Dr. Poultsides is terrific!
I trust his knowledge and I could see his compassion. I wish he was able to help, but my situation is inoperable.
Dr. Poultsides is not only super competent but a very good communicator. He is the best dressed physician at Stanford.
Dr. Poultsides could not have been better with me. Really thorough and honest.
Dr. Poultsides is outstanding I have have tremendous confidence in Dr. Poultsides.
Very excellent.
Superb professionalism.
Dr. Poultsides was amazing and very caring. He always takes his time and demonstrates his dedication to the field of medicine.
Dr. Poultsides is the BEST!
Very good doctor.
Dr. Poultsides is the most wonderful caring, dedicated physician.
Dr. Poultsides is warm, caring, positive & very responsive to all my questions. He is an exceptional doctor! Kristan Wheeler was wonderful as well. Can't say enough good things about them!
Comforting his knowledge of my situation and health.
I truly trust Dr. Poultsides and will recommend him to others.
Dr. Poultsides is beyond excellent doctor. He always take good care of me and I'm so lucky to have him.
Well explained.
Wish I could get a referral to an internal medicine dr. and pulmonary clinic in Stanford.
Dr. Poultsides was very kind & professional - also continued to communicate by email.
Dr. Poultsides was very professional and his staff really facilitated getting tests & studies scheduled extremely quickly.
Dr. Poultsides is the most wonderful, professional physician ever.
Top notch!
Doctor Poultsides is the best doctor in the world. He brings my life back now and forever. My family love Doctor Poultsides so much.
Dr. Poultsides is the absolute best!
Dr. Poultsides is great. I would highly recommend him.
I have complete confidence in Dr. Poultsides. He and his team provided a life-saving solution for my medical problem. Through surgery and follow up, I feel I have received world-class care.
Doctor Poultsides is the BEST!
Best care I have ever had at dr.'s office. Thank you for everything!
I was able to see both surgeons while there and get a scan. Surgery was very well explained to me.
All providers were top notch.
Dr. Poultsides is "Da Bomb." Superb. Excellent. Great.
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.
Dr. Poultsides is an excellent doctor.
Superb doctor & staff.
We are pleased to be able to have the quality of the personnel to attend to our needs.
Great service - I am a terrible patient when I do not feel good - he helped me a lot.
Dr. Poultsides was extremely helpful.
For me the best doctor in their specialty.
Not on any medicine. We LOVE Dr. Poultsides. he is always available for issues & questions. Saved my husbands life. We cannot thank them enough!
My care team is the very best.... always!
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.
He was amazing as was the whole team.
Dr. Poultsides is wonderful.
Dr. Poultsides & his team are exceptional. This includes his PA & RN. Knowledgeable & caring.
Very good experiences here your the best.
Dr. P.'s people always tops.
He never seemed rushed!
Dr. Poultsides & care provider staff was great.
Very professional
You people are the best and I always go away knowing I have been well treated.
Excellent care provider, I hope that you always continue having staff as well as very good qualities.
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.
Excellent communication. Dr. answered all my questions. Very satisfied with my dr.
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.
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.
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.
Cannot say enough. Dr. Poultsides was GOD sent! Awesome.
Dr. Poultsides was excellent, friendly doctor. He concerned all my problems and explained everything to me.
I am so very appreciative for Stanford!!! Love my doctor
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.
Dr. Poultsides is kind, sensitive & are of the BEST physicians I have ever met.
Dr. Poultsides and Dr. Ganjoo very good at their jobs and take time to help this patient at each step in the process.
Dr. Poultsides has a wonderful bedside manner -
Dr. Poultsides, aside from being an excellent physician, is the most caring, thoughtful person!!
Dr Poultsides is wonderful. He quickly took ownership of my problem and very possibly saved my life. I love him!
My experience with the entire hospital was a life changing. Keep it up.
Dr. Poultsides was an excellent doctor!! Very caring!!
Dr. Poultsides is a gem. She should teach all other doctors how to interact with patients.
Excellent doctor, would highly recommend.
Dr. Poultsides work as a surgeon is exceptional.
The best.
Very good experience - Explained drugs very well -
Dr. Poultsides & NP Kristen Wheeler both did exceptional work!
Everything was explained.
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.
He is a great doctor!
I wish you worked as a team. The surgeon knew the other doctors & you were in one location.
I had a good experience.
The very best of the best.
Dr. Poultsides & his team were absolutely wonderful!
Very grateful for all the care and attention from my doctors.
Brilliant doctor.
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.
He's a very busy person, recognized as the best gastroenterologist/cancer man - but maybe is overwhelmed.
Excellent second opinion. The process was flawless.
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.
Drs. Fisher and Poultsides and their PA's are both excellent and caring drs.
Dr. Poultsides is the kindest doc. I've met.
Dr. Poultsides is the best, listens to concerns & is a very caring dr. - A++++ - Thank you.
Great doctor!
Dr. Poultsides was very caring & listened & answered all my concerns. Thank you so much, you are the best.

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