Physician: Dr. Doug Evans

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Physician: Dr. Doug Evans
Chairman of the Department of Surgery
The Medical College of Wisconsin


Dr. Doug Evans is the Donald C. Ausman Family Foundation Professor in Surgery and chair of the Department of Surgery at The Medical College of Wisconsin. He is also a world-renowned pancreatic cancer surgeon.

Beyond that, he is a caring, passionate individual, who despite being ranked as the fourth-best pancreatic surgeon in the world, cares deeply for each and every one of his patients.

“There is no luck involved here, just total competency and caring for patients,” said one of his patients.

Evans regularly checks in on out-of-town patients staying at nearby hotels, and he is personally invested and connected to his patients and their families.

“I advocate a multidisciplinary approach to cancer care that balances clinical response with maintenance of the best possible quality of life for patients,” Evans said.

He regularly involves patients in their treatment plans and actively encourages enrollment in clinical trials and the furthering of surgical research.

Evans joined The Medical College of Wisconsin in 2009. Prior to that, he served as the Hamill Foundation Distinguished Professor of Surgery at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center.

Evans is based at Froedtert Hospital and holds appointments at the Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center and Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin.

Since joining the Medical College of Wisconsin, he has established the Pancreatic Cancer Research Program, a clinical database, a tissue bank and a personalized cancer treatment clinical trial, and continues to conduct his research. He was also instrumental in the foundation of the We Care Fund, a nonprofit organization dedicated to raising funds for specific medical research.

Evans has authored or co-authored 262 journal articles and has edited seven books. He has delivered more than 70 invited lectureships across the country, most recently at Harvard Medical School, The Ohio State University, Vanderbilt University, Carolinas Medical Center, and the University of Calgary.

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