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Theodore N. Pappas, MD, is the vice dean for medical affairs at the Duke University School of Medicine. He also holds the positions of Distinguished Professor of Duke Minimally Invasive Surgery and vice chairman for administration in the Department of Surgery; and assistant medical director for the Duke faculty practice (PDC).

Pappas came to Duke University Medical Center in 1988 as assistant professor of surgery. His clinical interests include gastrointestinal surgery, peptic ulcer surgery, and cancer of the esophagus, stomach, pancreas, and bile duct. 

A 1977 graduate of John Carroll University where he received his bachelor’s of science degree, Pappas simultaneously earned a master’s in science and his MD from Ohio State University and the School of Medicine in 1981. He completed his internship and residency in 1987 at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts. He received the F. D. Moore Resident Teaching Award while a Chief Resident. He served as the gastrointestinal research fellow at the University of California from 1983 to 1985 and was a clinical fellow in surgery at the Harvard Medical School from 1985 to 1988.

Since joining Duke’s medical staff, Pappas has held the positions of director of surgical endoscopy; co-founder and director of the U.S. Surgical Endosurgical Center; chief of gastrointestinal surgery, program director of general surgery, medical director of the Duke Physician Assistant Surgical Residency Program, chief of the surgical services for the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Durham, associate dean for clinical affairs for Duke University School of Medicine and executive medical director for the Duke Faculty Practice in the PDC. 

Pappas is currently serving on the board of directors for Project Access of Durham County, Durham County Hospital Corporation, and the Duke University Health System.

The 1994 and 2006 recipient of Duke’s David C. Sabiston Teaching Award, Pappas also serves as a member of several medical journals editorial boards including Current Surgery, Annals of Surgery, Contemporary Surgery and Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery, Journal of the American College of Surgeons, and the Journal of the International Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Association.

He is a past president of the American Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Association and serves as a director on the American Board of Surgery. He is the editor of seven books and has co-authored over 300 papers and chapters.