Herbert Chen, M.D.

Senior Advisor to the Director

Herbert Chen, M.D., is an internationally recognized surgeon-scientist and medical educator and serves as Chairman of the Department of Surgery at University of Alabama at Birmingham, and the Surgeon-in-Chief of UAB Hospital and Health System. He is a Professor of Surgery and Biomedical Engineering, and holds the Fay Fletcher Kerner Endowed Chair.

Dr. Chen’s clinical interests include endocrine surgery and he is a pioneer in radioguided parathyroid surgery.  Dr. Chen’s lab has been continuously funded and studies the role of Notch signaling in thyroid and neuroendocrine cancers. He served as the American Cancer Society MEN2 Thyroid Cancer Professor. Dr. Chen is an Associate/Section Editor for Annals of Surgery, Scientific American Surgery, and The Oncologist, and serves on 6 other editorial boards. He is also the Past-President of Association for Academic Surgery, President of the Society of Clinical Surgery, President of the Society of Asian Academic Surgeons Foundation, and the President of the American Association of Endocrine Surgeons.

Dr. Chen has mentored over 100 faculty, post-doctoral fellows, residents, medical students and undergraduates in his lab. He has published over 490 original research and review articles and has edited 18 textbooks. He has been recognized for his passion for teaching and mentoring the next generation of surgical leaders.

A native of Wisconsin, Dr. Chen obtained his BS from Stanford University with Honors and with Distinction in 1988 and graduated from Duke University School of Medicine Alpha Omega Alpha in 1992. Dr. Chen then completed a general surgery residency followed by a surgical oncology and endocrinology fellowship at The Johns Hopkins Hospital.