Herbert Chen, M.D., is an internationally recognized surgeon-scientist and medical educator and serves as chair of the Department of Surgery at the UAB School of Medicine and Surgeon-in-Chief of UAB Hospital.
Dr. Chen joined UAB from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, where he served as the Layton F. Rikkers, M.D., Chair in Surgical Leadership, chairman of the Division of General Surgery, vice-Chair of Research for the Department of Surgery and professor in the Departments of Surgery, Biomedical Engineering and Pediatrics.
Dr. Chen is a specialist in endocrine surgery, specifically in thyroid disease, hyperparathyroidism, adrenal neoplasms and neuroendocrine tumors. He is currently a principal investigator of 10 active grants, including those from the National Cancer Institute and National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, American Cancer Society and the American Association for Cancer Research.
Dr. Chen has mentored more than 100 faculty, post-doctoral fellows, residents, medical students, and undergraduates in his lab. He has published more than 430 original research and review articles and has edited 12 textbooks.
A native of Wisconsin, Dr. Chen received his undergraduate degree from Stanford University and began his medical education at the Duke University School of Medicine, graduating in 1992. While in medical school, he was named a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Fellow in the Department of Surgery at Duke. He completed his surgical residency in general surgery at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in 1999, along with a postdoctoral research fellowship in 1997 and a surgical oncology and endocrinology fellowship in 2000.