Board Member

JEFF PETERS – Director and Secretary

Dr Peters attended the Ohio State University where he received his BA in biochemistry in 1978. He remained in Columbus for medical school receiving his medical degree from the Ohio State University College of Medicine and Public Health in 1981. He entered the Johns Hopkins Hospital surgical internship and residency, and completed a 2-year postdoctoral research fellowship in immunology. He served as an honorary registrar at The John Radcliff Hospital in Oxford, England and served as a clinical esophageal fellow with Tom DeMeester at Creighton University Department of Surgery. He competed his surgical training in 1988. 

Following completion of training, Dr Peters has dedicated his career to the understanding and treatment of diseases of the esophagus and helped pioneer the advent of minimally invasive surgery. His research interests have focused upon furthering the understanding esophageal disease, and the molecular pathogenesis and treatment of Barrett’s esophagus and esophageal adenocarcinoma. Dr. Peters is recognized as an international authority on the etiology, diagnosis and treatment of esophageal disorders, and has published more than 300 scientific papers and book chapters. He has served as a consultant to industry on many occasions and is an NIH funded researcher in the field of esophageal adenocarcinoma

Dr. Peters, formerly the Seymour I. Schwartz Professor and chairman of the Department of Surgery at the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC), and surgeon-in-chief of Strong Memorial Hospital currently serves as chief operating office for University Hospitals. He has served as President of the Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES) is President elect of the International Society for Diseases of the Esophagus and a member of the Board of Trustees of the Society of Surgery of the Alimentary Tract. He has been listed among the Best Doctors in America, recognized as Physician of the Year at USC University Hospital and received a Distinguished Alumni Award from Ohio State University College of Medicine.