Meet Dr. Michael Choti
Professor of Surgery

Holder of the:
Hall and Mary Lucile Shannon Distinguished Chair in Surgery

Michael Choti, M.D., M.B.A., is one of the world’s foremost authorities on gastrointestinal cancers, including pancreatic cancer, one of the most aggressive and difficult-to-treat diseases there is. After 21 years at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Dr. Choti joined the UT Southwestern Department of Surgery.

“UT Southwestern already has a tremendous legacy, particularly as it relates to science and serving the community, and it’s clearly on its way to being one of the top academic medical centers in the country,” he says. “I joined UT Southwestern both to be part of that and to help an already historically renowned department transform into its next phase. It’s a tremendous challenge, yes, but also an unrivaled opportunity.”

Being in a position to serve the community is, in fact, part of what attracted Dr. Choti to the field of medicine and led him to pursue his degree at the Yale University School of Medicine three decades ago.

“My general philosophy in life is to strive to help somebody every day and to learn something every day, and this is a profession that naturally allows one to do that,” he says. “It’s a job that makes you feel like you’re really making a difference. There’s nothing more rewarding.” Dr. Choti maintains an active clinical practice and his cancer research.