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Patrick J. Worth, M.D., M.C.R., FACS, FSSO (he/him)

  • Assistant Professor of Surgery, Division of Gastrointestinal and General Surgery, School of Medicine
  • Surgeon-Scientist, Surgery, School of Medicine
  • OHSU Knight Cancer Institute, School of Medicine
  • Brenden-Colson Center for Pancreatic Care, School of Medicine
  • Graduate Program in Biomedical Sciences, School of Medicine


Dr. Patrick Worth is a liver and pancreatic surgeon-scientist who spends time operating on and researching cancers of the pancreas, bile ducts, and liver. He came to the northwest for General Surgery training at OHSU after growing up in rural eastern Connecticut. In between, he studied Medical Anthropology at NYU and then went on to medical school at Brown. After completing his residency in Portland and becoming board-certified in General Surgery, he spent two years at Stanford doing advanced training in hepatobiliary & pancreatic surgery (liver, bile ducts, gallbladder, and pancreas).

Dr. Worth specializes in the treatment of benign and malignant diseases of the liver, pancreas, bile ducts, and GI tract. He has advanced specialty training in the management of these diseases from Stanford University, and has extensive experience utilizing laparoscopic and robotic platforms to perform these procedures.

Dr. Worth's lab studies how pancreatic cancer metastasis and recurrence are affected by surgery.  He is an inaugural recipient of the National Cancer Institute's Early-stage Surgeon Scientist Program Award and is a PI on a DOD Pancreatic Cancer Research Program Idea Development Award, partnering with his long-time mentor Rosie Sears and her lab.  He is a faculty member in the graduate school mentoring PhD students as well as residents in the General Surgery program.   

He is motivated by the unique challenges that pancreatic cancer poses and its unique properties and behaviors. He feels privileged to be able to spend his time studying and treating something that touches so many lives in such a devastating way, having lost his own grandmother to pancreatic cancer.

In addition to operating and research, he is active in the School of Medicine and loves teaching. He participates on a regional and national level advocating for LGBTQIA+ and under-represented providers and patients. He is the OHSU/Adventist Health Representative to the Dean's Academic Advisory Council.

Dr. Worth enjoys spending time cooking and being outdoors and traveling with his daughters and his husband. He is an avid reader and gardener and loves to ski. He especially enjoys the local and regional foods of the Pacific northwest and the amazing food scene in Portland. He continues to entertain the idea of running a marathon and enjoys woodworking.

Education and training

    • B.A., 2007, New York University
    • M.D., 2011, Brown University
    • M.C.R., 2023, Oregon Health & Science University
  • Internship

    • General Surgery, Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, OR, 2011-2012
  • Residency

    • General Surgery, Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, OR, 2012-2017
  • Fellowship

    • Hepatobiliary & Pancreatic Surgery, Stanford University, Stanford, CA 2017-2019
  • Certifications

    • American Board of Surgery - General Surgery (2017)

Memberships and associations:

  • Americas Hepato-Pancreatico-Biliary Association (AHPBA)
  • International Hepato-Pancreatico-Biliary Association (IHPBA)
  • The Pancreas Club
  • American College of Surgeons
  • American Pancreatic Association
  • Gold Humanism Honor Society
  • Brenden-Colson Center for Pancreatic Care
  • Society of Surgical Oncologists
  • Society for the Surgery of the Alimentary Tract
  • American Society of Clinical Oncology
  • Association of Academic Surgeons
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • North American Neuroendocrine Tumor Society
  • The Mackenzie Society
  • Pacific Coast Surgical Association
  • American Association for Cancer Research
  • Knight Cancer Institute - Cancer Biology
  • North Pacific Surgical Association

Areas of interest

  • Pancreatic cancer (advanced and borderline)
  • Complex pancreatitis
  • Minimally invasive (laparoscopic, robotic) liver & pancreas surgery
  • Translational and Basic Science
  • Hepatobiliary disease
  • Liver tumors
  • Bile duct tumors

Honors and awards

  • J. Englebert Dunphy Award for Outstanding Leadership, 2017
  • Donald D. Trunkey Award for Ethics & Professionalism, 2017
  • Kaiser Sunnyside Resident of the Year, 2016
  • Resident of the Year (HPB/Transplant Service), 2014
  • Intern of the Year (HPB/Transplant Service), 2012
  • Gold Humanism Honor Society, 2011
  • Eagle Scout, 2004


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