V. Liana Tsikitis, M.D., M.C.R., M.B.A., FACS, FASCRS

  • Professor of Surgery, Division of Gastrointestinal and General Surgery, School of Medicine


Dr. Vassiliki "Liana" Tsikitis was appointed Assistant Professor of Surgery in the Division of Surgical Oncology at the University of Arizona College of Medicine and University Physicians Healthcare in November 2008. She joined the Division of Gastrointestinal and General Surgery at OHSU in September of 2011. During her tenure, she completed her Masters in Clinic Research (MCR) in 2013, and was promoted to Associate Professor of Surgery in 2014.

Dr. Tsikitis obtained her M.B.A. in healthcare policy at Brandeis University in 2019 and promoted to Professor of Surgery at OHSU. She currently serves as head of the Division of Gastrointestinal and General Surgery.

During her medical school, residency, fellowship, and her junior faculty years, Dr. Tsikitis won numerous awards in research, patient care, and teaching, including Outstanding Intern and Outstanding Resident awards, as well as Outstanding Role Model in Surgery. Institutionally, she is the Cancer Liaison Physician for the Commission on Cancer, and is sought after, both institutionally and locally to lecture on colon and rectal cancer, Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD).

Education and training

    • M.D., 2000, Temple University School of Medicine
    • M.C.R., 2013, Oregon Health & Science University
    • M.B.A., 2019, Brandeis University, Heller School for Social Policy and Management
  • Residency

    • General Surgery, Warren Alpert School of Medicine, Brown University, Providence, RI, 2000-2007
  • Fellowship

    • Colon-Rectal Surgery, Mayo Clinic School of Graduate Medical Education, Rochester, MN, 2007-2008
  • Certifications

    • American Board of Surgery (2007; Recertified 2017)
    • American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery (2009; Recertified 2017)

Memberships and associations:

  • Association for Academic Surgeons, Finance Committee
  • Alpha Omega Alpha Society
  • American Society of Clinical Oncology
  • American College of Surgeons, Fellow
  • American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons
  • Association for Academic Surgery
  • European Society of Coloproctology
  • International Society of Digestive Surgeons
  • International Society of Surgeons
  • Pacific Coast Surgical Association
  • Priestley Society of Mayo Clinic, Council Board
  • Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract, Research Committee
  • Southwest Oncology Group
  • Society of University Surgeons

Areas of interest

  • Colorectal cancer genetics

Honors and awards

  • 2017, American College of Surgeons/American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons Health Policy Scholarship recipient: “Leadership Program in Health Policy and Management”
  • 2017, Top Doctors, Portland Monthly Magazine
  • 2013, Department of Surgery Service Excellence Award, Oregon Health & Science University
  • 2010, The Charles F. Zukoski Award for Outstanding Role Model in Surgery, University of Arizona
  • 2007, Haffenreffer Fellow in Medical Sciences, Brown University
  • 2007, Dean's Teaching Excellence Award, Brown University
  • 2007, Brian A. Dorman, M.D., Surgical Education Award, Brown University
  • 2006, Outstanding Resident Physician, Brown University


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