V. Liana Tsikitis M.D., M.C.R., M.B.A., F.A.C.S., F.A.S.C.R.S.

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  • Professor and Division Head of Gastrointestinal and General Surgery

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

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4.7 out of 5 (279 Ratings, 95 Comments)


  • Cancer
  • Digestive Health
  • Surgery

Special focus on

  • Anal Cancer
  • Cancer Research
  • Colorectal Cancer
  • Digestive Surgery
  • General Surgery


  • M.D., Temple University School of Medicine, Philadelphia Pennsylvania 2000
  • M.C.R., Oregon Health & Science University, Portland Oregon 2013
  • 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, 2016)
    • American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery (2008, 2017)


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).

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  • English
  • French
  • Greek

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

Patient Ratings

4.7 out of 5 (279 Ratings, 95 Comments)

The patient ratings score is an average of all responses to the question "How likely would you be to recommend this provider to your family and friends (on a scale of 0 to 10)" on our nationally-recognized NRC patient surveys.

Patient Comments

  • Jul 23, 2019

    Exceptional at easing my anxiety. Entire procedure was smooth and painless. All staff were attentive and knowledgeable.

  • Jul 23, 2019


  • Jul 16, 2019

    Have had prior stellar experiences with OHSU, including saving my life in 2013, so am biased! This was a routine 10-yr colonoscopy and could not have gone better. Skilled staff exuded confidence and charm. Pregame admin was smooth and easy to understand. Easy parking, check-in process. Wonderful surgical staff led by Dr Tsikitis— best surgeon in the world.

  • Jul 13, 2019

    Everything went smoothly.

  • Jun 25, 2019

    She was very professional but with a personality side.

  • Jun 24, 2019

    it was great!!! very professional and efficient. Thank you!

  • Jun 18, 2019

    All of the people who took care of me were very competent and attentive. They made the effort to connect with me personally, and they conveyed that it was important to them to provide me with excellent care. And they did.

  • Jun 18, 2019


  • Jun 18, 2019

    Great. really good.

  • Jun 14, 2019

    very good the new wind check in is so much faster and the staff and dr was great on answer any my question

  • Jun 11, 2019

    OHSU has some problems, but the provider was very good and was even ahead of schedule.

  • Jun 11, 2019

    Every one was so friendly and professional. I appreciated the follow up call the next day, as well.

  • May 25, 2019

    It was great. Professional and well ... well taken care of. I guess everything went okay.

  • Apr 30, 2019

    She was kind, informative, assuring, professional.

  • Apr 30, 2019

    Appointment was on time, RN was extremely personable and friendly. Did not wait long for the doctor and was provided excellent care and guidance for future procedures.

  • Apr 29, 2019

    excellent, told me what would happen, followed through. no pain at all from prcedure

  • Apr 25, 2019

    All of the staff who handled my prep/surgery, were just awesome. Kind, caring,informative,very respectful,knowledgeable.I dont think there's enough words in the English language to say how good your"Family of Caregivers" are. Thank you so much

  • Apr 25, 2019

    Although my discussion was extremely tough. Dr. T is very supportive and knowledgeable. I am confident that I can trust her with my care.

  • Apr 17, 2019

    Very professional and personable; attention to patient needs

  • Apr 15, 2019

    Exudes professionalism and empathy.

  • Apr 15, 2019

    Dr Tsikitis is thorough, direct and professional. I feel she is a very competent physician and I trust her.

  • Apr 13, 2019

    Very much a positive experience.

  • Apr 12, 2019

    Good. Very informative and personal

  • Apr 11, 2019

    Dr. Tsikitis is terrific: she listens, she responds, she is diligent and extremely capable, as is her staff.

  • Apr 06, 2019

    Kind, compassionate, professional

  • Apr 05, 2019

    I like her she is very kind and did a great job!

  • Apr 05, 2019

    She was totally honest, patient, clear in her communications and an obviously caring and dedicated person.

  • Mar 24, 2019

    I thought the provider was wonderful. She gave me all the information I needed. She helped me with what I needed and she was excellent. She's getting me more provision and she's getting me into what I need to do, which will help me and I will find out what is wrong with me.

  • Mar 23, 2019

    Felt the provider was sincere took the time to listen to the problem,understand and did a thorough job.

  • Mar 22, 2019

    Very professional and informative.

  • Mar 21, 2019

    I didn't get the news I wanted. Dr. Tsikitis was professional and up front.

  • Mar 21, 2019

    This provider made me feel comfortable and was very informative

  • Mar 16, 2019

    She's thorough

  • Mar 15, 2019

    Great doctor. She communicates medical information so it is easy to follow. I appreciate that she listens to the patient and follows through.She receives high marks from me!

  • Mar 15, 2019

    The appointment felt rushed and a bit impersonal but it was just a new patient appointment so I’m assuming that’s why. She was warm and friendly and seemed on top of it although extremely busy

  • Mar 06, 2019

    Excellent work and care.

  • Mar 04, 2019

    She was very thorough and explained in detail what my issue was and what solutions she recommends.

  • Mar 03, 2019

    Hi, this is [Name], commenting about Dr. Tsikitis, and I like Dr. Tsikitis. She's very personable. She's highly, highly trained. And I am going to feel confident, excuse me, confident when I have the high tech procedure in July that she and Dr. Gilbert will be the surgeons. I feel that I'll be safe in their care and even though it's horrible procedure that I don't want to have, it's necessary to my health. When... when I go in, I... I feel that I will come out and I feel that the surgery will have have been successful and I would recommend her to anyone. She's *

  • Feb 24, 2019

    She is so kind, approachable, knowledgeable and genuinely cares for her patients. Great bedside manner.

  • Feb 19, 2019

    Dr. Tsikitis is always wonderful and always helpful. I always feel informed by her.

  • Feb 18, 2019

    Dr. Tsikitis is the best provider I've ever had. From the very beginning, she explained everything very thoroughly and is just incredibly kind, caring, sensitive, direct and obviously an incredibly talented surgeon.

  • Jan 15, 2019

    Honest, straight forward, knowledgeable.

  • Jan 14, 2019

    Hi, who is the patient and he's here with me but driving, so he can't talk. Dr. Tsikitis saved my husband's life and made herself available at like one in the morning... to do a surgery for him, and he would have died had she not done that and we're forever grateful to her, and her follow up care has been wonderful as well. She's an amazing doctor and we'd recommend her to anyone. Thank you.

  • Jan 13, 2019

    Dr. Tsikitis was cordial, informative, knowledgable and inspired confidence.

  • Jan 13, 2019

    She was honest direct on her plan of care and listened and acted on my concerns answered my questions immediately and if not sure found out and got back to me quickly

  • Jan 12, 2019

    Them the most fantastic experience I have ever had with a healthcare professional

  • Jan 11, 2019

    She truly listens to patient concerns and addresses her plan of care to meet patient needs when possible. She is able to diagnose and take appropriate action quickly.

  • Jan 11, 2019

    Provided important information in a understandable manner, in spite of the difficult subject. She made me feel as if she really understood what I needed to know, and I felt she really cares about patients.

  • Jan 11, 2019

    Very well informed. She Knew what needed to be done total happy

  • Dec 30, 2018

    Everything went as planned and was on time. Staff very friendly and helpful.

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