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Dr. Elizabeth M. Gleeson is a surgical oncologist who specializes in treating gastrointestinal cancer, hepatobiliary surgery, gastric cancer, cholangiocarcinoma, colorectal cancer (particularly metastatic, and regional cancer therapies. She has a particular interest in treating peritoneal diseases like malignant peritoneal mesothelioma using a combination of cytoreductive surgery with Hyperthermic Intraperitoneal Chemotherapy.
Dr. Gleeson says that her goal as a physician is to provide evidence-based care tailored to her patients’ needs and to help patients and their families decide on the best course of action for them.
Education and Career
Dr. Gleeson received her undergraduate degree from Rice University followed by a Master in Public Health and Tropical Medicine at Tulane University School of Public Health. Her medical training began at Tulane University School of Medicine where she earned her medical degree, followed by an internship and residency in General Surgery at Drexel University College of Medicine and a fellowship in Complex General Surgical Oncology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and an HPB Transplant Surgery fellowship at The University of Edinburgh.
Board-certified in General Surgery and Complex General Surgical Oncology, she joined the UNC Department of Surgery as an Assistant Professor in the Division of Surgical Oncology and Endocrine Surgery.
Awards and Honors
- Joel J. Roslyn Resident Research Award, 2016
- Gold Humanism Honor Society Member, 2012
- Orleans Parish Medical Society Outstanding Medical Student Award, 2012
- MD/MPH Scholarship Recipient Tulane University, 2008
- Society of Women Engineers Scholarship, 2003
Dr. Gleeson’s research focuses on improving outcomes following regional cancer therapies and complex hepatobiliary surgery. She conducts large database research to identify areas for quality improvement and safety and find disparities in care.
She is an active author and co-author whose writing has appeared in dozens of professional journals, including:
- Postoperative Respiratory Failure Following Cytoreductive Surgery and Hyperthermic Intraperitoneal Chemotherapy is Associated with Volume of Intraoperative Crystalloid Administration and Worse Survival.
Pletcher E, Cha DE, Gleeson E, Shaltiel T, Magge D, Sarpel U, Cohen N, Labow D, Golas B.Ann Surg Oncol. 2023 Jan;30(1):437-444. doi: 10.1245/s10434-022-12199-4. Epub 2022 Jul 30.PMID: 35907991
- Hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy does not increase risk of major complication or failure to rescue in cytoreductive surgery.
Macfie RC, Cha DE, Gleeson E, Yu A, Cohen N, Sarpel U, Golas B, Hiotis S, Labow D.J Surg Oncol. 2022 Sep;126(4):781-786. doi: 10.1002/jso.26969. Epub 2022 Jun 6.PMID: 35668645
- Lymphocyte-to-monocyte ratio predicts survival after cytoreductive surgery and hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy.
Pletcher E, Gleeson E, Shaltiel T, Leigh N, Sullivan B, Labow D, Magge D, Golas B, Cohen N, Sarpel U.Biomark Med. 2021 Aug;15(12):965-975. doi: 10.2217/bmm-2020-0720. Epub 2021 Jul 22.PMID: 34289740
Pletcher E, Gleeson E, Labow D.Surg Clin North Am. 2020 Jun;100(3):589-613. doi: 10.1016/j.suc.2020.02.009. Epub 2020 Apr 16.PMID: 32402303 Review.Get Your FREE Mesothelioma Packet
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