John F., Jr. and Carolyn Bookout Presidential Distinguished Chair, Department of Surgery
Professor of Surgery, Institute for Academic Medicine
Full Member, Research Institute
Executive Director, Houston Methodist Institute for Technology, Innovation & Education
Weill Cornell Medical College
Barbara Lee Bass, MD, FACS is the John F., Jr. and Carolyn Bookout Presidential Distinguished Chair, Department of Surgery, at Houston Methodist Hospital in Houston, Texas, and Professor of Surgery at Weill Medical College of Cornell University in New York. In addition to her clinical practice in gastrointestinal and endocrine surgery, Dr. Bass has led a funded laboratory program in gastrointestinal epithelial injury and repair. More recently, she has held leadership roles in the development of surgical quality initiatives at the national level in both the Veteran Affairs Health Care System and at the American College of Surgeons. A recognized leader in surgical education, Dr. Bass completed a 7-year term as a Director and Chair of the American Board of Surgery. Dr. Bass is past president for the Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract, and recipient of the Nina Starr Braunwald Award from the Association of Women Surgeons. Most recently, Dr. Bass was appointed to the Strategic Planning Group of the NIH National Commission on Digestive Diseases. She serves on the editorial boards of Annals of Surgery, SURGERY, the Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery, and The World Journal of Surgery. Dr. Bass is a graduate of Tufts University and the University of Virginia School of Medicine. She completed general surgery training at George Washington University Hospital and during her residency completed a fellowship in gastrointestinal physiology at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, while serving as a Captain in the U.S. Army Medical Corps. She has held faculty positions at George Washington University School of Medicine and the University of Maryland School of Medicine, where she served as Professor of Surgery and Associate Chair for Research and Academic Affairs.
Dr. Bass’ current practice is primarily in surgical oncology, including pancreatic, gastrointestinal, breast, and endocrine disorders. Practicing in an academic medical center, she enjoys the opportunity to train surgical residents at all levels and to incorporate medical students into her clinical practice.