Barbara L. Bass, MD

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
Houston Methodist
Weill Cornell Medical College

MITIE - Methodist Institute for Technology, Innovation and Education


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.

Description of Research

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.

Areas Of Expertise

Breast cancer Surgical quality and outcomes research
Education & Training

Residency , George Washington University
Research Fellowship , Walter Reed Army Institute of Research
MD , University of Virginia School of Medicine

The SmartOR: a distributed sensor network to improve operating room efficiency
Huang, AY, Joerger, G, Fikfak, V, Salmon, R, Dunkin, BJ, Bass, BL & Garbey, M 2017, Surgical Endoscopy and Other Interventional Techniques, pp. 1-6. DOI:

The autophagy inhibitor chloroquine targets cancer stem cells in triple negative breast cancer by inducing mitochondrial damage and impairing DNA break repair
Liang, DH, Choi, DS, Ensor, JE, Kaipparettu, BA, Bass, BL & Chang, JC 2016, Cancer Letters, vol 376, no. 2, pp. 249-258. DOI:

The SmartOR: A Distributed Sensor Network to Improve Operating Room (OR) Efficiency
Garbey, M , Dunkin, B , Bass, BL, Joerger, G, Salmon, R, Fikfak, V & Huang, AY 2016, . in Surgical Endoscopy: And Other Interventional Techniques Official Journal of the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES) and European Association for Endoscopic Surgery (EAES). Supplement 1 edn, vol. 30, Springer US, pp. S257, Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES), Boston, Massachusetts, USA, 16–19 March 2016 , Boston, MA, United States, 16-19 March. DOI:

Surgeon-Specific Reports in General Surgery: Establishing Benchmarks for Peer Comparison Within a Single Hospital
Hatfield, MD, Ashton, CM, Bass, BL & Shirkey, BA 2016, Journal of the American College of Surgeons, vol 222, no. 2, pp. 113-121. DOI:

Clinical outcomes, toxicity, and cosmesis in breast cancer patients with close skin spacing treated with accelerated partial breast irradiation (APBI) using multi-lumen/catheter applicators
Akhtari, M, Abboud, M, Szeja, S, Pino, R, Lewis, GD, Bass, BL, Miltenburg, DM, Butler, EB & Teh, BS 2016, Journal of Contemporary Brachytherapy, vol 8, no. 6, pp. 497-504. DOI:

A robust and non-obtrusive automatic event tracking system for operating room management to improve patient care
Huang, AY, Joerger, G, Salmon, R, Dunkin, B, Sherman, V, Bass, BL & Garbey, M 2015, Surgical Endoscopy. DOI:

Our lives as surgeons: Finding a sense of place and purpose
Bass, BL 2015, Journal of the American College of Surgeons, vol 220, no. 5, pp. 790-796. DOI:

Interrogating a multifactorial model of breast conserving therapy with clinical data
Salmon, R, Garbey, M, Moore, LW & Bass, BL 2015, PLoS ONE, vol 10, no. 4, e0125006. DOI:

Long-term outcome of accelerated partial breast irradiation using a multilumen balloon applicator in a patient with existing breast implants
Akhtari, M, Nitsch, PL, Bass, BL & Teh, BS 2015, Brachytherapy, vol 14, no. 2, pp. 289-292. DOI:

A Smart Trocar for automatic tool recognition in laparoscopic surgery
Toti, G, Garbey, M, Sherman, V, Bass, BL & Dunkin, BJ 2015, Surgical Innovation, vol 22, no. 1, pp. 77-82. DOI:

An Intelligent Hospital Operating Room to Improve Patient Health Care
Garbey, M, Huang, AY, Joerger, G, Salmon, R, Kim, J, Sherman, V, Dunkin, B & Bass, BL 2015, Journal of Computational Surgery, vol 2, no. 1.

Dosimetric considerations and early clinical experience of accelerated partial breast irradiation using multi-lumen applicators in the setting of breast augmentation
Akhtari, M, Pino, R, Scarboro, SB, Bass, BL, Miltenburg, DM, Butler, EB & Teh, BS 2015, Journal of Contemporary Brachytherapy, vol 7, no. 6, pp. 423-429. DOI:

Deriving indicators for breast conserving surgery using finite element analysis
Thanoon, D, Garbey, M & Bass, BL 2015, Computer Methods in Biomechanics and Biomedical Engineering, vol 18, no. 5, pp. 533-544. DOI:

Patients with bilateral breast ductal carcinoma in situ treated with accelerated partial breast irradiation—initial experience
Abboud, M, Nitsch, PL, Weidman-Johnson, M, Schwartz, MR, Desai, S, Lim, S, Miltenburg, DM, Bass, BL & Teh, B 2014, Journal of Radiation Oncology, vol 3, no. 3, pp. 293-298. DOI:

Population-based comparison of prognostic factors in invasive micropapillary and invasive ductal carcinoma of the breast
Chen, AC, Paulino, AC, Schwartz, MR, Rodriguez, AA, Bass, BL, Chang, JC & Teh, BS 2014, British Journal of Cancer, vol 111, no. 3, pp. 619-622. DOI:

Preparing for the worst: A promising step in the right direction
Bass, BL 2014, Annals of Surgery, vol 259, no. 3, pp. 411-412. DOI:

Current opinion on catheter-based hemorrhage control in trauma patients
Holcomb, JB, Fox, EE, Scalea, TM, Napolitano, LM, Albarado, R, Gill, B, Dunkin, BJ, Kirkpatrick, AW, Cotton, BA, Inaba, K, Dubose, JJ, Cohen, AM, Azizzadeh, A, Brenner, M, Cohen, MJ, Wade, CE, Lumsden, AB, Andrassy, R, Rhee, PM, Bass, BL, Mattox, KL, Britt, LD, Eastman, AB, Hoyt, DB & Rasmussen, TE 2014, Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery, vol 76, no. 3, pp. 888-893. DOI:

A road map for computational surgery: challenges and opportunities
Bass, BL & Garbey, M 2014, Journal of Computational Surgery.

Computational surgery and dual training: Computing, robotics and imaging
Garbey, M , Bass, BL, Berceli, S, Collet, C & Cerveri, P (eds) 2014, . Springer New York. DOI:

Interventions to address challenges associated with the transition from residency training to independent surgical practice
Sachdeva, AK, Flynn, TC, Brigham, TP, Dacey, RG, Napolitano, LM, Bass, BL, Philibert, I, Blair, PG & Lupi, LK 2014, Surgery (United States), vol 155, no. 5, pp. 867-882. DOI: