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Houston Methodist. Leading Medicine

Barbara Lee Bass, M.D.

Barbara Lee Bass M.D., F.A.C.S.


Barbara Lee Bass M.D., F.A.C.S.

Barbara Lee Bass M.D., F.A.C.S.

Senior Member
The Methodist Hospital Research Institute
John F. and Carolyn Bookout Distinguished Endowed Chair of Surgery
The Methodist Hospital
Director, Methodist Institute for Technology, Innovation and Education (MITIE)
Professor of Surgery 
Weill Cornell Medical College of Cornell University

E-mail: bbass@houstonmethodist.org
Phone: 713-441-5141
Fax: 713-790-6300


B.S.c.   Tufts University
M.D.   University of Virginia Medical School, Charlottesville, VA

Postdoctoral Training

Gastrointestinal Surgical Research Fellowship - Division of Surgery, Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, Washington, DC
General Surgery Residency - George Washington University, Washington, DC



Barbara Lee Bass, MD, FACS is the John F. and Carolyn Bookout Distinguished Endowed Chair, Department of Surgery, at The 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 for 19 years. 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 recently completed a 7-year term as a Director and Chair of the American Board of Surgery. Dr. Bass is immediate 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.

Major Areas of Research

Breast cancer, Surgical quality and outcomes research

Recent Publications

Lyons C, Joseph R, Salas N, Reardon PR, Bass BL, Dunkin BJ.Mesh fixation with a barbed anchor suture results in significantly less strangulation of the abdominal wall. Surg Endosc. 2011 Nov 15. PMID: 22083327

Joseph RA, Salas NA, Donovan MA, Reardon PR, Bass BL, Dunkin BJ.Single-site laparoscopic (SSL) cholecystectomy in human cadavers using a novel percutaneous instrument platform and a magnetic anchoring and guidance system (MAGS): reestablishing the "critical view". Surg Endosc. 2012 Jan;26(1):149-53. PMID: 21789639

Fahy BN, Todd SR, Paukert JL, Johnson ML, Bass BL. How accurate is the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) Resident survey? Comparison between ACGME and in-house GME survey. J Surg Educ. 2010 Nov-Dec;67(6):387-92. PMID: 21156296

Todd SR, Fahy BN, Paukert JL, Mersinger D, Johnson ML, Bass BL. How accurate are self-reported resident duty hours? J Surg Educ. 2010 Mar-Apr;67(2):103-7. PMID: 20656607

Moore LJ, Moore FA, Todd SR, Jones SL, Turner KL, Bass BL. Sepsis in general surgery: the 2005-2007 national surgical quality improvement program perspective. Arch Surg. 2010 Jul;145(7):695-700. PMID: 20644134

Joseph RA, Salas NA, Johnson C, Goh A, Cuevas SP, Donovan MA, Kaufman MG, Miles B, Reardon PR, Bass BL, Dunkin BJ. Video. Chopstick surgery: a novel technique enables use of the Da Vinci Robot to perform single-incision laparoscopic surgery. Surg Endosc. 2010 Dec;24(12):3224. PMID: 20574857

Rao J N; Li J; Li L; Bass B L; Wang J Y Differentiated intestinal epithelial cells exhibit increased migration through polyamines and myosin II. The American journal of physiology 1999;277(6 Pt 1):G1149-58.

Li L; Li J; Rao J N; Li M; Bass B L; Wang J Y Inhibition of polyamine synthesis induces p53 gene expression but not apoptosis. The American journal of physiology 1999;276(4 Pt 1):C946-54.

Patel A R; Li J; Bass B L; Wang J Y Expression of the transforming growth factor-beta gene during growth inhibition following polyamine depletion. The American journal of physiology 1998;275(2 Pt 1):C590-8.

Wang J Y; Li J; Patel A R; Summers S; Li L; Bass B L Synergistic induction of ornithine decarboxylase by asparagine and gut peptides in intestinal crypt cells. The American journal of physiology 1998;274(6 Pt 1):C1476-84.