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Published on December 02, 2020

Mitchell Cahan, MD, MBA, Named Chair of Surgery at Mount Auburn Hospital

Cambridge, Mass. – Mitchell Cahan, MD, MBA, FACS, has been named Chair of the Department of Surgery at Mount Auburn Hospital. Previously the Director of Acute Surgery at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, Cahan brings a broad expertise of elective general surgery to Mount Auburn Hospital and the community it serves.

“Our hospital staff is thrilled to have Dr. Cahan as our new leader in the Department of Surgery,” said Jeanette Clough, President of Mount Auburn Hospital. “As an acclaimed clinician and teacher, we welcome his leadership and expertise to our hospital.”

Cahan has spent the last fifteen years at the University of Massachusetts Medical School serving as the Undergraduate Program Director for the Department of Surgery and, most recently, as Professor of Surgery, where he led the section of Acute Care Surgery since its inception. Cahan has published extensively on a range of topics including disparities in healthcare delivery, particularly in the acute care surgery population, small bowel resection following capsule endoscopy, and he has pioneered research on anticoagulation factors in hibernating black bears as a possible way of preventing thromboembolism in postoperative surgical patients.

“I am honored to be selected to lead the Department of Surgery and carry forward the long history of surgical excellence at Mount Auburn Hospital,” said Cahan. “I very much look forward to guiding the Department’s faculty, staff, residents and students while working with partners throughout the institution to build a resilient surgical program that will successfully navigate present day surgical challenges and improve health outcomes for our patients.”

Born and raised in Washington DC, Cahan completed his undergraduate studies Summa Cum Laude at the University of Maryland with Phi Beta Kappa. He earned his medical degree at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, underwent resident training in general surgery at the University of Maryland at Baltimore and completed his fellowship in minimally invasive surgery at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. Cahan also received a Masters in Library Science from College Park, Maryland, a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, and spent a year studying the history of medicine at Johns Hopkins University.

About Mount Auburn Hospital

Mount Auburn Hospital was founded in 1886. A teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School, its mission is to provide clinically excellent care with compassion and to teach students of medicine and the health professions.

Mount Auburn Hospital is a member of Beth Israel Lahey Health, a new health care system that brings together academic medical centers and teaching hospitals, community and specialty hospitals, more than 4,000 physicians and 35,000 employees in a shared mission to expand access to great care and advance the science and practice of medicine through groundbreaking research and education. For more information, visit


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