Shishir Maithel, MD

Shishir Maithel
Shishir Maithel MD
Emory University, Winship Cancer Institute
Can you tell us a bit about yourself?
I am a Professor of Surgery, Scientific Director of the Emory Liver and Pancreas Center, and Director of the Katz Foundation Research Fellowship in Surgical Oncology at Emory University, Winship Cancer Institute.
Can you share one or two of your specific research interests?
Along with leading multiple collaborative research efforts across the United States and being the National Principal Investigator of the US Extrahepatic Biliary Malignancy Consortium, I am leading several clinical trials that focus on delivering novel neoadjuvant therapy regimens to patients prior to undergoing resection of their tumors.
Why did you decide to specialize in hepatobiliary cancers?
There is so much to learn in treating these cancers. The research possibilities and opportunities for clinical trials was very attractive to me. Furthermore, as a Surgical Oncologist, I found the anatomy, physiology, and technical challenges in the operating room very appealing.
Can you describe one of the unforgettable moments in your patients care or research that has impacted your career?
I continually learn from and am inspired by the strength of my patients on a daily basis. Patients are placed in positions where they must endure so much more that I have ever experienced in my own life. Their demonstration of the resilience of the human spirit is truly inspiring on a daily basis.
Can you tell us one thing collaboration with colleagues could accomplish that you could not accomplish on your own?
Conducting clinical trials and quality research is all about cooperating and collaborating with colleagues. I could not have accomplished any of my research without the support, mentorship, and friendship from my colleagues around the country and world.
If you had access to one resource that would move your research forward, what would that resource be?
An endless pot of money.
How did you learn about the Cholangiocarcinoma Foundation?
I was introduced to the CCF by my colleague Dr. Flavio Rocha in 2015.
Can you tell us why you became a member of the ICRN?
The ICRN provided a strong and rich environment to develop research ideas and a vast network in which to conduct clinical trials.
If you are one of our Cholangiocarcinoma Foundation Fellowship awardees, how has this Fellowship impacted your career?