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Assistant Professor
Co-Director, Pre-College Research Internship for Students from Minority Backgrounds (PRISM)

Areas of Interest
breast and endocrine surgery, surgical oncolgy


Andrea Gillis is a board certified general surgeon receiving her M.D. from Columbia University and completing surgical residency at Albany Medical Center in New York. She completed with endocrine surgery fellowship training at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Her clinical interests include thyroid cancer, benign thyroid disease, hyperparathyroidism, adrenal disease and surgical treatment of inherited endocrine syndromes.

Dr. Gillis is a health outcome disparities and translational science researcher working in the field of epigenetics, specifically examining differences in gene expression in neuroendocrine tumors by race. She has been awarded an NIH grant for Early Surgeon Scientists (ESSP) in order to pursue this work. She says her desire is to improve the outcomes of all patients including those from minority and underserved backgrounds.

She is a member of and serves on national committees for both American Association of Endocrine Surgeons (AAES) and Association of Academic Surgeons (AAS).

Honors and Awards

International Association for Endocrine Surgery: John Fardon Award for Best Clinical Poster (Vienna, Austria, 2022)

NIH/NCI T32 Research Award (2021-2022)

National Medical Association Meeting: Drew Walker Symposium - Presentation Award (2018)

Bill and Melinda Gates Millennium Scholar (2008-2012)

Columbia College Dean's List (2010-2012)

Selected Publications

Gillis A, Obiarinze R, Mcleaod C, Zmijewski P, Chen H, Fazendin J, Lindeman B. Time to symptom resolution after total thyroidectomy for Graves’ disease. Journal of Surgical Research.

Gillis A, Chen H. There’s no such thing as a free lunch: Outcomes of Concurrent Parathyroidectomy and Thyroidectomy among CESQIP Surgeons, A Commentary. Am J Surg. 2022 May 25; S0002- 9610(22)00377-4. doi: 10.1016/j.amjsurg.2022.05.025

Gillis A, Ramonell K, Lindeman B, Chen H, Fazendin J. “Vitamin D deficiency is associated with single gland parathyroid disease.” American Journal of Surgery. 2022 Apr 15;S0002-9610(22)00241-0. doi: 10.1016/j.amjsurg.2022.04.005.

Zmijewski P, Fazendin J, Aburjania Z, Gillis A, Chen H, Lindeman B. “Impact of a Funds Flow Model on Surgeon Productivity at One Academic Medical Center”. Surgery in Practice and Science. 2022 June, 100709. Doi:10.1016/j.sipas.2022.100079

Gillis A, Nwariaku F. Intraoperative parathyroid hormone measurement facilitates outpatient thyroidectomy in children (Invited Commentary). Am J Surg. 2021 Jan 29;S0002-9610(21)00049-0. DOI: 10.1016/j.amjsurg.2021.01.031.

Alobuia W, Gillis A, Kebebew E. Contemporary management of anaplastic thyroid cancer. Current Treatment Options in Oncology. 2020 Aug 7;21(10):78. DOI: 10.1007/s11864-020-00776-2.

Gillis A, Pfaff A, Ata A, Giammarino A, Stain S, Tafen M. Are there variations in timing to tracheostomy in a tertiary academic medical center? The American Journal of Surgery. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.amjsurg.2020.01.035. Published online 21 Jan 2020.

Sinclair T, Gillis A, Alobuia W, Wild H, Kebebew E. Surgery for adrenocortical carcinoma: When and how? Best Practice and Research Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism. 2020 May;34(3):101408. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.beem.2020.101408.

Khan F, Gillis A, Narayan S, Ribons L, Edwards M. Jejunal cavernous hemangioma presenting with small bowel obstruction in a toddler. Journal of Pediatric Surgery Case Reports. 2019 Aug; 49: Article 101276. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.epsc.2019.101276. Epub Aug 2019.

Wu AJ, Gillis A, Foster A, Woo K, Zhang Z, Gelblum DY, Downey RJ, Rosenzweig KE, Ong L, Perez CA, Pietanza MC, Krug L, Rudin CM, Rimner A. Patterns of failure in limited-stage small cell lung cancer: Implications of TNM stage for prophylactic cranial irradiation. Radiother Oncol. 2017 Oct;125(1):130-135. doi: 10.1016/j.radonc.2017.07.019. Epub 2017 Aug 1.


Member, Institute for Cancer Outcomes & Survivorship


Medical School
Columbia University, Columbia College, New York, NY

Albany Medical Center, New York, NY
Chief Resident in Surgery

Albany Medical Center, New York, NY
General Surgery

University of Alabama at Birmingham
Endocrine Surgery

Institute of Cancer Outcomes/Survivorship Laboratory of Smita Bhatia, M.D.


Campus Address
BDB 503

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