D. Lee Gorden, MD, FACS

Professor of Surgery and Cancer Biology
Division of Hepatobiliary Surgery & Liver Transplantation
801 Oxford House
(615) 936-2956
(615) 936-0435

Dr. Lee Gorden's clinical interests include hepatobiliary and gastrointestinal surgery, and liver transplantation. He completed a Surgical Fellowship in hepatobiliary and pancreatic surgery and liver transplantation at the University of Toronto in Canada prior to coming to Vanderbilt. His specific clinical and research interests: liver malignancies including colon and rectal cancer metastases to the liver and primary hepatocellular carcinoma.

Dr. Gorden has also worked extensively as a surgeon with the International Surgical Team in Guatemala, and also in the rural Andes of Ecuador.


  • MD, Vanderbilt University, 1990
  • BA, (History), Brown University, 1985

Postdoctoral Training

  • 1999-2000: Surgical Fellow in Hepatobiliary and Pancreatic Surgery, and Liver Transplantation, Department of Surgery, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada
  • 1997-98: Chief Resident in General Surgery, University of Minnesota School of Medicine
  • 1994-96: Post-Doctoral Fellow, Lecturer and Teaching Assistant, Department of Morphology, University of Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland
  • 1991-97: Internship in Internal Medicine, Resident in General Surgery, University of Minnesota School of Medicine

Other Responsibilities

Dr. Gorden has been awarded a prestigious Fulbright Scholars award to pursue research and clinical activities at the Paul Brousse Hospital in Paris, France working with Professor Henri Bismuth and colleagues during the year 2009.

In addition to his clinical activities, Dr. Gorden is a member of numerous professional societies including, Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) medical honor society, the Society of University Surgeons, Association for Academic Surgeons, American Association for Cancer Research (AACR), the American Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Association, and the Southeastern Surgical Congress. Dr. Gorden is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.

Research Information

Dr. Gorden's research is currently supported by a National Institutes of Health (NIH) U01 award and has been supported by NIH K08 and R03 awards from the. Additional grant support has come from the NIH digestive disease research center at Vanderbilt as well as the Discovery program at Vanderbilt and the Vanderbilt Transplant Center. Dr. Gorden conducts basic and clinical research on nonalcoholic fatty liver disease and tumor / stromal interactions in metastatic and primary tumors of the liver.

Publications and Presentations

Review Dr. Gorden's published abstracts on PubMed.