A widely recognized expert in colorectal cancer and its hereditary syndromes, Matthew Kalady, MD, is the new director of the Division of Colon and Rectal Surgery at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. Dr. Kalady will also practice at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute as part of their Gastrointestinal Oncology Program. Before becoming a Buckeye, Dr. Kalady practiced at Cleveland Clinic for 15 years, where he gained vast clinical experience, developed and led several multidisciplinary programs to improve patient care (including the National Accreditation Program for Rectal Cancer) and directed a Hereditary Colorectal Cancer Syndrome Center.
“I was drawn to the collaborative culture at Ohio State,” Dr. Kalady says. “The gastroenterologists and colorectal surgeons are all fantastic clinicians, and their desire to work together to give patients the best possible experience and outcome is impressive. Not only does the team want excellent outcomes, they are dedicated to innovation, education and research. I am excited to grow multidisciplinary programs in colorectal cancer, inflammatory bowel disease and hereditary colorectal cancer syndromes.”
In addition to his clinical work, Dr. Kalady is a prolific academic and educator. He’s a National Cancer Institute-funded basic science researcher in colorectal cancer genetics, an author of more than 200 peer-reviewed publications, and serves on multiple journal editorial boards, including Diseases of the Colon & Rectum, Annals of Surgery and British Journal of Surgery. Dr. Kalady’s expertise is recognized by his election into the American Surgical Association and the Commission on Cancer, and through leadership roles such as the current president of the International Society for Gastrointestinal Hereditary Tumours and former president of the Collaborative Group of the Americas on Inherited Gastrointestinal Cancer.
Our talent search committee was particularly impressed with Dr. Kalady’s passion for medical education, which he has demonstrated through mentorship of more than 100 clinical and research fellows. He created a specialized fellowship in Hereditary Colorectal Cancer Syndromes, and is also a prolific curriculum and course developer. Nationally, Dr. Kalady is an examiner for the American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery and the American Board of Surgery’s Complex General Surgical Oncology. “We are privileged to be able to teach and support the next generation of physicians and leaders,” Dr. Kalady says. “Their enthusiasm and curiosity energizes me on a daily basis. The honor to mentor and coach learners and junior faculty is one of my greatest joys.”
Dr. Kalady graduated from Harvard College before earning his medical degree from Duke University School of Medicine, and then his general surgery residency and a research fellowship at Duke University Medical Center. He completed a colorectal surgery fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic.
Watch a presentation of Dr. Kalady speaking about his research here.