Frank Detterbeck, MD, FACS, FCCP

  • Professor of Surgery (Thoracic Surgery)
  • Chief, Thoracic Surgery
  • Surgical Director, Thoracic Oncology

Frank Detterbeck, MD, FACS, FCCP is a Professor of Surgery and Chief of Thoracic Surgery at Yale University and Associate Director of the Yale Cancer Center. He earned a BS in Cell Biology at the University of Michigan, and an MD degree from Northwestern University. After completing general surgery training at the Virginia Mason Clinic in Seattle, he pursued a cardiothoracic fellowship and a fellowship in thoracic transplantation at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He rose to the rank of professor of surgery at the University of North Carolina during a long tenure there before being recruited to Yale University in 2005. The major focus of his career has been on thoracic oncology. In particular, he has promoted evidence-based care and multidisciplinary teamwork. He has written extensively on these and other topics, with over 150 papers and book chapters. He holds leadership positions in many of the major professional societies associated with thoracic surgery and has given invited lectures on a wide variety of topics at many institutions and international meetings.

He specializes in the surgical treatment of lung cancer, lung metastases, esophageal cancer, thymoma, mediastinal tumors, chest wall tumors, Pancoast tumors, mesothelioma, and sarcoma. The majority of his thoracic/chest surgeries are performed using minimally invasive techniques. His clinical research includes cancer biology, cancer imaging techniques, prognostic markers of cancers, multimodality (multiple therapies for) treatment of cancer, and evidence-based medicine.

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Research interests
Neoplasms; Respiratory Tract Diseases; Health Care
Education
  • MD, Northwestern University, 1983
  • BS, University of Michigan/Ann Arbor, 1976
Publications
  • Anagnostou VK, Bepler G, Syrigos KN, Tanoue LT, Gettinger S, Homer RJ, Boffa D, Detterbeck FC, Rimm DL. High expression of mTOR (mammalian target of rapamycin) is associated with better outcome in non-small cell lung cancer. J Clin Oncol 2009;15:4157-64
  • Detterbeck FC., Boffa D, Tanoue LT. The New Lung Cancer Staging System. Chest 2009;136:260-71
  • Detterbeck FC, Socinski MA, Gralla RJ, Edelman MJ, Jahan TM, Loesch DM, Limentani SA, Govindan R, Ye Z, Monberg M, Obasaju CK. Neoadjuvant Chemotherapy with Gemcitabine-Containing Regimens in Patients with Early Stage Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer (NSCLC). J Thor Oncol 2008;3:37-45
  • Detterbeck FC, Jantz MA, Wallace M, Vansteenkiste J, Silvestri GA. Invasive Staging of Lung Cancer: ACCP Evidence-Based Clinical Practice Guideline (2nd Edition) (Invited Review) Chest. 2007 Sep;132(3 Suppl):202S-220S.
  • Parsons AM, Ennis EK, Yankaskas BC, Parker LA, Hyslop WB, Detterbeck FC. Helical CT Inaccuracy in the Detection of Pulmonary Metastases: Can it be Improved? Ann Thor Surg, 2007; 84:1830-7
  • Detterbeck FC: The clinical value of the WHO classification system of thymoma. Ann Thor Surg 2006;81(6):2328-34
International activities
  • Thymic Tumors
    Krakow, Poland (2009-Present)
    Thymic Tumors. Invited Lecture (Meet the Professor), European Society of Thoracic Surgeons Annual Meeting, Krakow, Poland June 1, 2009

  • Minimally Invasive Surgery
    Paris, France (2007-Present)
    Teaching Faculty, European Master Class Course for Minimally-Invasive Thoracic Surgery. Paris, France, Dec 17-18, 2007

  • Thoracic Sugery
    Antalya, Turkey (2007-Present)
    Teaching Faculty, European School of Thoracic Surgery

  • Lecture, Multimodality therapy of lung cancer - Adjuvant therapy for resected N1, N2 lung cancer: radiation and/or chemotherapy? 11th European Conference on General Thoracic Surgery, European Society of Thoracic Surgeons spring meeting
    Zurich, Switzerland (2004-Present)
    Lecture, Multimodality therapy of lung cancer - Adjuvant therapy for resected N1, N2 lung cancer: radiation and/or chemotherapy? 11th European Conference on General Thoracic Surgery, European Society of Thoracic Surgeons spring meeting

  • Changes in the treatment of Pancoast tumors, Workshop on Locally Advanced Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer, Taiwan Lung Cancer Society and International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer
    Taipei, Taiwan (2002-Present)
    Changes in the treatment of Pancoast tumors, Workshop on Locally Advanced Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer, Taiwan Lung Cancer Society and International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer

Honors
  • Listed in “Who’s Who in Medicine Higher Education (AcademicKeys)
  • Associate Editor, J of Thoracic Oncology 2009
  • Listed in “America’s Top Doctors for Cancer”
  • Listed in “The Best Doctors in America”
  • Listed in “Guide to America’s Top Physicians”
  • Connecticut Magazine Top Docs 2016
  • Connecticut Magazine Top Docs 2015
  • Elton Cahow Teaching Award, Yale Department of Surgery
  • Specialty Teaching Service Award
  • Specialty Teaching Service Award
  • Specialty Teaching Service Award
Languages
French, German