Glenn W. Geelhoed, MD

Professor of Surgery

Professor of International Medical Education

George Washington University Medical Center


Glenn W. Geelhoed received his BS and AB cum laude degrees from Calvin College and his MD cum laude from the University of Michigan. Following the Harvard surgical internship and residency at the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital, Boston, and the Boston Children's Hospital Medical Center, he served as clinical associate and senior investigator at the National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland. After completion of his chief surgical residency, he joined the full-time faculty at George Washington University as an Associate Professor of Surgery in Washington, DC in 1975. He was awarded an appointment as clinical scholar of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. He is a member of numerous medical, surgical and international academic societies, including the Society of University Surgeons and The American College of Surgeons, and is a past president of the Washington Academy of Surgeons. He was selected the James IV Travelling Scholar of 1986, and inducted into the Academie de Chirurgie de Paris in l990.

His major clinical interests are in endocrine surgery, surgical physiology, oncology and transplantation. He has been a frequent Visiting Professor in most of the United States and on all continents, traveling with a strong interest in global health that includes the third world. He is a widely published author accredited with several books and over 500 published journal articles and chapters in books, and has a major interest in medical education in academic, professional and international organizations.

To assist in developing further volunteer health and surgical services in underserved areas of the developing world, he completed the DTMH in the University of London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in l990, and a Masters degree in International Affairs from the Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, in l99l. He completed the MPH degree in Epidemiology: Health Promotion/Disease Prevention in 1993, and in 1995 additionally achieved the MA cum laude in Anthropology with special interests in Biologic and Medical Anthropology. He is currently a candidate for the Ph.D. in Human Sciences in an interdisciplinary program at George Washington University, and planning a further period of research and service in southern Africa supported by an award as Senior Fulbright Scholar, African Regional Research Program, for 1996. He has developed both Medical Anthropology and Tropical Medicine programs within the MPH programs of George Washington University, and as GW University Professor of International Medical Education is working on the development of an international health center and international medical education program.