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Faculty, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health

Dr. Cho earned his medical degree from Vanderbilt University and completed his surgical residency and research fellowship at the University of Wisconsin, followed by a fellowship in surgical oncology at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York.


Dr. Cho is certified by the American Board of Surgery. He specializes in malignant and benign conditions of the liver, biliary system and pancreas, as well as upper gastrointestinal malignancies and retroperitoneal sarcomas.


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Surgery (General)

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Hospital Affiliation(s)

University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics (primary)

UW School of Medicine and Public Health

Department of Surgery

Professional Certifications and Education

Board Certification Surgery

Research Fellowship in Transplantation Immunology, University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics, Madison, WI, 1999-2001

Surgical Oncology Fellowship, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY, 2004-2006

Chief Administrative Fellowship, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY, 2005-2006

Residency University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics, Madison, WI
Internship University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics, Madison, WI
Medical School Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Nashville, TN, 1997


Madison Magazine Top Docs 2014

Madison Magazine Top Docs 2012

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Our doctors provide a wide range of services. The following list represents some, but not all, of the procedures offered by this physician.

PubMed Articles
Ejaz A Spolverato G Kim Y Poultsides GA Fields RC Bloomston M Cho CS Votanopoulos K Maithel SK Pawlik TM . Impact of body mass index on perioperative outcomes and survival after resection for gastric cancer. J Surg Res. 2015 May 1;195(1):74-82
[PubMed ID: 25619462]
Squires MH 3rd Lad NL Fisher SB Kooby DA Weber SM Brinkman A Sarmiento JM Scoggins CR Egger ME Cardona K Cho CS Martin RC Russell MC Winslow E Staley CA 3rd Maithel SK . Value of primary operative drain placement after major hepatectomy: a multi-institutional analysis of 1,041 patients. J Am Coll Surg. 2015 Apr;220(4):396-402
[PubMed ID: 25724607]
Egger ME Squires MH 3rd Kooby DA Maithel SK Cho CS Weber SM Winslow ER Martin RC 2nd McMasters KM Scoggins CR . Risk stratification for readmission after major hepatectomy: development of a readmission risk score. J Am Coll Surg. 2015 Apr;220(4):640-8
[PubMed ID: 25667144]
Acher AW Squires MH Fields RC Poultsides GA Schmidt C Votanopoulos KI Pawlik TM Jin LX Ejaz A Kooby DA Bloomston M Worhunsky D Levine EA Saunders N Winslow E Cho CS Meredith K Leverson G Maithel SK Weber SM . Can the risk of non-home discharge after resection of gastric adenocarcinoma be predicted: a seven-institution study of the US Gastric Cancer Collaborative. J Gastrointest Surg. 2015 Feb;19(2):207-16
[PubMed ID: 25373704]
Mahvi DA Meyers JV Tatar AJ Contreras A Suresh M Leverson GE Sen S Cho CS . Ctla-4 blockade plus adoptive T-cell transfer promotes optimal melanoma immunity in mice. J Immunother. 2015 Feb-Mar;38(2):54-61
[PubMed ID: 25658614]
Jin LX Moses LE Squires MH 3rd Poultsides GA Votanopoulos K Weber SM Bloomston M Pawlik TM Hawkins WG Linehan DC Strasberg SM Schmidt C Worhunsky DJ Acher AW Cardona K Cho CS Kooby DA Levine E Winslow ER Saunders ND Spolverato G Maithel SK Fields RC . Factors Associated With Recurrence and Survival in Lymph Node-Negative Gastric Adenocarcinoma: A 7-Institution Study of the US Gastric Cancer Collaborative. Ann Surg. 2015 Jan 20;
[PubMed ID: 25607760]
Spolverato G Ejaz A Kim Y Squires MH Poultsides G Fields RC Bloomston M Weber SM Votanopoulos K Acher AW Jin LX Hawkins WG Schmidt C Kooby DA Worhunsky D Saunders N Cho CS Levine EA Maithel SK Pawlik TM . Prognostic Performance of Different Lymph Node Staging Systems After Curative Intent Resection for Gastric Adenocarcinoma. Ann Surg. 2015 Jan 5;
[PubMed ID: 25563867]
Cho CS . Prognostication systems as applied to primary and metastatic hepatic malignancies. Surg Oncol Clin N Am. 2015 Jan;24(1):41-56
[PubMed ID: 25444468]
Squires MH 3rd Lad NL Fisher SB Kooby DA Weber SM Brinkman A Scoggins CR Egger ME Cardona K Cho CS Martin RC Russell MC Winslow E Staley CA Maithel SK . The effect of preoperative renal insufficiency on postoperative outcomes after major hepatectomy: a multi-institutional analysis of 1,170┬ápatients. J Am Coll Surg. 2014 Nov;219(5):914-22
[PubMed ID: 25260685]
Kooby DA Lad NL Squires MH 3rd Maithel SK Sarmiento JM Staley CA Adsay NV El-Rayes BF Weber SM Winslow ER Cho CS Zavala KA Bentrem DJ Knab M Ahmad SA Abbott DE Sutton JM Kim HJ Yeh JJ Aufforth R Scoggins CR Martin RC Parikh AA Robinson J Hashim YM Fields RC Hawkins WG Merchant NB . Value of intraoperative neck margin analysis during Whipple for pancreatic adenocarcinoma: a multicenter analysis of 1399 patients. Ann Surg. 2014 Sep;260(3):494-501; discussion 501-3
[PubMed ID: 25115425]
Israel JS Rettammel RJ Leverson GE Hanks LR Cho CS Winslow ER Weber SM . Does postoperative drain amylase predict pancreatic fistula after pancreatectomy? J Am Coll Surg. 2014 May;218(5):978-87
[PubMed ID: 24680573]
Cho CS . Reply to letter: "the impact of intraoperative and postoperative interventions on pancreatic fistula after left pancreatectomy". Ann Surg. 2014 Apr;259(4):e61
[PubMed ID: 24263332]
Ronnekleiv-Kelly SM Greenblatt DY Lin CP Kelly KJ Cho CS Winslow ER Weber SM . Impact of cardiac comorbidity on early outcomes after pancreatic resection. J Gastrointest Surg. 2014 Mar;18(3):512-22
[PubMed ID: 24277570]
Cho H Cho CS Indig GL Lavasanifar A Vakili MR Kwon GS . Polymeric micelles for apoptosis-targeted optical imaging of cancer and intraoperative surgical guidance. PLoS One. 2014;9(2):e89968
[PubMed ID: 24587157]
Cho CS Russ AJ Loeffler AG Rettammel RJ Oudheusden G Winslow ER Weber SM . Preoperative classification of pancreatic cystic neoplasms: the clinical significance of diagnostic inaccuracy. Ann Surg Oncol. 2013 Sep;20(9):3112-9
[PubMed ID: 23595223]
Kelly KJ Winslow E Kooby D Lad NL Parikh AA Scoggins CR Ahmad S Martin RC Maithel SK Kim HJ Merchant NB Cho CS Weber SM . Vein involvement during pancreaticoduodenectomy: is there a need for redefinition of "borderline resectable disease"? J Gastrointest Surg. 2013 Jul;17(7):1209-17; discussion 1217
[PubMed ID: 23620151]
Wentworth L Meyers JV Alam S Russ AJ Suresh M Cho CS . Memory T cells are uniquely resistant to melanoma-induced suppression. Cancer Immunol Immunother. 2013 Jan;62(1):149-59
[PubMed ID: 22865267]
Cho CS . The oncologic significance of postoperative complications after hepatic colorectal metastasectomy: biology, technique, or statistical quirk? J Surg Res. 2012 Jan;172(1):80-2
[PubMed ID: 21227464]
Russ AJ Wentworth L Xu K Rakhmilevich A Seroogy CM Sondel PM Suresh M Cho CS . Suppression of T-cell expansion by melanoma is exerted on resting cells. Ann Surg Oncol. 2011 Dec;18(13):3848-57
[PubMed ID: 21465311]
Greenblatt DY Kelly KJ Rajamanickam V Wan Y Hanson T Rettammel R Winslow ER Cho CS Weber SM . Preoperative factors predict perioperative morbidity and mortality after pancreaticoduodenectomy. Ann Surg Oncol. 2011 Aug;18(8):2126-35
[PubMed ID: 21336514]