Elliot Chaikof, MD, BA, PhD is Chairman of the Roberta and Stephen R. Weiner Department of Surgery and Surgeon-in-Chief at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. He is the Johnson and Johnson Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School and is a member of the Wyss Institute of Biologically Inspired Engineering. Dr. Chaikof is the co-author of Atlas of Vascular Surgery and Endovascular Therapy, due to publish in 2014.
Born and raised in Toronto, Dr. Chaikof earned BA and MD degrees at Johns Hopkins University and completed a residency in general surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital. While a surgical resident, he received a PhD in chemical engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and subsequently completed additional training in vascular surgery at Emory University. Dr. Chaikof has been elected to the American Society for Clinical Investigation, the American Institute of Medical and Biomedical Engineering, and the American Surgical Association, and has recently served as President of the International Society of Applied Cardiovascular Biology.
Dr. Chaikof’s leadership of clinical units and large research projects that span and bring together schools of medicine and engineering and constituency organizations has contributed to public policy designed to improve the quality of care of the surgical patient. He has promoted alliances of clinicians, engineers, chemists, and biologists and in the process developed biologically-inspired materials, devices, and pharmacotherapeutics based upon the principles of molecular engineering and nanofabrication technologies. These endeavors have enabled advances in cell-based therapies, artificial organs, and engineered living tissues, which define the evolving field of regenerative medicine.
Dr. Chaikof has been elected to the American Surgical Association, the College of Fellows of the Society of Vascular Surgery, the American Society for Clinical Investigation, and the American Institute of Medical and Biomedical Engineering. He has been honored with named lectureships at the University of Michigan, the University of California-San Francisco, and Harvard Medical School and is President-elect of the International Society of Applied Cardiovascular Biology. Dr. Chaikof has been regularly listed in the Castle Connolly Guide of Best Doctors in America in the top 1% of his specialty.