Eric Sheu, MD, PhD, Named Inaugural Chief of Section of Foregut and Bariatric Surgery

Dr. Sheu will serve as chief of the newly created Section of Foregut and Bariatric Surgery in the Division of General and Gastrointestinal Surgery.

Eric Sheu, MD, PhD
Section Chief, Section of Foregut and Bariatric Surgery,
Division of General and Gastrointestinal Surgery
Associate Program Director, Advanced Minimally Invasive Surgery Fellowship,
Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Assistant Professor of Surgery, Harvard Medical School

Dr. Sheu is a bariatric and minimally invasive surgeon at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, an assistant professor of surgery at Harvard Medical School and the associate program director of the advanced minimally invasive surgery fellowship at the Brigham. Dr. Sheu graduated from Harvard College, obtained his doctorate in immunology as a Marshall Scholar at Oxford University and completed medical school at Harvard Medical School. He trained in general surgery at the Brigham, followed by a fellowship in advanced laparoscopy and bariatric surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital.

Dr. Sheu’s clinical practice focuses on bariatric, foregut and hernia surgery. He directs an NIH R01-funded laboratory that investigates how changes in gut microbiota triggered by bariatric surgery lead to the resolution of type 2 diabetes. His research has been supported by numerous societies and philanthropic institutions, including the American Surgical Association, Harvard Catalyst, the Blavatnik Biomedical Accelerator, and the Consortia for Improving Medicine with Innovation and Technology.

Zara Cooper, MD, MSc, Appointed Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School

Zara Cooper, MD, MSc
Michele and Howard J. Kessler Distinguished Chair in Surgery and Public Health
Kessler Director, Center for Surgery and Public Health, Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Chair, Executive Advisory Committee, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Community Health
Director, Center for Geriatric Surgery
Professor of Surgery, Harvard Medical School

Dr. Cooper is an acute care surgeon, trauma surgeon and surgical intensivist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, where she also serves as Kessler director of the Center for Surgery and Public Health (CSPH), chair of the Executive Advisory Committee for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Community Health and director of the Center for Geriatric Surgery. Dr. Cooper is an associate professor of surgery at Harvard Medical School and adjunct faculty at the Marcus Institute for Aging Research. A graduate of the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, Dr. Cooper completed her general surgery residency and critical care fellowship at the Brigham; a trauma fellowship at Harborview Medical Center and the University of Washington; and training in hospice and palliative medicine at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Brigham.

Her research aims to improve palliative and geriatric care for older seriously ill surgical patients. A national leader in surgical palliative care and geriatric trauma, she has authored over 150 peer-reviewed manuscripts, chapters, and abstracts and lectures nationally about surgical care in complex older patients.

Dr. Cooper is currently funded through the National Institute on Aging (NIA), the American Federation for Aging Research (AFAR), the National Palliative Care Research Center (NPCRC), the Department of Defense and is a co-investigator on multiple federally funded grants. She also serves on numerous editorial boards and committees for professional societies, Mass General Brigham and Brigham and Women’s Hospital. She is a member of the Brigham Health Board of Trustees.

Recent Faculty Promotions

The following Department of Surgery faculty members were recently promoted.

Maria Edelen, PhD, as associate professor of surgery at Harvard Medical School.


Ashraf Sabe, MD, as assistant professor of surgery at Harvard Medical School.