Charles Cha, MD, FACS

Associate Professor of Surgery (Oncology and Gastrointestinal)

Departments & Organizations

Surgery: Surgical Oncology

Liver Cancer Program

Pancreatic Diseases Program

Yale Cancer Center: Developmental Therapeutics | Gastrointestinal Cancers Program | Liver Cancer Program | Sarcoma Program

Yale Medicine

Office of Cooperative Research


Charles H. Cha, MD, FACS earned his medical degree from Northwestern University Medical School and is a Board Certified Surgeon. He completed a surgical oncology fellowship at Memorial Sloan Kettering in New York. He is dedicated to advancing surgical techniques for removing tumors and advancing medical knowledge about tumor growth. In his practice, he continually integrates the latest in minimally invasive techniques and surgical technology to provide better outcomes for his patients. Dr. Cha is one of the few surgeons in the region with considerable experience in laparoscopic and robotic surgery for liver and stomach tumors.

He specializes in benign and malignant diseases of the liver, esophagus, stomach, colon, and pancreas. He currently serves as the Director of the Minimally Invasive Hepatopancreatobiliary Program with an specific interest in robotic and laparoscopic surgery for the liver, pancreas and stomach.

Dr. Cha has established an active research laboratory studying the effects of angiogenesis on colorectal and liver malignancy using gene-silencing techniques to silence angiogenic factors leading to decreased tumor growth. His clinical research includes the determination of the diagnostic and therapeutic utility of angiogenic inhibitors for treatment of colorectal and liver cancers. In addition, he is involved in clinical outcomes research in surgery for liver, gastric, esophageal, and colorectal malignancy using the National Surgical Quality Improvement Program Database as well as the Connecticut Tumor Registry.

He has received numerous awards and recognitions for his research and teaching, including the American College of Surgeons Faculty Research Award and the Ohse Surgical Research Award.

Education & Training

MD Northwestern University Medical School (1995)
BS Northwestern University (1990)
Clinical Fellow Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Resident University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics
Board Certification AB of Surgery, Surgery, General (2002)

Honors & Recognition

  • FellowRoyal Society of Medicine (2010)

  • FellowAmerican College of Surgeons (2005)

  • Chairman, Awards CommitteeAssociation of VA Surgeons (2005, 2006)

  • Best Basic Science PresentationNew England Surgical Society (2005)

  • Ohse Surgical Research Award (2005)

  • Marquis Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in the World (2005)

  • Dennis Jahnigen Career Development Award (2004)

  • American College of Surgeons Faculty Research AwardAmerican College of Surgeons (2004)

  • Ohse Surgical Research Award (2003)

  • American Association for Cancer Research Trainee Scholarship AwardAmerican Association for Cancer Research (2003)

  • David and Monica Gorin Sarcoma FellowMemorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer, New York, NY (2002, 2003)

  • Benjamin Layton Award for Outstanding Teaching (2001)

  • University of Wisconsin Surgical Award for Basic Science ResearchUniversity of Wisconsin, Madison, WI (1998)

  • NIH/NCI Research Fellowship AwardNIH/NCI, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY (1993)

  • Honors Program in Medical EducationNorthwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago, IL (1985, 1987)


  • Invited Presentation, Amplification of myc Oncogene in Osteogenic Sarcoma, International Symposium on Limb Salvage Singapore (1993)

    Invited Presentation, Amplification of myc Oncogene in Osteogenic Sarcoma, International Symposium on Limb Salvage

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Charles Cha, MD, FACS
Patient Care Locations
Yale Surgical OncologySmilow Cancer Hospital at Yale New Haven
35 Park Street, Ste 8th Floor Multispecialty Care Center

New Haven, CT 06511
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Yale Surgical OncologyFarnam Memorial Building
310 Cedar Street

New Haven, CT 06510
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Mailing Address
Surgical OncologyPO Box 208062
New Haven, CT 06520-8062

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