HPB Surgical Expertise

Advanced Surgical Training

As a surgeon in training, Dr. Conrad honed his expertise by pursuing advanced training opportunities around the globe. After completing his first fellowship at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute of Harvard Medical School, Dr. Conrad chose to enhance his expertise with an advanced fellowship at the Institut Mutualiste Moutsouris in Paris, the only place to learn about less traumatic ways to operate on the liver and the pancreas at the time.

Next, he continued on to Japan to study with a master of minimally invasive surgery at the University of Tokyo. He embraced the Japanese ideal of true expertise, not just competency, with meticulous attention to detail and appreciation for anatomy. His practice combines this precision with the Western conception of surgical oncology — the idea that surgeons should consider all aspects of a patient’s cancer treatment, not just the procedure.

Hepato Pancreato Biliary (HPB) Expertise​

  • Experience

    Dr. Conrad has completed more than 1,000 minimally invasive surgeries, a high volume in this field. He evaluates each complex case in its unique context, building a safe and effective care environment that leads to the highest-quality outcomes.

  • Specialization

    Dr. Conrad specializes in minimally invasive liver surgery, an approach offered by only a select group of surgeons. Due to the organ's challenging location, these procedures require unique technical skills and a particularly deep understanding of the anatomy involved.

  • Leadership

    Dr. Conrad leads the world’s only fellowship in minimally invasive HPB surgery at St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center, where he is also the chief of general surgery and surgical oncology and Director of the Boston Liver, Pancreas and Biliary Center. Dr. Conrad serves on national and international surgical associations, helping write guidelines and protocols and incorporating new techniques.

  • Setting Standards

    Dr. Conrad and his group have developed new minimally invasive approaches for performing HPB surgery. Their work includes incorporating special fluorescent imaging in the operating room and augmented reality for even more precise treatment of cancer. They are dedicated to introducing a diverse range of technological advances, in a way that helps both surgeons and patients.