Lori L. Wilson, MD, FACS

Lori L. Wilson, MD, FACS, is a cancer surgeon and researcher who currently is associate professor of surgery and division chief of surgical oncology at Howard University Hospital. Dr. Wilson works closely with a multidisciplinary cancer team to provide treatments individually tailored for each patient. She also directs 33 outstanding young surgeons as program director of the general surgery residency at the Howard University College of Medicine.

Prior to returning to Howard University, Dr. Wilson was surgical director of the breast, gastrointestinal and skin cancer programs at the University of Connecticut Health Center. She is a physician-scientist well known for her work in translational research, community engagement and health disparities. Her many publications have focused on shining a light on the causes for disparities in her patients as well as establishing community partnerships to develop health and wellness strategies for those she serves. As a person who has been treated for breast cancer, she was featured in the Ken Burns documentary “Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies.”

Dr. Wilson has served on the board of directors for the American Cancer Society and the African Women’s Cancer Awareness Association as well as the advisory board of other cancer-related organizations such as ACT for NIH. As a humanitarian, she leads medical missions at least twice per year to Africa. She was recently awarded the Nelson Mandela Award from the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization, also known as UNESCO, for her humanitarian work. In 2019, she led two gender-sensitive surgical teams in Sudan and Nigeria to surgically treat breast cancer patients. In her spare time, she loves to cook, bake, and host family and friends. She resides in Maryland with her husband and 8-year-old son Christian.