Jennifer Erdrich, MD, MPH, MFA, FACS, FSSO

Assistant Professor, Surgery

2023 Women In Medicine and Science Awardee

Jennifer Erdrich, MD, MPH, FACS, is a surgical oncologist and assistant professor with the Division of Surgical Oncology at the University of Arizona Department of Surgery. A member of the University of Arizona Cancer Center, she specializes in melanoma, sarcoma and breast cancers.

Dr. Erdrich earned her Medical Degree from Harvard Medical School. She attained a Masters in Public Health with a concentration in cancer prevention and completed an NCI-funded research fellowship at Harvard School of Public Health. In addition, she completed her general surgery residency at Stanford University, followed by a fellowship in surgical oncology at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, California.

After personally witnessing many of the disparities in Native American healthcare, especially in the areas of surgical care and cancer treatment, Dr. Erdrich developed a particular clinical and research interest in serving tribal populations. Through her work in the Department of Surgery, she hopes to expand the surgical oncology resources available to local tribal communities through multidisciplinary approaches that leverage innovation and teamwork.

Dr. Erdrich has received significant recognition for her work with underserved populations. While a resident at Stanford, she was the recipient of the Samuel L. Kountz Humanitarian Award for personifying professionalism, compassion, and respect for the dignity of those experiencing disparities in healthcare. She was also the recipient of the John Henry Smith Award, a Stanford general surgery award for distinguished dedication, hard work, honesty, and concern for patients. Dr. Erdrich is a member of the American College of Surgeons and the Society of Surgical Oncology.

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  • MD: Harvard Medical School, 2009
  • MPH: Harvard School of Public Health, 2012
  • MFA: Institute of American Indian Arts, 2021
Stanford University Medical Center, General Surgery, 2009-2016
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Surgical Oncology, 2016-2018
Board Certifications
American Board of Surgery, 2017
American Board of Surgery, Complex General Surgical Oncology, 2021
Honors and Awards
NCI/NIH supplement award to the Partnership in Native American Cancer Prevention, 2020
Samuel L. Kountz Humanitarian Award, Stanford University, 2016
John Henry Smith Award, Stanford University, 2016
Kocaeli Travel Fellowship, 2013
NCI Cancer Prevention and Control Fellowship, National Institutes of Health (NIH), 2011
Ghiso Fellowship, 2007
Chappell Lougee Grant, 2001
James Lyon Award for Service, Stanford University, 2000-2001