Carlos Alberto Pellegrini

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Carlos Alberto Pellegrini
Alma materUniversity of Rosario
Medical career
InstitutionsUniversity of California, San Francisco
University of Washington

Carlos Alberto Pellegrini, M.D., F.A.C.S., is the former president of the American Surgical Association and the current Henry N. Harkins Professor and Chair of Surgery at the University of Washington. He is the current president of the Society of Surgical Chairs, a regent of the American College of Surgeons, and a director of the American Board of Surgery.


Pellegrini was born to two physicians, and spent his childhood years in rural Amenábar, in Santa Fe Province, Argentina. He attended medical school at the University of Rosario Medical School, graduating in 1971 and remaining there for surgical training until 1975. He emigrated to the U.S. in 1975, in part due to dissatisfaction with the prevailing political climate in Argentina.[1] He completed his surgical residency at the University of Chicago and began working at the University of California, San Francisco in 1979, moving to the University of Washington in 1993 to assume the chairmanship of its Department of Surgery.

Clinical focus[edit]

Pellegrini's clinical focus has been on minimally invasive surgery of the foregut. He leads the Swallowing Center and the Center for Videoendoscopic Surgery at the University of Washington.

Research and education[edit]

As a researcher, Pellegrini has investigated a wide variety of disorders and surgical procedures. He has been involved in surgical education research as well and has been involved in the University of Washington's Mini-Medical School,[2] an annual series of lectures and seminars on medical topics open to the public.



  • Surgery of the Gallbladder and Bile Ducts (1987, with Lawrence M. Way, MD)
  • Surgery of the Esophagus (1997, with John G. Hunter, MD)

Selected articles[edit]

Advisory roles[edit]

As a member of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education, Dr. Pellegrini was involved in the process of limiting U.S. medical residents to an 80-hour work week. He was a member of the American Surgical Association's Blue Ribbon Committee, which delivered an influential report on this topic and on surgical education in 2005[3] In response to the demands of the shortened work week, the department has pursued research into efficient and safe methods of handing off patients between shifts of residents.[4] During his tenure, the Department of Surgery established the Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, and Idaho Institute for Simulation in Healthcare (WISH), a center for surgical education through various forms of simulated exercises and training. He is currently the chair of the board of directors of WISH.[5]

Dr. Pellegrini was named to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars Program's National Advisory Committee in November 2008.[6] The committee is responsible for overseeing the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars Program and selecting its participants.[7]


  1. ^ Getting to know Carlos Pellegrini (April 10, 2008). UW News interview Archived June 16, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ Mini-Medical School Retrieved June 10, 2019.
  3. ^ Debas, H. T.; Bass, B. L.; Brennan, M. F.; Flynn, T. C.; Folse, J. R.; Freischlag, J. A.; Friedmann, P.; Greenfield, L. J.; Jones, R. S.; Lewis Jr, F. R.; Malangoni, M. A.; Pellegrini, C. A.; Rose, E. A.; Sachdeva, A. K.; Sheldon, G. F.; Turner, P. L.; Warshaw, A. L.; Welling, R. E.; Zinner, M. J.; American Surgical Association Blue Ribbon Committee (2005). "American Surgical Association Blue Ribbon Committee Report on Surgical Education: 2004". Annals of Surgery. 241 (1): 1–8. doi:10.1097/01.sla.0000150066.83563.52. PMC 1356839. PMID 15621984.
  4. ^ Van Eaton, Erik G.; Horvath, Karen D.; Lober, William B.; Rossini, Anthony J.; Pellegrini, Carlos A. (2005). "A randomized, controlled trial evaluating the impact of a computerized rounding and sign-out system on continuity of care and resident work hours". Journal of the American College of Surgeons. Elsevier. 200 (4): 538–545. doi:10.1016/j.jamcollsurg.2004.11.009. PMID 15804467.
  5. ^ "WISH Directors Personnel". Archived from the original on 2008-10-21. Retrieved 2009-01-26.
  6. ^ New appointees to the Clinical Scholars Program National Advisory Committee Archived 2011-05-25 at the Wayback Machine, Nov 2008.
  7. ^ About the RWJF Clinical Scholars Program, accessed Jan 2009.