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Paul K. Neumann Professorship in Pancreatic Cancer

School of Medicine

Established in 1998 by Mark D. and Robin B. Neumann in memory of Mr. Neumann's father

NeumannPaulPAUL K. NEUMANN, who was president of PKN Commercial Real Estate in Baltimore, was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 1987. Although he died in 1992 when his cancer returned, Mr. Neumann benefited from the care he received from John L. Cameron, the Alfred Blalock Distinguished Service Professor of Surgery, who for 19 years served as the chief of surgery at The Johns Hopkins Hospital.


Held by Richard Burkhart

RICHARD BURKHART, M.D., is the Paul K. Neumann Professor of Pancreatic Surgery and an Associate Professor of Surgery at The Johns Hopkins Hospital with a focus on complex minimally-invasive surgery and research for cancers of the pancreas, liver and bile ducts.

Dr. Burkhart received his medical degree from Boston University and completed his surgical residency and research fellowships at the Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia and the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratories. He is a member of several professional organizations, including the American Association of Cancer Research, the American College of Surgeons, the Society of Surgery for the Alimentary Tract, the Pancreas Club, and the Society of Surgical Oncology.

Outside the operating room, Dr. Burkhart heads a multidisciplinary laboratory team dedicated to bringing next-generation precision medicine approaches into the routine clinical care of patients that we serve.  He has a particular research interest in using personalized models of pancreas cancer, made from tumor during and immediately after surgical resection, to select the best chemotherapy for each patient to support long-term survival and improve rates of disease cure.