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Joseph Bennett, M.D.

Joseph Bennett, M.D.

Chief of Surgical Oncology

Expertise & Research Interests

  • Surgical Oncology
  • General Surgery
  • Oncology


  • MBA, Isenberg School of Management, UMass Amherst
  • M.D., SUNY Health Sciences Center at Brooklyn
  • B.S., Colgate University

Joseph Bennett, M.D.

Chief of Surgical Oncology

Dr. Joseph Bennett is the chief of Surgical Oncology and co-director of the Hepatobiliary and Pancreas Multidisciplinary Clinic and director of the Melanoma and Sarcoma Multidisciplinary Clinic. His research has been published in numerous medical journals and he is actively involved in clinical trials, outcomes-based research and translational research.


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Media Appearances

Student engineers learn to design for the operating room

2018-04-30 , ChristianaCare News
“Our goal was to help the students understand our needs and limitations, and to train them to think clinically in an innovative way about solutions that could positively impact patient care, operating room flow and efficiency, and potentially reduce costs,” said surgical oncologist Joseph Bennett, M.D., section chief for Surgical Oncology, who directs the clinical immersion program at the Graham Cancer Center. “In just five weeks, the students came up with some very good ideas.”

Outstanding physicians honored at 2017 Medical-Dental Staff annual banquet

2017-12-05 , ChristianaCare News
“This evening is dedicated to celebrating the Medical-Dental Staff and all that you do for Christiana Care,” Dr. Bennett said. “While we are all part of a larger system, ultimately it is about the interaction that each one of us has with our individual patients and with each other that makes Christiana Care a special place. We serve our neighbors with the heart of a community hospital, while also being at the forefront of medicine and surgery and providing innovative and exceptional care that rivals the nation’s top institutions
Selected Papers and Publications

Characteristics of Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumors Incidentally Discovered During Abdominal Surgery for Other Causes

2021-04-01 , American Journal of Surgery
Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumors (GISTs) are rare sarcomas with 5000 new cases arising in the United States each year. Despite their low incidence, general surgeons should be familiar with GISTs since a quarter of these neoplasms are encountered incidentally.

Pancreatic Resections: 30 and 90-Day Outcomes in Octogenarians

2021-06-01 , Surgical Oncology
Pancreatic tumors are frequently found in a geriatric population. Given that the median age of patients with pancreatic cancer is 70 years at diagnosis and the ubiquity of CT and MRI imaging has increased the detection of pancreas masses, pancreatic surgeons often find themselves operating on patients of advanced age. This study sought to evaluate the outcomes of pancreatic resection in an octogenarian population at a single institution with a dedicated surgical oncology team.

Precision Medicine in the Treatment of Melanoma

2019-12-04 , Surgical Oncology Clinics of North America
This issue of Surgical Oncology Clinics of North America, guest edited by Drs. Vijay Khatri and Nicholas J. Petrelli, is devoted to Precision Medicine in Surgical Oncology. Drs. Khatri and Petrelli have assembled expert authors to review the following topics: Gene Expression Profiling in Melanoma; Precision Medicine in Lung Cancer; Precision Medicine in Colon Cancer; Immunotherapy in the Treatment of Melanoma; Genomics and History of Precision Medicine; Cancer Genomics and Precision Medicine in 21st Century; Precision Medicine in Breast Cancer; Precision Medicine in Pediatrics; Establishing a Precision Cancer Medicine Program; much more!

High volume pancreaticoduodenectomy performed at an academic community cancer center.

2018-10-27 , American Journal of Surgery
At a high volume academic community cancer center, pancreaticoduodenectomy can be performed with excellent outcomes on par with any academic center or university hospital.

Complex distal pancreatectomy outcomes performed at a single institution

2018-09-01 , Surgical Oncology
Distal pancreatectomy can be done with minimal morbidity and mortality in high volume centers. However, there are limited reports of distal pancreatectomy being performed in the community. This study sought to define the experience with distal pancreatectomy at a high volume community cancer center with a dedicated surgical oncology team.
External Service and Affiliations
  • American College of Surgeons : Fellow
  • Society of Surgical Oncology : Member
  • Americas Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Association : Member
  • American Association of Physician Leader : Member
Selected Honors and Awards
  • Delaware's Top Doctors, Oncology: Heptobiliary, 2022
  • Delaware's Top Doctors, Oncology: Surgery, 2021