Christopher Pezzi, MD, FACS Surgical Oncologist

Christopher Pezzi, MD, FACS is a Surgical Oncologist for Baptist Health in Jacksonville, FL

Areas of Expertise Include:

  • NEW: Online doctor visits
  • Breast cancer
  • Melanoma and skin cancer
  • Thyroid cancer and thyroid surgery
  • Soft tissue sarcoma
  • Parathyroid disease
  • Geriatric surgical oncology
  • Abnormal mammogram

About the Doctor

Christopher Pezzi, MD,is a board-certified surgeon who has been treating patients with cancer for more than 25 years. His surgical practice encompasses the removal of a wide variety of proven or suspected tumors. He believes that “the secret” to curing cancer includes early diagnosis when cure rates are highest and access to newer and more effective treatments. His areas of expertise include:

From the Doctor

Moving to Jacksonville from the Philadelphia area has given my wife and me the opportunity to experience a vibrant and growing new city, and I’m thrilled to be part of the talented and growing team at Baptist MD Anderson Cancer Center. On a personal note, I enjoy outdoor activities, including sports, collecting fossils, and spending time with my three grown children and granddaughter.

My philosophy of care involves spending the time to get to know my patients, answering their questions, and understanding their goals, fears and desires regarding surgery and treatment. I want my patients to know all of their options, including the pros and cons, so that together we can make the best decisions. This frequently involves not just the surgeon, but also a team of cancer physicians working to give each patient an individualized plan of care that gives them the greatest chance of a successful outcome.


Head, Division of Surgery


Surgical Oncologist
General Surgeon


American Board of Surgery (Surgery)

Education & Training

Doctor of Medicine - Medical School 1978 - 1982
Jefferson Medical College, Philadelphia, PA
Residency 1983 - 1987
Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, PA
Fellowship 1987 - 1989
University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX

Hospital Affiliation

  • Baptist Medical Center Jacksonville

Legal Practice Name

Baptist MD Anderson Cancer Center


Publication Name

  • Incidence of Surgical Site Infections after Thyroid and Parathyroid Surgery: No Role for Antimicrobial Prophylaxis.

    Moskalenko M, Asai M, Beem K, Pezzi TA, Brophy CL, Noonan K, Pezzi CM
    Am Surg. 2018 Jun 1. 84(6)897-901.
    PMID: 29981621 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

  • Barriers to Combined-Modality Therapy for Limited-Stage Small Cell Lung Cancer.

    Pezzi TA, Schwartz DL, Mohamed ASR, Welsh JW, Komaki RU, Hahn SM, Sepesi B, Pezzi CM, Fuller CD, Chun SG
    JAMA Oncol. 2018 Aug 1. 4(8)e174504 doi: 10.1001/jamaoncol.2017.4504. Epub 2018 Aug 9
    PMID: 29302695 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

  • Primary Pelvic Papillary Thyroid Carcinoma with Metastases to Peritoneal Surfaces.

    Miles M, Ward C, Pezzi CM, Kelley CA, Pezzi T, Seelaus J, Shahin M, McGrath G
    Am Surg. 2016 Nov 1. 82(11)1148-1150.
    PMID: 28206948 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

  • Radiation therapy dose is associated with improved survival for unresected anaplastic thyroid carcinoma: Outcomes from the National Cancer Data Base.

    Pezzi TA, Mohamed ASR, Sheu T, Blanchard P, Sandulache VC, Lai SY, Cabanillas ME, Williams MD, Pezzi CM, Lu C, Garden AS, Morrison WH, Rosenthal DI, Fuller CD, Gunn GB
    Cancer. 2017 May 1. 123(9)1653-1661 doi: 10.1002/cncr.30493. Epub 2016 Dec 27
    PMID: 28026871 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

  • Chemotherapy Significantly Improves Survival for Patients with T1c-T2N0M0 Medullary Breast Cancer: 3739 Cases From the National Cancer Data Base.

    Mateo AM, Pezzi TA, Sundermeyer M, Kelley CA, Klimberg VS, Pezzi CM
    Ann Surg Oncol. 2017 Apr. 24(4)1050-1056 doi: 10.1245/s10434-016-5649-6. Epub 2016 Nov 2
    PMID: 27807728 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

  • Atypical medullary carcinoma of the breast has similar prognostic factors and survival to typical medullary breast carcinoma: 3,976 cases from the National Cancer Data Base.

    Mateo AM, Pezzi TA, Sundermeyer M, Kelley CA, Klimberg VS, Pezzi CM
    J Surg Oncol. 2016 Oct. 114(5)533-536 doi: 10.1002/jso.24367. Epub 2016 Jul 8
    PMID: 27393599 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

  • Rationale for a Minimum Number of Lymph Nodes Removed with Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer Resection: Correlating the Number of Nodes Removed with Survival in 98,970 Patients.

    Samayoa AX, Pezzi TA, Pezzi CM, Greer Gay E, Asai M, Kulkarni N, Carp N, Chun SG, Putnam JB Jr
    Ann Surg Oncol. 2016 Dec. 23(Suppl 5)1005-1011. Epub 2016 Aug 16
    PMID: 27531307 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

  • Rare breast cancer: 246 invasive secretory carcinomas from the National Cancer Data Base.

    Jacob JD, Hodge C, Franko J, Pezzi CM, Goldman CD, Klimberg VS
    J Surg Oncol. 2016 Jun. 113(7)721-5 doi: 10.1002/jso.24241. Epub 2016 Apr 4
    PMID: 27040042 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

  • Characteristics, treatment, and survival of invasive malignant melanoma (MM) in giant pigmented nevi (GPN) in adults: 976 cases from the National Cancer Data Base (NCDB).

    Turkeltaub AE, Pezzi TA, Pezzi CM, Dao H Jr
    J Am Acad Dermatol. 2016 Jun. 74(6)1128-34 doi: 10.1016/j.jaad.2016.01.024. Epub 2016 Feb 19
    PMID: 26899200 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

  • Treatment and survival of patients with insular thyroid carcinoma: 508 cases from the National Cancer Data Base.

    Pezzi TA, Sandulache VC, Pezzi CM, Turkeltaub AE, Feng L, Cabanillas ME, Williams MD, Lai SY
    Head Neck. 2016 Jun. 38(6)906-12 doi: 10.1002/hed.24342. Epub 2016 Feb 4
    PMID: 26843481 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

  • Hypoplasia of the Spleen: Review of Pathogenesis, Diagnosis, and Potential Clinical Implications.

    Sucandy I, Polavarapu HV, Pezzi CM
    N Am J Med Sci. 2015 Aug. 7(8)368-70 doi: 10.4103/1947-2714.163645.
    PMID: 26417560 [PubMed]

  • Large pseudocyst of the spleen: etiology, diagnosis, and treatment for general surgeons.

    Sucandy I, Klar A, Pezzi CM
    Am Surg. 2015 May. 81(5)E234-5.
    PMID: 25975322 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

  • Doubling of 30-Day Mortality by 90 Days After Esophagectomy: A Critical Measure of Outcomes for Quality Improvement.

    In H, Palis BE, Merkow RP, Posner MC, Ferguson MK, Winchester DP, Pezzi CM
    Ann Surg. 2016 Feb. 263(2)286-91 doi: 10.1097/SLA.0000000000001215.
    PMID: 25915912 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

  • The 90-day mortality after pancreatectomy for cancer is double the 30-day mortality: more than 20,000 resections from the national cancer data base.

    Swanson RS, Pezzi CM, Mallin K, Loomis AM, Winchester DP
    Ann Surg Oncol. 2014 Dec. 21(13)4059-67 doi: 10.1245/s10434-014-4036-4. Epub 2014 Sep 5
    PMID: 25190121 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

  • Ninety-day mortality after resection for lung cancer is nearly double 30-day mortality.

    Pezzi CM, Mallin K, Mendez AS, Greer Gay E, Putnam JB Jr
    J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2014 Nov. 148(5)2269-77 doi: 10.1016/j.jtcvs.2014.07.077. Epub 2014 Aug 4
    PMID: 25172318 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

  • Laparoscopic splenic and vessel-preserving distal pancreatectomy: an alternative minimally invasive method for benign and low malignant potential pancreatic lesions.

    Sucandy I, Titano J, Antanavicius G, Pezzi CM
    Am Surg. 2014 Jul. 80(7)e200-1.
    PMID: 24987885 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

  • Big data and clinical research in oncology: the good, the bad, the challenges, and the opportunities.

    Pezzi CM
    Ann Surg Oncol. 2014 May. 21(5)1506-7 doi: 10.1245/s10434-014-3519-7. Epub 2014 Feb 20
    PMID: 24554060 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

  • Coexisting right nonrecurrent and right recurrent inferior laryngeal nerves: a rare and controversial entity: report of a case and review of the literature.

    Obaid T, Kulkarni N, Pezzi TA, Turkeltaub AE, Pezzi CM
    Surg Today. 2014 Dec. 44(12)2392-6 doi: 10.1007/s00595-013-0800-5. Epub 2013 Nov 30
    PMID: 24292653 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

  • Initial performance of a modified milestones global evaluation tool for semiannual evaluation of residents by faculty.

    Borman KR, Augustine R, Leibrandt T, Pezzi CM, Kukora JS
    J Surg Educ. 2013 Nov-Dec. 70(6)739-49 doi: 10.1016/j.jsurg.2013.08.004.
    PMID: 24209650 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

  • Improving cancer care through quality measures: putting evidence to work with the COC.

    Pezzi CM, Kuerer HM, Nelson H
    Bull Am Coll Surg. 2013 Aug. 98(8)62-4.
    PMID: 24205578 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

  • Rare breast cancer: 933 adenoid cystic carcinomas from the National Cancer Data Base.

    Kulkarni N, Pezzi CM, Greif JM, Suzanne Klimberg V, Bailey L, Korourian S, Zuraek M
    Ann Surg Oncol. 2013 Jul. 20(7)2236-41 doi: 10.1245/s10434-013-2911-z. Epub 2013 Mar 1
    PMID: 23456318 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

  • Gender differences in breast cancer: analysis of 13,000 breast cancers in men from the National Cancer Data Base.

    Greif JM, Pezzi CM, Klimberg VS, Bailey L, Zuraek M
    Ann Surg Oncol. 2012 Oct. 19(10)3199-204 doi: 10.1245/s10434-012-2479-z. Epub 2012 Jul 6
    PMID: 22766989 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

  • Adrenocortical Carcinoma: Complete Surgical Resection After 18 Years.

    Polavarapu HV, Casillas S, Edmonds P, Lim PS, Pezzi CM
    World J Oncol. 2011 Dec. 2(6)307-310 doi: 10.4021/wjon369w. Epub 2011 Dec 19
    PMID: 29147267 [PubMed]

  • Nondesignated preliminary residents in general surgery: 25-year outcomes.

    Pezzi CM, Leibrandt TJ, Augustine RT, Nakao S, Borman KR, Dent TL, Kukora JS
    Am J Surg. 2011 Aug. 202(2)233-6 doi: 10.1016/j.amjsurg.2010.06.033.
    PMID: 21810503 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

  • Serous cystadenocarcinoma of the pancreas with metachronous hepatic metastasis.

    Franko J, Cole K, Pezzi CM, Montone KT, Redmond J
    Am J Clin Oncol. 2008 Dec. 31(6)624-5 doi: 10.1097/01.coc.0000227529.77138.01.
    PMID: 19060596 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

  • Late pancreaticojejunostomy stent migration and hepatic abscess after Whipple procedure.

    Rezvani M, O'Moore PV, Pezzi CM
    J Surg Educ. 2007 Jul-Aug. 64(4)220-3.
    PMID: 17706575 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

  • Do men and women use the same criteria in selecting a general surgery residency program? Results of a 20-year study in a non-university program.

    Cole KL, Leibrandt TJ, Pezzi CM, Kukora JS
    J Surg Educ. 2007 Jul-Aug. 64(4)204-7.
    PMID: 17706572 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

  • Characteristics and treatment of metaplastic breast cancer: analysis of 892 cases from the National Cancer Data Base.

    Pezzi CM, Patel-Parekh L, Cole K, Franko J, Klimberg VS, Bland K
    Ann Surg Oncol. 2007 Jan. 14(1)166-73. Epub 2006 Oct 26
    PMID: 17066230 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

  • Incidentalomas of the parathyroid gland: multiple presentations, variable function, and review of the literature.

    Shroff P, McGrath GA, Pezzi CM
    Endocr Pract. 2005 Nov-Dec. 11(6)363-9.
    PMID: 16638722 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

  • Safely increasing the efficiency of thyroidectomy using a new bipolar electrosealing device (LigaSure) versus conventional clamp-and-tie technique.

    Franko J, Kish KJ, Pezzi CM, Pak H, Kukora JS
    Am Surg. 2006 Feb. 72(2)132-6.
    PMID: 16536242 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

  • Has the 80-hour work week had an impact on voluntary attrition in general surgery residency programs?

    Leibrandt TJ, Pezzi CM, Fassler SA, Reilly EF, Morris JB
    J Am Coll Surg. 2006 Feb. 202(2)340-4. Epub 2005 Dec 19
    PMID: 16427562 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

  • Intraabdominal pulmonary sequestration.

    Franko J, Bell K, Pezzi CM
    Curr Surg. 2006 Jan-Feb. 63(1)35-8.
    PMID: 16373158 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

  • Leiomyosarcoma of the major peripheral arteries: case report and review of the literature.

    Blansfield JA, Chung H, Sullivan TR Jr, Pezzi CM
    Ann Vasc Surg. 2003 Sep. 17(5)565-70.
    PMID: 14738087 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

  • Breast conservation surgery using nipple-areolar resection for central breast cancers.

    Pezzi CM, Kukora JS, Audet IM, Herbert SH, Horvick D, Richter MP
    Arch Surg. 2004 Jan. 139(1)32-7; discussion 38.
    PMID: 14718272 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

  • Adenocarcinoid tumor of the ampulla of Vater.

    Alex WR, Auerbach HE, Pezzi CM
    Am Surg. 1998 Apr. 64(4)355-9.
    PMID: 9544149 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

  • Results of needle localized breast biopsy in women under age 50.

    Lein BC, Alex WR, Zebley DM, Pezzi CM
    Am J Surg. 1996 Mar. 171(3)356-9.
    PMID: 8615472 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

  • Hyperparathyroid crisis and posterior mediastinal parathyroid adenoma: a case for preoperative localization.

    Pezzi CM, Sirico-Kelly F, Maxwell RJ, Corrigan DF
    Surgery. 1993 May. 113(5)590-3.
    PMID: 8488480 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

  • Prognostic factors in 227 patients with malignant fibrous histiocytoma.

    Pezzi CM, Rawlings MS Jr, Esgro JJ, Pollock RE, Romsdahl MM
    Cancer. 1992 Apr 15. 69(8)2098-103.
    PMID: 1311983 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

  • Preoperative chemotherapy for soft-tissue sarcomas of the extremities.

    Pezzi CM, Pollock RE, Evans HL, Lorigan JG, Pezzi TA, Benjamin RS, Romsdahl MM
    Ann Surg. 1990 Apr. 211(4)476-81.
    PMID: 2157378 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

  • Papillary-cystic neoplasm of the pancreas.

    Pezzi CM, Schuerch C, Erlandson RA, Deitrick J
    J Surg Oncol. 1988 Apr. 37(4)278-85.
    PMID: 3283458 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]