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May Tee, MD, MPH, FACS (She / Her)

Associate Professor and Program Director of Surgery Residency

  • Surgery
  • College of Medicine
  • Surgical Oncologist



Dr. May Tee, MD, MPH, FACS is a surgical oncologist with specific expertise in hepatobiliary (liver), pancreatic, solid organ (including spleen), and upper gastrointestinal diseases. She is originally from Vancouver, Canada, where she graduated from the University of British Columbia medical school and general surgery residency. She obtained a Master of Public Health from Harvard University during residency, with a specific focus on surgical outcomes and quality improvement. She completed fellowship subspecialty training in Hepatobiliary / Pancreatic / Gastrointestinal Surgery at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. She practiced in Des Moines, IA, at the main tertiary referral center for Central Iowa affiliated with the Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine for several years, before being recruited to the Howard University Department of Surgery as an Associate Professor. She has performed hundreds of complex general surgical, hepatobiliary, pancreatic, and gastrointestinal operations, often via a minimally invasive robotic / laparoscopic approach, with excellent clinical and oncologic outcomes. She has over 30 peer-reviewed book chapters, invited reviews, and original research articles published in high-impact medical journals. Her advanced surgical procedures, which utilize cutting edge technologies, are featured in both the American College of Surgeons and Society of Surgical Oncology operative video libraries. She has been involved in surgical education throughout her career, sat on an advisory committee on competency-based education with the American Board of Surgery, and is the current Director of the General Surgery Residency Program at Howard University Hospital.



    • Fellowship: Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary and Complex Gastrointestinal Surgery, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN (2014-2016)
    • Graduate School: Master of Public Health (MPH), Harvard University, Boston, MA (2010-2011)
    • Residency: General Surgery, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada (2008-2014)
    • Medical School: Doctor of Medicine (MD), University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada (2004-2008)



    • Americas Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Association – Certification in Advanced HPB Surgery (2016)
    • American Board of Surgery – Board Certification in Surgery (2015)
    • Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada – Board Certification in General Surgery (2014)



    • Program Director, Howard University Hospital General Surgery Residency (Feb 2023-present)
    • Associate Professor of Surgical Oncology, Howard University (Jan 2023-present)
    • District of Columbia Board of Medicine, DC Medical License (Sep 2022-present)


    Education & Expertise



    Hepatobiliary / Pancreatic / Complex Gastrointestinal Surgery
    Mayo Clinic

    Master of Public Health (MPH)

    Quantitative Methods (Clinical Epidemiology / Biostatistics)
    Harvard University


    General Surgery Residency
    University of British Columbia

    Doctor of Medicine (MD)

    Medical Degree
    University of British Columbia


    Cancer Surgery

    • Liver cancer (primary and secondary neoplasms): hepatic resection / ablation
    • Pancreas cancer: pancreatectomy / Whipple including major vascular resection and reconstruction
    • Gallbladder cancer: radical cholecystectomy, portal lymphadenectomy
    • Biliary tract cancer: bile duct resection with biliary reconstruction
    • Gastric (stomach) cancer: gastrectomy with gastrointestinal reconstruction
    • Spleen: splenectomy for benign and malignant conditions
    • Bowel (small intestine, colon, appendix) cancer: bowel resection
    • Vascular access: placement of ports to facilitate chemotherapy
    • Other surgical conditions: abdominal wall reconstruction / hernia repair
    • Minimally invasive surgery: robotic, laparoscopic, and endoscopic surgery



    General Surgery Residency Program Director

    The Howard University General Surgery Residency Program is a postgraduate training program, fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). There is a complement of 33 resident physicians training to become board-eligible surgeons. Many of these trainees have gone on to do cutting edge research as surgeon-scientists, matched to extremely competitive fellowships in all surgical subspecialties, and have become leaders in surgery.




    Cancer Surgery - Outcomes and Health Disparities


    Howard University College of Medicine Junior Faculty Scholars Award (2023-2024)



    Board Certifications

    • Americas Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Association – Certification in Advanced HPB Surgery (2016)
    • American Board of Surgery – Board Certification in Surgery (2015)
    • Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada – Board Certification in General Surgery (2014)


    • Program Director, Howard University Hospital General Surgery Residency (Feb 2023-present)
    • Associate Professor of Surgical Oncology, Howard University (Jan 2023-present)
    • District of Columbia Board of Medicine, DC Medical License (Sep 2022-present)

    Related Articles

    PubMed Link to Peer-Reviewed Publications 

    1: Franko J, Le VH, Tee MC, Lin M, Sedinkin J, Raman S, Frankova D. Signet ring
    cell carcinoma of the gastrointestinal tract: National trends on treatment
    effects and prognostic outcomes. Cancer Treat Res Commun. 2021;29:100475. doi:
    10.1016/j.ctarc.2021.100475. Epub 2021 Oct 11. PMID: 34655861.

    2: Franko J, Chamberlain DM, James AB, Collins A, Tee MC, Le VH, Frankova D.
    Rising Incidence of Peri-Operative Bactibilia among Patients Undergoing Complex
    Biliopancreatic Surgery. Surg Infect (Larchmt). 2022 Feb;23(1):47-52. doi:
    10.1089/sur.2021.131. Epub 2021 Oct 7. PMID: 34619058.

    3: Tee MC, Brahmbhatt RD, Franko J. Robotic Resection of Type I Hilar
    Cholangiocarcinoma with Intrapancreatic Bile Duct Dissection. Ann Surg Oncol.
    2022 Feb;29(2):964-969. doi: 10.1245/s10434-021-10811-7. Epub 2021 Oct 6. PMID:

    4: Brahmbhatt RD, Tee MC, Franko J. Robotic Isolated Caudate Lobectomy for
    Solitary Colorectal Liver Metastasis. Ann Surg Oncol. 2021 Dec;28(13):8236-8237.
    doi: 10.1245/s10434-021-10321-6. Epub 2021 Jun 30. PMID: 34195901.

    5: Ferrel B, Franko J, Tee MC. Rare case of pancreatic neuroendocrine tumour
    presenting as paraneoplastic hypercalcaemia. BMJ Case Rep. 2021 Apr
    15;14(4):e240786. doi: 10.1136/bcr-2020-240786. PMID: 33858893; PMCID:

    6: Tee MC, Chen L, Franko J, Edwards JP, Raman S, Ball CG. Effect of wound
    protectors on surgical site infection in patients undergoing whipple procedure.
    HPB (Oxford). 2021 Aug;23(8):1185-1195. doi: 10.1016/j.hpb.2020.11.1146. Epub
    2020 Dec 15. PMID: 33334675.

    7: Franko J, Brahmbhatt R, Tee M, Raman S, Ferrel B, Gorvet M, Andres M.
    Cellular Immunoprofile of Peritoneal Environment During a HIPEC Procedure. Ann
    Surg Oncol. 2020 Dec;27(13):5005-5013. doi: 10.1245/s10434-020-08870-3. Epub
    2020 Jul 21. PMID: 32696309.

    8: Tee MC, Pirozzi N, Brahmbhatt RD, Raman S, Franko J. Oncologic and surgical
    outcomes for gastric cancer patients undergoing gastrectomy differ by race in
    the United States. Eur J Surg Oncol. 2020 Oct;46(10 Pt A):1941-1947. doi:
    10.1016/j.ejso.2020.05.014. Epub 2020 May 16. PMID: 32466860.

    9: Tee MC, Chen L, Peightal D, Franko J, Kim PT, Brahmbhatt RD, Raman S,
    Scudamore CH, Chung SW, Segedi M. Minimally invasive hepatectomy is associated
    with decreased morbidity and resource utilization in the elderly. Surg Endosc.
    2020 Nov;34(11):5030-5040. doi: 10.1007/s00464-019-07298-5. Epub 2019 Dec 9.
    PMID: 31820156.

    10: Franko J, Raman S, Krishnan N, Frankova D, Tee MC, Brahmbhatt R, Goldman CD,
    Weigel RJ. Randomized Trial of Perioperative Probiotics Among Patients
    Undergoing Major Abdominal Operation. J Am Coll Surg. 2019
    Dec;229(6):533-540.e1. doi: 10.1016/j.jamcollsurg.2019.09.002. Epub 2019 Sep 25.
    PMID: 31562911.

    11: Tee MC, Krajewski AC, Groeschl RT, Farnell MB, Nagorney DM, Kendrick ML,
    Cleary SP, Smoot RL, Croome KP, Truty MJ. Indications and Perioperative Outcomes
    for Pancreatectomy with Arterial Resection. J Am Coll Surg. 2018
    Aug;227(2):255-269. doi: 10.1016/j.jamcollsurg.2018.05.001. Epub 2018 May 9.
    PMID: 29752997.

    12: Bergquist JR, Ivanics T, Storlie CB, Groeschl RT, Tee MC, Habermann EB,
    Smoot RL, Kendrick ML, Farnell MB, Roberts LR, Gores GJ, Nagorney DM, Truty MJ.
    Implications of CA19-9 elevation for survival, staging, and treatment sequencing
    in intrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma: A national cohort analysis. J Surg Oncol.
    2016 Sep;114(4):475-82. doi: 10.1002/jso.24381. Epub 2016 Jul 20. PMID:
    27439662; PMCID: PMC6038702.

    13: Tee MC, Ubl DS, Habermann EB, Nagorney DM, Kendrick ML, Sarr MG, Truty MJ,
    Que FG, Reid-Lombardo K, Smoot RL, Farnell MB. Metabolic Syndrome is Associated
    with Increased Postoperative Morbidity and Hospital Resource Utilization in
    Patients Undergoing Elective Pancreatectomy. J Gastrointest Surg. 2016
    Jan;20(1):189-98; discussion 198. doi: 10.1007/s11605-015-3007-9. Epub 2015 Nov
    9. PMID: 26553267.

    14: Croome KP, Tee M, Nagorney DM, Truty MJ, Reid-Lombardo KM, Que FG, Kendrick
    ML, Farnell MB. Pancreatoduodenectomy for Chronic Pancreatitis-Results of a Pain
    Relief and Quality of Life Survey 15 Years Following Operation. J Gastrointest
    Surg. 2015 Dec;19(12):2146-53. doi: 10.1007/s11605-015-2928-7. Epub 2015 Sep 2.
    PMID: 26334250.

    15: Tee MC, Kendrick ML, Farnell MB. Laparoscopic Pancreaticoduodenectomy: Is It
    an Effective Procedure for Pancreatic Ductal Adenocarcinoma? Adv Surg.
    2015;49:143-56. doi: 10.1016/j.yasu.2015.03.003. Epub 2015 Jun 25. PMID:

    16: Tee MC, Croome KP, Shubert CR, Farnell MB, Truty MJ, Que FG, Reid-Lombardo
    KM, Smoot RL, Nagorney DM, Kendrick ML. Laparoscopic pancreatoduodenectomy does
    not completely mitigate increased perioperative risks in elderly patients. HPB
    (Oxford). 2015 Oct;17(10):909-18. doi: 10.1111/hpb.12456. Epub 2015 Aug 20.
    PMID: 26294338; PMCID: PMC4571759.

    17: Tee MC, Shubert CR, Ubl DS, Habermann EB, Nagorney DM, Que FG. Preoperative
    anemia is associated with increased use of hospital resources in patients
    undergoing elective hepatectomy. Surgery. 2015 Oct;158(4):1027-36; discussion
    1036-8. doi: 10.1016/j.surg.2015.06.004. Epub 2015 Jul 7. PMID: 26162941.

    18: Tee MC, Chan SK, Nguyen V, Strugnell SS, Yang J, Jones S, Tiwari P, Levine
    DS, Wiseman SM. Incremental value and clinical impact of neck sonography for
    primary hyperparathyroidism: a risk-adjusted analysis. Can J Surg. 2013
    Oct;56(5):325-31. doi: 10.1503/cjs.015612. PMID: 24067517; PMCID: PMC3788011.

    19: Tee MC, Cao Y, Warnock GL, Hu FB, Chavarro JE. Effect of bariatric surgery
    on oncologic outcomes: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Surg Endosc. 2013
    Dec;27(12):4449-56. doi: 10.1007/s00464-013-3127-9. Epub 2013 Aug 16. PMID:
    23949484; PMCID: PMC4018832.

    20: Davis DD, Tee MC, Kowal J, Holmes DT, Wiseman SM. Streamlining of intra-
    operative parathyroid hormone measurements for cure during parathyroidectomy. Am
    J Surg. 2013 May;205(5):597-601; discussion 601. doi:
    10.1016/j.amjsurg.2013.01.027. PMID: 23592169.

    21: Tee MC, Holmes DT, Wiseman SM. Ionized vs serum calcium in the diagnosis and
    management of primary hyperparathyroidism: which is superior? Am J Surg. 2013
    May;205(5):591-6; discussion 596. doi: 10.1016/j.amjsurg.2013.01.017. PMID:

    22: Edwards JP, Ho AL, Tee MC, Dixon E, Ball CG. Wound protectors reduce
    surgical site infection: a meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. Ann
    Surg. 2012 Jul;256(1):53-9. doi: 10.1097/SLA.0b013e3182570372. PMID: 22584694.

    23: Tee MC, Chandler T, Hlynsky J, Aleem A. Images of cecal volvulus from a
    strangulating fallopian tube: a case report. J Clin Med Res. 2011
    Oct;3(5):258-61. doi: 10.4021/jocmr661w. Epub 2011 Sep 26. PMID: 22383914;
    PMCID: PMC3279488.

    24: Chen L, Zhao Y, Chen Z, Tee M, Mao Y, Zhou LF. Multiple dynamic cavernous
    malformations in a girl: long-term follow-up. Surg Neurol. 2009
    Dec;72(6):728-32. doi: 10.1016/j.surneu.2009.04.002. Epub 2009 Jul 14. PMID:

    25: Johnson JD, Ao Z, Ao P, Li H, Dai LJ, He Z, Tee M, Potter KJ, Klimek AM,
    Meloche RM, Thompson DM, Verchere CB, Warnock GL. Different effects of FK506,
    rapamycin, and mycophenolate mofetil on glucose-stimulated insulin release and
    apoptosis in human islets. Cell Transplant. 2009;18(8):833-45. doi:
    10.3727/096368909X471198. Epub 2009 Apr 10. PMID: 19500470.

    26: Tee M, Vos P, Zetler P, Wiseman SM. Incidental littoral cell angioma of the
    spleen. World J Surg Oncol. 2008 Aug 19;6:87. doi: 10.1186/1477-7819-6-87. PMID:
    18713469; PMCID: PMC2527567.

    27: Dror V, Kalynyak TB, Bychkivska Y, Frey MH, Tee M, Jeffrey KD, Nguyen V,
    Luciani DS, Johnson JD. Glucose and endoplasmic reticulum calcium channels
    regulate HIF-1beta via presenilin in pancreatic beta-cells. J Biol Chem. 2008
    Apr 11;283(15):9909-16. doi: 10.1074/jbc.M710601200. Epub 2008 Jan 3. PMID: