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Michael S. Nussbaum, MD, FACS

Chair and Professor, Surgery


100 Spotswood Dr
Lexington, VA  24450

Education and Training

Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania: M.D.

Northwestern University: B.A.

Dr. Michael Nussbaum is the Professor and Chair of the Department of Surgery at Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine/ Carilion Clinic.

Previously he was at the University of Florida College of Medicine – Jacksonville where he was an endowed Professor and served as Chair of the Department of Surgery, the Surgeon-in-Chief of UF Health Jacksonville, Chief of the Division of General Surgery, Program Director for the Surgery Residency, and Program Director for the Advanced Gastrointestinal/ Minimally Invasive Surgery Fellowship.

Prior to coming to Florida, he functioned in numerous roles at the University of Cincinnati in Ohio. He was the Interim Chair of the Department of Surgery and Program Director of the Surgery Residency. He also was a tenured Professor of Surgery, Vice Chair for Clinical Affairs for the Department of Surgery, Program Director for the Minimally Invasive Surgery Fellowship and Chief of Staff for the University of Cincinnati Hospital.

Dr. Nussbaum received his bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University and his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He completed his residency at the University of Cincinnati Hospital Group and was a member of the faculty there from 1986-2008.

He is a nationally recognized expert in the area of gastrointestinal, endocrine and minimally invasive surgery.

At the University of Florida, he was instrumental in instituting a surgical robotics program. He also brings an extensive background in education and leadership. Dr. Nussbaum has a strong appreciation for and enjoys mentoring students, fellows and junior faculty. Dr. Nussbaum has served in leadership positions with numerous national professional organizations throughout his career.

  • He currently is a Senior Director for the American Board of Surgery. 
  • He was the President of the Ohio Chapter of the American College of Surgeons (2000-2001) and the Central Surgical Association (2010-2011). 
  • He is a member of the editorial board for the Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery and is an ad-hoc reviewer for numerous journals including, American Surgeon, Annals of Surgery, Journal of the American College of Surgeons, Surgery, and Surgical Endoscopy 

Dr. Nussbaum is married to Sue Weinstein Nussbaum, M.D., M.B.A., the Executive Director of We Care Jacksonville, Inc. They have two children, Jaclyn and Rachel ages 29 and 26.