Alliric I. Willis, MD
Assistant Professor, Surgery
Assistant Professor, Fels Institute for Cancer Research
Alliric I. Willis was raised in Atlanta, GA. He earned his undergraduate degree from Harvard College with a concentration in History and Science. During college, Alliric developed an interest in medical ethics culminating in his senior thesis. While earning his medical doctorate at the University of Pennsylvania, he developed interest in surgical oncology and gained his first exposure to translational research.
While completing general surgical residency training at Washington University in St. Louis, Dr. Willis was awarded a surgical research fellowship at Yale University. It was at Yale that Dr. Willis spent two years in basic translational research and solidified his goal of becoming an academic surgeon researcher. After completing his residency at Washington University, he returned to Philadelphia for a surgical oncology fellowship at Fox Chase Cancer Center, where he refined his clinical research skills. Dr. Willis’ background in medical ethics and clinical interests in surgical oncology coalesced into his research interests in disparities in cancer care quality and outcomes.
As an Assistant Professor of Surgery in the Division of Surgical Oncology at Temple University School of Medicine, he has focused on clinical and translational research in disparities in quality and outcomes in breast and gastrointestinal cancers while caring for a diverse patient population. His goal is to become a leading cancer disparities researcher by using his clinical expertise in surgical oncology and multidisciplinary collaborations to identify areas for impactful research to make epidemiologic and molecular discoveries that guide effective interventions to eliminate disparities in cancer outcomes.