Dr. Andersen completed his undergraduate and medical degrees at Duke University, where he also trained in Internal Medicine, as well as General Surgery. His career includes appointments at the State University of New York Health Sciences Center at Brooklyn; at the University of Chicago and Yale University, where he was a Professor and Chief of General Surgery; at the University of Massachusetts, where he was Chairman of Surgery; and at Johns Hopkins, where he was Vice-Chair of Surgery and Surgeon-In-Chief at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. He is currently Program Director for the Clinical Studies program, Division of Digestive Diseases and Nutrition at the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.

His research on pancreatic and gastrointestinal hormone physiology was funded the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and he was a member of the NIH Surgery and Bioengineering Study Section. Dr. Andersen’s interests focus on benign and malignant disorders of the pancreas, organ-sparing forms of pancreatic surgery, and pancreatogenic diabetes. He is a past president of the Association of Academic Surgery and a co-editor of the Schwartz’s Principles of Surgery.