21384-Ceppa, Eugene

Eugene P. Ceppa, MD

Professor of Surgery

Phone 317-944-5013
EH 541
Indianapolis, IN
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Dr. Ceppa joined the IU School of Medicine in August 2012 as an associate professor of surgery. This followed completing his undergraduate degree and medical doctorate at the Johns Hopkins University (1995-2003). He went to the Duke University Medical Center to complete his general surgery residency (2003-2010) with a two-year research fellowship at UCSF (2005-2007) studying mechanisms of pain signaling in pancreatitis. He completed two advanced surgical fellowships in minimally invasive/bariatric surgery at Duke University (2011) and hepatopancreatobiliary (HPB) surgery at Indiana University (2012). Once joining the faculty at the IU School of Medicine in 2012, he has developed a surgical practicing focused on minimally invasive gastrointestinal surgery with a focus in benign & malignant disease of the liver, pancreas, gallbladder, and biliary system, as well as benign foregut disease and abdominal wall hernia. His minimally invasive practice includes laparoscopy, endoscopy, and robotic surgery. His clinical interests include hereditary pancreatic cancer as well as surgical quality (surgical site infection). He holds numerous educational roles as the associate program director of the IU general surgery residency and IU HPB surgery fellowship. Currently, serving as the Co-Director of the IU Pancreatic Cyst & Cancer Early Detection Center (PCC-EDC), Director of the Hereditary Pancreatic Cancer Program, Co-Editor to the SAGES Manual for Biliary Surgery, and is the subject editor of hepatopancreatobiliary surgery for the journal Surgical Endoscopy. His research interests are similar to his clinical interests which have resulted in over 90 peer-reviewed publications, 20 book-chapters, and 100 abstracts for presentation at surgical meetings.  He was promoted to Associate Professor of Surgery in July 2018.


Educational Timeline:

Johns Hopkins University - Undergraduate (1995-1999)

Johns Hopkins University - School of Medicine (1999-2003)

Duke University - General Surgery Residency (2003-2005)

University of California, San Francisco - Surgical Research Fellowship (2005-2007)

Duke University - General Surgery Residency (2007-2010)

Duke University - Minimally Invasive/Bariatric Surgery Fellowship (2010-2011)

Indiana University - Hepatopancreatobiliary Surgery Fellowship (2011-2012)

Key Publications

Laparoscopic distal pancreatectomy for pancreatic cancer is safe and effective.

Bauman MD, Becerra DG, Kilbane EM, Zyromski NJ, Schmidt CM, Pitt HA, Nakeeb A, House MG, Ceppa EP.

Surg Endosc. 2017 Jun 22. doi: 10.1007/s00464-017-5633-7. [Epub ahead of print]

PMID: 28643065

Laparoscopic Gastroepiploic Lymphovascular Pedicle Harvesting for the Treatment of Extremity Lymphedema: A Novel Technique.

Johnston ME, Socas J, Hunter JL, Ceppa EP.

Surg Laparosc Endosc Percutan Tech. 2017 Jun;27(3):e40-e43. doi: 10.1097/SLE.0000000000000412.


The Impact of Hepaticojejunostomy Leaks After Pancreatoduodenectomy: a Devastating Source of Morbidity and Mortality.

Jester AL, Chung CW, Becerra DC, Molly Kilbane E, House MG, Zyromski NJ, Max Schmidt C, Nakeeb A, Ceppa EP.

J Gastrointest Surg. 2017 Jun;21(6):1017-1024. doi: 10.1007/s11605-017-3406-1. Epub 2017 Mar 24.


Impact of Fellow Versus Resident Assistance on Outcomes Following Pancreatoduodenectomy.

Carr RA, Chung CW, Schmidt CM 2nd, Jester A, Kilbane ME, House MG, Zyromski NJ, Nakeeb A, Schmidt CM, Ceppa EP.

J Gastrointest Surg. 2017 Jun;21(6):1025-1030. doi: 10.1007/s11605-017-3383-4. Epub 2017 Feb 13.



Examining variation in cost based on surgeon choices for elective laparoscopic cholecystectomy.

Adkins HH, Hardacker TJ, Ceppa EP.

Surg Endosc. 2016 Jul;30(7):2679-84. doi: 10.1007/s00464-015-4553-7. Epub 2015 Oct 20.


Reducing Readmissions after Pancreatectomy: Limiting Complications and Coordinating the Care Continuum.

Ceppa EP, Pitt HA, Nakeeb A, Schmidt CM, Zyromski NJ, House MG, Kilbane EM, George-Minkner AN, Brand B, Lillemoe KD.

J Am Coll Surg. 2015 Sep;221(3):708-16. doi: 10.1016/j.jamcollsurg.2015.05.012. Epub 2015 May 27.


Reducing surgical site infections in hepatopancreatobiliary surgery.

Ceppa EP, Pitt HA, House MG, Kilbane EM, Nakeeb A, Schmidt CM, Zyromski NJ, Lillemoe KD.

HPB (Oxford). 2013 May;15(5):384-91. doi: 10.1111/j.1477-2574.2012.00604.x. Epub 2012 Nov 5.


Hereditary pancreatitis: endoscopic and surgical management.

Ceppa EP, Pitt HA, Hunter JL, Leys CM, Zyromski NJ, Rescorla FJ, Sandrasegaran K, Fogel EL, McHenry LW, Watkins JL, Sherman S, Lehman GA.

J Gastrointest Surg. 2013 May;17(5):847-56; discussion 856-7. doi: 10.1007/s11605-013-2167-8. Epub 2013 Feb 23.


Endoscopic versus surgical ampullectomy: an algorithm to treat disease of the ampulla of Vater.

Ceppa EP, Burbridge RA, Rialon KL, Omotosho PA, Emick D, Jowell PS, Branch MS, Pappas TN.

Ann Surg. 2013 Feb;257(2):315-22. doi: 10.1097/SLA.0b013e318269d010.


Titles & Appointments

  • Professor of Surgery
  • Associate Program Director of General Surgery Residency
  • Associate Program Director of HPB Surgery Fellowship
  • Co-Director of IU Pancreatic Cyst &amp
  • Cancer Early Detection Center
  • Education
    2003 MD Johns Hopkins University
    1999 BA Johns Hopkins University
  • Research

    1. Hereditary Pancreatic Cancer

    2. Surgical Site Infection

    3. Surgical Quality

    4. Hepatopancreatobiliary Surgery Outcomes Research

  • Professional Organizations
    Alpha Omega Alpha
    American College of Surgeons
    American Program Directors in Surgery
    Americas Hernia Society
    Association of Academic Surgeons
    Central Surgical Association
    Phi Beta Kappa Society
    Sabiston Surgical Society
    Western Surgical Association
  • Board Certifications
    American Board of Surgery - Surgery*
  • Clinical Interests

    1. Benign and Maligant Diseases of the Liver, Pancreas, Bile Duct, & Gallbladder

    2. Complex Gastrointestinal Diseases

    3. Abdominal Wall Hernia

    4. Minimally Invasive Surgery (Laparoscopic, Robotic, Endoscopic)

  • Awards
    Desc: Trustee Teaching Award
    Scope: University
    Date: 2022-05-01
    Org: AOA
    Scope: National
    Date: 2016-04-01
    Org: Indiana University School of Medicine, Department of Surgery
    Desc: Faculty Medical Student Teaching Award
    Scope: Department
    Date: 2015-09-01
    Org: Duke University School of Medicine
    Desc: Appleseed Medical Student Teaching Award
    Scope: University
    Date: 2009-06-01
    Org: Duke University Department of Surgery
    Desc: Best Senior General Surgery Resident
    Scope: Department
    Date: 2009-06-01
    Org: PBK
    Scope: National
    Date: 1999-05-01

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