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Yinin Hu, MD

Academic Title:

Assistant Professor

Primary Appointment:



South Hospital UMMC

Phone (Primary):


Education and Training

  • Northwestern University, BA, Biology, Economics, 2007
  • Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine, MD, 2011
  • University of Virginia School of Medicine, Residency in General Surgery, 2018
  • Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Fellowship in Complex General Surgical Oncology, 2020


Dr. Yinin Hu is a surgical oncologist with clinical expertise in endocrine and gastrointestinal cancers. He completed his medical training at Washington University in St. Louis, followed by general surgery residency at the University of Virginia. During that time, he completed a T32 research fellowship studying melanoma immunotherapy, surgical outcomes in lung and esophageal cancer, and surgical education. He then performed advanced clinical training in surgical oncology at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.

Dr. Hu's research focuses on patient decision-making, quality of life, comparative effectiveness, and cost-effectiveness in surgical care. He is also heavily invested in surgical education, and has conducted prospective research analyzing surgical learning curves and adaptive teaching curricula. His work has lead to active involvement in academic societies including the Society of Surgical Oncology, American College of Surgeons, and American Association of Endocrine Surgeons. 

Research/Clinical Keywords

cancer, comparative effectiveness, cost effectiveness, patient-reported utilities, decision-analysis, quality-adjusted life-years, quality of life, cumulative sum, learning curve, utilization trends

Highlighted Publications

Paluskievicz CM, Chang DR, Blackburn KW, Turner DJ, Munir KM, Mullins CD, Olson JA Jr, Hu Y. Low-Risk Papillary Thyroid Cancer: Treatment De-Escalation and Cost Implications. J Surg Res 2022

Ma EZ, Terhune JH, Zafari Z, Blackburn KW, Olson JA Jr, Mullins CD, Hu Y. Treat Now or Treat Later: Comparative Effectiveness of Adjuvant Therapy in Resected Stage IIIA Melanoma. J Am Coll Surg 2022

Newland JJ, Johnson AM, Feng Z, Kim RE, Williams RT, Hanna NN, Mullins CD, Hu Y. Increasing utilization of endoscopic local excision for early-stage gastric cancers in the United States. Surgery 2022

Hu Y, Yoon SS. Extent of gastrectomy and lymphadenectomy for gastric adenocarcinoma. Surg Oncol 2022

Hu Y. Permanent postoperative hypoparathyroidism: Underappreciated impact on long-term quality of life. Surgery 2022

Hu Y, Michaels AD, Khot R, Schenk WG 3rd, Hanks JB, Smith PW. A Novel Thyroid Ultrasound Proficiency Metric Designed Through a Multidisciplinary Delphi Approach. Am Surg 2021

Hu Y, Vos EL, Baser RE, Russo A, Schattner MA, Coit DG, Strong VE. Longitudinal Analysis of Quality of Life Recovery After Gastrectomy for Cancer. Ann Surg Oncol 2020

Hu Y, Briggs A, Gennarelli RL, Bartlett EK, Ariyan CE, Coit DG, Brady MS. Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy for T1b Melanoma: Balancing Prognostic Value and Cost. Ann Surg Oncol 2020

Hu Y, Johnston LE, Shami VM, Bauer TW, Adams RB, Stukenborg GJ, Zaydfudim VM. Comparative Effectiveness of Resection versus Surveillance for Pancreatic Branch Duct Intraductal Papillary Mucinous Neoplasms with Worrisome Features. JAMA Surg 2018

Hu Y, Puri V, Shami VM, Stukenborg GJ, Kozower BD. Comparative Effectiveness of Esophagectomy versus Endoscopic Treatment for Esophageal High-Grade Dysplasia. Ann Surg 2016

Hu Y, Brooks KD, Kim H, Mahmutovic A, Choi J, Le IA, Kane BJ, McGahren ED, Rasmussen SK. Adaptive Simulation Training Using Cumulative Sum: a Randomized Prospective Trial. Am J Surg 2016

Additional Publication Citations

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Clinical Specialty Details

  • Thyroid cancer
  • Multinodular goiter
  • Graves' disease
  • Primary hyperparathyroidism
  • Adrenal mass
  • Adrenocortical cancer
  • Gastroesophageal cancer
  • CDH1 mutation
  • Gastrointestinal stromal tumor
  • Gastrointestinal neuroendocrine tumor
  • Melanoma

Awards and Affiliations

Society of Surgical Oncology

American College of Surgeons

American Association of Endocrine Surgeons