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Benjamin D. Powers, MD

Academic Title:

Assistant Professor

Primary Appointment:


Education and Training

  • Wayne State University School of Medicine, M.D.
  • Temple University Hospital, Residency, General Surgery
  • Moffitt Cancer Center, Fellowship, Complex General Surgical Oncology


  • General Surgery
  • Surgical Oncology


Dr. Powers is a surgical oncologist and assistant professor in the Department of Surgery at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. He is board-certified in both general surgery and surgical oncology.

His subspecialty is gastrointestinal oncology, and his clinical areas include cancer of the stomach, liver, bile ducts, pancreas, small bowel, colon and rectum. Dr. Powers also specializes in the treatment of carcinoid (neuroendocrine) tumors as well as peritoneal disease, and performs cytoreductive surgery and hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy (HIPEC).

His research interest is in cancer care coordination and delivery. His primary focus is to reduce cancer treatment disparities by developing and refining a care coordination research framework for resectable gastrointestinal cancers. He and his research team have begun to design and test an intervention to address treatment disparities and improve the quality of care for pancreatic cancer patients. He has led multiple initiatives that encompass clinical care, translational research, clinical trials and trainee education.

Dr. Powers received his medical degree from Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit, Michigan. He completed his general surgery residency at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and his Complex General Surgical Oncology fellowship at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida. Prior to joining the University of Maryland School of Medicine, Dr. Powers was assistant member of the Department of Gastrointestinal Oncology at Moffitt Cancer Center and assistant professor at the University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine.

Research/Clinical Keywords

gastrointestinal oncology