Seattle-raised, and Winston-Salem based, Clancy J. Clark, MD, FACS, is a board-certified general surgeon who specializes in liver, bile duct, and pancreatic surgery.

Clancy’s childhood was marked by his brother’s chronic GI disorder, and his Grandpa’s painful battle with pancreatic cancer—formative experiences that cemented his desire to be a GI-focused doctor at an early age.

Before medical school, Clancy was a researcher at the Cross Cultural Health Care Program, where he studied access-to-care issues and focused efforts on improving health outcomes for low-income and non-English speaking patients. In 2000, Clancy and his wife relocated to Columbus, Ohio, where he embarked on his medical training at The Ohio State University. After graduating with several honors and awards, Clancy returned to Seattle to complete his general surgery training at Virginia Mason Medical Center, then moved to Rochester, Minnesota for fellowship at Mayo Clinic.

While at Mayo, he acquired extensive training in the surgical management of complex liver, bile duct, and pancreatic disease, conducted numerous procedures to treat pancreatic and liver cancer, and obtained detailed training in non-cancer diseases of the liver and pancreas, including acute and chronic pancreatitis, bile duct injury, bile duct stricture, liver transplant, and benign tumors of the liver.

In 2012, Clancy moved to Winston-Salem to join the Surgical Oncology department at Wake Forest School of Medicine, where what began as an established role of attending surgeon organically expanded to include teaching. Today, Clancy is Associate Professor of Surgery and Surgical Director of the Surgical Navigation Center at Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist. His practices include the treatment of pancreatic and liver cancers, and surgery for both benign and malignant disorders of the liver, bile duct, and pancreas. Additionally, Clancy’s interests incorporate the surgical management of acute and chronic pancreatitis.

Be it via research, seminars or surgeries, Clancy’s utmost goal is to improve patient quality of life during the continuum of a pancreatic or liver cancer diagnosis. Encouraged by the ever-evolving availability of therapies, treatments and resources, he’s dedicated to furthering GI-focused education, empowering patients and their families with available information, and impacting the health care industry at large.

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