Department of Surgery

Mary McCarthy, M.D., FACS, Chair

Alex G. Little, M.D.

Elizabeth Berry Gray Chair and Professor of Surgery
Wright State University Department of Surgery, 2003 to 2010

Alex Little, M.D.A Georgia native, Dr. Little received his undergraduate education from the University of North Carolina. He holds an M.D. degree from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. Following two years of residency at Johns Hopkins Hospital, he completed his residency training in general and thoracic surgery at the University of Chicago where he also spent a research year in the field of esophageal physiology with David B. Skinner, M.D. Dr. Little is certified by the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Thoracic Surgery.

Dr. Little served as a faculty member and Chief of Thoracic Surgery at the University of Chicago until 1988, when he was appointed professor and chair of the Department of Surgery at the University of Nevada School of Medicine. He served in that position for 14 years until his appointment as professor and Elizabeth Berry Gray Chair of Surgery at Wright State University School of Medicine, September 1, 2003. He served in that position until April 2010.

Dr. Little's clinical and academic interests relate to the field of general thoracic surgery, the surgical treatment of lung cancer, esophageal cancer, and benign esophageal diseases, including laparoscopic surgery for gastroesophageal reflux disease and hiatal hernia. He was chosen as an outstanding physician by two Las Vegas publications and has twice been included in Good Housekeeping's list of "Best Cancer Surgeons in America."

Dr. Little has served as a visiting professor at 30 institutions and is a member of 27 international, national, and regional medical societies, including the American Surgical Association, American College of Surgeons, the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, the Halsted Society, and the American Association for Thoracic Surgery. He served as president of the American College of Chest Physicians. A prolific writer, Dr. Little has published more than 120 scientific articles, 75 book chapters and has edited/coedited four books.