Dr. John Christopher Eagon

John Christopher Eagon, MD

  • Associate Professor of Surgery

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Medical School

Harvard Medical School, 1988

Post Doctoral Education

Residency - General Surgery, Washington University, 1988-1995

Fellowship - Digestive Diseases, Mayo Clinic, 1990-1992

Fellowship - Medical Informatics, University of Utah, 1995-1997

Board Certifications

General Surgery--Certified

Clinical Interests

Surgical treatment of benign and malignant gastrointestinal disease; surgical treatment of obesity; laparoscopic approaches to obesity, gastroesophageal reflux, biliary tract disease and abdominal hernias; surgical treatment of gastrointestinal motility disorders; and benign and malignant disorders of the bile ducts, gallbladder, liver and stomach.

Washington University Weight Loss Surgery Program

Research Interests

Alterations in fat metabolism and NAFLD induced by surgical weight loss
Tissue oxygenation in the obese surgical patient
Outcomes analysis in hepatobiliary and minimally invasive surgery
Laparoscopic approaches to surgical treatment of obesity
Evaluating relationship between clinical research vocabulary and controlled medical vocabularies

Patients Seen At

Center for Advanced Medicine
GI Center
4921 Parkview Place, Suite C, Floor 8
St. Louis, MO 63110
(314) 454-8877
Fax: (314) 222-6256

Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital
Physician’s Office Building #1
Suite #124
1040 North Mason Rd.
Creve Coeur, MO 63141
(314) 454-8877
Fax: (314) 222-6256

Contact Information

Washington University School of Medicine
Department of Surgery
Section of Hepatobiliary Pancreatic Surgery
Campus Box 8109, 660 S. Euclid Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63110
(314) 454-8877

Selected Publications

Melman L, Jenkins ED, Deeken CR, Brodt MD, Brown SR, Brunt LM, Eagon JC, Frisella M, Matthews BD. Evaluation of acute fixation strength for mechanical tacking devices and fibrin sealant versus polypropylene suture for laparoscopic ventral hernia repair. Surg Innov. 2010 Dec;17(4):285-90.

Magkos F, Fabbrini E, McCrea J, Patterson BW, Eagon JC, Klein S. Decrease in hepatic very-low-density lipoprotein-triglyceride secretion after weight loss is inversely associated with changes in circulating leptin. Diabetes Obes Metab. 2010 Jul;12(7):584-90.

Jenkins ED, Yom V, Melman L, Brunt LM, Eagon JC, Frisella MM, Matthews BD. Prospective evaluation of adhesion characteristics to intraperitoneal mesh and adhesiolysis-related complications during laparoscopic re-exploration after prior ventral hernia repair. Surg Endosc. 2010 Dec;24(12):3002-7.

Gregor MF, Yang L, Fabbrini E, Mohammed BS, Eagon JC, Hotamisligil GS, Klein S. Endoplasmic reticulum stress is reduced in tissues of obese subjects after weight loss. Diabetes. 2009 Mar;58(3):693-700

Melman L, Azar R, Beddow K, Brunt LM, Halpin VJ, Eagon JC, Frisella MM, Edmundowicz S, Jonnalagadda S, Matthews BD. Primary and overall success rates for clinical outcomes after laparoscopic, endoscopic, and open pancreatic cystgastrostomy for pancreatic pseudocysts. Surg Endosc. 2009 Feb;23(2):267-71.

Melman L, Quinlan J, Robertson B, Brunt LM, Halpin VJ, Eagon JC, Frisella MM, Matthews BD. Esophageal manometric characteristics and outcomes for laparoscopic esophageal diverticulectomy, myotomy, and partial fundoplication for epiphrenic diverticula. Surg Endosc. 2009 Jun;23(6):1337-41.

Hager H, Mandadi G, Pulley D, Eagon JC, Mascha E, Nutter B, Kurz A. A comparison of noninvasive blood pressure measurement on the wrist with invasive arterial blood pressure monitoring in patients undergoing bariatric surgery. Obes Surg. 2009 Jun;19(6):717-24.

Melman L, Quinlan JA, Hall BL, Brunt LM, Pierce RA, Halpin V, Eagon JC, Robertson B, Frisella M, Matthews BD. Clinical utility of routine barium esophagram after laparoscopic anterior esophageal myotomy for achalasia. Surg Endosc. 2009 Mar;23(3):606-10.

Pierce RA, Jonnalagadda S, Spitler JA, Tessier DJ, Liaw JM, Lall SC, Melman LM, Frisella MM, Todt LM, Brunt LM, Halpin VJ, Eagon JC, Edmundowicz SA, Matthews BD. Incidence of residual choledocholithiasis detected by intraoperative cholangiography at the time of laparoscopic cholecystectomy in patients having undergone preoperative ERCP. Surg Endosc. 2008 Nov;22(11):2365-72.

Sexton JA, Pierce RA, Halpin VJ, Eagon JC, Hawkins WG, Linehan DC, Brunt LM, Frisella MM, Matthews BD. Laparoscopic gastric resection for gastrointestinal stromal tumors. Surg Endosc. 2008 Dec;22(12):2583-7.

Tessier DJ, Eagon JC. Surgical management of morbid obesity. Curr Probl Surg. 2008 Feb;45(2):68-137.

Tessier DJ, Pierce RA, Brunt LM, Halpin VJ, Eagon JC, Frisella MM, Czerniejewski S, Matthews BD. Laparoscopic splenectomy for splenic masses. Surg Endosc. 2008 Sep;22(9):2062-6.

Peifer KJ, Shiels AJ, Azar R, Rivera RE, Eagon JC, Jonnalagadda S. Successful endoscopic management of gastrojejunal anastomotic strictures after Roux-en-Y gastric bypass. Gastrointest Endosc. 2007 Aug;66(2):248-52.

Thaker RI, Matthews BD, Linehan DC, Strasberg SM, Eagon JC, Hawkins WG. Absorbable mesh reinforcement of a stapled pancreatic transection line reduces the leak rate with distal pancreatectomy. J Gastrointest Surg. 2007 Jan;11(1):59-65.

Fontana L, Eagon JC, Trujillo ME, Scherer PE, Klein S. Visceral fat adipokine secretion is associated with systemic inflammation in obese humans. Diabetes. 2007 Apr;56(4):1010-3. Link to medical news release.

Pub Med for J. Christopher Eagon, M.D.


Eagon JC. Small Bowel Obstruction. In: Rosenthal R, Zenilman M, Katlic (eds.). Principles and Practice of Geriatric Surgery. New York: Springer-Verlag, 2001.

Peplinski GR, Eagon JC. Stomach. In: Doherty G, Meko J, Olson J, Peplinski G, Worrall N (eds.). The Washington Manual of Surgery. 2nd edition. Boston: Little, Brown and Company; 1999.

Peplinski GR, Eagon JC. Special Problems in Gastroenterology. In: Doherty G, Meko J, Olson J, Peplinski G, Worrall N (eds.). The Washington Manual of Surgery. 2nd edition. Boston: Little, Brown and Company; 1999.