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Sean P. Harbison, MD, FACS
Gastrointestinal Surgery

 
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Administrative Office:
Penn Medicine at University City
3737 Market Street, 4th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Administrative Assistant: Alisa Harris
Telephone: 215-662-9721
Patient Appointments: 215-662-9711
Fax: 215-243-4649/4646

Clinical Office:
Penn Medicine at University City
3737 Market Street, 4th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Contact Information (internal use only)

sean.harbison@uphs.upenn.edu

 

Dr Harbison joins Penn Surgery as Clinical professor of Surgery and Chief, Division of General Surgery at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. Dr Harbison has strong ties to the Philadelphia area; his collegiate education was at LaSalle College, he earned his medical degree from Temple University School of Medicine and completed his internship and residency in General Surgery at The Graduate Hospital. After finishing his General Surgical training he served a clinical Surgical Oncology Fellowship at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City followed by a Surgical Education Fellowship sponsored by the Association for Surgical Education.

Prior to joining Penn Surgery Dr Harbison practiced General Surgery at The Graduate Hospital and Temple University Hospital. His leadership roles have included Surgical Residency Program Director at The Graduate Hospital and Vice Chairman for the Department of Surgery at Temple University School of Medicine as well as student clerkship director at both institutions.
Dr Harbison is a well-known highly regarded surgical provider specializing in complex gastrointestinal disorders including esophageal, gastric, biliary, and colorectal procedures. He has extensive experience with minimally invasive approaches to abdominal surgery and additionally has interest in simple and complex hernia repair as well as reoperative surgery.

Dr Harbison is a committed teacher with a deep interest in undergraduate and graduate medical education. He has received numerous awards for his educational efforts with both students and surgical residents.

Dr Harbison’s research interests include surgical education and outcomes of gastrointestinal surgery.

 
Faculty Appointments
2013 - present  Professor Surgery, Perelman School of Medicine
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
 
2006 - 2013 Professor of Surgery, Temple University School of Medicine
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
 
2003 - 2006 Associate Professor of Surgery, Temple University School of Medicine
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
 
1998 - 2003 Assistant Professor of Surgery, MCP/ Hahnemann University School of Medicine
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
 
1997 - 1999 Assistant Professor of Surgery, Allegheny University of the Health Sciences
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
 
1994 - 1998 Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery
University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
 
Hospital and Administrative Appointments
2013 - present  Attending Surgeon, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
 
2013 - present Active Surgeon, Pennsylvania Hospital
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
 
2013 - present Active Surgeon, Penn Presbyterian Medical Center
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
 
2010 - 2013 Chief, Section of General Surgery
Temple University Hospital Department of Surgery
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
 
2004 - 2013  Vice Chairman for Surgical Education
Department of Surgery, Temple University Hospital
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
 
1992 - 2003  Attending Surgeon
Department of Surgery, Temple University Hospital
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
 
1998 - 2000  Associate Program Director
General Surgery Residency Program, The Graduate Hospital
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
 
1992 - 2003 Attending Surgeon
Department of Surgery, The Graduate Hospital
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
 
Other Appointments
2005 Consultant Surgeon, Philadelphia Zoo Primate Program
 
Education/Training
1982 - 1986  Temple University School of Medicine - Doctor of Medicine
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
 
1978 - 1982  LaSalle College - Bachelor of Arts in Biology (Magna Cum Laude)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
 
Post-Graduate Training and Fellowship Appointments
1996 - 1997  Surgical Education Research Fellowship
Sponsored by the Association For Surgical Education
 
1991 - 1992   Surgical Oncology Fellowship, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
New York, New York
 
1987 - 1991  General Surgical Residency, The Graduate Hospital
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
 
1986 - 1987  General Surgical Internship, The Graduate Hospital
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
 
Memberships/Societies
 
National/International Societies
2006 - present    American Motility Society
 
2006 - present   Association of American Medical Colleges
 
2005 - present   Society of Alimentary and Gastroenterologic Surgeons
 
2005 - present   Society of Surgical Oncology
 
2003 - present   American Hepatico Pancreatico Biliary Association
 
2003 - present   International Hepatico-Pancreatico-Biliary Association
 
1998 - present  American Society of General Surgeons
 
1997 - present  Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract
 
1993 - present American College of Surgeons (Fellow)
Committee on Allied Health Professions 2004-2007
Committee on Medical Students, 2007
 
1995 - present  Association for Surgical Education
Foundation Board of Directors, 2010
 
1993 - present  American Medical Association
 
Local/Regional Societies
1998 - present       Philadelphia Academy of Surgery
Recorder, 2007-2008
Executive Board, 2010
 
1993 - present       American College of Surgeons, Philadelphia Chapter
Member, Executive Council, 1998-2003
Young Surgeons Committee, 1999-2003
Education Committee, 1999-2003
Treasurer, 2002
President-Elect, 2003
President, 2004-2005
Membership Committee (Chairman), 2006
Membership Committee, 2010
Committee on Applicants, 2012-2014
 
1997 - present       Philadelphia College of Physicians (Fellow)
 
1993 - present       Pennsylvania Medical Society
 
1993 - present       Philadelphia County Medical Society
 
Research
1993 - 1996 Phase I Study of Toxicity and Tumor Response to Regional Chemotherapy with Concomitant Hemofiltration.
 
1992 - 1996 Phase I Trial of Neoadjuvant Chemotherapy and Intraoperative Radiation Combined with Gastric Resection for Adenocarcinoma. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Publications
 
Research Publications, Peer Reviewed
  1. Harbison SP.  Elastase accumulation in shed blood for autologus transfusion.  Critical Care Medicine 17(4):42, 1989.
  2. Harbison SP, Regehr G.  Faculty and resident opinions regarding the role of morbidity and mortality conference.  American Journal of Surgery 177(2):136-9, Feb. 1999.
  3. Weese JL, Harbison SP, Stiller GD, Henry DH, Fisher SA.  Neoadjuvant chemotherapy, radical resection with intraoperative radiation therapy:  Improved treatment for gastric adenocarcinoma.  Surgery 128(4):564-571, Oct. 2000.
  4. Indes J, Gaughan J, Harbison SP. Diagnostic impact of laparoscopy on gallbladder cancer. HPB, June 2004.
  5. Parkman HP, Harbison SP. The GI surgeon and gastroparesis. Practical Gastroenterology 31(5):187-195, May 2007.
  6. Newmark JL, Hernandez E, Grewahl H, Milner R, Harbison SP, Dandolu V.  Correlating virtual reality and box trainer tasks in the assessment of laparoscopic surgical skills.  American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology 197(5):546.e1-4, Nov. 2007.
  7. Maranki JL, Lytes V, Meilahn JE, Harbison S, Friedenberg FK, Fisher RS, Parkman HP.  Predictive factors for clinical improvement with Enterra gastric electric stimulation treatment for refractory gastroparesis.  Digestive Diseases & Science 53(8):2072-8, Aug. 2008 (Epub Dec. 14, 2007).
  8. Harberson J, Thomas RM, Harbison SP, Parkman HP.  Gastric neuromuscular pathology in gastroparesis: Analysis of full-thickness antral biopsies.  Digestive Diseases & Science 55(2):359-370, Feb. 2010.
  9. Keller D, Parkman H, Boucek DO, Sankineni A, Meilahn JE, Gaughan JP, Harbison S.  Surgical outcomes after gastric stimulator placement for refractory gastroparesis. Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery 17(4):620-626, Apr. 2013 (Epub Jan. 29, 2013).
Reviews in Peer Reviewed Research Publications
  1. Harbison SP, Dempsey DT.  Peptic ulcer disease. [Review] Current Problems in Surgery 42(6):346-454, June 2005.
Research Publications, Non-Peer Reviewed
  1. Harbison SP.  Back to basics.  Focus on Surgical Education Newsletter of the Association for Surgical Education 17(3):Summer 2000.
Abstracts (Last 3 Years)
  1. Keller D, Parkman H, Harbison S.  Surgical outcomes after gastric stimulator placement. Poster presented at Digestive Disease Week, San Diego, CA, May 2012.
Editorials, Chapters, Case Reports & Participation in Committee Reports
  1. Harbison SP.  Practice what we teach. [Editorial] Focus on Surgical Education Newsletter of the Association for Surgical Education 16(2):Spring 1999.
  2. Harbison SP.  Tenet Healthcare Corporation resurrects Allegheny: A two edged sword. [Editorial] Newsletter of the Philadelphia Metropolitan Chapter, American College of Surgeons, Spring 1999.
  3. Harbison SP.  House Bill 50 may undermine patient care. [Editorial] Newsletter of the Philadelphia Metropolitan Chapter of the American College of Surgeons, Fall 1999.
  4. Harbison SP, Albo D, Arnoletti JP, Bailey H, Clarke J, Jensen M, Isenberg GA, Kaplan L, Lynch TG, McKinsey J, Poenaru D, Sigman H, Wolfson P.  Surgical curriculum development.   In Jacobs DM, Poenaru D (eds.): Surgical Educator’s Handbook.  Association for Surgical Education, 2002, 88-113 (available via website download http://www.surgicaleducation.com/assets/documents/surgicaleducatorhandbook.pdf).
  5. Dempsey DT, Harbison SP.  Ileus and obstruction of the gastrointestinal tract. Chap. 88 in Wachter RM, Goldman L, Hollander H (eds.):  Hospital Medicine, 2nd Edition. Baltimore: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2005, 873-882.
  6. Harbison SP, Dempsey DT.  Mechanical disorders of the stomach, duodenum, and intestine. Chap. 28 in Miller TA (ed.): Modern Surgical Care, 3rd Edition.  New York: Informa Healthcare, 2006, 587-598.
  7. Harbison SP.  Intubation of the stomach and small intestine.  Chap. 52 in Vol. I of Dempsey DT, Klein AS, Pemberton JH, Peters JH (eds.): Shackelfords Surgery of the Alimentary Tract, 6th Edition. Philadelphia: W.B. Saunders/Elsevier, 2006, 749-759.
  8. Harbison SP, Dempsey DT.  Mallory-Weiss Syndrome. In Cameron JL (ed.): Current Surgical Therapy, 9th Edition. Philadelphia: Elsevier Mosby, 2008, 98-102.
  9. Bhavsar T, Saeed-Vafa D, Harbison S, Inniss S. Retroperitoneal cystic lymphangioma in an adult: Case report and review of the literature. [Case Report] World Journal of Gastrointestinal Pathophysiology 1(5):171-176, Dec 2010
Alternative Media
  1. Harbison SP.  GERD and hiatal herniae.  Invited article in Philadelphia Tribune, Jan. 1996.
 
Awards, Honors and Membership in Honorary Societies
2012 Performed first Robotic Single Site Cholecystectomy in Greater Philadelphia Area
 
2012 TUSM, Department of Surgery, Wallace
 
2012 “Top Docs in Philadelphia,” Philadelphia Magazine
 
2012 “Top Docs in America,” US News & World Report
 
2012 “Last Lecture,” elected by Senior Class to deliver their final lecture as senior medical students, TUSM
 
2012 Graduation Hooder, elected by Senior Class to confer medical ‘hoods’ at graduation, TUSM
 
2011 Best Doctors in America
 
2010 “Top Docs in Philadelphia,” Philadelphia Magazine
 
2009 - 2010 Best Doctors in America
 
2006 Golden Apple Teaching Award, TUSM
 
2007 - 2008 Best Doctors in America
 
2007 Frederick and Edna Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching, TUSM
 
2006 “Golden Apple Award,” sponsored by American Medical Students’ Association for Excellence in Clinical Teaching, TUSM
 
2006 Dedicatee, TUSM Class of 2006 Yearbook “Skull”
 
2005-2006 W. Emory Burnett MD Award for Excellence in Clinical Teaching, Department of Surgery, TUSM
 
2005 Elected Member, Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society, Temple University Omega Chapter, TUSM
 
2005 2005 Commencement “Hooder,” TUSM
 
2005 Russell and Pearl Moses Memorial Endowed Teaching Award, TUSM
 
2004 Golden Apple Teaching Award, Temple University School of Medicine (TUSM)
 
2002 Golden Apple Teaching Award, MCP/ Hahnemann University School of Medicine
 
2001 Nomination, Golden Apple Teaching Award, MCP/ Hahnemann University School of Medicine
 
2000 Special Dean’s Award for Excellence in Clinical Teaching, MCP/ Hahnemann University School of Medicine
 
1999 Best Teaching Attending Award, TGH
 
1999  Special Dean’s Award for Excellence in Clinical Teaching, MCP/ Hahnemann University School of Medicine
 
1999  Golden Apple Teaching Award, MCP/ Hahnemann University School of Medicine
 
1998 Best Teaching Attending, Allegheny University Hospital/  Graduate
 
1998 National Distinguished Teaching Award, Association of  Surgical Education, Vancouver, British Columbia
 
1998 Nomination, Golden Apple Award, Allegheny University of the Health Sciences
 
1997 Dean’s Award for Excellence in Clinical Teaching at an Affiliate Hospital, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
 
1996 Nomination, Blockley-Osler Distinguished Teaching Award, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
 
1996 Best Teaching Attending, The Graduate Hospital (TGH)
 
1995 Penn Pearls Teaching Award, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
 
1991 Best Teaching Resident, The Graduate Hospital.
 
1982 Phi Alpha Beta Honor Fraternity, LaSalle College
 
1982 Honor Society of Alpha Epsilon, LaSalle College
 
1982 Magna Cum Laude, LaSalle College

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