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Sean P. Harbison, MD, FACS
Gastrointestinal Surgery

 
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Administrative Office:
Penn Presbyterian Medical Center
Department of Surgery
51 N 39th St Ste 266
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Administrative Assistant: Alisa Harris
Telephone: 215-662-9721
Patient Appointments: 215-662-9711
Fax: 215-243-4649/4646

Clinical Office:
Penn Presbyterian Medical Center
Department of Surgery
266 Wright Saunders Building
39th & Market Streets
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
Oct/2013 - present  Professor of Clinical 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
Oct/2013 - present  Attending Surgeon, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
 
Oct/2013-present Active Surgeon, Pennsylvania Hospital
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
 
Oct/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
1978 - 1982  LaSalle College - Bachelor of Arts in Biology (Magna Cum Laude)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
 
1982 - 1986  Temple University School of Medicine - Doctor of Medicine
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
 
Post-Graduate Training and Fellowship Appointments
1986 - 1987  General Surgical Internship, The Graduate Hospital
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
 
1987 - 1991  General Surgical Residency, The Graduate Hospital
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
 
1991 - 1992   Surgical Oncology Fellowship, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
New York, New York
 
1996 - 1997  Surgical Education Research Fellowship
Sponsored by the Association For Surgical Education
 
Memberships/Societies
 
National Societies
  • American Medical Association
  • Society of Surgical Oncology
  • Association for Surgical Education
  • Fellow, American College of Surgeons
  • Association of American Medical Colleges
  • Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract
  • Association of Program Directors in Surgery
  • American Society of General Surgeons
  • International Hepatico-Pancreatico-Biliary Association
  • American Hepatico Pancreatico Biliary Association
  • Society of Alimentary and Gastroenterologic Surgeons
  • American Motility Society
  • Committee on Applicants, American College of Surgeons:
    • Metropolitan Philadelphia Chapter, 2012-2014
 
Local Societies
  • Pennsylvania Medical Society
  • Philadelphia County Medical Society
  • Fellow, Philadelphia College of Physicians
  • Philadelphia Metropolitan Chapter, American
  • College of Surgeons
  • Philadelphia Academy of Surgery
    • Treasurer, Philadelphia Metro Chapter American College of Surgeons, 2002
    • President Elect, Philadelphia Metropolitan Chapter, American College of Surgeons, 2003
    • President, Philadelphia Metropolitan Chapter, American College of Surgeons, 2004–2005
    • Philadelphia Academy of Surgery, Recorder, 2007-2008
 
Research
1992 - 1996 Phase I Trial of Neoadjuvant Chemotherapy and Intraoperative Radiation Combined with Gastric Resection for Adenocarcinoma. 
 
1993 - 1996 Phase I Study of Toxicity and Tumor Response to Regional Chemotherapy with Concomitant Hemofiltration.
 
 
 
 
 
Publications
  1. Harbison, SP., Elastase Accumulation in Shed Blood for Autologus Transfusion. Crit Care
    Med., 17:4, 42, 1989.
  2. DellaCroce, J., Harbison, SP., Gastric Amyloidosis. Contemp Surg., 44:5, 1991.
  3. Vauthey, JN. Harbison SP.:  Treatment of Gastric Stasis with Octreotide Following
    Gastrojejunostomy.  Submitted.
  4. Harbison, SP., GERD and Hiatal Herniae.  Invited article in Philadelphia Tribune, Lay
    Press, January, 1996.
  5. Stiller, G., Weese, JL. Henry, DH., Fisher, SA., Infantolino, A., Harbison, SP., Szumel, R.:
    Neoadjuvant Chemotherapy with IORT for Gastric Carcinoma. Abstract Presented at American
    Gastroenterologic Society, January 1998.
  6. Harbison, SP., Regehr, G.:  Faculty and Resident Opinions Regarding the Role of Morbidity and
    Mortality Conference.  Presented at the Association for Surgical Education Annual Meeting
    April, 1998 Am J Surg 1999: 177:136-139.
  7. Harbison, SP.: Practice What We Teach. Invited Editorial, Focus on Surgical Education, Spring, 1999; 16(2):
  8. Harbison, SP.: Tenet Healthcare Corporation Resurrects Allegheny: A Two Edged Sword.  Invited Editorial, Philadelphia metropolitan Chapter, American College of Surgeons,
    Newsletter, Spring 1999.
  9. Harbison, SP.:  Institutional Acquisition Causes Educational Upheaval and Negatively Impacts
    Resident Recruitment.  Abstract Presented at ACGME Accreditation Workshop, March 4,5 1999.
    Chicago, ILL.
  10. Harbison, SP., Weese, JL. Neoadjuvant Chemotherapy, Radical Resection with IORT:
    Improved Treatment of Gastric Adenocarcinoma.  Abstract accepted for presentation; Central
    Surgical Association, Sept 1999.
  11. Harbison, SP., House Bill 50 May Undermine Patient Care.  Invited Editorial, Philadelphia
    Metropolitan Chapter, American College of Surgeons Newsletter, Fall 1999.
  12. Harbison, SP., Weese, JL. Neoadjuvant Chemotherapy, Radical Resection with Intraoperative
    Radiation Therapy:  Improved Treatment for Gastric Adenocarcinoma.  Surgery Accepted for
    publication May, 2000.
  13. Harbison, SP., Back to Basics Focus on Surgical Education. Vol. 17, #3, Summer, 2000.
    (Invited Article)
  14. Harbison, SP., (Contributor) Manual of Surgical Education. ‘Surgical Curriculum Development”  Published by Association for Surgical Education.  2002.
  15. Harbison, SP, Dempsey, DT; Mechanical Disorders of the Stomach, Duodenum, and Intestine in Modern Surgical Care: Physiologic Foundations and Clinical Applications. 3rd Edition. Thomas Miller MD Editor, Marcel Dekker Inc. New York, NY. 2004.
  16. Harbison, SP, Dempsey, DT. Ileus and Obstruction of the Gastrointestinal Tract, in Hospital Medicine 2nd Edition, Chapter 74, Editor, 2004.
  17. Harbison, SP, Dempsey, DT. Peptic Ulcer Disease; Changing Paradigms; Current Problems in Surgery, Submitted.
  18. Indes, J, Gauaghan, J, Harbison SP, Diagnostic Impact of Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy on       Gallbladder Cancer (Abstract) HPB 2004 Vol 6,supp 1, June 2004.
  19. Indes, J, Gaughan, J, Harbison SP. Diagnostic Impact of Laparoscopy on Gallbladder Cancer. Manuscript accepted for publication HPB, June 2004.
  20. Harbison, S, Ransmeier, P, Dempsey, D, Arc There Racial or Gender Disparities in how
    Gallbladder Disease is Surgically Managed? (Abstract) Accepted AHPBA Meeting April 2005.
  21. Harbison SP, Intubation of the Stomach and Intestine.  Shacklefords Surgery of the Alimentary
    Tract. In Print June 2006.
  22. Maranki, J, Lytes, V, Meilahn, J, Harbison, S, Friedenberg, F, Fisher, R, Parkman, H, Predictive Factors for Clinical Improvement with Enterra Gastric Electric Stimulation for
    Treatmen of Refractory Gastroparesis, Departments  of Medicine and Surgery, Temple
    University School of Medicine, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA Abstract Presented at Digestive Disease Week, April, 2006.
  23. Kelepouris, E,Sterling,G, Reeves,K, Barclay, D, Harbison, S, Kaplan, L, Lamdan, R, Salerno, D,
    Stringer, J, Wald, D, Permut, S, Kozera, R.  Doctoring:  An Introduction to the Culture and
    Practice of Medicine in an Integrated Curriculum.  Temple University School of Medicine,
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA Abstract Presented at Assoc for Academic Medical Centers, March 2006.
  24. Harbison,SP, Dempsey DT. Mallory Weiss Syndrome. In Current Surgical Therapy 11th Ed. Cameron, J, ed in print Fall 2006.
  25. Bahna H, Biller K,  Singhal A, Harbison SP. Thoracic Aortic Graft Infection with Aortoenteric Fistula: Treatment Strategies and Surprises. Abstract presented at Penna Association of Thoracic Surgery, Fall 2006.
  26. Parkman HP, Harbison SH. The GI Surgeon and Gastroparesis. Practical Gastroenterology. May, 2007. Vol 31, #5 187-95.
  27. Harbison SP, Hurie J, Harberson J, Parkman HP. A Simplified Method for Passage of GES Leads. Abstract Presented at 15th International Workshop on Electrogastrography, Digestive Disease Week, Washington DC May 23 2007.
  28. Subbiah V, Harbison SP, Meilahn JM, Lytes V, Fisher RS, Parkman HP. Gastric Electrical Stimulation for Gastroparesis; the Philadelphia Experience. Accepted for presentation American College of Gastroenterology, Philadelphia Pa Fall, 2007.
  29. Reeves K, Kelepouris E, Orth J, Barclay D, Kozera R, Harbison SP, Kaplan L, Lamdan R, SalernoD, Stringer J, Wald D, Permut S, Curtis M, Franks L, Sterling G. Clinical Eduation in an Integrated Curriculum. Abstract Presented at Association of Academic Medical Centers, Seattle, Washington, Spring 2007.
  30. 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.
  31. Harberson J, Thomas R, Harbison SP, Meilahn JM, Parkman HP. Pathology of Gastroparesis: Assessment of the Myenteric Plexus and Interstitial Cells of Cajal. Abstract presented at Digestive Disease Week, May 23, 2007. Washington DC.
  32. Achildi O, Milner R, Gaughan J, Harbison SP, Grewal H. Teaching Laparoscopic Camera Navigation in the Surgical Skills Laboratory to Novice Medical Students Improves Their Skills and Prepares them for Surgery Clerkship. Abstract presented at Association for Surgical Education, Spring 2007 Phoenix Ariz.
  33. Harbison S, Duson S, Harberson J, Parkman H. A safe and effective method to obtain full thickness gastric wall biopsies. Abstract presented at 16th International Workshop on Electrogastrography, Digestive Disease Week, San Diego, Cal., May 2008.
  34. Bhavsar T, Saeed-Vafa D, Harbison S, Inniss S. Retroperitoneal cystic lymphangioma in an adult: Case report and review of the literature. World J Gastrointest Pathophysiol. 15;1(5) Dec 2010.
  35. Surgical Treatment of Gastroparesis: Bookchapter manuscript, currently in print.
  36. ‘Surgical Outcomes After Gastric Stimulator Placement’ Keller D, Parkman H, Harbison S. Poster presented at Digestive Disease Week, San Diego California May 2012.
  37. ‘Surgical Outcomes After Gastric Stimulator Placement’ Keller D, Parkman H, Harbison S.  Manuscript accepted for publication J GI Surg, January 2013.

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