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Robert K. Wenger, M.D.
Cardiovascular Surgery

 
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Administrative Office:
Chester County Hospital
701 E. Marshall Street, 2nd Floor
West Chester, PA 19380
Administrative Assistant: Janet Devine
Administrative Phone: 610-738-2690
Administrative Fax: 610-738-2696

Clinical Office:
Chester County Hospital
701 E. Marshall Street, 2nd Floor
West Chester, PA 19380
Administrative Telephone: 610-738-2690
Administrative Fax: 610-738-2696

Mercy Fitzgerald Office
1501 Lansdowne Avenue, Suite 306
Darby, PA 19023
Administrative Assistant: Sonya Downing
Administrative Telephone: 484-494-6862
Administrative Fax: 484-494-5414

Robert.Wenger@uphs.upenn.edu

 

Robert K. Wenger, MD is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery. Dr. Wenger rejoined the Penn Faculty after 15 years in private practice, serving as an attending surgeon at several Palm Beach hospitals and medical centers.  He was also Director of the Center for Bloodless Medicine and Surgery at JFK Medical Center. Dr. Wenger received his medical degree from the Medical College of Pennsylvania and completed a cardiothoracic research fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania. He then completed a residency in surgery at the Medical College of Pennsylvania, serving as chief surgical resident his final year, and a residency in thoracic surgery at Emory University in Atlanta.

As Director of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Brandywine Hospital from 2008-2015, Dr. Wenger oversaw tremendous growth of the program producing exemplary results and high patient satisfaction.  Currently, Dr. Wenger serves as Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital and is also treating patients at Chester County Hospital in West Chester, Pennsylvania.

Dr. Wenger’s clinical focus is treating patients with cardiovascular and pulmonary diseases. His vast clinical experience includes coronary artery bypass surgery with total arterial revascularization, off-pump bypass surgery, minimally invasive surgery, valve replacement and repair, and blood conservation techniques. Dr. Wenger has extensive surgical experience treating octogenarians and other high risk populations.

He is board certified by the American Board of Thoracic Surgery.  Dr. Wenger has been published in a variety of clinical articles and has conducted several clinical trials in cardiovascular and cardiothoracic surgery.

 
Faculty Appointments
2008 - present Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery
Perelman School of Medicine
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
 
Hospital and Administrative Appointments
2015 - present  Director, Cardiothoracic Surgery
Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital
Darby, Pennsylvania
 
2014 - 2015 Chair, Department of Surgery
Brandywine Hospital
Coatesville, Pennsylvania
 
2013 - present Attending Surgeon, Chester County Hospital
West Chester, Pennsylvania
 
2013 - 2014 Vice Chair, Department of Surgery
Brandywine Hospital
Coatesville, Pennsylvania
 
2009 - 2015 Chairman, Board of Trustees
Brandywine Hospital
Coatesville, Pennsylvania
 
2008 - present Active Staff, Phoenixville Hospital
Phoenixville, Pennsylvania
 
2008 - 2015 Director of Cardiac Surgery, Brandywine Hospital
Coatesville, Pennsylvania
 
2008 - present Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery
Perelman School of Medicine    
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 
 
2007 Attending Surgeon, Palms West Hospital
Loxahatchee, Florida
 
2003 - 2007 Director, Center for Bloodless Medicine and Surgery
JFK Medical Center, Atlantis, Florida
 
2000 - 2007 Attending Surgeon, JFK Medical Center
Atlantis, Florida
 
1998 - 2002 Attending Surgeon
Wellington Regional Medical Center
Wellington, Florida
 
1998 - 2007 Attending Surgeon, Delray Medical Center
Delray Beach, Florida
 
1999 - 2007 Attending Surgeon, Bethesda Memorial Hospital
Boynton Beach, Florida
 
1997 - 1998 Attending Surgeon, Albert Einstein Medical Center
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
 
1993 - 1997 Attending Surgeon, Morristown Memorial Hospital
Morristown, New Jersey
 
Education/Training
1975 - 1979 BA - University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
 
1979 - 1983 MD - Medical College of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
 
Postgraduate Training and Fellowship Appointments
1983 - 1985 Resident in Surgery, Medical College of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
 
198 - 1987 Postdoctoral Fellow in Cardiothoracic Surgery
Harrison Department of Surgical Research
University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
 
1987 - 1989 Resident in Surgery, Medical College of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
 
1989 - 1990 Chief Resident in Surgery
Medical College of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
 
1990 - 1993 Resident in Thoracic Surgery
Emory University Hospital
Atlanta, Georgia
 
Memberships/Societies
  • American College of Chest Physicians (Fellow)
  • American College of Surgeons (Fellow)
  • International Society of Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • Society of Thoracic Surgeons
 
 
 
 
 
 
Research

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Publications
Research Publications, Peer Reviewed
  1. Wachtfogel YT, Kucich U, Greenplate J, Gluszko P, Abrams W, Weinbaum G, Wenger RK, Rucinski B, Niewiarowski S, Edmunds LH Jr. Human neutrophil degranulation during extracorporeal circulation. Blood 69(1):324-330, Jan. 1987.
  2. Gluszko P, Rucinski B, Musial J, Wenger RK, Schmaier AH, Colman RW, Edmunds LH Jr, Niewiarowski S. Fibrinogen receptors in platelet adhesion to surfaces of extracorporeal circuit. American Journal of Physiology 252(3 Pt 2):H615-621, Mar. 1987.
  3. Bavaria JE, Ratcliffe MB, Gupta KB, Wenger RK, Bogen DK, Edmunds LH Jr. Changes in left ventricular systolic wall stress during biventricular circulatory assistance. Annals of Thoracic Surgery 45(5):526-532, May 1988.
  4. Wenger RK, Bavaria JE, Ratcliffe MB, Bogen D, Edmunds LH Jr. Flow dynamics of peripheral venous catheters during extracorporeal membrane oxygenation with a centrifugal pump. Journal of Thoracic & Cardiovascular Surgery 96(3):478-484, Sept. 1988.
  5. Wenger RK, Lukasiewicz H, Mikuta BS, Niewiarowski S, Edmunds LH Jr. Loss of platelet fibrinogen receptors during clinical cardiopulmonary bypass. Journal of Thoracic & Cardiovascular Surgery 97(2):235-239, Feb. 1989.
  6. Ratcliffe MB, Bavaria JE, Wenger RK, Bogen DK, Edmunds LH Jr. Left ventricular mechanics of ejecting, postischemic hearts during left ventricular circulatory assistance. Journal of Thoracic & Cardiovascular Surgery 101(2):245-255, Feb. 1991.
  7. Mansour KA, Wenger RK. T-tube management of late esophageal perforations. Surgery, Gynecology & Obstetrics 175(6):571-572, Dec. 1992.
Research Publications, Non-Peer Reviewed
  1. Wenger RK, Gluszko P, Schmaier A, Rucinski B, Greenplate J, Stewart G, Niewiarowski S, Edmunds LH Jr. Platelet adherence to synthetic surfaces. Surgical Forum XXXVII, Oct. 1986.
Editorials, Chapters, Participation in Committee Reports
  1. Wenger RK, Mortensen JD. The intravascular oxygenator Ivox: Augmentation of blood-gas transfer. In Mora CT, ed.: Cardiopulmonary Bypass: Principles and Techniques of Extracorporeal Circulation. New York: Springer-Verlag, 1995, pp. 450-458.
 
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