Penn Surgery is dedicated to high quality patient care, education, basic science and clinical research. The surgical faculty is composed of a diverse group of general surgeons, subspecialists and researchers. Their clinical, educational, and scientific activities are devoted to providing the best possible patient care and the generation of new knowledge. Their pursuit of this goal is reflected in their strong commitment to student teaching and housestaff training in the operating room, clinic, and research laboratory, and in their contributions to national and international scientific meetings and journals.
Education

Education

Penn Surgery is committed to developing the future leaders of surgery. The Department and its faculty strive to educate a broad range of trainees including undergraduates exploring careers in surgery, residents and fellows developing their surgical techniques and knowledge, nurses and advanced care providers working within surgical specialties and practicing physicians looking to expand their surgical skills. With the world class resources at the University of Pennsylvania, its Perelman School of Medicine, and three training hospitals, we offer unparalleled educational and research opportunities.

Clinical

Clinical

Penn surgeons are among the most experienced physicians in the country. Our surgeons, many of whom are leaders in their fields, mold the future of surgery, researching the techniques and treatments that will improve the lives of patients worldwide. By combining the skills of our surgeons with the latest surgical equipment, we’re able to provide some of the most advanced medical care available today. Innovations like minimally invasive robotic surgery enable us to limit pain, promote faster recovery and potentially improve surgical outcomes. From minor to complex surgical procedures, Penn surgeons are committed to matching the right patient with the right treatment. Our experience with, and knowledge of, the latest surgical advances enables us to provide you with the best possible care.

Research

Research

The research arm of the Department of Surgery, referred to as the Harrison Department of Surgical Research, was created in 1936 when the University of Pennsylvania, Department of Surgery, received a large sum from the Estate of George L. and Emily McMichael Harrison to provide funding for departmental laboratories and for much of the research done in these laboratories. Most of the Department's research takes place in approximately 19,500 square feet of research space, the majority of which (13,085) is on the 3rd floor of the Edward J. Stemmler Hall. This space is conveniently located adjacent to the HUP operating room suite. In addition, a small amount of research space is located on the 7th floor of the Richards Building and in the hospital. Members of the Pediatric and Plastic Divisions have research space at CHOP and several surgical investigators have research space in the Institute of Gene Therapy and at the VAMC.

Administration

Administration

The central administrative staff of the Department of Surgery, are committed to providing an effective infrastructure in support of the Chairman and the Department’s educational, research and clinical activities. The staff includes a Chief Operating Officer, Business Director for Cardiovascular Surgery, Thoracic Surgery and Vascular Surgery, Business Director for GI, EOS and Plastic Surgery, Business Director for Urology, Business Director for Trauma and Surgical Critical Care, Director of Surgical Education Administration, Sr. Director of Research, Director for Revenue Cycle, Director Clinical Finance, Faculty Affairs Coordinator, Practice Administrators at Pennsylvania Hospital and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, and a Graphic Artist/Web Administrator.