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Elizabeth M. Sonnenberg, M.D.
General Surgery Resident

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Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
3400 Spruce Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Telephone: 215-662-6156
Fax: 215-662-7983

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  Liza is a PGY-3 General Surgery Resident.  She is interested in abdominal transplant surgery. She was selected to the National Clinical Scholars Program for her research time in 2017-2019. She will concurrently complete her Masters of Science in Health Policy (MSHP) at Penn.
2014 - present Assistant Instructor in Surgery
2010 - 2014 MD - Perelman School of Medicine at University of Pennsylvania
2006 - 2010 BA – Human Biology, University of Virginia
2013 - present Alpha Omega Alpha
2013 - present    Gold Humanism Society
2013 - present American College of Surgeons
2009 - present Phi Beta Kappa


  1. Reinke CE, Sonnenberg EM, Karakousis GC, Fraker DL, Kelz RR. Variation in cost of total thyroidectomy across the United States, 2007 to 2008. Am J Surg. 2015 Aug; 210(2):302-8
  2. Sonnenberg EM, Reinke CE, Bartlett EK, Collier KT, Karakousis GC, Holena DN, Kelz RR. Wind, water, wound, walk--do the data deliver the dictum? J Surg Educ. 2015 Jan-Feb;72(1):164-9
  3. Sinnamon AJ, Sonnenberg EM, Bartlett EK, Meise CK, Wang GJ, Kelz RR. The influence of socioeconomic factors on gender disparities in lower extremity bypass. J Surg Res. 2014 May 15;188(2):537-44
  4. Bansal N, Sonnenberg EM, Meise CK, Reinke CE, Karakousis GC, Bartlett EK, Mahmoud NN,  Roses RE, Kelz RR. The effect of colorectal cancer screening mandates on access to care and clinical outcomes: A retrospective study of patients undergoing operations of the colon and rectum. Surgery. 2013;154(2):335-344.
  5. Yang RL, Hashimoto DA, Predina JD, Bowens NM, Sonnenberg EM, Cleveland EC, Lawson C, Morris JB, Kelz RR. The virtual-patient pilot: Testing a new tool for undergraduate surgical education and assessment. J Surg Educ. 2013;70(3):394-401.
2014 I.S. Ravdin Prize
2014 Jonathan Rhodes Prize for Surgical Scholarship



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