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Surgical Solutions Newsletter
A semiannual publication published by Thomas Jefferson University and Hospitals for friends and colleagues of Jefferson's Department of Surgery. Learn more>

Surgery

Jefferson's Department of Surgery is steeped in a tradition of advancing surgical procedures and setting the standard for surgeons around the world. In fact, our surgeons have a long history as pioneers.

Today, our surgeons continue to raise the bar of innovation and excellence in surgery. Here's why:

The Whipple and mini-Whipple

Charles J. Yeo, MD, popularized the mini-Whipple procedure, a modified pancreas resection that preserves the entire stomach, the pylorus and several centimeters of the upper duodenum, and results in a shorter hospital stay and fewer complications for pancreatic cancer patients. Dr. Yeo has performed 1,050 Whipple procedures (pancreaticoduodenectomy). Only one other surgeon in the United States has reached the 1,000 milestone.

Dr. Yeo became chairman in 2005 after 20 years on the faculty at Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Yeo's primary interests and research have been in the field of hepatopancreaticobiliary surgery. He has authored more than 450 peer-reviewed scientific papers, over 100 book chapters and edited 17 books or monographs.

First Hospital in Pennsylvania to Offer NeuRx DPS for Spinal Cord Injury Patients

Jefferson is the first hospital in Pennsylvania to offer an FDA-approved device that helps individuals with certain types of spinal cord injuries breathe on their own again. Michael Weinstein, MD, associate professor in the Department of Surgery at Jefferson, is among the first surgeons in the United States to implant the NeuRx DPS™ in patients with spinal cord injuries who lack voluntary control of their diaphragms.

First Hospital in Philadelphia to Offer Endolumnial Fundoplication to Treat GERD

Thomas Jefferson University Hospital is the first hospital in Philadelphia, and the Delaware Valley, to offer endoluminal fundoplication (ELF). Nathaniel Evans, MD, assistant professor in the Department of Surgery, performs this incisionless surgical treatment option to provide long-term elimination of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).

First in Philadelphia to Offer Robotic Esophageal Mobilization Surgery

Jefferson is the first in the city to offer robotic esophageal mobilization surgery, using the da Vinci® Robotic System. This procedure is ideal for esophageal cancer patients who require surgery to remove all or part of their esophagus, and is performed by Drs. Nathaniel Evans, Ernest Rosato and Karen Chojnacki.

Development of a "Bloodless" Liver Resection

Cataldo Doria, MD, PhD, director of the Division of Transplantation at Jefferson, assisted in the development of a "bloodless" liver resection to safely remove up to 75 percent of the largest organ in the human body. The technique is improving patients' odds and cutting recovery time in half.

A Multidisciplinary Approach to Vascular Care

Under the direction of Paul J. DiMuzio, MD, the Jefferson Vascular Center brings together surgery, vascular medicine, wound care and hyperbaric oxygen therapy.

Surgery Research and Education

Visit the Department of Surgery at Thomas Jefferson University for more information on research and education.