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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: Appointments are available for new and existing patients. See below for more information.

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 1,320 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 500 peer-reviewed scientific papers, over 105 book chapters and edited 19 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 Endoluminal 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

Jefferson doctors co-developed 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 & Education

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

During COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Outbreak

We are still scheduling appointments for new and existing patients; however, we have made several temporary adjustments to how we deliver care to reduce your risk and ensure safety. Adjustments we’ve made include:

  • Video/Telehealth visits
    These visits allow you to use a mobile device (smartphone or tablet) or desktop computer with a camera to speak with your physician through a video connection.
  • Expanded In-person appointment hours
    We added early-morning and evening appointments for those with medical conditions that make them more susceptible to illness. Additionally, we created appropriate space between chairs in waiting areas and ensure that all patients and care team members have masks and appropriate protection.
  • Increased Safety Measures
    Learn some of the necessary steps we’ve taken to ensure that all of our patients and healthcare providers are safe at all of our locations.

Learn more about initiating a video visit by speaking with your physician’s office or by visiting our telehealth services page.


Department Leadership

    Charles J. Yeo, MD

    Academic Title: Professor
    Samuel D. Gross Professor and Chair of Surgery
    Senior Vice President and Chair, Enterprise Surgery, Jefferson Health
    Co-Director, Pancreas, Biliary and Related Cancer Center

    View Dr. Yeo's profile »