Jefferson University Hospitals

Minimally Invasive Surgery Specialist Francesco Palazzo, MD, FACS, Joins Department Of Surgery At Jefferson


Charles J. Yeo, MD, FACS, Samuel D. Gross Professor and Chair, Leonidis Koniaris, MD, FACS, Professor, and Gary Rosato, MD, FACS, Professor, all of the Department of Surgery at Jefferson Medical College (JMC) of Thomas Jefferson University (TJU), are pleased to announce the appointment of Francesco Palazzo, MD, FACS, as Assistant Professor, Department of Surgery at JMC of TJU.

A specialist in minimally invasive gastrointestinal surgery, Dr. Palazzo returns to Jefferson, where he performed a residency, from ‘Vittorio Emanuele – Policlinico’ University Hospital in Catania, Italy. He will provide clinical services primarily at Jefferson Methodist Hospital while teaching students, residents and fellows at both Jefferson and Methodist.

“It gives us great pleasure to welcome Dr. Palazzo back to Jefferson and Philadelphia,” said Dr. Yeo of Dr. Palazzo’s appointment. “He is a highly skilled surgeon and teacher who will be a true asset to Methodist Hospital and the South Philadelphia community.”

Dr. Koniaris, who is also Vice Chair of Surgery at Jefferson’s Methodist Hospital, added, “Dr. Palazzo's expertise in minimally invasive surgery and recognized strength as an educator and mentor are certain to add to the vitality of the Department of Surgery as we continue to expand our services at Methodist Hospital.”

“We are fortunate to have Dr. Palazzo on the faculty at Methodist and Jefferson,” says Dr. Rosato. “His advanced surgical skills will enhance patient care and improve outcomes at both campuses.”

Dr. Palazzo earned his Doctor of Medicine degree, graduating cum laude, from the University of Catania, School of Medicine in 1997. From 1997 to 2002, he remained at the school to perform a residency in General Surgery. He performed a second residency in General Surgery at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia from 2002 to 2007, where he earned the Excellence in Teaching Award and the Herbert E. Cohn, MD, Award for Excellence in Surgical Technique. While a resident, Dr. Palazzo also received the Outstanding Laparoendoscopic Resident Award from the Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons. He went on to complete a one year fellowship in Advanced Laparoscopic Surgery at the University of California, San Francisco, in 2008, during which time he also acted as a surgical services consultant for the San Francisco Veteran Administration Medical Center. Returning to Catania, Italy, Dr. Palazzo then served for three years as a Staff Physician and Clinical Instructor of Surgery at ‘Vittorio Emanuele – Policlinico’ University Hospital, until returning to Jefferson this year.

Board certified in General Surgery, Dr. Palazzo is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and is a member of the International Society for Surgery, Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract, Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons and Italian Society for Obesity Surgery.

As the author of numerous scientific papers, book chapters and abstracts, Dr. Palazzo has presented his findings at a variety of national and international meetings. In addition, he has served as Section Editor for Minimally Invasive Surgery of the Open Surgery Journal, worked on the Scientific Committee of the Italian Association of Public Hospital Surgeons and acted as a Surgical Expert on an Italian Ministry of Health and World Health Organization workgroup dedicated to surgical safety in Italian operating rooms.

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Jefferson University Hospitals
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