Department of Surgery

Read about the exciting research and new clinical trials happening at Penn's Department of Surgery.

Clinical Trials Work

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.

For further information on the faculty, staff, and practitioners of the Department of Surgery, visit the Perelman School of Medicine Penn Surgery website.

Penn Surgery 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.

For recent research activities, information on the Harrison Department of Surgical Research, and a history of breakthroughs, visit the Perelman School of Medicine Penn Surgery website.

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