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    One Patient’s Needs Sparks New Surgical Protocol

    March 05, 2018

    Ever wonder what you might do if you found yourself diagnosed with a disease and your doctors didn’t have a process in place to fully treat it? Ever think about what happens behind the scenes in a hospital to prepare for a new surgical procedure? 

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    Tissue Engineering to Improve the Most Common Orthopaedic Surgery

    January 15, 2018

    The knee carries a lot of weight in the English language, just as it does in the body. As the largest and one of the most complicated joints, the knee is also one of the most easily injured. Anatomically, it’s no wonder – the knee connects the two longest levers in the body: the thigh and lower leg. 

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    Cosmetic Surgery: Is There Still a Stigma for Men?

    November 29, 2017

    A look through the American Association of Plastic Surgery’s annual report shows doctors performed more than 17.1 million cosmetic procedures in 2016, but buried in the report is something you might not expect. Despite the public perception that these procedures are predominantly focused on women, a growing number of cosmetic plastic surgery patients are men.


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    Cut and Dry Insights to Prevent Surgical Site Infections

    August 23, 2017

    In 1999, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published guidelines on surgical site infection prevention. The update to that guideline began over five years ago, but Ebola, Zika and other national and international healthcare emergencies delayed its completion. The news blog checked in with Penn Medicine's Craig Umscheid to see what the major takeaways are from this guideline and how it can improve the safety of surgical procedures.

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    Life Inside the OR: An Outsider’s Perspective

    July 28, 2017

    When I started my career seven years ago, it hadn’t crossed my mind that at some point I would spend nearly 12 hours – overnight hours, to be exact – inside an operating room for anything other than a potential surgery of my own. That is, until I had the opportunity to don paper scrubs, a facemask and hair net, and observe a life-changing procedure –with a film crew in tow.

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    “So, a Surgeon Walks Into a Zoo…” – A Wild Delivery Story That’s No Joke

    July 05, 2017

    On Friday, June 2, an unlikely group of local medical professionals assembled Avengers-style at the Philadelphia Zoo to bring its newest addition into the world: a five pound baby western lowland gorilla. On the scene with the multidisciplinary group was Sean P. Harbison, MD, chief of General Surgery at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center.

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    #ILookLikeASurgeon and the Push for Gender Equity in Surgery

    May 26, 2017

    What women experience when working as surgeons is different from what male surgeons experience — not necessarily in the specific acts of wielding a scalpel and other instruments, but in virtually every other area of their working lives. Over the past year, female surgeons across the country and world have reinvigorated a push toward visibility and toward changes to empower equitable success for women in a persistently male-dominated field.

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    The Three Careers of Kelly Parsons

    May 24, 2017

    Surgeon, professor, novelist: It’s a lofty trio of career choices, each particularly demanding in its own way. Certain pairings among the three do fit together rather well — plenty of professors have written a novel or two, and certainly plenty of surgeons are also professors — but it’s a rare individual that looks at those three choices and says, “Yeah, sure, I’ll take ‘em all.”

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    A Matter of Facts

    April 12, 2017

    The 2017 edition of Penn Medicine's Facts & Figures is now available. Facts & Figures is a pocket-sized publication that keeps faculty, students, staff, the media, government officials, and others, informed about the latest expansion projects, rankings, at-a-glance statistics, and much more.

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    10 minutes. 22 people. 54 percent.

    April 07, 2017

    One single person can potentially save the lives of more than eight others, if they are an organ donor. And if someone is also a tissue donor, they can save or change the lives of nearly 75 people. But, according to Donate Life America, while 95 percent of U.S. adults support organ donation, only 54 percent are actual registered donors. 

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