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    Disparities Persist Across Surgery Department Leadership in US

    October 11, 2023
    Women and those from racial and ethnic groups underrepresented in medicine occupy few leadership roles in surgical departments and tend to be clustered into certain roles where the promotion path to department chair is unclear.
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    FDA Approves “Glowing Tumor” Imaging Drug for Lung Cancer Surgery

    December 16, 2022
    The U.S. FDA has approved the “glowing tumor” targeted imaging agent Cytalux (pafolacianine) for use in lung cancer surgery, following extensive clinical testing led by Penn Medicine surgeons and researchers.
  • Spinal Anesthesia Linked to Higher Painkiller Use in Hip Fracture Patients

    June 13, 2022
    For some surgeries, spinal anesthesia has been increasingly used instead of general anesthesia as a method to provide more comfort to patients and cut down on painkiller use. But research among hip fracture patients shows that this change may actually be having the reverse of its intended effect.
  • Penn Medicine Launches New Center to Improve Surgical Equity for Vulnerable Patients

    July 26, 2021
    Known as the Center for Surgical Health (CSH), this first-of-its-kind, multidisciplinary center, housed in the department of Surgery, provides a new access point into sustainable, high-value surgical care for patients who typically rely on the emergency room for treatment.
  • Penn Medicine Surgeons Develop Universal Patient-Reported Outcomes Tool to Improve Hernia Care

    January 12, 2021
    Patient-reported outcomes have become a critical part of improving surgical care because of their ability to capture patient experiences, such as quality of life and satisfaction, that can help inform treatment. However, for patients undergoing abdominal hernia repair — a common procedure performed on about 400,000 patients a year in the United States — a tool to effectively and practically measure those outcomes has not been widely accepted and implemented by clinics.
  • L. Scott Levin Elected Chair of Board of Regents of the American College of Surgeons

    October 14, 2020
    Penn Medicine’s L. Scott Levin, MD, FACS, the Paul B. Magnuson Professor of Bone and Joint Surgery, chairman of the department of Orthopaedic Surgery, and a professor of surgery in Plastic Surgery, was elected chair of the board of regents of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) during the College’s virtual Clinical Congress held earlier this month.
  • Researchers Develop More Accurate Surgery-Risk Predictor for Patients with Cirrhosis

    September 28, 2020
    Designed to help surgeons, anesthesiologists, and internists understand the safety of putting someone with cirrhosis through a specific surgery, the new tool can lead to thorough conversations between clinicians and patients while potentially encouraging patients and surgeons to pursue surgeries that they may otherwise have declined.
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    Steep Decline in Organ Transplants Amid COVID-19 Outbreak

    May 12, 2020
    France and the United States, two countries hit hard by the novel coronavirus, have experienced a tremendous reduction in the number of organ donations and solid organ (kidney, liver, heart, and lung) transplant procedures since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new study.
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    Bariatric Surgery is Safe for Teens with Morbid Obesity

    October 25, 2019
    Bariatric surgery is safe and, in many cases, beneficial for teenagers with morbid obesity who would otherwise face a heightened risk of developing severe health problems, including heart disease and stroke, according to a new study from Penn Medicine and the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP).
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    High-Risk Patients Benefit from Undergoing Surgery at Teaching Hospitals

    October 21, 2019
    Patients with a high risk of dying after surgery, including those with multiple chronic diseases, benefit from undergoing general or vascular procedures at a major teaching hospital as opposed to a non-teaching hospital, according to a study from researchers at Penn Medicine and the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP).
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