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Amy I. Cha, MD, FACS Surgeon

Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery

Languages spoken:

  • Mandarin

Dr. Cha is a Penn Medicine employed physician.

Clinical Specialties


  • Surgery
    • Gastrointestinal Surgery

Programs & Centers:

Board Certification:

  • Surgery, 2008

Clinical Expertise:

  • Anal Cancer
  • Bile Duct Cancer
  • Biliary Stenosis
  • Biliary Stricture (Bile Duct Stricture)
  • Biliary Tract Disorders
  • Cancer Surgery
  • Colon Cancer
  • Colonoscopy
  • Difficulty Swallowing (Dysphagia)
  • Diverticulitis (Colonic Diverticulitis)
  • Duodenal Ulcer
  • Esophageal Achalasia
  • Esophageal Strictures
  • Esophageal Varices
  • Feeding Tube Placement (Gastrostomy Tube)
  • Flex Sigmoidoscopy
  • Gallbladder Cancer
  • Gallstones
  • Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
  • Gastrointestinal Cancer
  • Gastrointestinal Carcinoid Tumor
  • Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumors (GIST)
  • Gastroparesis
  • Gastrostomy Tube Placement
  • Heller Myotomy - Minimally Invasive
  • Hernia Surgery
  • Hernia Surgery - Incisional Laparoscopic
  • Jejunostomy Tube Placement
  • Laparoscopic Appendectomy
  • Laparoscopic Colon Surgery
  • Laparoscopic Colostomy
  • Laparoscopic Gallbladder Removal Surgery (Cholecystectomy)
  • Laparoscopy and Robotic Adrenalectomy
  • Liver Cancer
  • Minimally Invasive Abdominal Adhesion Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Colon Resection
  • Minimally Invasive Spleen Removal Surgery (Splenectomy)
  • Neuroendocrine Tumors
  • Nissen Fundoplication - Minimally Invasive
  • Pancreatic Cancer
  • Parathyroidectomy (Parathyroid Gland Removal Surgery)
  • Peptic Ulcer Test
  • Rectal Cancer
  • Small Intestine Cancer
  • Stomach Cancer (Gastric Cancer)
  • Upper and Lower Gastrointestinal Surgery

Practice Locations and Appointments

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna US Healthcare
  • Cigna
  • Cigna HealthSpring
  • CVS Health
  • Devon Health Services (Americare)
  • Gateway Health Plan
  • Geisinger Health Plan
  • HealthAmerica / HealthAssurance, a Coventry Plan
  • HealthPartners
  • HealthPartners Medicare
  • HealthSmart
  • Highmark Blue Shield
  • Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey
  • Humana / Choicecare
  • Independence Blue Cross (Keystone East)
  • Intergroup
  • Keystone First
  • Multiplan
  • NJ Amerihealth
  • NJ Medicaid
  • NJ Medicare
  • NJ Qualcare
  • Oxford Health Plan
  • PA Medicaid
  • PA Medicare
  • Preferred Health Care/LGH
  • Rail Road Medicare / Palmetto GBA
  • Remedy Partners at Penn Medicine
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare
  • UnitedHealthcare Community Plan
  • US Family Health Plan

Education and Training

Medical School: University of Illinois
Residency: University of Illinois Medical Center
Fellowship: Cleveland Clinic Foundation


American College of Surgeons (ACS), National American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS), National Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES), National

Hospital Affiliation

Dr. Cha is a Penn Medicine employed physician.

Hospital Privileges:

  • Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.
  • Penn Presbyterian Medical Center: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.


Selected Publications:

Cha AI, Ramdon, AR.: Energy sources. The SAGES Manual Operating Through the Endoscope. : 2015 (accepted for publication).

Cha AI, Murayama KM.: Endolumenal approaches to revisional bariatric surgery. An Evidence-based Approach to Minimally Invasive Surgery. : 161-168,2011.

Cha A, Brethauer SA, Pryor A, Chand B.: Update on endoluminal treatment options for morbid obesity. Bariatric Times : 2009.

Tsoraides SS, Cha AI, Crawford DL.: Postcholecystectomy biliary symptoms. [Case Report] Journal of Surgical Education : 228-233,2007.

Chmura SJ, Dolan ME, Cha A, Mauceri HJ, Kufe DW, Weichselbaum RR.: In vitro and in vivo activity of protein kinase C inhibitor chelerythrine chloride induces tumor cell toxicity and growth delay in vivo. Clinical Cancer Research 6 (2): 737-742,2000.

Seetharam S, Nodzenski E, Beckett MA, Heimann R, Cha A, Margulies I, Pastan I, Kufe DW, Weichselbaum RR.: Modulation of apoptotic response of a radiation-resistant human carcinoma by Pseudomonas exotoxin-chimeric protein. Cancer Research. 58 (15): 3215-3220,1998.

Academic Contact Info

Department of Surgery, Penn Presbyterian Medical Center
51 N. 39th St., 266 Wright-Saunders

Philadelphia, PA 19104
Phone: (215) 662-9711
Fax: (215) 243-4649
Patient appointments: 800-789-PENN (7366)

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