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C. William Schwab, MD

C. William Schwab, MD Physician

Founding Chief, Senior Consultant, Trauma Network Emeritus Professor CE of Surgery

Dr. Schwab is employed by Penn Medicine.

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About Dr. C. William Schwab

Recognized by Best Doctors in America 2005-2006, 2007-2008, 2009-2010, 2011-2012, 2013-2014

Clinical Specialties


  • Trauma Surgery

Programs & Centers:

Board Certification:

  • Surgery, 1978

Clinical Expertise:

  • Amputee
  • Compartment Syndrome
  • Crush Injury Leg
  • Diaphragmatic Hernia
  • Laparoscopic Spleen Removal Surgery (Splenectomy)
  • Laparoscopy
  • Wound Complications

Practice Locations and Appointments

Insurance Accepted

  • Amerihealth Caritas
  • Amerihealth Caritas Medicare
  • Clover Health Plan
  • eLAP Services
  • Homestead Smart Health Plans
  • Keystone First Medicare
  • NJ Medicaid
  • OPR Medicare
  • OPR New Jersey Medicaid
  • OPR Pennsylvania Medicaid
  • PA Health and Wellness (Centene) Medicare
  • PA Medicaid
  • PA Medicare
  • Provider Partners Health Plan
  • Rail Road Medicare / Palmetto GBA
  • Veterans Choice Program

Education and Training

Medical School: State University of New York
Residency: Naval Regional Medical Center
Fellowship: Naval Regional Medical Center


American Association for the Surgery of Trauma, National American Board of Surgery, National American Burn Association, National American College of Emergency Physicians, National American College of Surgeons, American College of Surgeons, National American Medical Association, American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition, American Surgical Association, American Trauma Society, National College of Physicians of Philadelphia, College of Physicians of Philadelphia, Local Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma, National European Society for Trauma and Emergency Surgery, International European Society for Trauma and Emergency Surgery, International International Society of Surgeons-International Association for the Surgery of Trauma and Surgical Intensive Care, International National Board of Medical Examiners, New Jersey State Committee on Trauma, Local Pennsylvania Committee on Trauma, Local Pennsylvania Medical Society, Local Pennsylvania Trauma Systems Foundation, Local Philadelphia Academy of Surgery, Physicians for Social Responsibility, Royal College of Surgeons in Glasgow, International Royal College of Surgeons of England, Shock Society, Society for Academic Emergency Medicine, National Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons, Society of Critical Care Medicine, National Society of University Surgeons, Southeastern Surgical Congress, United States Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, National

Hospital Affiliation

Dr. Schwab is employed by Penn Medicine.

Hospital Privileges:

  • Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania: On the medical staff, but does not have privileges to treat patients in the hospital.
  • Penn Presbyterian Medical Center: On the medical staff, but does not have privileges to treat patients in the hospital.


Selected Publications:

Richmond T, Cheney R, Schwab CW.: Firearm injury—understanding an international public health problem. (Abstract) Global Health Council’s 30th Annual Conference : 2003 (Non-Published)..

Schwab CW, Reilly PM, Haut E, Gracias VH, Kauder DR.: Training In Trauma Surgery: Quantitative And Qualitative Aspects Of A New Paradigm For Fellowship. Ann Surg. 238 (4): 596-604,2003.

Schwab CW, Richmond TS, Cheney RA, Weiner J, Dunfey M: Risk factors for violent death in children (letter). JAMA 287 : 983,2002.

MacKenzie EJ, McCarthy ML, Ditunno JF, Forrester-Staz C, Gruen GS, Marion DW, Schwab CW: Using the SF-36 for characterizing outcome following multiple trauma involving head injury. J Trauma 52 : 527,2002.

Branas CC, Schwab CW: The impact of a repealed motorcycle helmet law in Florida (editorial comment). J Trauma 52 : 473,2002.

Hoey BA, Schwab CW: Damage control surgery. Scandinavian J Surg 91 : 92,2002.

Johnson JW. Gracias VH. Gupta R. Guillamondegui O. Reilly PM. Shapiro MB. Kauder DR. Schwab CW.: Hepatic angiography in patients undergoing damage control laparotomy. J Trauma 52 : 1102,2002.

Gestring ML, Gracias VH, Feliciano MA, Reilly PM, Shapiro MB, Johnson JW, Klein W, Kauder DR, Schwab CW: Evaluation of the lower spine after blunt trauma using abdominal computed tomographic scanning supplemented with lateral scanograms. J Trauma 53 : 9,2002.

Rotondo MF, Schwab CW, McGonigal MD, Phillips GR, Fruchterman TM, Kauder DR, Latenser BA, Angood PB: Damage Control: An approach for improved survival in exsanguinating penetrating abdominal injury. J Trauma 35 : 375,1993.

Schwab CW, Frankel HL, Rotondo MF, Gares DA, Robison EA, Haskell RM, Hoff WS, Kauder DR, Thornton J: The impact of true partnership between a university level I trauma center and a community level II trauma center on patient transfer practices. J Trauma 44 : 815,1998.

Academic Contact Info

Division of Traumatology, Surgical Critical Care & Emergency Medicine \
51 N. 39th Street, Suite 120

Philadelphia, PA 19104
Phone: (215) 662-9425
Patient appointments: 800-789-7366 (PENN)

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