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Carrie A. Sims, MD

Carrie A. Sims, MD Surgeon

Associate Professor of Surgery at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and the Presbyterian Medical Center of Philadelphia

Dr. Sims is employed by Penn Medicine.

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Clinical Specialties


  • Traumatology, Surgical Critical Care and Emergency Surgery

Programs & Centers:

Board Certification:

  • Surgery, 2004
  • Surgical Critical Care, 2006

Clinical Expertise:

  • Critical Care
  • Emergency General Surgery
  • Surgical Critical Care
  • Trauma Surgery

Description of Clinical Expertise

Dr. Sims completed her surgical training at the Massachusetts General Hospital in 2003. She was appointed as Instructor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School (2003-2004) and completed a fellowship in Laparoscopic Surgery in 2004. She subsequently trained at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and completed a fellowship in Traumatology and Surgical Critical Care. She is board certified in General Surgery and Surgical Critical Care.

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
  • Keystone First Medicare
  • Multiplan
  • NJ Medicaid
  • 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 California - San Francisco
Residency: Massachusetts General Hospital
Fellowship: Massachusetts General Hospital
Fellowship: Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania


ACS-Intimate Partner Violence Task Force , National ACS-Intimate Partner Violence Task Force, National American Association for the Surgery of Trauma , National American College of Surgeons, National American Medical Students Association, National Associate Trustee, National Association for Academic Surgery, National Board of Trustees , National Center for Resusitation Science, University of Pennsylvania , Local Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma, National Extramural Grant Reviewer, Austrian Science foundation, International Fellow, Local Massachusetts General Hospital Surgical Society, Local Mitochindria Interest Group, Childrens Hospital of Philadelphia , Local Mitochondria Physiology Society , National NIH-Early Career Reviewer , National NIH-Early Career Reviewer, National Pharmaceutical Study Group, National Philadelphia Academy of Surgery, National Rules Committee, National Shock Society, National Shock Society-Clinical Councilor-Executive Counsel , National Shock Society-Clinical Councilor-Executive Counsel, National Shock Society-Mentorship Committee, National Shock Society-Mentorship Committee, National Society of Critical Care Medicine, National Women in Surgery Committee, National

Hospital Affiliation

Dr. Sims is employed by Penn Medicine.

Hospital Privileges:

  • Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.
  • Penn Medicine Rittenhouse Long-Term Acute Care Hospital: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.
  • Penn Presbyterian Medical Center: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.
  • Pennsylvania Hospital: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.


Description of Research Expertise:

Dr. Sims research interests include hemorrhagic shock, novel resuscitative strategies, traumatic brain injury, and the endocrinology of trauma and critical illness. Her clinical projects include an observational study investigating the neuroendocrine profile of trauma patients undergoing massive resuscitation, the use of hormonal supplementation in trauma, and the implementation of a domestic violence screening tool in the trauma bay. Her laboratory is investigating mitochondrial dysfunction in late stage hemorrhagic shock.


Academic Contact Info

51 N. 39th Street, Medical Office Building, Suite 120
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Phone: (215) 662-8819
Patient appointments: 800-789-7366 (PENN)

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