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Charles M. Vollmer, MD

Charles M. Vollmer, MD Surgeon

Director, Pancreatic Surgery Professor of Surgery at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

Dr. Vollmer is a Penn Medicine employed physician.

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Clinical Specialties


  • Gastrointestinal Surgery

Programs & Centers:

Board Certification:

  • Surgery, 2004

Clinical Expertise:

  • Ampullary Cancer
  • Anal Cancer
  • Bile Duct Cancer
  • Bile Duct Tumor
  • Biliary Stenosis
  • Biliary Stricture (Bile Duct Stricture)
  • Biliary Surgery
  • Biliary Tract Disorders
  • Cancer Surgery
  • Colon Cancer
  • Duodenal Ulcer
  • Esophageal Cancer
  • Gallbladder Cancer
  • Gallbladder Disorders
  • Gallstones
  • Gastrointestinal Cancer
  • Gastrointestinal Carcinoid Tumor
  • Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumors (GIST)
  • Gastrointestinal Surgery
  • Gastrointestinal Tumor
  • Hepatobiliary Surgery
  • Inguinal Hernia Surgery
  • Jejunostomy Tube Placement (J-Tube Placement)
  • Laparoscopic Diagnosis - Minimally Invasive
  • Laparoscopic Gallbladder Removal Surgery (Cholecystectomy)
  • Laparoscopic Hernia Surgery
  • Laparoscopy Staging
  • Liver Cancer
  • Neuroendocrine Tumors
  • Pancreas Biopsy
  • Pancreatic Cancer
  • Pancreatic Cyst
  • Pancreatic Neuroendocrine Tumors (Islet Cell Tumors)
  • Pancreatic Pseudocysts
  • Pancreatic Surgery
  • Pancreatitis
  • Port Placement
  • Rectal Cancer
  • Small Intestine Cancer
  • Small Intestine Disorders
  • Stomach Cancer (Gastric Cancer)
  • Stomach Removal Surgery (Gastrectomy)
  • Zollinger-Ellison Syndrome

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 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: Jefferson Medical College
Residency: Barnes-Jewish Hospital - Washington University, St. Louis
Fellowship: University of Toronto Affiliated Hospitals


American Association for Cancer Research, National American Board of Surgery, National American College of Surgeons Cancer Care Standards Development Committee – Pancreas Section , National American College of Surgeons, National American Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Association (AHPBA), National American Surgical Association, National Association for Academic Surgery, National Boston Pancreas Study Group, Local Boston Surgical Society, Local Co-Chair for 1st International Consensus Conference on Minimally Invasive Pancreatic Surgery, International International Association of Pancreatology, International International Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Association (IHPBA), International John H. Gibbon, Jr. Surgical Society, Local National Pancreas Foundation, Board of Directors – Boston Chapter, National New England Surgical Society, Local Pancreas Cancer , National Scientific Committee, Pancreas Cancer , National Scientific Program Chairman for 2016 Biennial Meeting – Sao Paulo, Brazil 2016, International Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract, National Society of Clinical Surgery, National Society of University Surgeons, National St. George’s Society/American Cancer Society, National Surgical Biology Club II, National Surgical Oncology Board of the American Board of Surgery, National Surgical Outcomes Club, National The Canadian Hepato-Pancreatico-Biliary Club, National The Pancreas Club, National

Hospital Affiliation

Dr. Vollmer 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.
  • Pennsylvania Hospital: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.


Selected Publications:

McMillan MT, Vollmer CM.: Peritoneal drain placement at pancreaticoduodenectomy. Difficult Decisions in Hepatobiliary and Pancreatic Surgery: An Evidence Based Approach. : 2015 (In press).

Datta J, Vollmer CM.: Pancreas. The Surgical Review, Fourth Edition. : 2015 (In press).

Brady CM, Vollmer CM, Maithel SK.: Common bile duct exploration. Minimally Invasive Surgery: Laparoscopy, Therapeutic Endoscopy, and NOTES. : 2015 (In press).

Bartlett EK, Vollmer CM.: The classification and injury patterns of common bile duct injury during laparoscopic cholecystectomy. Comprehensive Management of Benign Biliary Stenosis and Injury. : 2015 (In press).

Vollmer CM, Drebin JA.: Open distal pancreatectomy. Atlas of Endocrine Surgery. : 2015 (In press).

Dixon E, Vollmer CM, May G.: Comprehensive Management of Benign Biliary Stenosis and Injury. New York: Springer : 2015 (In press).

McMillan MT, Vollmer CM.: Response to letter to the editor: Regarding octreotide. HPB : 2015 (In press).

Hernandez J, Vollmer CM.: Cystic tumors of the pancreas. Diseases of the Liver, Biliary Tract and Pancreas: Principles and Practice. EditMED : 2015 (In Press).

Lee MK, Vollmer CM.: Post-cholecystectomy problems. Blumgart’s Surgery of the Liver, Biliary Tract & Pancreas, 6th Edition. : 2015 (Accepted for publication).

Erdmann J I, Eskens F A L M, Vollmer C M, Kok N F M, Groot Koerkamp B, Biermann K, van Eijck C H J: Histological and Molecular Subclassification of Pancreatic and Nonpancreatic Periampullary Cancers: Implications for (Neo) Adjuvant Systemic Treatment. Annals of surgical oncology 22 (7): 2401-7,2015.

Academic Contact Info

Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Department of Surgery/ Division of General Surgery
4th Floor, Silverstein Pavilion
3400 Spruce Street

Philadelphia, PA 19104
Patient appointments: 800-789-7366 (PENN)