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Charles M. Vollmer, MD

Charles M. Vollmer, MD Physician

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

Dr. Vollmer is employed by Penn Medicine.

About Dr. Charles M. Vollmer

Recognized by Best Doctors in America 2015 - 2018

Patient Satisfaction Ratings

Patient Rating Breakdown

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Responses are measured on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the best score.

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Overall Ratings

Clinical Specialties


  • Gastrointestinal Surgery

Programs & Centers:

Board Certification:

  • Surgery, 2004

Clinical Expertise:

  • Ampullary Mass
  • Bile Duct Cancer (Cholangiocarcinoma)
  • Bile Duct Dilation
  • Bile Duct Stricture
  • Biliary Calculus
  • Biliary Dyskinesia
  • Biliary Leak
  • Biliary Trauma
  • Carcinoid Tumor of Pancreas
  • Cholecystectomy
  • Choledochal Cyst
  • Choledochocele
  • Cholelithiasis
  • Chronic Pancreatitis
  • Common Bile Duct Stone
  • Cystadenoma of Pancreas
  • Duodenal Mass
  • Excision of Choledochal Cyst
  • Gallbladder Cancer
  • Gallbladder Stone
  • Gastrin Secreting Tumor of Pancreas
  • Gastrointestinal Cancer
  • Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumors (GIST)
  • Intestine Cancer Surgery
  • Intraductal Papillary Mucinous Neoplasm
  • Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy
  • Laparoscopic Spleen Removal Surgery (Splenectomy)
  • Liver Cancer
  • Liver Mass
  • Liver Surgery
  • Malignant Neoplasm of Pancreatic Duct
  • Malignant Tumor of Extrahepatic Bile Duct
  • Neuroendocrine Tumors
  • Pancreas Divisum
  • Pancreas Head Cancer
  • Pancreas Tail Cancer
  • Pancreatectomy
  • Pancreatic Cancer
  • Pancreatic Cyst
  • Pancreatic Neuroendocrine Tumors (Islet Cell Tumors)
  • Pancreatic Pseudocyst
  • Pancreatic Surgery
  • Pancreatic Tumors
  • Pseudocyst
  • Small Bowel Cancer
  • Small Intestine Cancer
  • Stomach Cancer (Gastric Cancer)
  • Stomach Tumor Surgery
  • Stromal Tumor of the Intestine
  • Surgical Management of Advanced Hepato-Biliary Cancer
  • Surgical Management of Advanced Pancreatic Cancer
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Practice Locations and Appointments

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna US Healthcare
  • Amerihealth Caritas
  • Amerihealth Caritas Medicare
  • Cigna
  • Cigna HealthSpring
  • Clover Health Plan
  • CVS Health
  • Devon Health Services (Americare)
  • eLAP Services
  • Gateway Health Plan
  • Geisinger Health Plan
  • HealthAmerica / HealthAssurance, a Coventry Plan
  • HealthPartners
  • HealthPartners Medicare
  • HealthSmart
  • Highmark Blue Shield
  • Homestead Smart Health Plans
  • 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 Health and Wellness (Centene) Medicare
  • PA Medicaid
  • PA Medicare
  • Preferred Health Care/LGH
  • Provider Partners Health Plan
  • Rail Road Medicare / Palmetto GBA
  • Remedy Partners at Penn Medicine
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare
  • UnitedHealthcare Community Plan
  • US Family Health Plan
  • Veterans Choice Program

Education and Training

Medical School: Thomas Jefferson University
Medical School: Jefferson Medical College
Residency: Barnes-Jewish Hospital - Washington University, St. Louis
Fellowship: Santa Monica UCLA Medical Center and Orthopaedic Hospital
Residency: Washington University Medical Center - Barnes Hospital
Fellowship: University of Toronto Affiliated Hospitals


American College of Surgeons, National American Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Association (AHPBA), National American Surgical Association, National New England Surgical Society, Local Pancreas Cancer, National Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract, National Society of Clinical Surgery, National Society of University Surgeons, National Surgical Biology Club II, National The Pancreas Club, National

Hospital Affiliation

Dr. Vollmer is employed by Penn Medicine.

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:

Ecker BL, McMillan MT, Vollmer CM, and the Distal Pancreatectomy Study Group.: Risk factors and mitigation strategies for pancreatic fistula after distal pancreatectomy: Analysis of 2,026 resections from the international, multi-institution distal pancreatectomy study group. Oral Presentation at the 51st Annual Pancreas Club Meeting. Also an Oral Presentation at the American College of Surgeons' 2017 Clinical Congress : 2017.

Concours S, Kirkland M, Schuricht A, Dempsey DT, Vollmer CM, Drebin JA, and Lee MK.: Repeat cholecystectomy for the retained gallbladder remnant: presentation and management. Submitted to the American College of Surgeons Annual Clinical Congress. San Diego, CA : 2017.

Valero V, Grimm JC, He J, Cameron JL, Wolfgang CL, Vollmer CM, and Weiss MJ.: Predictors of index hospitalization costs following major pancreatic resection. Oral presentation at the American College of Surgeons Annual Clinical Congress. San Diego, CA : 2017.

Maggino L, Ecker BL, Pitt HA, and Vollmer CM.: Impact of operative time on outcomes after pancreatic resection: A risk-adjusted analysis using the ACS-NSQIP database. Oral presentation at the American College of Surgeons Annual Clinical Congress. San Diego, CA : 2017.

Castillo-Angeles M, Calvillo-Ortiz R; Watkins AA, Acosta D, Chan C, Vollmer CM, and Kent TS.: Assessment of patient health literacy: An international survey of HPB surgeons. Submitted to the American College of Surgeons Annual Clinical Congress. San Diego, CA : 2017.

Kantor O, Talamonti MS, Pitt HA, Vollmer CM, Riall TS, Hall BL, Wang CH, and Baker MS.: Using the NSQIP Pancreatic Demonstration Project to Derive a Modified Fistula Risk Score for Preoperative Risk Stratification for Patients Undergoing Pancreatocoduodenectomy. Submitted to the 2017 ACS NSQIP Annual Conference. New York, New York. : 2017.

Ecker Brett L, McMillan Matthew T, Asbun Horacio J, Ball Chad G, Bassi Claudio, Beane Joal D, Behrman Stephen W, Berger Adam C, Dickson Euan J, Bloomston Mark, Callery Mark P, Christein John D, Dixon Elijah, Drebin Jeffrey A, Castillo Carlos Fernandez-Del, Fisher William E, Fong Zhi Ven, Haverick Ericka, Hollis Robert H, House Michael G, Hughes Steven J, Jamieson Nigel B, Javed Ammar A, Kent Tara S, Kowalsky Stacy J, Kunstman John W, Malleo Giuseppe, Poruk Katherine E, Salem Ronald R, Schmidt Carl R: Characterization and Optimal Management of High-Risk Pancreatic Anastomoses During Pancreatoduodenectomy. Annals of surgery : 2017.

McMillan Matthew T, Malleo Giuseppe, Bassi Claudio, Sprys Michael H, Ecker Brett L, Drebin Jeffrey A, Vollmer Charles M: Pancreatic fistula risk for pancreatoduodenectomy: an international survey of surgeon perception. HPB : the official journal of the International Hepato Pancreato Biliary Association 19 (6): 515-524,2017.

Kantor Olga, Talamonti Mark S, Pitt Henry A, Vollmer Charles M, Riall Taylor S, Hall Bruce L, Wang Chi-Hsiung, Baker Marshall S: Using the NSQIP Pancreatic Demonstration Project to Derive a Modified Fistula Risk Score for Preoperative Risk Stratification in Patients Undergoing Pancreaticoduodenectomy. Journal of the American College of Surgeons 224 (5): 816-825,2017.

Shrikhande Shailesh V, Sivasanker Masillamany, Vollmer Charles M, Friess Helmut, Besselink Marc G, Fingerhut Abe, Yeo Charles J, Fernandez-delCastillo Carlos, Dervenis Christos, Halloran Christoper, Gouma Dirk J, Radenkovic Dejan, Asbun Horacio J, Neoptolemos John P, Izbicki Jakob R, Lillemoe Keith D, Conlon Kevin C, Fernandez-Cruz Laureano, Montorsi Marco, Bockhorn Max, Adham Mustapha, Charnley Richard, Carter Ross, Hackert Thilo, Hartwig Werner, Miao Yi, Sarr Michael, Bassi Claudio, B├╝chler Markus W: Pancreatic anastomosis after pancreatoduodenectomy: A position statement by the International Study Group of Pancreatic Surgery (ISGPS). Surgery 161 (5): 1221-1234,2017.

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)