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Daniel N. Holena, MD

Daniel N. Holena, MD Surgeon

Assistant Professor of Surgery at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and the Presbyterian Medical Center of Philadelphia Assistant Professor of Epidemiology in Biostatistics and Epidemiology

Dr. Holena is a Penn Medicine employed physician.

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Clinical Specialties


  • Traumatology, Surgical Critical Care and Emergency Surgery

Programs & Centers:

Board Certification:

  • Surgery, 2007
  • Surgical Critical Care, 2008

Clinical Expertise:

  • Emergency General Surgery
  • Emergency Trauma
  • Surgical Critical Care

Description of Clinical Expertise

Dr. Daniel Holena is board certified in General Surgery and Surgical Critical Care. He received his General Surgery training at Cornell, and completed is fellowship in Trauma Surgery and Surgical Critical Care at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Holena specializes in the treatment of traumatic injury, emergency general surgery conditions, and surgical critical care. His research interests include outcomes after emergency general surgery and triage biomarkers in acute trauma.

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: SUNY Stony Brook School of Medicine
Residency: NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center
Fellowship: Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania


American Association for the Surgery of Trauma, National American College of Surgeons, National American Medical Association, National Association for Academic Surgery, National Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma , National European Society for Trauma & Emergency Surgery, International Pennsylvania Medical Society, Local Society for Advancement of Violence and Injury Research, National Society of Critical Care Medicine, National Society of University Surgeons, National

Hospital Affiliation

Dr. Holena is a Penn Medicine employed physician.

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. Holena's research interests encompass the study of quality of care after injury. He has a specific interest in the methodology used for risk-adjusting trauma morbidity, mortality, and failure to rescue.

Selected Publications:

Jacoby S, Kaufman E, Holena DN, Branas C.: Beyond survival: the Boarder Context of Police Hospital Transport of Victims of Penetrating Injury. SAVIR Annual Conference. Ann Arbor, MI. : 2017.

Smith BP, Dumas R, Holena DN: Does Intubation for Glasgow Coma Score ≤ 8 In Blunt Trauma Patients Improve Outcomes? A Propensity- Matched Evaluation. World Congress of Surgery WCS 2017. Basel, Switzerland. : 2017.

Dumas RP, Seamon MJ, Smith BP, Cannon J, Schwab CW, Reilly PM, Holena DN: The Epidemiology of Emergency Department Thoracotomy: Does Center Volume Matter? World Congress of Surgery 2017. Basel, Switzerland. : 2017.

Wiebe DJ, Holena DN, Delgado MK, Geiger J, McWilliams N, Carr BG.: The Pennsylvania Trauma Outcomes Study Risk-Adjusted Mortality Model: Results of a Statewide Benchmarking Program. The American Surgeon. : 2017.

Holena DN: “Surgical Research Funding in the Current Political Climate.” Website Blog. Association of Academic Surgery. : 2017.

Kaufman EJ, Jacoby SF, Carr BG, Sharoky CE, Delgado, MK, Reilly PM, Holena DN.: Patient Characteristics and Temporal Trends in Police Transport of Blunt Trauma Patients: A Multicenter Retrospective Cohort Study. Prehospital and Emergency Care. : 2017.

Sharoky CE, Bailey EA, Sellers MM, Kaufman EJ, Sinnamon AJ, Wirtalla CJ, Holena DN.: Outcomes of Hospitalized Patients Undergoing Emergency General Surgery Remote from Admission. Surgery : 2017.

Nunn AM, Pascual JL, Hatchimonji J, Reilly PM, Seamon MJ, Holena DN, Smith BP, Kaplan L, Martin ND, Schwab CW.: Boarding ICU Patients: Are our Rounding Practices Subpar? American Journal of Surgery : 2017.

Mackay EM, Dutton R, Holena DN, Reilly PM, Seamon MJ, Smith BP, Kaplan L, Cannon J.: Abnormal Calcium Levels During Trauma Resuscitation are Associated with Increased Mortality, Increased Blood Products Use, and Greater Hospital Resource Consumption: A Pilot Investigation. Anesthesia and Analgesia : 2017.

Kotloff ED, Forker CM, Meyer NJ, Lanken PN, Holena DN, Field C, Feng R, Christie JD, Shashaty MG, Reilly JP.: Declining Risk of Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome in Critically Ill Trauma Patients. ATS Annual Meeting. Washington DC : 2017.

Academic Contact Info

Division of Trauma, Surgical Critical Care & Emergency Surgery
Penn Presbyterian Medical Center
51 North 39th St., Suite 120

Philadelphia , PA 19104
Phone: 215-662-7323
Fax: 215-243-3221
Patient appointments: 800-789-7366 (PENN)

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