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Jose L. Pascual, MD

Jose L. Pascual, MD Physician

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

Languages spoken:

  • French
  • Spanish

Dr. Pascual is employed by Penn Medicine.

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Clinical Specialties


  • Trauma Surgery

Programs & Centers:

Board Certification:

  • Surgery, 2006
  • Surgical Critical Care, 2007

Clinical Expertise:

  • Emergency General Surgery
  • Emergency Trauma
  • Surgical Critical Care

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: University of Ottawa
Residency: McGill University Hospitals
Fellowship: Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania


American Association for the Surgery of Trauma, National American Board of Surgery, National American College of Surgeons, National Association for Academic Surgery, National Canadian Association of General Surgeons, National Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma, National International Association for Trauma Surgery & Intensive Care, International International Society of Surgery, International National Neurotrauma Society, National Pan-American Trauma Society, National Pennsylvania Chapter American College of Surgeons, Local Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons of Canada, National Society of Critical Care Medicine, National Society of Critical Care Medicine, National Trauma Association of Canada, National

Hospital Affiliation

Dr. Pascual 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:

Jose Pascual is a clinical surgeon specialized in trauma and critical care who has a special interest in shock and head injury. His research interests are shared in basic science research where he evaluates, in vivo, through intravital microscopy the real time microcirculation of pia on live rodent brains. He seeks to learn how a variety of insults including head injury and shock affect the microcirculation and how different management strategies influence these changes. This basic science work is translated into several clinical projects both retrospective and prospective evaluating the effects of different osmotherapeutic agents in traumatic brain injured patients as well as the immunemodulating effects of different resuscitation fluids in different forms of shock.

Selected Publications:

Sharoky C, Martin ND, Smith BP, Pascual JL, Kaplan LJ, Reilly PM, Holena DN: The Location and Timing of Failure to Rescue Events Across a Statewide Trauma System Corresponding Journal of Surgical Research 235 : 529-535,2019.

Suto Y, Nagata K, Ahmed SY, Jacovides CL, Browne KD, Cognetti J, Johnson VE, Leone R, Kaplan LJ, Smith DH, Pascual JL: Cerebral edema and neurological recovery after traumatic brain injury (TBI) is worsened if accompanied by a concomitant long bone fracture J Neurotrauma 36 (4): 2019.

Asfaw SH, Martin ND, Seamon MJ, Pascual JL, Reilly PM, Holena DN: Is It Cool to Cool Postcardiac Arrest Trauma Patients? American Surgeon : 2019.

Fernandez-Moure J, Pascual JL, Martin ND, Rogers H, Kaplan LJ: Emergency response teams in and outside of medicine—structurally crafted to be worlds apart Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery 86 (1): 134-140,2019.

Acker A, Leonard J, Seamon MJ, Holena DN, Pascual JL, Smith BP, Reilly PM, Martin ND: Leaving contaminated trauma laparotomy wounds open reduces wound infections but does not add value Journal of Surgical Research 232 : 450-455,2018.

Fall MB, Pascual JL, Peifer HG, Di Taranti LJ, Collard ML, Jablonski J, Gutsche JT, Halpern SD, Barg FK, Fleisher LA: A Partially Structured Postoperative Handoff Protocol Improves Communication in 2 Mixed Surgical Intensive Care Unites: Findings From the Handoffs and Transitions in Critical Care (HATRICC) Prospective Cohort Study Lane Ann Surg : 2018.

Lane-Fall MB, Pascual JL, Massa S, Collard ML, Peifer HG, Di Taranti LJ, Linehan M, Fleisher LA, Barg FK: Developing a Standard Handoff Process for Operating Room-to-ICU Transitions: Multidisciplinary Clinician Perspectives from the Handoffs and Transitions in Critical Care (HATRICC) Study Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety 44 (9): 514-525,2018.

Martin ND, Sagar PP, Chreiman K, Pascual JL, Braslow BM, Reilly PM, Kaplan LJ: Emergency Laparotomy In the Critically Ill – Futility at the bedside Critical Care Research and Practice 2018 (Article ID 6398917): 2018.

Vella MA, Pascual JL, Kaplan LJ: High-Flow Nasal Cannula System, Not Just Another Nasal Cannula JAMA Surgery 44 : 2018.

Martin N, Pascual JL, Crowe D, Toevs C, Cereda MF, Mikkelsen M, Kaplan LJ.: Comfort at the crossroads: Service, therapy and emotional support animals in the intensive care unit and at the end-of-life. J Trauma Acute Care Surg. : 2018.

Academic Contact Info

Division of Trauma & Surgical Critical Care
Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania
51 North 39th St,MOB 1st floor, Suite 120, Room 108

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

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