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Jose L. Pascual, MD

Jose L. Pascual, MD Physician

Associate Professor of Neurosurgery Associate Professor of Surgery Clinical Associate, Penn School of Nursing 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:

  • Abdominal Abscess
  • Abdominal Adhesions
  • Abdominal Surgery
  • Abdominal Wall Defect
  • Amputee
  • Appendectomy
  • Appendicitis
  • Arteriovenous Fistula
  • Cecostomy
  • Cholecystectomy
  • Cholecystitis
  • Colonic Volvulus
  • Compartment Syndrome
  • Components Separation
  • Crush Injury Leg
  • Diaphragmatic Hernia
  • Duodenal Ulcer Surgery
  • Endoscopic Hemorrhoid Band Ligation
  • Enterolysis
  • Enterorrhaphy
  • Epigastric Hernia
  • Femoral Hernia
  • Fistula Enterocutaneous
  • Flail Chest
  • Gastrostomy Closure Surgery
  • Hernia
  • Hiatal Hernia Repair
  • Hypovolemia
  • Ileostomy
  • Incision and Drainage
  • Inguinal Hernia
  • Injury To Spleen
  • Internal Hernia
  • Intestinal Obstruction
  • Laceration
  • Laparoscopic Appendectomy
  • Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy
  • Laparoscopic Hernia Repair
  • Laparoscopic Incisional Hernia Repair
  • Laparoscopic Inguinal Hernia Repair
  • Laparoscopic Recurrent Hernia Repair
  • Laparoscopic Spleen Removal Surgery (Splenectomy)
  • Laparoscopic Treatment of Small Bowel Obstruction
  • Laparoscopic Ventral Hernia Repair
  • Laparoscopy
  • Liver Trauma
  • Lung Contusion
  • Major Trauma
  • Motor Vehicle Accident
  • Necrotizing Fasciitis
  • Necrotizing Soft Tissue Infections
  • Nontraumatic Hematoma of Soft Tissue
  • Pancreaticojejunostomy
  • Parastomal Hernia
  • Partial Splenectomy
  • PEG (Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy)
  • Pelvic Adhesions
  • Peptic Ulcer Surgery
  • Peridiverticular Abscess
  • Rectus Sheath Hernia
  • Recurrent Femoral Hernia
  • Recurrent Hernia
  • Reducible Hernia
  • Reduction of Volvulus
  • Rib Fracture
  • Right Lower Quadrant Pain
  • Skin Abscess
  • Small Bowel Obstruction
  • Splenic Infection
  • Splenic Injury
  • Sternal Fracture
  • Stomach Fistula
  • Subphrenic Abscess
  • Therapeutic Hypothermia
  • Trauma
  • Ventral Hernia
  • Wound Complications
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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: 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.

Suto Y, Ahmed S, Jacovides C, Roche A, Weber M, Johnson V, Leone R, Kaplan LJ, Smith D, Ogawa T, Pascual JL: A concomitant long bone fracture worsens traumatic brain injury recovery: a time dependent process Podium presentation, Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma 32nd Annual Scientific Assembly, Austin, TX : 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.

Matsushima K, Leichtle SW, Wild J, Young K, Chang G, Lomangino CD, Massetti J, Glass N, Livingston DH, O'Bosky K, Chan J, Cullinane DC, Rippey KA, Sharma J, Nahmias J, Grigorian A, Allen S, Armen SB, Berne JD, Mederos D, Pascual JL, Resnick S, Bholat O, Ostry L, Garcia LJ, Vecchio RR, Winston ES, Sabour AF, Demetriades D: Anticoagulation therapy in patients with traumatic brain injury (ACT-TBI): An EAST Multicenter Prospective Study Podium presentation, Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma 32nd Annual Scientific Assembly, Austin, TX : 2019.

Jacovides C, Ahmed S, Suto Y, Paris A, Leone R, McCarry J, Christofidou-Solomidou M, Kaplan LJ, Smith D, Holena DN, Schwab CW, Pascual JL: An Infectious Pulmonary Insult Post-TBI Worsens Subsequent Spatial Learning and Neurological Outcomes Podium presentation, Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma 32nd Annual Scientific Assembly, Austin, TX : 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.

Jacovides C, Ahmed SM, Suto Y, Paris AJ, Weber R, Johnson VE, Christofidu-Solomidou M, Kaplan LJ, Smith DH, Holena DN, Schwab CW, Pascual JL: Does a lung infection after brain injury worsen early brain inflammation and subsequent neurological recovery? Oral Abstract, American Association for the Surgery of Trauma 77th Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA : 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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