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Lewis Jay Kaplan, MD

Lewis Jay Kaplan, MD Physician

Director, Surgical ICU, Corporal Michael J Crescenz VA Medical Center Section Chief, Surgical Critical Care Corporal Michael J Crescenz VA Medical Center Professor of Surgery at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and the Veteran's Administration Medical Center

Dr. Kaplan is employed by Penn Medicine.

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About Dr. Lewis J. Kaplan

Recognized by America's Top Doctors 2015 - 2017

Recognized in Philadelphia magazine's annual Top Docs issues for 2018 and 2019

Clinical Specialties


  • Trauma Surgery

Programs & Centers:

Board Certification:

  • Surgery, 1996
  • Surgical Critical Care, 1997

Clinical Expertise:

  • Amputee
  • Compartment Syndrome
  • Crush Injury Leg
  • Diaphragmatic Hernia
  • Laparoscopic Spleen Removal Surgery (Splenectomy)
  • Laparoscopy
  • Wound Complications

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 Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey
Fellowship: UPMC Presbyterian


American Association for the Surgery of Trauma (Fellow), National American College of Chest Physicians (Fellow), National American College of Critical Care Medicine (Fellow), National American College of Surgeons (Fellow), National American College of Surgeons, Metro Chapter, Local American Red Cross Scientific Advisory Committee, National Association for Surgical Education, National Association of VA Surgeons, National Centers for Medicare and Medical Services, National Drinker Critical Care Society, National Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma, National Infectious Diseases Society of America, National International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation (ILCOR), First Aid Taskforce Evidence Reviewer, National National Tactical Officers Association, National New England Surgical Society (Elected Member), Local Pennsylvania Society of Critical Care Medicine, Local Society of Critical Care Medicine Northeast Regional Chapter, Local Society of Critical Care Medicine, National Society of University Surgeons (Fellow), National Surgical Infection Society, National US Air Force Special Operations Group (720th Special Operations Command), National

Hospital Affiliation

Dr. Kaplan 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.


Selected Publications:

Moore S, Weiss B, Pascual JL, Kaplan LJ: Management of acute respiratory failure in the patient with sepsis or septic shock Surgical Infections (Larchmont) : 2018 (Epub).

Chreiman KM, Dumas RP, Seamon MJ, Kim PK, Reilly PM, Kaplan LJ, Christie JD, Holena DN: The IOs have it: A prospective observational study of vascular access success rates in patients in extremis using video review Journal of Trauma & Acute Care Surgery : 2018 (Epub).

MacKay EJ, Stubna MD, Holena DN, Reilly PM, Seamon MJ, Smith BP, Kaplan LJ, Cannon JW: In response Anesthesia & Analgesia 126 (2): 728-729,2018.

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 ICU and at the end-of-life Journal of Trauma & Acute Care Surgery : 2018.

Martin ND, Ramaswamy T, Moin E, Marks JA, Collins T, O’Connor N, Holena D, Pascual J, Reilly PM, Kaplan LJ: The critical illness mortality inflection point during prolonged Surgical ICU length of stay Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine : 2018.

Fernandez-Moure J, Cannon J, Kaplan LJ: Cardiovascular failure Clinical Scenarios in Surgery, 2nd Edition : 2018.

Nomellini V, Kaplan LJ, Sims CA, Caldwell CC: Chronic critical illness and persistent inflammation: What can we learn from the elderly, injured, septic, and malnourished? Shock : 2017 (Epub).

Nunn AM, Hatchimonji JS, Holena DN, Seamon MJ, Smith BP, Kaplan LJ, Martin ND, Reilly PM, Schwab CW, Pascual JL: Boarding ICU patients: Are our rounding practices subpar? American Journal of Surgery : 2017 (Epub).

Kaplan LJ: Ask the doc: How do I know when I should give up riding motorcycles? Common Tread : 2017.

Pascual JP, Rodgers H, Cannon J, Rogalski A, Kaplan LJ: Cryoamputation: A paradigm for safe emergency medical amputation, and immediate local infection control without antimicrobial resistance induction Surgical Infections Case Reports : 2017.

Academic Contact Info

Surgical Services
Corporal Michael J Crescenz VAMC
3900 Woodland Avenue

Philadelphia, PA 19104
Phone: (215) 823-4876
Patient appointments: 800-789-7366 (PENN)