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Rachel Kelz, MD

Rachel Kelz, MD Physician

Associate Professor of Surgery at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

Dr. Kelz is a Penn Medicine employed physician.

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Clinical Specialties


  • Endocrine and Oncologic Surgery

Programs & Centers:

Board Certification:

  • Surgery, 2005

Clinical Expertise:

  • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Health (LGBT)
  • Parathyroid Gland Removal Surgery
  • Parathyroid Tumor
  • Parathyroidectomy (Parathyroid Gland Removal Surgery)
  • Thyroid Cancer
  • Thyroid Nodule Biopsy
  • Thyroid Surgery

Description of Clinical Expertise

benign and malignant diseases of the thyroid and parathyroid glands, minimally invasive surgery

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: Yale University School of Medicine
Residency: Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Fellowship: Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Fellowship: Children's Hospital of Philadelphia


American Association of Endocrine Surgeons, National American College of Epidemiology , National American College of Surgeons, National American Thyroid Association, International Association for Program Directors in Surgery, National Association for Surgical Education , National Association of Academic Surgeons, National Council of Medical Specialty Societies (CMSS), Chicago, IL, National Endocrine Society , National John Morgan Society, Member, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, Local Philadelphia Academy of Surgeons, Fellow, Philadelphia, PA, Local Society of American Gastrointestinal & Endoscopic Surgeons , National Society of Clinical Surgery (Scientific Society), National Society of University Surgeons, National Surgical Biology II Club (Scientific Society), National Surgical Outcomes Club (Scientific Society), National Surgical Outcomes Club , National

Hospital Affiliation

Dr. Kelz is a Penn Medicine employed physician.

Hospital Privileges:

  • Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.


Description of Research Expertise:

health services research, patient safety, surgical endocrinology, disparities of care, outcomes research, intersection of education and outcomes

Selected Publications:

Zubizarreta, J., Reinke, C., Kelz, R., Silber, J. and Rosenbaum P.: Matching for several sparse nominal variables in a case-control study of readmission following surgery The American Statistician (TAS). : 2012.

Mills AM, Holena DN, Kallan MJ, Carr BG, Reinke CE, Kelz RR.: The Effect of Insurance Status on Patients Admitted for Acute Diverticulitis Colorectal Diseases : 2012.

Showalter S, Kelz RR, Mahmoud N.: Affect of Technique on Postoperative Perineal Wound Infections in Abdominoperineal Resection To be determined : 2012.

Holena, DN; Hadler, R; Wirtalla, C; Carr, B; Morris, JB; Kelz, RR.: Teaching status: The impact on emergency and elective surgical care in the US Annals of Surgery 253 (5): 1017–1023,2011.

Mittal MK, Morris JB, Kelz RR.: Germ Simulation: A Novel Approach for Raising Medical Students Awareness Toward Asepsis. The Journal of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare 6 (2): 65-70,2011.

Silber JH, Rosenbaum PR, Kelz RR, Reinke CE, Neuman MD, Ross RN, Even-Shoshan O, David G, Saynisch PA, Kyle FA, Bratzler DW, Fleisher LA: Medical and Financial Risks Associated with Surgery in the Elderly Obese Annals of Surgery : 2011.

Reinke CE, Hadler RA, Karakousis GC, Fraker DL, Kelz RR.: Does the Presence of Thyroid Cancer Increase the Risk of Venous Thromboembolism in Patients Undergoing Thyroidectomy? Surgery : 2011.

Reinke CE, Drebin J, Kreider S, Kean C, Resnick A, Raper S, Kelz RR: Timing of Pre-operative Pharmacoprophylaxis for Pancreatic Surgery Patients: A Venous Thromboembolism Reduction Initiative. Annals of Surgical Oncology : 2011.

Holena D, Mills A,, Carr B, Wirtalla C, Sarani, B, Kim P, Braslow B, Kelz RR: Transfer Status: A Risk Factor for Mortality in Patients with Necrotizing Fasciitis Surgery : 2011.

Shah PK, Shah KK, Karakousis GC, Reinke CE, Kelz RR, Fraker DL.: Regional Recurrence after Lymphadenectomy for Clinically Evident Lymph Node Metastases from Papillary Thyroid Cancer: A Cohort Study. Annals of Surgical Oncology : 2011.

Academic Contact Info

Department of Surgery
3400 Spruce Street, 4 Silverstein

Philadelphia, PA 19104
Phone: 215-662-2030
Fax: 215-662.7476
Patient appointments: 800-789-7366 (PENN)

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