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Rachel Kelz, MD

Rachel Kelz, MD Physician

Professor of Surgery at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

Dr. Kelz is employed by Penn Medicine.

About Dr. Rachel Kelz

Recognized by America's Top Doctors 2015 – 2017

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

Patient Satisfaction Ratings

Patient Rating Breakdown

The Patient Satisfaction Rating is an average of all responses to the care provider related questions shown below from our nationally-recognized Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Survey. Patients that are treated in outpatient or hospital environments may receive different surveys, and the volume of responses will vary by question.

Responses are measured on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the best score.

Comments are submitted by patients and reflect their views and opinions. The comments are not endorsed by and do not necessarily reflect the views of Penn Medicine.

Overall Ratings

Clinical Specialties


  • Endocrine and Oncologic Surgery

Programs & Centers:

Board Certification:

  • Surgery, 2005

Clinical Expertise:

  • Adrenal Mass
  • Adrenal Nodules
  • Adrenalectomy
  • Bile Duct Cancer (Cholangiocarcinoma)
  • Cancer Risk Reduction Surgery
  • Carcinoid Tumors
  • Conn Syndrome
  • Gastrointestinal Cancer
  • Insulinoma
  • Laparoscopic Adrenalectomy
  • Laparoscopic Whipple Procedure
  • Laparotomy
  • Liver Cancer
  • Liver Metastases
  • Melanoma Surgery
  • Metastatic Colon Cancer
  • Minimally Invasive Lymph Node Dissection
  • Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia
  • Nodular Goiter
  • Pancreatectomy
  • Pancreatic Cancer
  • Parathyroid Adenoma
  • Parathyroid Cancer
  • Parathyroid Disease
  • Parathyroid Mass
  • Parathyroidectomy
  • Pheochromocytoma
  • Primary Hyperparathyroidism
  • Rectal Cancer
  • Sarcoma
  • Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy
  • Skin Cancer
  • Surgical Management of Advanced Hepato-Biliary Cancer
  • Thyroid Cancer
  • Thyroid Nodule Biopsy
  • Thyroid Nodules
  • Thyroidectomy
  • Von Hippel-Lindau Disease
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Practice Locations and Appointments

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna US Healthcare
  • 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: Yale University
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 Surgeons, National American Thyroid Association, International Association for Program Directors in Surgery, National Association of Academic Surgeons, National Council of Medical Specialty Societies (CMSS), Chicago, IL, National John Morgan Society, University of Pennsylvania, Local Philadelphia Academy of Surgeons, Fellow, Local 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

Hospital Affiliation

Dr. Kelz is employed by Penn Medicine.

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, Rosenbaum P: Matching for several sparse nominal variables in a case-control study of readmission following surgery The American Statistician (TAS) 65 (4): 229-238,2011.

Mills AM, Holena DN, Kallan MJ, Carr BG, Reinke CE, Kelz RR: Effect of insurance status on patients admitted for acute diverticulitis Colorectal Diseases 15 (5): 613-620,2013.

Holena, DN; Hadler, R; Wirtalla, C; Carr, B; Morris, JB; Kelz, RR: Teaching status: The impact on emergency and elective surgical care in the U.S. 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 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 256 (1): 79-86,2012.

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 150 (6): 1275-1285,2011.

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 19 (1): 19-25,2012.

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 150 (3): 363-370,2011.

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 19 (5): 1453-1459,2012.

Academic Contact Info

Department of Surgery
3400 Spruce Street, 4 Silverstein

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

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