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Robert E. Roses, MD

Robert E. Roses, MD Physician

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

Dr. Roses is employed by Penn Medicine.

About Dr. Robert E. Roses

Recognized by America's Top Doctors for 2017

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

Patient Satisfaction Ratings

Patient Rating Breakdown

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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.

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Clinical Specialties


  • Endocrine and Oncologic Surgery

Programs & Centers:

Board Certification:

  • Surgery, 2011

Clinical Expertise:

  • Adrenal Adenoma
  • Adrenal Mass
  • Adrenal Nodules
  • Adrenalectomy
  • Aldosteronoma
  • Ampullary Mass
  • Appendix Cancer
  • Bile Duct Cancer (Cholangiocarcinoma)
  • Carcinoid of the Stomach
  • Carcinoid Tumor of Pancreas
  • Carcinoid Tumors
  • Colon Tumors
  • Conn Syndrome
  • Duodenal Mass
  • Endocrine Surgery
  • Esophageal Cancer
  • Esophagogastric Junction Cancer
  • Gallbladder Cancer
  • Gallbladder Mass
  • Gastrin Secreting Tumor of Pancreas
  • Gastrointestinal Bleeding
  • Gastrointestinal Cancer
  • Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumors (GIST)
  • Hepatobiliary Malignancies
  • Insulinoma
  • Intestinal Carcinoid Tumor
  • Intestine Cancer Surgery
  • Intraductal Papillary Mucinous Neoplasm
  • Laparoscopic Adrenalectomy
  • Laparoscopic Spleen Removal Surgery (Splenectomy)
  • Laparoscopic Whipple Procedure
  • Liver Cancer
  • Liver Mass
  • Liver Metastases
  • Liver Surgery
  • Malignant Carcinoid Tumor of the Stomach
  • Malignant Gallbladder Polyp
  • Malignant Neoplasm of Pancreatic Duct
  • Malignant Tumor of Extrahepatic Bile Duct
  • Metastatic Adrenal Gland Cancer
  • Metastatic Colon Cancer
  • Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia
  • Neuroendocrine Tumor of the Appendix
  • Neuroendocrine Tumor of the Bowel
  • Neuroendocrine Tumor of the Colon
  • Neuroendocrine Tumor of the Pancreas
  • Neuroendocrine Tumor of the Stomach
  • Neuroendocrine Tumors
  • Pancreas Head Cancer
  • Pancreas Tail Cancer
  • Pancreatectomy
  • Pancreatic Cancer
  • Pancreatic Neuroendocrine Tumors (Islet Cell Tumors)
  • Pancreatic Tumors
  • Pheochromocytoma
  • Small Bowel Cancer
  • Small Intestine Cancer
  • Spleen Cancer
  • Stomach Cancer (Gastric Cancer)
  • Stomach Tumor Surgery
  • Stromal Tumor of the Intestine
  • Surgical Management of Advanced Hepato-Biliary Cancer
  • Surgical Management of Advanced Pancreatic Cancer
  • Von Hippel-Lindau Disease
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Practice Locations and Appointments

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna US Healthcare
  • Amerihealth Caritas
  • Amerihealth Caritas Medicare
  • Capital Blue Cross
  • 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
  • Highmark Blue Shield Medicare
  • Homestead Smart Health Plans
  • Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey
  • Humana / Choicecare
  • Humana / Medicare
  • 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
  • Preferred Health Care/PA Preferred Health Networks
  • Provider Partners Health Plan
  • Rail Road Medicare / Palmetto GBA
  • Remedy Partners at Penn Medicine
  • Significa Benefit Services (fka EHP)
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare
  • UnitedHealthcare Community Plan
  • UPMC Health Plan
  • US Family Health Plan
  • Veterans Choice Program
  • Vibra Health Plan

Education and Training

Medical School: Tufts University School of Medicine
Residency: Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Fellowship: University of Texas - MD Anderson Cancer Center


American College of Surgeons, National North American Neuroendocrine Tumor Society, National Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract, National Society of Surgical Oncology, International

Hospital Affiliation

Dr. Roses is employed by Penn Medicine.

Hospital Privileges:

  • Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.
  • Lancaster General Hospital: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.
  • Penn Presbyterian Medical Center: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.


Selected Publications:

Roses RE, Tzeng CW, Ross MI, Fournier KF, Abbott DE, You YN: The palliative index: Predicting outcomes of emergent surgery in patients with cancer Journal of Palliative Medicine 17 (1): 37-42,2014.

Datta J, Lewis RS Jr, Mamtani R, Stripp D, Kelz RR, Drebin JA, Fraker DL, Karakousis GC, Roses RE: Implications of inadequate lymph node staging in resectable gastric cancer: A contemporary analysis using the National Cancer Data Base Cancer 120 (18): 2855-2865,2014.

Roses RE, Rodriguez-Bigas M: The management of rectal cancer Current Surgical Therapy, 11th Edition : 218-223,2014.

Roses RE, Bartlett EK, Kelz RR, Drebin JA, Fraker DL, Karakousis GC: Morbidity and mortality after total gastrectomy for gastric malignancy using the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program database Surgery 156 (2): 298-304,2014.

Bartlett EK1, Wachtel H, Fraker DL, Vollmer CM, Drebin JA, Kelz RR, Karakousis GC, Roses RE: Surgical palliation for pancreatic malignancy: Practice patterns and predictors of morbidity and mortality Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery 18 (7): 1292-1298,2014.

Dionisi F, Avery S, Lukens JN, Ding X, Kralik J, Kirk M, Roses RE, Amichetti M, Metz JM, Plastaras JP: Proton therapy in adjuvant treatment of gastric cancer: Planning comparison with advanced x-ray therapy and feasibility report Acta Oncology 53 (10): 1312-1320,2014.

Zimmitti G, Vauthey JN, Shindoh J, Tzeng CW, Roses RE, Ribero D, Capussotti L, Giuliante F, Nuzzo G, Aloia TA: Systematic use of an intraoperative air leak test at the time of major liver resection reduces the rate of postoperative biliary complications Journal of the American College of Surgeons 217 (6): 1028-1037,2013.

Fracol M, Xu S, Mick R, Fitzpatrick E, Nisenbaum H, Roses R, Fisher C, Tchou J, Fox K, Zhang P, Czerniecki BJ: Response to HER-2 pulsed DC1 vaccines is predicted by both HER-2 and estrogen receptor expression in DCIS Annals of Surgical Oncology 20 (10): 3233-3239,2013.

Bansal N, Sonnenberg EM, Meise CK, Reinke CE, Karakousis GC, Bartlett EK, Mahmoud NN, Roses RE, Kelz RR: The effect of colorectal cancer screening mandates on access to care and clinical outcomes: A retrospective study of patients undergoing operations of the colon and rectum Surgery 154 (2): 335-344,2013.

Roses RE, Roses DF: Malignant melanoma Surgery: Evidence-Based Practice : 2013.

Bartlett EK, Roses RE, Meise C, Fraker DL, Kelz RR, Karakousis GC: Preoperative radiation for retroperitoneal sarcoma is not associated with increased early postoperative morbidity Journal of Surgical Oncology 109 (6): 606-611,2014.

Bartlett EK, Gimotty PA, Sinnamon AJ, Wachtel H, Roses RE, Schuchter L, Xu X, Elder DE, Ming M, Elenitsas R, Guerry D, Kelz RR, Czerniecki BJ, Fraker DL, Karakousis GC: Clark Level risk stratifies patients with mitogenic thin melanomas for sentinel lymph node biopsy Annals of Surgical Oncology 21 (2): 643-649,2014.

Roses RE, Vauthey JN: Hepatocellular carcinoma: Epidemiology, staging, medical management Abrams Angiography, 3rd Edition : 2013.

Bartlett EK, Meise C, Roses RE, Fraker DL, Kelz RR, Karakousis GC: Morbidity and mortality of cytoreduction with intraperitoneal chemotherapy: Outcomes from the ACS NSQIP database Annals of Surgical Oncology 21 (5): 1494-1500,2014.

Kaseb AO, Shindoh J, Patt YZ, Roses RE, Zimmitti G, Lozano RD, Hassan MM, Hassabo HM, Curley SA, Aloia TA, Abbruzzese JL, Vauthey JN: Modified cisplatin/interferon α-2b/doxorubicin/5-fluorouracil (PIAF) chemotherapy in patients with no hepatitis or cirrhosis is associated with improved response rate, resectability, and survival of initially unresectable hepatocellular carcinoma Cancer 119 (18): 3334-42,2013.

Bartlett EK, Meise C, Bansal N, Fischer JP, Low DW, Czerniecki BJ, Roses RE, Fraker DL, Kelz RR, Karakousis GC: Sartorius transposition during inguinal lymphadenectomy for melanoma Journal of Surgical Research 184 (1): 209-215,2013.

Royal RE, Roses RE: Cancer of the pancreas and hepatobiliary tracts Oncology in Primary Care : 299-302,2013.

Bartlett EK, Roses RE, Gupta M, Shah PK, Shah KK, Zaheer S, Wachtel H, Kelz RR, Karakousis GC, Fraker DL: Surgery for metastatic neuroendocrine tumors with occult primaries Journal of Surgical Research 184 (1): 221-227,2013.

Roses RE, Morris JB: Incisions, closures, and management of the abdominal wound Maingot's Abdominal Operations, 12th Edition : 99-122,2013.

You YN, Roses RE, Chang GJ, Rodriguez-Bigas MA. Feig BW, Slack R, Nguyen S, Skibber JM: Multimodality salvage of recurrent disease after local excision for rectal cancer Diseases of the Colon & Rectum 55 (12): 1213-1219,2012.

Zimmitti G, Roses RE, Andreou A, Shindoh J, Curley SA, Aloia TA, Vauthey JN: Greater complexity of liver surgery is not associated with an increased incidence of liver-related complications except for bile leak: an experience with 2,628 consecutive resections Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery 17 (1): 57-64,2013.

Roses RE, Kuerer HM: Ductal carcinoma in situ: Clinical trials update and resolving controversies Current Cancer Therapy Reviews 8 : 182-188,2012.

Kaseb AO, Abaza YM, Roses RE: Multidisciplinary management of hepatocellular carcinoma Recent Results in Cancer Research 190 : 247-259,2013.

You YN, Roses RE, Chang GJ, Rodriguez-Bigas MA, Feig BW, Skibber JM: Multimodality salvage of failure after local excision for rectal cancer Oral Presentation at the Annual Meeting of the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons, San Antonio, TX : 2012.

Roses RE, Kuerer HM, Albarracin CT, Lari SA, Arun BK: Phenotype of Pure DCIS in BRCA Mutation Carriers Poster presentation at the 2012 Annual Symposium of the Society of Surgical Oncology, Orlando, FL : 2012.

Roses RE, Zimmitti G, Aloia T, Andreou A, Curley S, Vauthey JN: Greater complexity of liver surgery is not associated with an increased incidence of liver related complications except for bile leak: an experience with 2628 consecutive resections Oral presentation at the annual meeting of the Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract, San Diego, CA : 2012.

Roses RE, Foley PJ, Paulson EC, Pray L, Kelz RR, Williams NN, Morris JB: Revisiting the rotation call schedule in under 80 hours per week Oral Presentation at the Association of the Program Directors in Surgery Annual Meeting, Salt Lake City, UT : 2009.

Roses RE, Arun B, Lari S, Mittendorf EA, Kuerer HM: Ductal Carcinoma in situ of the breat and subsequent distant metastases Poster Presentation at the 2011 Annual Cancer Symposium of the Society of Surgical Oncology, San Antonio, TX : 2011.

Roses RE, Paulson EC, Kanchwala SK, Morris JB: Gowned and Gloved: Introduction to Common Procedures Philadelphia: WB Saunders Elsevier : 2010.

Porrett P, Frederick J, Roses RE, Kaiser LR: The Surgical Review, 3rd Edition Philadelphia: Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins : 2009.

Roses RE, Czerniecki BJ: The breast The Surgical Review, Third Edition : 252-262,2010.

Roses RE: Sentinel lymph node biopsy and axillary dissection Gowned and Gloved Surgery; Introduction to Common Procedures : 202-209,2009.

Roses RE, Czerniecki BJ: Mastectomy Gowned and Gloved Surgery: Introduction to Common Procedures : 188-194,2009.

Rodriguez JA, Roses RE, Braslow B: Appendectomy Gowned and Gloved Surgery: Introduction to Common Procedures : 123-130,2009.

Paulson EC, Roses RE, Morris JB: Laparoscopic cholecystectomy Gowned and Gloved Surgery: Introduction to Common Procedures : 92-101,2009.

Roses RE, Kanchwala SK, Reilly PM: Perioperative care Gowned and Gloved Surgery: Introduction to Common Procedures : 1-7,2009.

Roses RE, Xu M, Xu S, Koldovsky U, Son G, Koski GK: Working towards the development of vaccines for the treatment of early breast cancer Current Cancer Therapy Reviews 3 : 97-107,2007.

Khitin L, Roses RE, Birkett DH: Cancer in the gastric remnant after gastric bypass: A case report Current Surgery 60 (5): 521-523,2003.

Xu JW, Zaporojan V, Peretti GM, Roses RE, Morse KB, Roy AK, Mesa JM, Randolph MA, Bonassar LJ, Yaremchuk MJ: Injectable tissue-engineered cartilage with different chondrocyte sources Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery 113 (5): 1361-1371,2004.

Xu JW, Randolph MA, Peretti GM, Nazzal JA, Roses RE, Morse KR, Yaremchuk MJ: Producing a flexible tissue-engineered cartilage framework using expanded polytetrafluoroethylene membrane as a pseudoperichondrium Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery 116 (2): 577-589,2005.

Peretti GM, Campo-Ruiz V, Gonzalez S, Randolph MA, Xu JW, Morse KR, Roses RE, Yaremchuk MJ: Tissue engineered cartilage integration to live and devitalized cartilage: a study by reflectance mode confocal microscopy and standard histology Connective Tissue Research 47 (4): 190-199,2006.

Czerniecki BJ, Roses RE, Koski GK: Development of vaccines for high-risk ductal carcinoma in situ of the breast Cancer Research 67 (14): 6531-6534,2007.

Karakousis GC, Han D, Kelz RR, Nemani D, Karamacharya J, Roses RE, Gimotty PA, Fraker DL: Interpretation of intra-operative PTH changes in patients with multi-glandular primary hyperparathyroidism (pHPT) Surgery 142 (6): 845-850.e1-2,2007.

Roses RE, Xu M, Koski GK, Czerniecki BJ: Radiation therapy and toll-like receptor signaling: implications for the treatment of cancer Oncogene 27 (2): 200-207,2008.

Koski GK, Cohen PA, Roses RE, Xu S, Czerniecki BJ: Reengineering dendritic cell-based anti-cancer vaccines Immunology Reviews 222 : 256-276,2008.

Roses RE, Xu S, Xu M, Koldovsky U, Koski G, Czerniecki BJ: Differential production of IL-23 and IL-12 by myeloid-derived dendritic cells in response to TLR agonists Journal of Immunology 181 (7): 5120-5127,2008.

Foley PJ, Roses RE, Kelz RR, Resnick AS, Williams NN, Mullen JL, Kaiser LR, Morris JB: The state of general surgery training: A different perspective Journal of Surgical Education 65 (6): 494-498,2008.

Roses RE, Paulson EC, Sharma A, Schueller JE, Nisenbaum H, Weinstein S, Fox KR, Zhang PJ, Czerniecki BJ: HER-2/neu overexpression as a predictor for the transition from in situ to invasive breast cancer Cancer Epidemiology Biomarkers & Prevention 18 (5): 1386-1389,2009.

Bahl S, Roses RE, Sharma A, Koldovsky U, Xu S, Weinstein S, Nisenbaum H, Fox K, Pasha T, Zhang P, Araujo L, Carver J, Czerniecki BJ: Asymptomatic changes in cardiac function can occur in ductal carcinoma-in-situ patients following treatment with HER-2/neu-pulsed dendritic cell vaccines American Journal of Surgery 198 (4): 488-494,2009.

Roses RE, Foley PJ, Paulson EC, Pray L, Kelz RR, Williams NN, Morris JB: Revisiting the rotating call schedule in less than 80 hours per week Journal of Surgical Education 66 (6): 357-360,2009.

Roses RE, Arun BK, Lari SA, Mittendorf A, Lucci A, Hunt KK, Kuerer HM: Ductal carcinoma-in-situ of the breast with subsequent distant metastasis and death Annals of Surgical Oncology 18 (10): 2873-2878,2011.

Aburabia MD, Roses RE, Kuerer HM, Fine R, Beitsch PD, Goyal S, Haffty B, Lyden M, Vicini FA: Axillary failure in patients treated with MammoSite accelerated partial breast irradiation Annals of Surgical Oncology 18 (12): 3415-3421,2011.

Harada S, Mick R, Roses RE, Graves H, Niu H, Sharma A, Schueller JE, Nisenbaum H, Czerniecki BJ, Zhang PJ: The significance of HER-2/neu receptor positivity and immunophenotype in ductal carcinoma in situ with early invasive disease Journal of Surgical Oncology 104 (5): 458-465,2011.

Sharma A, Koldovsky U, Xu S, Mick R, Roses RE, Fitzpatrick E, Weinstein S, Nisenbaum H, Levine BL, Fox K, Zhang P, Koski G, Czerniecki BJ: HER-2 pulsed dendritic cell vaccine can eliminate HER-2 expression and impact ductal carcinoma in situ Cancer 118 (17): 4354-4362,2012.

Alvarado R, Lari SA, Roses RE, Smith BD, Yang W, Mittendorf EA, Arun BK, Lucci A, Babiera GV, Wagner JL, Caudle AS, Meric-Bernstam F, Hwang RF, Bedrosian I, Hunt KK, Kuerer HM: Biology, treatment, and outcome in very young and older women with DCIS Annals of Surgical Oncology 19 (12): 3777-3784,2012.

Academic Contact Info

Department of Surgery
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Philadelphia, PA 19104
Phone: (215) 662-2068
Patient appointments: 800-789-7366 (PENN)