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Robert E. Roses, MD

Robert E. Roses, MD Surgeon

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

Dr. Roses is a Penn Medicine employed physician.

Clinical Specialties


  • Endocrine and Oncologic Surgery

Programs & Centers:

Board Certification:

  • Surgery, 2011

Clinical Expertise:

  • Adrenal Cancer
  • Adrenal Gland Tumors
  • Bile Duct Cancer
  • Carcinoid Tumors
  • Gallbladder Cancer
  • Gastrointestinal Cancer
  • Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumors (GIST)
  • Liver Cancer
  • Liver Tumors
  • Neuroendocrine Tumors
  • Pancreatic Cancer
  • Retroperitoneal Sarcoma
  • Small Intestine Cancer
  • Stomach Cancer (Gastric Cancer)
  • Stomach Tumors

Practice Locations and Appointments

  • Endocrine and Oncologic Surgery

    Abramson Cancer Center Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine, West Pavilion, 4th Floor 3400 Civic Center Boulevard Philadelphia, PA 19104 800-789-PENN (7366)

    A facility of the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

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: 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 of Surgical Oncology, International

Hospital Affiliation

Dr. Roses is a Penn Medicine employed physician.

Hospital Privileges:

  • Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania: 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. J Palliat Med 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): 2855-65,2014.

Roses RE, Rodriguez-Bigas M: The management of rectal cancer Current Surgical Therapy, 11th edition : 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 J Gastrointest Surg 18 (7): 1292-8,2014.

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 Oncol. 53 (10): 1312-20,2014.

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. J Am Coll Surg 217 (6): 1028-37,2013.

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. Ann Surg Oncol 20 (10): 3233-9,2013.

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): 335-44,2013.

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. J Surg Oncol : 2013.

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. Ann Surg Oncol : 2013.

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. Ann Surg Oncol : 2013.

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 a-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 : 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 : 2013.

Royal RE, Roses RE: Cancer of the Pancreas and Hepatobiliary Tracts Oncology in Primary Care : 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 J Surg Res : 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 Dis Colon Rectum 55 (12): 1213-9,2012.

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 fro bile leak: an experience with 2,628 consecutive resections J Gastrointestinal Surg : 2012.

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 Cancer Research 190 : 247-59,2013.

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 : 2010.

Porrett P, Frederick J, Roses RE, Kaiser LR: The Surgical Review 3rd Edition : 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 Gowner 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 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): 521-3,2003.

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 and reconstructive surgery 113 (5): 1361-71,2004.

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 and reconstructive surgery 116 (2): 577-89,2005.

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): 190-9,2006.

Czerniecki BJ, Roses RE, Koski GK: Development of vaccines for high-risk ductal carcinoma in situ of the breast. Cancer research 67 (14): 6531-4,2007.

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): 845-50; discussion 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): 200-7,2008.

Roses RE, Rombeau JL: Recent trends in the surgical management of inflammatory bowel disease. World journal of gastroenterology : WJG 14 (3): 408-12,2008.

Koski GK, Cohen PA, Roses RE, Xu S, Czerniecki BJ: Reengineering dendritic cell-based anti-cancer vaccines. Immunological reviews 222 : 256-76,2008.

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 (Baltimore, Md. : 1950) 181 (7): 5120-7,2008.

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): 494-8,2008.

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 : a publication of the American Association for Cancer Research, cosponsored by the American Society of Preventive Oncology 18 (5): 1386-9,2009.

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): 488-94,2009.

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): 357-60,2009.

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): 2873-8,2011.

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): 3415-21,2011.

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): 458-65,2011.

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 : 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 : 2012.

Academic Contact Info

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