Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center Surgery Department

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Experience matters when it comes to surgery. At the Department of Surgery at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, our surgeons have advanced disease-specific training and are experts in their individualized fields. Because they practice at an academic medical center, they diagnose and treat some of the most complex cases around.

The department includes 11 clinical divisions and two research divisions. Together, we offer a wide range of high quality services and procedures to referring physicians and their patients using state of the art diagnostic procedures and surgical techniques.

Department stats

  • Eleven clinical divisions
  • Two research divisions
  • About 90 faculty members

Thoracic surgeon Michael Reed, MD, entered medical school with an open mind. He was attracted to surgery for the hands-on aspect, technical challenge, and atmosphere of the operating room. He’s inspired by working to cure cancer; and when treating patients for palliation, improving lives in a hands-on manner.

See videos about some of our other surgeons and meet the team.

Peter Dillion, MD, Chair, Department of SurgeryChairman's message

Since its establishment by Dr. John Waldhausen in 1969, the Department of Surgery has been dedicated to providing the highest quality surgical care possible. The department consists of 11 clinical divisions and sections and two research divisions providing state of the art care and scholarly activity in all of the specialty disciplines. Together, they offer a wide range of high quality services and procedures to referring physicians and their patients using state of the art diagnostic procedures and surgical techniques.

We believe that multidisciplinary collaboration involving physicians, nurses, and other health care professionals assures that patients receive the best care possible in both in-patient and outpatient settings. In concert with our referring physicians, the Department is dedicated to providing the highest quality, state of the art, and patient-centered care possible.

While all divisions and sections have active research and scholarly initiatives, the department has two divisions devoted primarily to research. The Division of Artificial Organs is world renowned for its pioneering bioengineering work with the Penn State artificial heart as well as cardiac assist devices, and the Division of Outcomes, Research, and Quality is responsible for facilitating outcomes and quality studies as well as supporting faculty in the preparation and submission of grants and manuscripts.

As part of the University's commitment to translational research, the department is committed to innovative clinical research and technology transfer. Through the Technology Transfer Laboratory, promising advances in technology, surgical techniques, and basic science observations can be developed and moved to the patient's bedside.

As a patient or referring physician looking for information about our clinical services or as a student or researcher looking for information about our educational and research programs, we invite you to explore our website to learn more about who we are and what we do.

If the information you seek is not easily found on our site, please contact the Department of Surgery office at 717-531-8939. We welcome your feedback.

Thank you for visiting the department.

Peter Dillon, MD, MSc
John A. and Marian T. Waldhausen Professor of Surgery
Chair, Department of Surgery