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Representing one of the largest medical specialties, the Department of Surgery is heavily involved in student education.

Each clinical division, encompassing the entire spectrum of surgical care, offers electives, teaching and research.

The Division of Surgical Education has goals including development and implementation of innovative, state-of-the-art educational methodologies, enhancement of educational research and establishment of Fellowships in Surgical Education for faculty and residents. The division is participating in many national educational activities, such as the Computer-Based Examination of the National Board of Medical Examiners. Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCE) have been used to test the clinical skills of students and residents. The division participated in a multi-institutional project for development of a model for teaching in an ambulatory environment. Newer trends in medical education as well as innovative methods of teaching and evaluation are routinely used in the education of students. These methods include computer-based simulations to teach problem-solving, use of standardized patients, problem-based learning, small-group teaching, and a program in surgical decision-making.

 
News and Announcements
 

2021 Golden Apple Award Winners Announced

The annual Golden Apple Awards recognize outstanding service and teaching by Drexel University College of Medicine faculty and professional staff. Each class of medical students nominate faculty and professional staff for the honor and vote to determine the award winners. Read more.

Philadelphia Magazine's Top Doctors 2019

Faculty Named Philadelphia Magazine Top Doctors™ for 2019
 

Congratulations to Drs. L. Grier Arthur III* (Pediatric Surgery), Wilbur B. Bowne (Surgery), Juan L. Poggio (Colon and Rectal Surgery), Rajeev Prasad* (Pediatric Surgery), David J. Reich* (Surgery), Elizabeth P. Renza-Stingone (Surgery), David E. Stein (Colon and Rectal Surgery) and Michael S. Weingarten (Vascular Surgery), who were named "Top Doctors" in Philadelphia magazine's annual list of the region's best physicians. (May 6, 2019)
*This physician is a non-compensated member of the teaching faculty of Drexel University College of Medicine.

Department of Surgery's Summer Scientific Student Conference
 

Department of Surgery's Summer Scientific Student Conference

The Department of Surgery previously held the Summer Scientific Student Conference, where participating Drexel undergraduate and College of Medicine students presented their summer research projects. Topics included:

  • Julia Tartaglia, Drexel College of Arts and Sciences, undergraduate co-op student
    "Telomeres and Metabolism"
  • Carleigh Charles, Drexel College of Arts and Sciences, undergraduate co-op student
    "Mitochondria-Targeted Nanoparticles"
  • Blake Kazaoka, Drexel School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems, undergraduate co-op student
    "The Mitochondria Targets of Rapamycin in Aging Cardiac Fibroblasts"
  • William Stabbert, Drexel College of Arts and Sciences, undergraduate co-op student
    "Nanoparticle-Encapsulated Curcumin and Carnosic Acid as Metabolic Modulators"
  • Komeil Mirzaei Baboli, MD, Drexel College of Medicine, research volunteer
    "Study of Synergistic Anti-Tumor Capacity of Combination of Polyphenolic Compounds on Mouse Metastatic Models"
  • Lindsay Steele, Drexel College of Medicine, MCBG program, graduate student
    "Magnetically-Actuated Alginate Scaffolds: Effects on Macrophage Cytokine Secretion"
  • Boris Polyak, Drexel College of Medicine, Department of Surgery faculty
    "Magnetic Cell Therapy for Vascular Disease"
  • Zulfiya Orynbayeva, Drexel College of Medicine, Department of Surgery faculty
    "Mitochondria Role in Health, Diseases and Aging"

 
In the Media
 

July 12, 2020: John Clarke, MD*, emeritus professor in the Department of Surgery, wrote a perspective piece in the Washington Post about the importance of wearing a mask to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

June 17, 2020: David Reich, MD*, professor and vice chair of the Department of Surgery, was quoted in a Berks Weekly story about Tower Health Transplant Institute's first organ transplant.

November 11, 2019: The Physician Leadership Academy created by the Drexel Solutions Institute for physicians in the Crozer-Keystone Health System was featured in a Philadelphia Inquirer story. The program’s goal is to get doctors to think about the business side of health care. David Stein, MD*, professor and chair in the Department of Surgery, and one of the teachers of the class, was quoted in the story.

October 31, 2018: David J. Reich, MD*, professor and vice chair of the Department of Surgery, was featured in a Philadelphia Inquirer story and video about a technique he is studying, called machine perfusion, to revive organs that have deteriorated in order to make them suitable for transplant into patients.

June 25, 2018: Amanda Woodworth, MD*, an assistant professor in the Department of Surgery, was quoted in a MedCity News article regarding the upcoming panel she is moderating in Philadelphia about how doctors can make the “care journey a bit more bearable” for those living with cancer.

See all College of Medicine faculty in the media.

*Physician's practice is independent of Drexel University College of Medicine.

 
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David Tichansky, MD, MBA, FACS - Interim Academic Chair, Department of Surgery

David Tichansky, MD, MBA, FACS*
Interim Academic Chair