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Representing one of the largest medical specialties, the Department of Surgery is heavily involved in student education. The department, through its Division of Surgical Education, is active in innovative teaching techniques, including computer-based simulations, problem-based learning and small-group teaching.

Each division (colorectal, MIS and bariatric, general, vascular, surgical oncology, breast) offers electives, teaching and research. Training in critical care, trauma, oncology, breast disease, and gastrointestinal and endocrine surgery is available through the Division of General Surgery.

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, role playing and a program in surgical decision-making.

Each year leading surgeons spend periods of time teaching medical students and residents as visiting professors.

Patient Care

The department is also dedicated to patient care. Surgeons practice the following specialties:

  • Colorectal surgery
  • General surgery
  • Minimally invasive surgery and robotics
  • Oncologic surgery
  • Oral and maxillofacial surgery
  • Peripheral vascular surgery
  • Trauma
  • Urologic surgery

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News and Announcements

Department of Surgery's Summer Scientific Student Conference

Department of Surgery's Summer Scientific Student Conference

On August 16, 2018, the Department of Surgery 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 Memoriam – Andres Castellanos, MD

An outstanding clinician and educator, Andres Castellanos, MD, passed away on December 12 after a prolonged illness. Dr. Castellanos specialized in bariatric and minimally invasive surgery. He was an associate professor in the Department of Surgery, executive vice chair of the department, and program director of the Drexel/Hahnemann General Surgery Residency program, of which he was a graduate.

At his family's request, donations in his memory may be made to the Andres Castellanos Simulation and Education Fund or by mail to Drexel University College of Medicine, P.O. Box 8215, Philadelphia, PA 19101, or by calling 215.762.2230.

Drexel University College of Medicine Awarded a Community Grant from Susan G. Komen® Philadelphia to Fuel Its Breast Cancer Mission

Susan G. Komen® Philadelphia recently announced the awarding of $618,487 in grants to fourteen organizations to advance critical and life-saving breast cancer early detection and treatment programs, as well as education and navigation services, in 2017-2018. (February 27, 2017)

In the Media

"Wound-Healing Device Trial"
Related Faculty: Michael S. Weingarten, MD
Pulse (Summer 2017)

"Study Charges Liver Transplant Centers with Letting Sickest Die"
Related Faculty: David Reich, MD
MD magazine (April 29, 2016)

"South Heidelberg Township Man Gets Rare Cancer Diagnosis"
Related Faculty: Wilbur Bowne, MD
Reading Eagle (March 1, 2016)

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