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David Tichansky

David Tichansky, MD, MBA, FACS

Professor and Interim Academic Chair


Department: Surgery

Specialties: Bariatric Surgery, General Surgery, Minimally Invasive Surgery

Education

  • MBA - Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania (2017)
  • MD - UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School (1996)
  • Post-baccalaureate Pre-medical Program - Towson State University (1991)
  • BS in Mechanical Engineering - Lafayette College (1989)

Awards & Honors

  • Recognition of Excellence Award, Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons (2012 and 2013)
  • Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society
  • Pi Tau Sigma Engineering Honor Society
  • Eagle Scout

Memberships / Professional Affiliations

  • Fellow, American College of Surgeons
  • Fellow, Philadelphia Academy of Surgery
  • Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons
    • Co-chair, Assets and Finance Committee, 2017 – Present
    • Co-chair, Membership Committee, 2014 – 2015
  • American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery
    • Chair, Membership Committee, 2009 – 2012
  • Society of University Surgeons
  • Association of Academic Surgeons, Senior Member
  • American College of Surgeons Society of Surgical Chairs
  • The Halsted Society, Active Member

David Tichansky, MD, MBA, FACS, is a professor and interim academic chair of the Department of Surgery at Drexel University College of Medicine. He is also the chair of the Department of Surgery at the flagship hospital of Tower Health, Reading Hospital. Dr. Tichansky comes to Drexel and Tower Health from Thomas Jefferson University, where he held the positions of professor; division director of minimally invasive, metabolic and bariatric surgery; medical director of the Jefferson Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery program, and program director of the Jefferson Bariatric Surgery Fellowship.

Dr. Tichansky is board certified by the American Board of Surgery and fellowship trained in minimally invasive and bariatric surgery. He graduated from New Jersey Medical School with honors. He went on to complete his general surgery residency at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, a surgical oncology research fellowship at the Wistar Institute and Jefferson, and a minimally invasive and bariatric surgery fellowship at the Medical College of Virginia – Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond.

Following training, Dr. Tichansky has had positions in both academic institutions and private practice, in which he has been extensively involved in programmatic development and leadership. He is active in the leadership of the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons and serves as a certifying examiner for the American Board of Surgery. Dr. Tichansky is a member of several prominent surgical societies including the American College of Surgeons Society of Surgical Chairs and The Halsted Society, and is a fellow of the Philadelphia Academy of Surgery.

Dr. Tichansky has been a funded laboratory and clinical researcher conducting work in the fields of cancer biology, minimally invasive surgery and bariatric surgery, focused on improving patient safety, outcomes and care. He has authored or co-authored 90 peer-reviewed articles, 12 book chapters, and more than 160 scientific presentations.

Dr. Tichansky earned his MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania with double majors in strategic management and OID (operations, information and decisions).

Publications

View all of Dr. Tichansky's publications in PubMed

Selected Peer-Reviewed Publications

"Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy: The Rightful Gold Standard Weight Loss Surgery Procedures"
Buwen JP, Kammerer MR, Beekley AC, Tichansky DS
Surg Obes Relat Dis 2015; 11(6):1383-5.

"Decrease in sweet taste in rats after gastric bypass surgery"
Tichansky DS
, Glatt AR, Madan AK, Harper J, Tokita K, Boughter JD
Surg Endosc 2011; 25(4):1176-81

"Patient perception of medicare fee schedule of laparoscopic procedures"
Madan AK, Dhawan N, Tichansky DS, Harper J
Surg Innov 2008; 15(4):302-6

"Gastric Bypass Surgery in Rats Produces Weight Loss Modeling after Human Gastric Bypass"
Tichansky DS, Boughter JD Jr, Harper J, Glatt AR, Madan AK
Obes Surg 2008;18(10):1246-50

"Potential financial impact of first assistant billing by surgical residents"
Madan AK, Fabian TC, Tichansky DS
Am Surg 2007; 73(7):652-657

"What happens to patients who do not follow-up after bariatric surgery?"
Harper J, Madan AK, Ternovits CA, Tichansky DS
Am Surg 2007; 73(2):181-184

"Taste changes after laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass and laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding"
Tichansky DS, Boughter JD, Madan AK
Surg Obes Relat Dis 2006; 2(4):440-4

"Laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass is safe and feasible after orthotopic liver transplantation"
Tichansky DS, Madan AK
Obes Surg 2005; 15(10):1481-1486

"Transforming Growth Factor beta1 release by human adipose tissue is enhanced in obesity"
Fain JN, Tichansky DS, Madan AK
Metabolism 2005; 11:1546-1551

"Multivariate Analysis of Risk Factors for Death Following Gastric Bypass for Treatment of Morbid Obesity"
Fernandez AZ, DeMaria EJ, Tichansky DS, Kellum JM, Wolfe LG, Meador J, Sugerman HJ
Ann Surg 2004; 239:698-702

"Experience with over 3000 open and laparoscopic bariatric procedures: Multivariate analysis of factors related to leak and resultant mortality"
Fernandez AZ, DeMaria EJ, Tichansky DS, Kellum JM, Wolfe LG, Meador J, Sugerman HJ
Surg Endosc 2004; 18:193-197

"Cyclin D1 Is a Candidate Oncogene in Cutaneous Melanoma"
Sauter ER, Yeo U, VonStemm A, Zhu W, Litwin S, Tichansky DS, Pistritto G, Nesbit M, Pinkel D, Herlyn M, Bastian BC
Cancer Res 2002; 62:3200-3206

"Risk of Second Cancers in Patients with Colorectal Carcinoids"
Tichansky DS, Cagir B, Borrazzo E, Topham A, Palazzo J, Weaver EJ, Lange A, Fry RD
Dis Colon Rectum 2002; 45:91-97

"Fibroblast Growth Factor-Binding Protein Expression Changes With Disease Progression in Clinical and Experimental Human Squamous Epithelium"
Sauter ER, Nesbit M, Tichansky D, Liu ZJ, Shirakawa T, Palazzo J, Herlyn M
Int J Cancer 2001; 92:374-381

"Strictureplasty for Crohn’s Disease: Meta-Analysis"
Tichansky D, Cagir B, Yoo E, Marcus SM, Fry RD
Dis Colon Rectum 2000; 43:911-919.

Selected Books and Chapters

"Preoperative Care of the Bariatric Patient"
Tichansky DS,
Sudan R
In: The ASMBS Textbook of Bariatric Surgery. NT Nguyen, RP Blackstone, JM Morton, J Ponce, RJ Rosenthal, editors. Springer Science and Business Media, Inc. New York, New York; 2015. Pages 77-84

"Operations for Morbid Obesity"
Tichansky DS
, Beekley AC
In: Shackelford’s Surgery of the Alimentary Tract, 7th edition. CJ Yeo, JB Matthews, DW McFadden, JH Pemberton, JH Peters, editors. Elsevier Inc. Philadelphia, PA; 2013. Pages 791-802

"The economic costs of obesity and the impact of bariatric surgery"
Richards NG, Beekley AC, Tichansky DS
In: Surgical Clinics of North America. Elsevier Inc. Philadelphia, PA; 2011. Pages 1173-1180.

The SAGES Manual of Quality, Outcomes, and Patient Safety.
DS Tichansky, J Morton, DB Jones, editors. Springer Science and Business Media, Inc. New York, New York; 2012, Lead Editor

"Doubled Stapled Jejunojejunostomy"
Tichansky DS
In: Atlas of Metabolic & Weight Loss Surgery. DB Jones, BE Schneider, T Olbers, editors; Cine-Med Inc. Woodbury, Connecticut; 2010. Pages 146-151

"LRYGB with Linear Stapled Anastomosis for the Gastrojejunostomy"
Tichansky DS, Profeta BC
In: Handbook of Obesity Surgery: Current Concepts and Therapy of Morbid Obesity and Related Disease. M Dietel, M Gagner, JB Dixon, J Himpens, AK Madan, editors; FD-Communications Inc. Toronto, Ontario; 2010. Pages 48-52

"Gastric Bypass For Morbid Obesity"
Tichansky DS, Fernandez AZ, DeMaria EJ
In: Controversies in Laparoscopic Surgery.  A Assalia, M Gagner, M Schein, editors; Springer-Verlag. Berlin, Heidelberg, Germany; 2006. Pages 223-232

Presentations

Recent Invited Lectures

“When Bad Things Happen To Good People – Management of Gastrobronchial Fistulas”
Annual Scientific Session, Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons, Seattle, Washington, April 13, 2018

“Current Trends in Obesity Management”
Department of Surgery Grand Rounds, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, January 29, 2015

Recent Peer-Reviewed Abstracts

"Revisional Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy: A Viable Option After Gastric Band Failure"
Tatarian T, Kammerer M, Beekley A, Tichansky D
Scientific Session, Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons, Boston, Massachusetts, March 17, 2016

"Indications for Conversion from Sleeve Gastrectomy to Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass"
Buddensick T, Kammerer M, Beekley A, Tichansky D
Scientific Session of the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons, Boston, Massachusetts, March 17, 2016

"Incidence of GastroIntestinal Stromal Tumors Is Drastically Increased In Morbidly Obese Patients"
Baker J, Rosenbluth A, Buwen J, Kammerer MR, Beekley AC, Tichansky DS
Scientific Session, Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons, Nashville, Tennessee, April 16, 2015



Contact Information


Department of Surgery
Reading Hospital Tower Health
420 S. 5th Avenue
West Reading, PA 19611
Phone: 484.628.6832