Welcome to Penn State Hershey Surgery

The Department of Surgery is recognized not only for its specialized patient care but also for its pioneering research, nationally recognized physicians, and advanced technology. As leaders in academic surgery, our mission is to provide the highest quality in clinical care, education, and research incorporating the latest in evidence based knowledge and techniques. Consisting of nearly 90 full time faculty members with specialties ranging from basic science research to advanced minimally invasive radioguided surgery, the Department continues to build on a proud tradition of excellence in patient focused care and research.

Best Doctors 2013

How can you decrease your risk for Breast and Ovarian CancerWomen: Here's to your Health to air on abc27 Thursday, October 23

Take time to take care of your health. abc27 is teaming up with Penn State Hershey Medical Center to discuss comprehensive women's health issues. Watch Women: Here's to Your Health on abc27 on Thursday, October 23 at 7:30 p.m. This show is for women of all ages featuring Penn State Hershey specialists and women from our community. Call and talk one-on-one with specialists on our panel during this live call-in show.

  • Learn how a small device - similar to a heart pacemaker - relieved a Camp Hill woman's overactive bladder.
  • Learn how surgery to remove excess bowel helped a Lancaster County woman return to the pool.
  • Hear two breast cancer survivors talk about life after diagnosis, survivorship and everything in between.
  • Meet Dr. Kristine Widders, Penn State Hershey's newest breast surgeon.

Click here to submit questions for our team and be sure to watch on Thursday, October 23 at 7:30 to hear the answers.

At Penn State Hershey, you'll find that 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. Their experience speaks volumes.

Interested in meeting the surgeons behind the hands? Watch video interviews here with some of our surgeons.

Control for an Overactive Bladder

Dr. Vanessa Elliott used an implantable device called InterStim to treat patient Jennifer Pottle's urgency and frequency of urination - both of which she thought would never stop ruling her life. Read Jennifer's story and learn more about InterStim therapy. Watch a video featuring Dr. Elliott here.

A department directory containing detailed information about our administrative support, administrative offices, specialty areas and the residencies and fellowships available is posted for downloading and printing.

If you seek information regarding the special interests of our physicians and the appropriate telephone number to use to contact them, please refer to our quick reference directory, also available for downloading and printing.  We hope these overviews will be of help to you.

Chairman'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.  More...