Department of Surgery Information

Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) is proud of its distinguished history in graduate surgical education. The general surgery residency program aims at enabling graduates to meet the requirements of the American Board of Surgery and, if desired, to secure additional subspecialty fellowship training under highly competitive circumstances.

Acute care in all major clinical areas is provided in state-of-the-art medical-surgical and critical care units. A strong general surgery service is complemented by numerous surgical specialties, including cardiothoracic surgery, colon and rectal surgery, neurological surgery, orthopedics, otolaryngology, plastic surgery, urology and vascular surgery. The hospital’s kidney and pancreatic transplant programs expand the treatment options for patients in eastern Pennsylvania. LVHN has been at the forefront of minimally invasive surgery for both basic and complex abdominal, thoracic and spine procedures.

Additionally, the surgical residencies are supported by an American College of Surgeons-accredited Surgical Education Center. A structured curriculum is in place, which includes didactic lectures and hands-on practice with both low and high fidelity simulators. A daVinci® Robotic Simulator is available for use by residents and fellows.

A leader in the field of trauma/surgical critical care, LVHN was the first designated, Level I Trauma Center in Pennsylvania. The Regional Burn Center serves northeastern Pennsylvania and western New Jersey, and is part of the largest coordinated burn care network in the country.

The department of surgery also sponsors a three-year plastic surgery residency, a one-year fellowship in surgical critical care, and a one-year fellowship in colon and rectal surgery.

LVHN has partnered with the University of South Florida Health (USF Health) Morsani College of Medicine in developing a new medical school model. Called SELECT (Scholarly Excellence, Leadership Experiences, Collaborative Training), it’s designed to prepare students to become physician leaders. Students accepted into the SELECT program spend the first two years at the USF campus in Tampa, Fla. Clinical training will occur at LVHN along with special training in leadership.