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    Surgery, General - Program Info

    Key Program Personnel

    H. Hank Simms, MD, FACS—Chairman
    Amit R.T. Joshi, MD, FACS—Residency Program Director
    Nyali Taylor, MD—Associate Residency Program Director
    Lauren Hook—Residency Administrator 

    History of the Department of Surgery

    The Albert Einstein Medical Center was founded in 1865 Philadelphia as “The Jewish Hospital.”  One of its core missions was the care of Jewish veterans of the Civil War.  In addition, in that era, it was difficult for Jewish physicians to get admitting privileges at most hospitals.  The hospital relocated to its current location in Northeast Philadelphia in the 1930s.  The intersection of Broad and Olney streets was at that time the last stop on the Broad Street line.  In 1952, the Jewish Hospital merged with central Philadelphia’s Mt. Sinai Hospital to form the Einstein Medical Center, named after the physicist, Albert Einstein.  The medical center grew in size and scope over the next 30 years, acquiring the Belmont psychiatric hospital and the Germantown Hospital.  In the 1980s, Mt. Sinai Hospital dissociated from the Center.  Einstein established an academic affiliation with Thomas Jefferson Medical College in the 1990s. Einstein also acquired Rolling Hill Hospital, in nearby Elkins Park.  In 2012, the Einstein Healthcare Network opened a new 350-bed hospital in East Norriton—Einstein Montgomery.  

    For the first 100 years of the hospital’s history, the Department of Surgery was staffed by voluntary surgeons from the community. The first full-time attending joined the department in 1985.  Over the next 30 years, the department has grown to comprise over 25 full-time attendings.  It currently has divisions of Breast, Cardiac, Trauma, Transplantation, and Vascular.  The department has a rich history and tradition.  Drs. Somers, Solit, Steerman, Kaplan, Greenberg, Jablon, and Soriano are alumni of the department who currently practice here.  

    Chairmen of the Department of Surgery

    1950-1955 Albert Behrend, MD, FACS
    1956-1960 Gerald Amsterdam, MD, FACS
    1961-1964 Julian Sterling, MD, FACS
    1965-1970 Morton Parriera, MD, FACS
    1970-1972 Albert Behrend, MD, FACS
    1972-1979 Aaron Bannett, MD, FACS
    1979-1981 Robert Somers, MD, FACS
    1981-1984 Victor Bernhardt, MD, FACS
    1986-2005 Robert Somers, MD, FACS
    2006-present H. Hank Simms, MD, FACS

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