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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 late 2012, the Albert Einstein Healthcare Network will be opening a new 350-bed hospital in East Norrington—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 Trauma and Transplantation. The department has a rich history and tradition. Drs. Somers, Solit, Steerman, Kaplan, Greenberg, Jablon, and Grisafi are alumni of the department who went on to become surgeons here.
Chairmen of the Department of Surgery
1950-1955 Albert Behrend, MD, FACS1956-1960 Gerald Amsterdam, MD, FACS1961-1964 Julian Sterling, MD, FACS1965-1970 Morton Parriera, MD, FACS1970-1972 Albert Behrend, MD, FACS1972-1979 Aaron Bannett, MD, FACS1979-1981 Robert Somers, MD, FACS1981-1984 Victor Bernhardt, MD, FACS1986-2005 Robert Somers, MD, FACS2006-present H. Hank Simms, MD, FACS
Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia School of Radiologic Technology has developed a partnership agreement with Philadelphia University
Congratulations to senior students LeighAnn Sulzbach and Sarah Sliwinski for winning Third Place in the annual Philadelphia Society of Radiologic Technologists’ 2012 Student Day TechnoBowl competition
With fierce determination and tremendous aptitude, the team of psychiatry residents from Einstein Medical Center was crowned national champions of Mind Games, a Jeopardy-style game held at the American Psychiatric Association's (APA) annual meeting.
Renowned Rehabilitation Facility MossRehab is Exclusive Site of U.S. Clinical Trials of ReWalk™ Philadelphia (June 30, 2009) - MossRehab, one of the nation's leading rehabilitation hospitals
New Procedure Leaves No Visible Scar