Clinical Specialties at Jefferson
As an academic medical center Thomas Jefferson University Hospital has robust expertise in many specialty areas. Below are highlights of just a few.
Jefferson’s Department of Orthopedic Surgery includes leading clinicians from the Rothman Institute at Jefferson. Whether the patient is a young athlete eager to return to the team or an adult determined to regain mobility diminished by age or trauma, our goal is to maximize function and restore patients to a high quality of life. Our orthopedic specialists often develop clinical protocols used for the diagnosis and treatment of patients at a national and international level.
At Jefferson, we are a recognized leader in the field of adult liver transplants. We provide liver transplants for pediatric patients, too, through our partnership with the transplant program at Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Delaware.
Our team of surgeons have performed over 1,000 liver transplants, consisting of both live and deceased adult donors. At Jefferson, patients can be evaluated for transplant and listed in seven days. Though streamlined, our seven day evaluation process maintains the standards of high quality care and attention associated with Jefferson’s world class health facilities. In addition, we possess patient transplant and graft survival rates that surpass national and regional benchmarks as well as provide access to multiple satellite locations for pre- and post transplant care.
Jefferson is the only transplant center in Pennsylvania chosen to take part in the UNOS COIIN study which aims to improve organ utilization.
Ranked among the nation’s best hospitals for Cancer care by U.S. News & World Report and led by clinicians and researchers at the National Cancer Institute-designated Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson, our specialists provide patients with therapies inspired by the latest developments in cancer treatment as well as help pioneer new approaches to cancer treatment by transforming scientific discoveries into improved patient care. Our physicians are experienced in using the most advanced treatment methods and are at the forefront of developing new oncologic technologies. As a result, our patients may have the opportunity to take part in one of the more than 120 clinical trials for promising new cancer treatments being conducted at any given time. Learn more about clinical trials for cancer at Jefferson.
Among other advances, our Blood & Marrow Transplant Program physicians have successfully performed transplants that are not undertaken by most transplant centers in the U.S.
Neurology & Neurosurgery
Physicians of the Vickie and Jack Farber Institute for Neuroscience at Jefferson are specialists who have been recognized nationally and internationally for their clinical and research expertise and innovations. The institute’s overarching goal is to provide patients compassionate care while working to develop new treatments that will lessen the toll of neurological disorders.
Our team of physicians, clinicians, and academics utilize the latest research and technologies to diagnose and treat neurological disorders, such as amyotropic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Jefferson performs more than 1,000 surgeries annually on a wide variety of benign and malignant tumors, making us one of the busiest brain tumor practices in North America. We are also privileged to have the foremost experts in endovascular neurosurgery and the largest medical and surgical epilepsy center in the Delaware Valley.
Jefferson’s Department of Urology is one of the oldest and among the largest in the United States with internationally recognized experts in all major fields of urology, including – endourology, laparoscopy, robotic surgery, oncology, male and female urology, male factor infertility and pediatric urology. In addition, our urologists work closely with nephrologists, who specialize in the function and disease of the kidneys. Through the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson we are one of only eight NCI-designated prostate programs of excellence in the nation.
Ear, Nose & Throat (Otolaryngology)
Physicians in Jefferson’s Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery – are specialists in the diagnosis and treatment of the ear, nose and throat (ENT), and head and neck disorders. Our physicians are trained in such subspecialty areas as otology, reconstructive and cosmetic surgery, allergy and head and neck surgery.
Members of our staff have played key roles in helping advance many of the techniques and tools used today and participate in leading-edge, multidisciplinary care. In addition, our staff works collaboratively with the physicians and researchers of the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson.
Gastroenterology & GI Surgery
Jefferson’s Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology is one of the leading programs in the U.S. for the diagnosis, treatment, research and education of diseases of the digestive tract and liver. Most digestive diseases are very complex, with subtle symptoms, and the causes of many remain unknown. Our physicians were among the nation’s first to diagnose gastrointestinal diseases with a tiny camera pill that photographs difficult-to-reach areas of the digestive tract. Jefferson surgeons also have extensive experience performing pancreatic cancer surgeries using an innovative procedure called a mini-Whipple, co-developed by the Chair of Jefferson’s Department of Surgery. This technique can mean a shorter hospital stay and fewer complications.