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Lehigh Valley Hospital/Lehigh Valley Health Network

Lehigh Valley Hospital/Lehigh Valley Health Network | ASCRS

Program Director: 
John S. Park, MD, Acting Program Director
Address: 
Lehigh Valley Hospital/Lehigh Valley Health Network
One City Center, 9th Floor
Department of Surgery, P.O. Box 1806
Allentown, PA 18105-1806
United States
Phone: 
(484) 862-3256
Fax: 
(484) 862-3276

Number of Residents (per year): 

Number of Faculty (ABCRS Certified): 

Salary/Year: $73,092

University Affiliation(s): University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine 

Case Mix/Number of Cases: The service performs approximately 750 anorectal procedures, 400 abdominal colon procedures and more than 2500 colonoscopic examinations annually. 

Strengths of Program: The program provides a balance in operative experience, which includes complicated and routine anorectal conditions, a broad mix of major abdominal procedures for colon/rectal cancer, diverticulitis, inflammatory bowel disease and rectal prolapse. The fellows have the opportunity to participate in performing diagnostic and therapeutic colonoscopy daily. 

There is a large outpatient experience including Colon/Rectal Surgery Clinic, as well as private practice opportunities with the attending faculty. There is an opportunity for clinical research. Physiologic testing with anal manometry and transrectal ultrasound are available. 

Four members of the faculty perform robotic surgery, and two members perform transendoscopic microsurgery for rectal neoplasms. 

Clinic and/or Office Experience: The resident participates in the evaluation and treatment of patients in both the office and clinic setting. 

Interaction with General Surgery Residents: A PGY 2 or PGY 3 general surgical resident rotates on the service as a "third" CRS resident. 

Conferences: Weekly conferences include surgical morbidity and mortality, Colon/Rectal Tumor Board, surgical grand rounds and colon/rectal core conference. 

Anorectal Physiology: A computerized system is available in the physiology laboratory and in the office setting. 

Outside Rotations: Each resident spends two weeks at the Cleveland Clinic per year. 

Requirement for Paper: Submission of an abstract for the national meeting and the Pennsylvania Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons is required. 

Opportunity to Attend Meetings: The resident attends the ASCRS Annual Scientific Meeting each year and four regional/state society meetings per year.