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Leadership team

Committed to providing real and lasting improvements in the lives of patients, today and well into the future.

 

Mohsen Shabahang, MD

Mohsen Shabahang, MD, is a surgeon and a surgical oncologist. He is the chairman of the Geisinger Surgery Institute.

Dr. Shabahang obtained his medical degree from Georgetown University. He completed his residency at Georgetown University Medical Center and completed his fellowship in surgical oncology at the University of Miami Hospital.

He is board certified by the American Board of Surgery. He is a member of the American College of Surgeons, American Medical Association, and Society of Surgical Oncology.

Clinical interests
Dr. Shabahang’s clinical interests include breast cancer, upper gastrointestinal cancer, pancreatic cancer surgery, liver tumor and biliary tract cancer.

“From campus to campus and provider to provider, we at the Geisinger Surgery Institute aim to deliver the high-quality surgical care and positive outcomes that patients demand and have a right to expect. For patients, we work hard — and smart — to deliver more than they expect by making their entire experience with Geisinger as smooth as possible, from first contact to admission or procedure to discharge and follow-up. For providers, our goal is to continue to make Geisinger a place where talented, ambitious, enthusiastic healthcare professionals want to train and practice and then, in turn, teach the next generation.”

 

Thomas Bitterly, MD, FACS

Thomas Bitterly, MD, FACS, is a plastic surgeon and chair of the Department of Plastic, Cosmetic and Reconstructive Surgery for the Geisinger Surgery Institute.

He has led plastic surgery since joining Geisinger in 1986 and has overseen the expansion of the department from Geisinger Medical Center to other platforms, including the Center for Aesthetics & Cosmetic Surgery at Geisinger Woodbine Lane, Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center, Geisinger Community Medical Center and Geisinger Holy Spirit, as well as outreach clinics in State College and Montoursville. He was also a founder of Geisinger’s Cleft Palate Clinic. The department participates in Temple’s plastic surgery residency.

Dr. Bitterly has served on numerous system committees, including leading the Laser Safety Committee, the Pressure Sore Committee and the Council of Clinical Directors. He was the head of the Ambulatory Surgery Unit and participated in the design of two ambulatory surgery units.

Dr. Bitterly graduated summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, from the University of Notre Dame. He obtained his medical degree from Northwestern University. He completed his internship at North Shore University Hospital, including a rotation at memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. He completed his general surgery residency at the Harvard Surgical Service/New England Deaconess Hospital. His plastic surgery residency was at the University of Rochester/Strong Memorial Hospital, which included a head and neck fellowship at Roswell Park Memorial Cancer Institute. He served in the U.S. Navy as a general medical officer.

Dr. Bitterly is a diplomate of the American Board of Plastic Surgery. He is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and a fellow of the American College of Surgeons.

“Treat all patients as if they are cherished members of your family.”

 

John Danella, MD

John Danella, MD, is a urologist and director of the Department of Urology for the Geisinger Surgery Institute.

Dr. Danella obtained his medical degree from Thomas Jefferson University. He completed his residency at Geisinger Medical Center and his fellowship in urological oncology at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Dr. Danella is board certified by the American Board of Urology. He is a member of the American College of Surgeons, the American Urological Association and the Society of Academic Urologists.

Under the direction of Dr. Danella, Geisinger Urology participates in the Pennsylvania Urologic Regional Collaborative, a consortium of academic urologic practices across the state which is committed to advancing the care of prostate cancer patients.

Clinical interests
Dr. Danella’s clinical interests include the management of all urologic malignancies, including prostate, bladder, kidney and testis cancers. He is very experienced at robotic surgical approaches to these conditions, when appropriate.

Dr. Danella believes that urologic cancers are ideally managed by a multidisciplinary approach, and collaborates closely with colleagues in medical oncology, radiation oncology, pathology and diagnostic radiology to offer the optimal therapeutic approach to individual patients.

 

James R. Elmore, MD

James R. Elmore, MD, is a vascular surgeon and chair of Vascular Surgery for the Geisinger Surgery Institute.

Dr. Elmore obtained his medical degree from the University of Connecticut. He completed his surgery residency at Maine Medical Center and his vascular fellowship at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.

Dr. Elmore is board certified in vascular surgery by the American Board of Surgery.

He is a member of the American College of Surgeons, the Delaware Valley Vascular Society, the Eastern Vascular Society, the Vascular and Endovascular Surgery Society, the Society for Clinical Vascular Surgery and the Society for Vascular Surgery.

Dr. Elmore has been recognized as a distinguished member of the Society for Vascular Surgery, a rare honor and distinction. He is past president of the Delaware Valley Vascular Society.

Clinical interests
Dr. Elmore’s clinical interests include carotid artery stents & carotid endarterectomy and was the principal investigator for CREST (a research trial investigating carotid stents). He has extensive experience with aortic aneurysm surgery and stents, and broad experience with leg revascularization with leg stents or bypass for peripheral arterial disease. Dr. Elmore is pleased to provide minimally invasive procedures for varicose veins for his patients at Geisinger. Stent placement for renal artery disease and mesenteric disease are also procedures he commonly performs.

Dr Elmore likes to treat all his patients as if they are his own family members. Every patient is treated as a VIP. He works hard to give them the most compassionate care possible.

 

Herbert John Ingraham, MD

Herbert John Ingraham, MD, is an ophthalmologist and director of the Geisinger Eye Institute for the Geisinger Surgery Institute.

Dr. Ingraham obtained his medical degree from Johns Hopkins University.

He completed his internship at Lankenau Hospital in Wynnewood, Pa., and his residency at Manhattan Eye, Ear, and Throat Hospital. He completed his fellowship in cornea at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, N.Y.

Dr. Ingraham is certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology.

He is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the Association of University Professors of Ophthalmology, and the Pennsylvania Academy of Ophthalmology. He provides free humanitarian eye surgery services locally and abroad through Mission Cataract USA and Surgical Eye Expeditions International.

Clinical interests
Dr. Ingraham’s clinical interests include phacoemulsification and complex cataract surgery, manual small-incision cataract surgery and cornea and external diseases, including corneal transplantation.

“When we do the best we can, we never know what miracle is wrought in our life, or in the life of another.” – Helen Keller

 

Thomas Kennedy, MD

Thomas Kennedy, MD, is an ear, nose and throat physician and formerly served as chairman of the Department of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery at Geisinger.

Dr. Kennedy received his medical degree from Upstate Medical Center Syracuse and then completed a one-year assistant resident in surgery at The Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital. He received his otolaryngology residency training at the University of Toronto Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery Department, followed by a head and neck oncology fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic.

Dr. Kennedy joined the University of Louisville, where he was residency director for the Department of Otolaryngology and the section head of head and neck surgery. After joining the Department of Otolaryngology at Geisinger Medical Center (GMC), he served as its residency director for 19 years before becoming chairman of the department.

He has been board certified since 1977 by the American Board of Otolaryngology in otolaryngology–head and neck surgery.

Dr. Kennedy has presented over 90 papers to state and national forums and authored over 60 published manuscripts, along with book chapters. He has served as a reviewer for The Laryngoscope and other major otolaryngology journals. Dr. Kennedy has been involved in state and national committees for his specialty and was the past president of the Pennsylvania Academy of Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery and the recipient of its Distinguished Service Award. He is a member of numerous state and national societies, including the American Laryngological, Rhinological & Otological Society and the American Laryngological Association. Dr. Kennedy has been listed each year with the Best Doctors in America since 2005.


Clinical interests
Dr. Kennedy’s clinical interests and subspecialties include the treatment of benign and malignant head and neck neoplasms, endoscopic sinus surgery and endoscopic skull base surgery. Dr. Kennedy has enjoyed his almost 40 years of treating patients in a health system that is patient-centered and puts the quality of patient care as its main mission.

 

Timothy Lian, MD MBA, FACS

Timothy Lian, MD, is an ear, nose and throat physician who serves as clinical professor and chair of the Department of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery for the Geisinger Surgery Institute.

Dr. Lian obtained his medical degree from the Tulane University School of Medicine. He completed his residency at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit and his fellowship in head and neck surgical oncology/microvascular reconstructive surgery at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. He also completed a fellowship in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery at the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in Shreveport, La.

Dr. Lian is board certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology and by the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, as well as by the American Board of Preventative Medicine in Clinical Informatics.

He is a member of the American Academy of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery, the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, the American Head and Neck Society and the Society of University Otolaryngologists–Head and Neck Surgeons. He is a fellow of the American Board of Otolaryngology, the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and the American College of Surgeons.

Clinical interests
Dr. Lian’s clinical interests include facial cosmetic surgery and rejuvenation, such as rhinoplasty, face-lift, fat transfer, skin resurfacing and brow and eyelid surgery; head and neck cancer surgery, including skin cancer of the face; reconstructive surgery of the tongue, jawbone, face and nose; and repair of congenital defects such as cleft lip and palate.

 

Michael Marvin, MD, FACS

Michael Marvin, MD, FACS, is a transplant and hepatobiliary surgeon and chair of the Department of Transplantation and Liver Surgery for the Geisinger Surgery Institute.

Dr. Marvin obtained his medical degree from Columbia University and completed all of his surgical training at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center. This training included his general surgical residency and fellowships in kidney and liver transplant/hepatobiliary surgery.

He is board certified by the American Board of Surgery, is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and is a member of the American Society of Transplant Surgeons.

Clinical interests
Dr. Marvin’s clinical interests include liver and hepatobiliary tumors, liver and kidney transplants, laparoscopic liver resections and repair of bile duct injuries. He serves on or has served on national committees for the American Society of Transplant Surgeons, the American Society of Transplantation and the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS). He is currently the vice chair of the Operations and Safety Committee for UNOS.

“The Geisinger Department of Transplantation and Liver Surgery is dedicated to multidisciplinary team management of the most complex surgical and medical conditions, including liver and kidney failure and liver and bile duct cancers. Together with my colleagues throughout Geisinger, we achieve the best possible outcomes for our patients through a caring, patient-centric focus"

 

Robert Pellecchia, DDS

Robert Pellecchia, DDS, is an oral and maxillofacial surgeon, as well as director and department chair of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery for the Geisinger Surgery Institute and Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine.

Dr. Pellecchia received his dental degree from New York University. He completed his internship at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine at Yeshiva University, Montefiore Medical Center and completed his residency at New York Medical College.

Dr. Pellecchia is board certified in oral & maxillofacial surgery and is a member of several professional associations, including the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, the International Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, the American Cleft Palate and Craniofacial Association, the American Society of Temporomandibular Joint Surgeons, the American Dental Association, the Pennsylvania Dental Association and the Pennsylvania Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons.

Clinical interests
Dr. Pellecchia’s clinical interests include total joint reconstruction surgery of the temporomandibular joint, reconstruction of the oral facial complex and pathology.

 

Ronald J. Scorpio, MD

Ronald J. Scorpio, MD, is a pediatric surgeon and director of Pediatric Surgery for the Geisinger Surgery Institute.

Dr. Scorpio obtained his medical degree from Eastern Virginia Medical School. He completed his internship at Rhode Island Hospital. He then completed his surgical residency at Good Samaritan Hospital in Cincinnati. He completed a fellowship in trauma and critical care at the University of Maryland, and a pediatric surgery fellowship at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto.

Dr. Scorpio is board certified in general surgery and pediatric surgery by the American Board of Surgery.

He is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a member of the American Pediatric Surgical Association.

Clinical interests
Dr. Scorpio’s clinical interests include neonatal surgery, trauma and thoracic surgery.