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A Message from the Chairman

Dr. Orlando Kirton

Orlando C. Kirton, MD
Chairman & Surgeon-
Department of

Welcome to the Department of Surgery at Jefferson Health – Abington. Jefferson Abington Hospital is a 657 bed tertiary care referral hospital founded in 1914 that provides clinical services to residents of Bucks, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties. The hospital’s 6,000 employees and 1,400 physicians see approximately 115,000 ED visits, 34,000 admissions, and perform 12,600 operations annually. Jefferson Abington Hospital is also a verified level II Trauma Center.

Jefferson Health – Abington’s Department of Surgery is organized into 12 divisions, including the General Surgery Division that consists of 6 sections including: Advanced Laparoscopy, Bariatric, Colorectal, Surgical Oncology, Trauma and Critical Care, and Vascular Surgery. Throughout the course of five years, our residents rotate at Lansdale Hospital, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, CHOP, and Temple University Hospital for unique clinical experiences. In addition, PGY4 residents have the option of completing a one month rotation away; typically in the specialty they are interested in pursuing.

The Jefferson Health – Abington General Surgery Residency Program is fully accredited and graduates 5 Chief Residents annually. Our residents enjoy diverse learning opportunities and receive extensive academic and clinical training. The average number of major cases of our finishing Chief Residents is over 900 and they routinely exceed the minimum requirements in all defined categories. The work environment is collegial and supportive and we include our residents in all facets of program management and development.

The General Surgery Residency Program utilizes the Surgical Council on Resident Education’s This Week in SCORE curriculum as the basis for our educational conferences (held during protected learning time) and also has a robust simulation curriculum for basic and advanced laparoscopic and open surgical skills development. We have also recently initiated a robotic surgery curriculum to support resident participation on robotic procedures.

Our residents have the opportunity to become members and leaders of various hospital committees including: the Departmental Quality, Outcomes, and Performance Improvement Committee, the Program Evaluation Committee and the Graduate Medical Education Committee. In addition, our program features varied opportunities for scholarly activity and research.

There is an esprit de corps throughout our residency, and a focus on creating the optimal educational and clinical experience.  The Department of Surgery at Jefferson Health – Abington stands in solidarity with all academic and physician training communities condemning racism and discrimination in any form whether it is personal or systemic. The Jefferson Health – Abington General Surgery Residency Program is committed to recruit and retain excellent individuals with a variety of backgrounds and life experiences to achieve an optimal level of innovation in teaching, research, and caring for patients. We will endeavor to create an educational environment in which differences are embraced and supported, so that all individuals have an equal opportunity for success.  As Chairman of the Department of Surgery, my vision for surgical education at Jefferson Health – Abington is very dynamic. We strive to continually increase the quality of our residency educational experiences, and develop improved methods for teaching residents innovative ways to manage the ever increasing complexity of patient care. These are exciting times for surgical education and our program is committed to providing outstanding training. We appreciate your interest in our program.


Orlando Kirton, MD, FACS, MCCM, FCCP, MBA
Chairman and Surgeon-in-Chief
Department of Surgery
Jefferson Health – Abington

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