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Department of Surgery

Division of General & Minimally Invasive Surgery


Appointments: 215-707-3133
Department: 215-707-3133
Location: Parkinson Pavilion, Fourth Floor
Broad and Tioga Streets
Philadelphia, PA 19140


This group provides state-of-the-art care for all routine and complex general surgery problems. Areas of special interest include GI oncology, inflammatory bowel disease, liver tumors, complex pancreatic or biliary disorders, reoperative GI surgery, functional GI problems and proctology.


Our general surgeons are specially trained in minimally invasive surgical techniques that significantly reduce the amount of time spent in the hospital and promote quicker recovery. This multidisciplinary group also has expertise in recent surgical interventions such as laparoscopic cholecystectomy for gallstones, laparoscopic gastric and bowel resection, laparoscopic agotomy for ulcer, laparoscopic fundoplication for reflux and diagnostic laparoscopy.  Other surgical innovations include anal sphincter preservation for rectal cancer and ulcerative colitis and esophagectomy without thoracotomy for esophageal cancer.  Colorectal cancer screening and outpatient hemmorrhoid treatments are also available.


michael edwards, md, facs

Michael Edwards, MD, FACS

Chief, Division of General & Minimally Invasive Surgery
Director, Section of Bariatric Surgery

Speciality interests: Obesity and minimally invasive (laparoscopic), bariatric Surgery (primary and revisional), minimally invasive (laparoscopic) surgery for gastrointestinal disorders, minimally invasive (laparoscopic) surgery for disorders of solid organs, minimally invasive and open comprehensive hernia surgery and care, robotic general surgery, and general surgery
Telephone: 215-707-5097
Email: michael.edwards@tuhs.temple.edu



john e. meilahn, md, facs

Tatyan Clarke, MD

Specialty interests: Bariatric surgery including minimally invasive techniques and open gastric bypass, gastrointestinal surgery, laparoscopic hernia surgery
T: 215-707-3471
Email: tatyan.clarke@tuhs.temple.edu





Rohit Soans, MD

Rohit Soans, MD

Specialty interests: Metabolic and bariatric surgery, sacropenic obesity, adolescent and childhood obesity, minimally invasive and robotic general surgery and gasterointestinal disorders, esophageal surgery, anti-reflux surgery, hernea surgery, childhood and adolescent obesity, outcomes following bariatric surgery
T: 215-707-6110
Email: rohit.soans@tuhs.temple.edu