Rachel Rapaport Kelz, M.D., M.S.C.E.

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William Maul Measey Professor in Surgery
Department: Surgery

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Department of Surgery
3400 Spruce Street, 4 Silverstein
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Office: 215-662-2030
Fax: 215-662.7476
BS (Mathematics)
Union College, Schenectady, NY (magna cum laude), 1992.
Yale University, New Haven, CT (cum laude), 1997.
MSCE (Health Services Research)
University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA, 2002.
MBA (Business Administration)
Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA (Executive Program-100% Sponsored, candidate 2018), 2018.
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Description of Research Expertise

health services research, patient safety, surgical endocrinology, disparities of care, outcomes research, intersection of education and outcomes

Description of Clinical Expertise

surgical disparities in cancer care; benign and malignant diseases of the thyroid and parathyroid glands

Description of Other Expertise

quality improvement, performance improvement, education in quality and safety, work-life integration

Selected Publications

Zubizarreta J, Reinke C, Kelz R, Silber J, Rosenbaum P: Matching for several sparse nominal variables in a case-control study of readmission following surgery. The American Statistician (TAS) 65(4): 229-238, Oct. 1 2011 Notes: Acccepted for Publication October 2011.

Mills AM, Holena DN, Kallan MJ, Carr BG, Reinke CE, Kelz RR: Effect of insurance status on patients admitted for acute diverticulitis. Colorectal Diseases 15(5): 613-620, May 2013.

Holena, DN; Hadler, R; Wirtalla, C; Carr, B; Morris, JB; Kelz, RR: Teaching status: The impact on emergency and elective surgical care in the U.S. Annals of Surgery 253(5): 1017-1023, May 2011.

Mittal MK, Morris JB, Kelz RR: Germ simulation: A novel approach for raising medical students awareness toward asepsis. Journal of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare 6(2): 65-70, Apr. 2011.

Silber JH, Rosenbaum PR, Kelz RR, Reinke CE, Neuman MD, Ross RN, Even-Shoshan O, David G, Saynisch PA, Kyle FA, Bratzler DW, Fleisher LA: Medical and financial risks associated with surgery in the elderly obese. Annals of Surgery 256(1): 79-86, July 2012.

Reinke CE, Hadler RA, Karakousis GC, Fraker DL, Kelz RR: Does the presence of thyroid cancer increase the risk of venous thromboembolism in patients undergoing thyroidectomy? Surgery 150(6): 1275-1285, Dec. 2011.

Reinke CE, Drebin J, Kreider S, Kean C, Resnick A, Raper S, Kelz RR: Timing of pre-operative pharmacoprophylaxis for pancreatic surgery patients: A venous thromboembolism reduction initiative. Annals of Surgical Oncology 19(1): 19-25, Jan. 2012 Notes: (Epub July 2, 2011).

Holena D, Mills A,, Carr B, Wirtalla C, Sarani, B, Kim P, Braslow B, Kelz RR: Transfer status: A risk factor for mortality in patients with necrotizing fasciitis. Surgery 150(3): 363-370, Sept. 2011 Notes: (Epub July 23, 2011).

Shah PK, Shah KK, Karakousis GC, Reinke CE, Kelz RR, Fraker DL: Regional recurrence after lymphadenectomy for clinically evident lymph node metastases from papillary thyroid cancer: A cohort study. Annals of Surgical Oncology 19(5): 1453-1459, May 2012 Notes: (Epub Sept. 13, 2011).

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