The faculty and staff of Reading Hospital and of all related fellowship institutions including the Lehigh Valley Health Network, Lancaster General Health, St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children, and St. Mary Medical Center are experienced and qualified, with fellowship teaching experience.

All facilities and clinical resources at Reading Hospital and associated training sites are well-suited to accommodate all plastic surgery fellows. Reading Hospital has a long history of medical teaching, with several long-standing training programs and partnerships across the region. 

The Reading Hospital has partnered with Drexel University College of Medicine and opened a branch campus medical school. The partnership with Drexel University College of Medicine affords the fellows many opportunities to collaborate on research.

Reading Hospital has diagnostic imaging and laboratory resources available to the consult service on a timely basis, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Additionally, all clinical support services are available to the fellows and medical staff including, but not limited to nursing, clerical, intravenous, EKG, respiratory therapy, and phlebotomy.

Reading Hospital has appropriate security services and systems to ensure a safe working environment.

Sponsoring Institution - Tower Health

Reading Hospital is the flagship, Magnet Recognized, acute care hospital of Tower Health. Located in West Reading, Pa., Reading Hospital is home to many top-tier specialty care centers. Reading Hospital has been recognized for its quality outcomes and clinical expertise across service lines. The Program Director maintains responsibility for fellow training and will oversee all fellow rotations, electives, and research at the primary clinical site. Fellows are always supervised, directly or indirectly, by qualified, board-certified faculty physicians.

Academic Partner: Drexel University School of Medicine

Drexel University College of Medicine at Tower Health in West Reading, PA., a regional medical campus, offers an immersive learning experience featuring clinical training at Reading Hospital for all four years of the MD program. Additionally, students may complete clinical education at any Tower Health outpatient site available for training in PA, including locations in Phoenixville and Pottstown.

Medical students are provided with the same outstanding curriculum as the Philadelphia campus, mentoring by expert faculty, and opportunities to pursue passions through exposure to a diverse and underserved community.

Leadership

Mission Statement

The Tower Health Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Fellowship is committed to providing an enriching education and clinical curriculum to prepare plastic surgery fellows to become outstanding clinicians.

We are committed to training plastic surgery fellows who are intent on delivering patient-centered healthcare for the good of all people, no matter their circumstances. We are devoted to retaining the physicians that we train to better serve our community. The strength of our training program is the result of the tremendous depth and breadth of our clinical care and the academically and clinically rigorous training program we provide. Our dedicated faculty, supported by the significant resources of Tower Health and affiliated organizations and practices, provides our trainees with the basic and clinical knowledge, procedural skills, clinical judgment, professionalism, and interpersonal skills necessary for a successful career as leaders in plastic surgery and medicine.

Program Facts

Program Accreditation

ACGME Tower Health Program – Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery - West Reading, PA
Program Accreditation ID# 3604100145
Program Accreditation Type Initial

Program Size & Length of Fellowship

Two fellows per year

Six fellows total

Three year program

Program Location Reading Hospital - Tower Health
420 South 5th Avenue
West Reading Pa 19601

Training Sites

Reading Hospital - Tower Health

Reading Hospital and its Level I Trauma Center will serve as the primary teaching site for this program. The Program Director maintains responsibility for fellow training and will oversee all rotations, electives, and research at the primary clinical site. Fellows are always supervised, directly or indirectly, by qualified, board-certified faculty physicians.

King of Prussia Surgery Center

King of Prussia (KOP) Surgery Center is a modern, state-of-the-art outpatient surgical center located in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania. Their experienced team of physicians, nurses, and technicians are committed to providing unequaled, personalized care in a comfortable environment. Patients, referring physicians, and surgeons benefit from the convenience, timely scheduling, and patient-focused care that are the foundation of their outpatient surgical experience.

Sidney Jacoby, MD, is the site director and is responsible for the direct and indirect supervision of all plastic surgery fellows. Fellows will rotate to KOP Surgery Center to receive training and experience in hand and upper extremity surgery. Each fellow will complete three rotations throughout the three years of training.

St. Christopher's Hospital for Children

Since 1875, St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children has been a national leader in pediatric care while serving the greater Philadelphia area. With more than 220 pediatric physicians and 827 staff members, it is one of only three Level I Pediatric Trauma Centers in Pennsylvania and the only committed and verified pediatric burn center in the Philadelphia area. Throughout the Delaware Valley, the highly acclaimed programs at this institution include the highest level of pediatric trauma and neonatal care, an outstanding Heart Center, an Oncology unit, and an exceptional pediatric burn center. It also has one of the busiest emergency departments for children in the United States, accounting for more than 70,000 yearly visits. Through partnerships with Drexel University College of Medicine, St. Christopher’s is a teaching hospital, serving to teach the subsequent generation of experts in pediatrics.

The Program Director will work closely with the Site Director, Paul Glat, MD, to ensure oversight of the fellows during rotations at this participating site. Furthermore, fellows will be educated by clinical faculty to deliver value and patient safety into all facets of patient care, until residents have warranted autonomy and independence. Fellows will be given instruction and clinical experience on a broad range of patient cases under the supervision of experienced, board-certified physicians.

Plastic Surgery fellows will rotate to St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children during their second and third PGY years to gain various clinical experiences in order to successfully meet all expectations and requirements. Fellows will gain knowledge in General Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, Pediatric Cranial Facial Surgery, and Burn Surgery.

Site Director: Paul M. Glat, MD

St. Mary Medical Center

St. Mary Medical Center has a long history of providing care to generations of families in Bucks County and nearby communities. Recipient of the America's 100 Best Hospitals award for three consecutive years, St. Mary offers advanced non-invasive treatments, adult and pediatric emergency services, inpatient medical and rehabilitation facilities, along with supportive health and wellness programs.

St. Mary delivers compassionate outpatient advanced wound management, innovative treatments, and oxygen therapies using individualized, patient-centered treatment plans to ensure the best outcomes for patients.

Fast forward four decades, St. Mary is now a beautiful 53-acre state-of-the-art Medical Center campus comprised of more than 700 physicians, nearly 3,000 colleagues, and 1,100 volunteers who are committed to providing quality care delivered with compassion and respect.

The evolution continues daily, as St. Mary attracts top doctors, introduces cutting-edge technologies, and implements advanced procedures to meet the healthcare needs of the people it serves, including the nearly 630,000 residents of Bucks County.

John Fernandez, MD, is the site director and is responsible for the direct and indirect supervision of all plastic surgery fellows. Fellows will rotate to St. Mary specifically to receive training and experience in reconstructive surgery, including microsurgery. Each fellow will complete two rotations during their second and third years, for a total of four rotations at St. Mary.