The Faculty and Staff of Reading Hospital and of all related Fellowship institutions including the Phoenixville Hospital, St Christopher's Hospital for Children, and the Cancer Treatment Center of America are experienced and qualified, with fellowship teaching experience.

All facilities and clinical resources at Reading Hospital and all training sites are well-suited to accommodate all Plastic Surgery Fellows. Reading Hospital has a long history of medical teaching, with several longstanding training programs and partnerships across the region. The Reading Hospital Tower Health System: Sponsors independent programs in family medicine, internal medicine, emergency medicine, obstetrics and gynecology, transitional year, surgery, cardiology, gastroenterology, infectious disease, endocrinology, and hematology and oncology.

Reading Hospital-Tower Health is partnering with Drexel University College of Medicine to open a branch campus medical school beginning in 2021. The partnership with Drexel University College of Medicine will also afford the Fellows any opportunity to collaborate on research.

Reading Hospital Tower Health System has diagnostic imaging and laboratory resources available to the consult service on a timely basis, 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. Additionally, all clinical support services are available to the Fellows and the Medical Staff including but not limited to nursing, clerical, intravenous, EKG, respiratory therapy, and phlebotomy services.

Sponsored By

We are privileged to provide comprehensive surgical care to the population of Berks county and beyond. With the addition of five Montgomery, Chester, and Philadelphia community hospitals, 19 urgent care centers, and a clinically-integrated physician network of greater than 2000 physicians, Tower Health has cultivated a geographic catchment footprint extending from Philadelphia to mid-Pennsylvania. Reading Hospital is the flagship tertiary-care destination of Tower Health.

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

Academic Partner: Drexel University School of Medicine

Program Director

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 in becoming outstanding clinicians.

We are committed to training plastic surgery fellows committed to delivering healthcare as it should be:

Patient-centered and for the good of all people, no matter their circumstance. We are committed to retaining the physicians that we train in order to better serve our community. The strength of our training program is the tremendous depth and breadth of our clinical care. We provide an academically and clinically rigorous training program in plastic surgery. Our dedicated faculty supported by the significant resources of the Reading Hospital Tower Health System and affiliated organizations and practices provide our trainees with the basic and clinical knowledge, procedural skills, clinical judgment, professionalism, and the interpersonal skills necessary for a successful career and to develop as a leaders in plastic surgery and medicine.

Program Facts

Program Accreditation

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

Program Size & Length of Fellowship

2 Fellows/Year; 6 Fellows total; 3 year program
Program Location Tower Health (Reading Hospital)
420 South 5th Avenue
West Reading Pa 19601


Training Sites

Tower Health - Reading Hospital 

Reading Hospital is a 714-bed hospital and Level I Trauma Center that will serve as the primary teaching site for this program. 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.

Phoenixville Hospital

Phoenixville Hospital is a joint commission accredited 137 bed facility that serves the communities of Southeastern Pennsylvania. Phoenixville Hospital provides comprehensive medical services and have approximately 25,000 emergency room visits, 8,200 inpatient admissions, and 500 community outreach programs annually. Fellows will rotate to Phoenixville Hospital specifically to receive training and experience regarding hand and upper extremity surgery with the Philadelphia Hand Surgery Center.

Fellows will be directly and indirectly supervised by qualified, board-certified faculty physicians. Fellows will complete hand surgery rotations in the first, second and third year of the program. Phoenixville Hospitals is a member of the Tower Health system and has strong affiliations with the primary care clinical site. Phoenixville Hospital provides sufficient educational resources for fellowship training, including available call rooms, dedicated fellow lounge, classroom space and access to the internet.

Site Director: Sidney M. Jacoby, M.D.

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, 827 staff members, and 188 beds, 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 exceptional Heart Center, Oncology unit and exceptional pediatric burn center. It also has one of the busiest emergency departments for children in the United States, accounting to more than 70,000 yearly visits. Through partnerships with Drexel University College of Medicine and 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, Dr. Paul Glat, 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 experiences 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, M.D.

Cancer Treatment Center of America

Cancer Treatment Center of America (CTCA) in Philadelphia is committed to delivering state-of-the-art and personalized treatment options for all patients.

CTCA doctors have training and experience in treating a wide range of cancer types and subtypes. Depending on the patient and type of cancer, each treatment plan may include surgical reconstruction and adjuvant interventions including but not limited to chemotherapy, hormone therapy, and radiation therapy. Dr. John Fernandez is the site director and is responsible for the direct and indirect supervision of all plastic surgery fellows. Fellows will rotate to CTCA specifically, to receive training and experience in oncological reconstruction including microsurgery. Fellow will complete 2 rotations during their 2nd and 3rd year for a total of 4 rotations at CTCA in Philadelphia.

Eligibility Requirements

Completion of a surgical residency and or fellowship including but not limited to general surgery, otolaryngology, oral maxillo facial surgery, neurosurgery, and or hand surgery or similar program is required.

Application Requirements and Timeline

Any and all applicants for the independent plastic surgery match should consult the ABPS and ACGME websites for the most current eligibility requirements. All applicants are strongly urged to contact the ABPS to confirm eligibility. Neither participation in the SF Match nor a successful match implies any state of eligibility for any certifying Board process.

How to Apply

Applicants should use the following Program ID: #7432 on the sfMatch website to apply.

Application Deadline: September-December
Interview Timeframe: January-April
Matching: The Match takes place in May and will be used to process all applicants who want to start their training in July of the following year. Applicants are responsible for ensuring they meet all prerequisites for eligibility prior to registering for the match.

Program Start Date: July 1st