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Stanton N. Smullens, MD, FACS

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901 Walnut Street
10th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19107

(215) 503-0174
(215) 923-7583 fax


MD, Jefferson Medical College
AB, Harvard College


General and Thoracic Surgery, Pennsylvania Hospital
General and Thoracic Surgery, Jefferson Medical College Hospital


American Cancer Society
Trainee in Cardiovascular Surgery of the National Heart Institute, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital

Board Certification

General Vascular Surgery
Thoracic Surgery
General Surgery

University Appointments

Lecturer, Jefferson College of Population Health
Clinical Professor of Surgery, Sidney Kimmel Medical College

Research & Practice Interests

Healthcare Quality and Safety
Quality Improvement
Patient Safety


Introduction to Healthcare Quality & Safety


In January 2016 Dr. Stanton N. Smullens stepped down as Medical Director of Network Performance and Quality of the Delaware Valley Accountable Care Organization (DVACO). Prior to this position, he was Chief Medical Officer of the DVACO from 2013 to 2015 and the precedent Jefferson Health System from 1997 to 2014.

Dr. Smullens received his undergraduate education at Harvard College and earned his medical degree from Jefferson Medical School (now Sidney Kimmel Medical College) where he was a member of Alpha Omega Alpha. He is a Clinical Professor of Surgery at Sidney Kimmel Medical College and is board certified in General, Thoracic and Vascular Surgery. He is also currently a lecturer in the Jefferson College of Population Health. He was Founding President and CEO of JeffCare, the Physician Hospital Organization of Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. He has been President of the Medical Staff of Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and President of the Jefferson Alumni Association. His portrait was presented to the University in 2010. He is a member of many local and national medical societies and has published widely in the medical literature.

In 2002 Dr. Smullens was appointed to the eleven-person Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority (PSA) Board as part of the Mcare Law (Medical Care Availability and Reduction of Error Act). He was elected Vice Chairman of the Authority in 2002 and completed his term on the PSA Board on June 30, 2004. He was reappointed to the Authority in January 2005 and has been re-elected Vice Chair, a position he currently holds. He served as the Acting Chair from 2011 until March of 2013. He was appointed to the Advisory Board of the Health Law Institute of Drexel Kline School of Law in April 2016.


Most Recent Peer-Reviewed Publications

  1. The JeffCare Preceptor Model for asthma: A primary care physician tutorial training model
  2. Long-term follow-up of reoperative carotid surgery
  3. Early carotid endarterectomy in selected stroke patients
  4. Comparison of doppler US and CT angiography for evaluation of renal artery stenosis
  5. Long-term outcome following sympathectomy for complex regional pain syndrome type 1 (RSD)
  6. Sequencing of cDNA from 50 unrelated patients reveals that mutations in the triple-helical domain of type III procollagen are an infrequent cause of aortic aneurysms
  7. Magnetic resonance chemical shift imaging and spectroscopy of atherosclerotic plaque
  8. Efficacy of thrombolysis in infrainguinal bypass grafts
  9. Airway compromise after carotid surgery in patients with cervical irradiation
  10. Intravenous labetalol for the treatment of hypertension after carotid endarterectomy
  11. Pseudoaneurysm of the ascending aorta following cardiac surgery
  12. Multicenter validation study of real-time (b-mode) ultrasound, arteriography, and pathologic examination
  13. Surgically treatable lesions of the extracranial circulation, including the vertebral artery
  14. The value of intraoperative EEG monitoring during carotid endarterectomy
  15. Malignant carotid body tumors.
  16. Ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysm with horseshoe kidney
  17. Spontaneous Dissecting Subclavian Aneurysm — A Case Report
  18. Preoperative embolization of retroperitoneal hemangiopericytomas as an aid in their removal
  19. Isolated massive chylopericardium. Complication of open heart surgery for aortic valve replacement
  20. Clinical aspects of persistent sciatic artery: Report of two cases and review of the literature