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Charles M. Vollmer, MD

Charles M. Vollmer, MD Surgeon

Director, Pancreatic Surgery
Professor of Surgery at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

Dr. Vollmer is a Penn Medicine employed physician.

Clinical Specialties


  • Surgery
    • Gastrointestinal Surgery

Programs & Centers:

  • Cancer
    • Gastrointestinal Cancer Program
  • Gastroenterology
    • Gastrointestinal Surgery Consultation

Board Certification:

  • Surgery, 2004

Clinical Expertise:

  • Ampullary Cancer
  • Anal Cancer
  • Bile Duct Cancer
  • Bile Duct Tumor
  • biliary stenosis
  • biliary strictures
  • biliary surgery
  • Biliary Tract Disorders
  • Cancer Surgery
  • cholecystectomy - laparoscopic
  • Colon Cancer
  • duodenal ulcer
  • Esophageal Cancer
  • Gallbladder Cancer
  • Gallbladder Disorders
  • Gallstones
  • gastrectomy
  • Gastrointestinal Carcinoid Tumor
  • Gastrointestinal Oncology
  • Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumors (GIST)
  • Gastrointestinal Surgery
  • Gastrointestinal Tumor
  • hepatobiliary surgery
  • hernia surgery - incisional
  • hernia surgery - inguinal
  • jejunostomy tube placement
  • laparoscopic diagnosis - minimally invasive
  • laparoscopy staging
  • Liver Cancer
  • Neuroendocrine Tumors
  • pancreas biopsy
  • Pancreatic Cancer
  • Pancreatic Cyst
  • pancreatic pseudocysts - treatment
  • pancreatic surgery
  • Pancreatitis
  • port placement
  • Rectal Cancer
  • Small Intestine Cancer
  • small intestine disorders
  • Stomach (Gastric) Cancer
  • Zollinger-Ellison Syndrome

Practice Locations and Appointments

  • Gastrointestinal Surgery

    Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine West Pavilion, 4th Floor 3400 Civic Center Boulevard Philadelphia, PA 19104 800-789-PENN (7366)

    A facility of the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna US Healthcare
  • Cigna
  • Cigna HealthSpring
  • Devon Health Services (Americare)
  • Gateway Health Plan
  • Geisinger Health Plan
  • HealthAmerica / HealthAssurance, a Coventry Plan
  • HealthPartners
  • HealthSmart
  • Highmark Blue Shield
  • Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey
  • Humana / Choicecare
  • Independence Blue Cross (Keystone East)
  • Intergroup
  • Keystone First
  • Multiplan
  • NJ Medicaid
  • NJ Qualcare
  • Oxford Health Plan
  • PA Medicaid
  • PA Medicare
  • Preferred Care
  • Rail Road Medicare / Palmetto GBA
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare
  • UnitedHealthcare Community Plan
  • US Family Health Plan

Education and Training

Medical School: Jefferson Medical College
Residency: Barnes-Jewish Hospital - Washington University, St. Louis
Fellowship: University of Toronto Affiliated Hospitals


American College of Surgeons, National American Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Association (AHPBA), National American Surgical Association, National Co-Chair for 1st International Consensus Conference on Minimally Invasive Pancreatic Surgery, International New England Surgical Society, Local Pancreas Cancer, National Scientific Program Chairman for 2016 Biennial Meeting – Sao Paulo, Brazil 2016, International Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract, National Society of Clinical Surgery, National Society of University Surgeons, National Surgical Biology Club II, National The Pancreas Club, National

Hospital Affiliation

Dr. Vollmer is a Penn Medicine employed physician.

Hospital Privileges:

  • Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.
  • Penn Presbyterian Medical Center: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.
  • Pennsylvania Hospital: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.


Selected Publications:

McMillan MT, Vollmer CM.: Peritoneal drain placement at pancreaticoduodenectomy. Difficult Decisions in Hepatobiliary and Pancreatic Surgery: An Evidence Based Approach. : 2015 (In press).

Datta J, Vollmer CM.: Pancreas. The Surgical Review, Fourth Edition. : 2015 (In press).

Brady CM, Vollmer CM, Maithel SK.: Common bile duct exploration. Minimally Invasive Surgery: Laparoscopy, Therapeutic Endoscopy, and NOTES. : 2015 (In press).

Bartlett EK, Vollmer CM.: The classification and injury patterns of common bile duct injury during laparoscopic cholecystectomy. Comprehensive Management of Benign Biliary Stenosis and Injury. : 2015 (In press).

Vollmer CM, Drebin JA.: Open distal pancreatectomy. Atlas of Endocrine Surgery. : 2015 (In press).

Dixon E, Vollmer CM, May G.: Comprehensive Management of Benign Biliary Stenosis and Injury. New York: Springer : 2015 (In press).

McMillan MT, Vollmer CM.: Response to letter to the editor: Regarding octreotide. HPB : 2015 (In press).

Hernandez J, Vollmer CM.: Cystic tumors of the pancreas. Diseases of the Liver, Biliary Tract and Pancreas: Principles and Practice. EditMED : 2015 (In Press).

Lee MK, Vollmer CM.: Post-cholecystectomy problems. Blumgart’s Surgery of the Liver, Biliary Tract & Pancreas, 6th Edition. : 2015 (Accepted for publication).

Erdmann J I, Eskens F A L M, Vollmer C M, Kok N F M, Groot Koerkamp B, Biermann K, van Eijck C H J: Histological and Molecular Subclassification of Pancreatic and Nonpancreatic Periampullary Cancers: Implications for (Neo) Adjuvant Systemic Treatment. Annals of surgical oncology 22 (7): 2401-7,2015.

Academic Contact Info

Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Department of Surgery/ Division of General Surgery
4th Floor, Silverstein Pavilion
3400 Spruce Street

Philadelphia, PA 19104
Patient appointments: 800-789-PENN (7366)