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Rachel Kelz, MD

Rachel Kelz, MD Physician

Associate Professor of Surgery at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

Dr. Kelz is a Penn Medicine employed physician.

Clinical Specialties


  • Surgery
    • Endocrine and Oncologic Surgery

Programs & Centers:

  • Cancer
    • Center for Head and Neck Cancer
    • Hematological Malignancies (Blood Cancer) Program
  • LGBT Health

Board Certification:

  • Surgery, 2005

Clinical Expertise:

  • Blood Cancer
  • Laryngeal Cancer
  • lesbian, gay and bisexual health (LGBT)
  • Mouth Cancer (Oral Cancer)
  • Nasal Cancer
  • Oropharyngeal Cancer
  • parathyroid surgery
  • Parathyroid Tumor
  • parathyroidectomy - minimally invasive
  • Sinus Cancer
  • Throat Cancer
  • Thyroid Cancer
  • thyroid surgery
  • Tongue Cancer

Description of Clinical Expertise

benign and malignant diseases of the thyroidand parathyroid glands, minimally invasive surgery

Practice Locations and Appointments

  • Endocrine and Oncologic Surgery

    Abramson Cancer Center 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: Yale University School of Medicine
Residency: Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Fellowship: Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Fellowship: Children's Hospital of Philadelphia


American Association of Endocrine Surgeons, National American College of Surgeons, National American Thyroid Association, International Association for Program Directors in Surgery, National Association of Academic Surgeons, National John Morgan Society, Member, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, Local Philadelphia Academy of Surgeons, Fellow, Philadelphia, PA, Local Society of University Surgeons, National Surgical Outcomes Club, National Surgical Outcomes Club, National

Hospital Affiliation

Dr. Kelz is a Penn Medicine employed physician.

Hospital Privileges:

  • Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.


Description of Research Expertise:

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

Selected Publications:

Zubizarreta, J., Reinke, C., Kelz, R., Silber, J. and Rosenbaum P.: Matching for several sparse nominal variables in a case-control study of readmission following surgery The American Statistician (TAS). : 2012.

Mills AM, Holena DN, Kallan MJ, Carr BG, Reinke CE, Kelz RR.: The Effect of Insurance Status on Patients Admitted for Acute Diverticulitis Colorectal Diseases : 2012.

Showalter S, Kelz RR, Mahmoud N.: Affect of Technique on Postoperative Perineal Wound Infections in Abdominoperineal Resection To be determined : 2012.

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

Mittal MK, Morris JB, Kelz RR.: Germ Simulation: A Novel Approach for Raising Medical Students Awareness Toward Asepsis. The Journal of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare 6 (2): 65-70,2011.

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 : 2011.

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 : 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 : 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 : 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 : 2011.

Academic Contact Info

Department of Surgery
3400 Spruce Street, 4 Silverstein

Philadelphia, PA 19104
Phone: (215) 662-2030
Fax: (215) 662-7476
Patient appointments: 800-789-PENN (7366)

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