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Joy L. Collins, MD, FAAP, FACS

Attending Surgeon

Assistant Professor of Clinical Surgery, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Dr. Collins is an attending surgeon in the Division of General, Thoracic and Fetal Surgery at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, where she is the surgical director of CHOP’s Adolescent Bariatric Surgery Program and surgical director of the Intestinal Rehabilitation Program. Dr. Collins has specialty training in minimally invasive surgery and bariatric surgery, and focuses on the treatment of intestinal failure, short bowel syndrome and trauma.

She brings her clinical expertise in pediatric obesity and surgery to her role as assistant professor of Clinical Surgery at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Collins continues to explore advances in bariatric surgery focused on the treatment of children and adolescents. While her research is concentrated in the area of adolescent obesity, Dr. Collins maintains an interest in all aspects of the care of the newborn or child with surgical problems, including congenital anomalies, oncology and trauma.

Dr. Collins is currently an attending surgeon at CHOP, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and Pennsylvania Hospital, all in Philadelphia, PA. She is also appointed as an attending surgeon at Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center in Camden, NJ and Virtua Medical Center in Voorhees, NJ.

Dr. Collins earned both her bachelor’s degree and medical degree from the University of Maryland. She began her surgical residency at the Medical College of Pennsylvania/Hahnemann University Hospital in Philadelphia, followed by a research fellowship at University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. She completed her general surgery residency and a minimally invasive surgery fellowship at University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, and her pediatric surgery fellowship at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

Dr. Collins became an attending surgeon at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia in July 2007. She is a frequent lecturer on topics most frequently related to obesity and bariatric surgery in children. In addition, Dr. Collins has taken on extensive leadership roles in a variety of academic and institutional settings with a commitment to educating the field about advances in surgical care of children and adolescents. She is also involved in the education of medical students, residents and fellows, with experience in simulation as part of that educational process.

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