Dr Harbison joins Penn Surgery as Clinical professor of Surgery and Chief, Division of General Surgery at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. Dr Harbison has strong ties to the Philadelphia area; his collegiate education was at LaSalle College, he earned his medical degree from Temple University School of Medicine and completed his internship and residency in General Surgery at The Graduate Hospital. After finishing his General Surgical training he served a clinical Surgical Oncology Fellowship at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City followed by a Surgical Education Fellowship sponsored by the Association for Surgical Education.

Prior to joining Penn Surgery Dr Harbison practiced General Surgery at The Graduate Hospital and Temple University Hospital. His leadership roles have included Surgical Residency Program Director at The Graduate Hospital and Vice Chairman for the Department of Surgery at Temple University School of Medicine as well as student clerkship director at both institutions.

Dr Harbison is a well-known highly regarded surgical provider specializing in complex gastrointestinal disorders including esophageal, gastric, biliary, and colorectal procedures. He has extensive experience with minimally invasive approaches to abdominal surgery and additionally has interest in simple and complex hernia repair as well as reoperative surgery.

Dr Harbison is a committed teacher with a deep interest in undergraduate and graduate medical education. He has received numerous awards for his educational efforts with both students and surgical residents.

Dr Harbison’s research interests include surgical education and outcomes of gastrointestinal surgery.


Sean P. Harbison



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  • DEPARTMENTDepartment of Gastrointestinal Surgery
    University of Pennsylvania