Dr. Christopher Kowalski, MD
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Robotic Surgery | Male

St Mary's Surgical Associates, Langhorne, PA 1205 Langhorne Newtown Rd Ste 106 Langhorne, PA 19047 Get Directions

Care Philosophy

By having fellowship training in specialized advanced laparoscopic and robotic general surgery, as well as, extensive bariatric surgery experience provides a comprehensive and personalized treatment for each patient. The goal is to develop the surgical approach that will have the best outcome, lowest complications, least pain, lowest use of prescription pain medication and fastest return to a functional and better state of well being. Expertise in traditional and minimally invasive techniques and a collaboration with plastic surgery often allows the knowledge and perspective that should someone need reoperative surgery for an operation done either years before, elsewhere or even failed, STILL be possibly corrected in a minimally invasively way. All this is possible at a caring, faith based hospital with a full complement of dedicated medical specialists, nurses, 24 hour critical care support, physical therapists, pharmacists, volunteers, nutritionists and support staff. 

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Biography

I was born in Pennsylvania and have ongoing deep roots in the state for over 4 generations. I grew up in Maryland, outside of Washington, DC where my father began his career as a physician at Walter Reed Hospital and then private practice in Maryland and Washington DC. I attended Temple University School of Medicine, general surgery residency at The Washington Hospital Center and went on to study an advanced laparoscopic and bariatric surgery fellowship with some of the pioneers of laparoscopic and bariatric surgery in New Brunswick NJ at St Peter's Hospital. Training and incorporation of the Da Vinci robotic surgical system has further refined my minimally invasive techniques to refine the approach to general surgical conditions. After my fellowship, I joined the academic and clinical staff at Temple University School of Medicine and Temple University Hospital between 2003-2009. I went on to join a private practice position outside Kansas City returning to join the medical staff of St Mary's Medical Center in Langhorne, PA. Moving back to Pennsylvania after the birth of our daughter, brought my wife and I back closer to our family for her upbringing. I was fortunate to establish a close and collaborative practice relationship with Dr. Michael Jacobelli who has a wealth of medical and surgical experience and is one of the founding surgeons at St. Mary's Medical Center.

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Dr. Kowalski's Performance
  • Trustworthiness
    EXCELLENT
  • Explains condition(s) well
    EXCELLENT
  • Answers Questions
    EXCELLENT
  • Time well spent
    EXCELLENT
Office & Staff Performance
  • Scheduling
    EXCELLENT
  • Office environment
    EXCELLENT
  • Staff friendliness
    EXCELLENT
  • Average wait time
    10 to 15 minutes
Patient Reviews (2)
in Langhorne, PA |
The most caring, professional, competent and skilled Physician I have ever worked with or had as a personal Doctor. He truly listened and took the time to explain everything to me. And when no one else could or wanted to take the time to help me, he did. And on top of it all, after 10 years, I am finally normal and out of pain. A truly talented, no, gifted surgeon!
Thank you for the kind words which is a gift back to me and I will share with my staff. Very happy to hear you doing well.
in Bucks County |
His staff (Jessica) was rude on the phone. Day before surgery and she was rushing me off the phone and sounded annoyed by my questions. She hung up before i had the chance to say goodbye. I almost canceled my surgery as a result of this interaction.
This review has helped me and my staff refine the response to all communication matters in office environment and interaction and coordination with other patients, medical practices and hospitals. I apologize that this was the experience of the person who posted this, Measures have been made to avoid this happening again as we realize that the prospect of surgery can be stressful on multiple levels in a person's life. I thank the author of the post for helping us provide the best service,
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I was born in Pennsylvania and have ongoing deep roots in the state for over 4 generations. I grew up in Maryland, outside of Washington, DC where my father began his career as a physician at Walter Reed Hospital and then private practice in Maryland and Washington DC.

I attended Temple University School of Medicine, general surgery residency at The Washington Hospital Center and went on to study an advanced laparoscopic and bariatric surgery fellowship with some of the pioneers of laparoscopic and bariatric surgery in New Brunswick NJ at St Peter's Hospital.

Training and incorporation of the Da Vinci robotic surgical system has further refined my minimally invasive techniques to refine the approach to general surgical conditions.

After my fellowship, I joined the academic and clinical staff at Temple University School of Medicine and Temple University Hospital between 2003-2009. I went on to join a private practice position outside Kansas City returning to join the medical staff of St Mary's Medical Center in Langhorne, PA.  Moving back to Pennsylvania after the birth of our daughter, brought my wife and I back closer to our family for her upbringing.

I was fortunate to establish a close and collaborative practice relationship with Dr. Michael Jacobelli who has a wealth of medical and surgical experience and is one of the founding surgeons at St. Mary's Medical Center.

Dr. Kowalski's Care Philosophy

By having fellowship training in specialized advanced laparoscopic and robotic general surgery, as well as, extensive bariatric surgery experience provides a comprehensive and personalized treatment for each patient. The goal is to develop the surgical approach that will have the best outcome, lowest complications, least pain, lowest use of prescription pain medication and fastest return to a functional and better state of well being. Expertise in traditional and minimally invasive techniques and a collaboration with plastic surgery often allows the knowledge and perspective that should someone need reoperative surgery for an operation done either years before, elsewhere or even failed, STILL be possibly corrected in a minimally invasively way. All this is possible at a caring, faith based hospital with a full complement of dedicated medical specialists, nurses, 24 hour critical care support, physical therapists, pharmacists, volunteers, nutritionists and support staff. 

Dr. Kowalski says...

Fellowship trained in advanced laparoscopic techniques to treat gastrointestinal surgery conditions and complex hernia surgery including upper GI and hiatal hernia surgery. Incorporate the latest robotic technology to laparoscopic surgery, as well as, manage the wide array of general surgical procedures.

Dr. Kowalski says...

Application and integration of daVinci Robotic Systems both in original and reoperative surgery including coordination participation with plastic surgeon for simple and complex abdominal reconstructive procedures including component separation, abdominoplasty, and panniculectomy.

Dr. Kowalski's experience matches your search based on the following criteria:

  •  Based on total number of patients treated over the last 12 months
  •  Specializes in Robotic Surgery
  •  Board certified in General Surgery
  •  Malpractice claims in Pennsylvania not available
  •  No sanctions found
  •  No board actions found

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  • Awards & Honors
    • Healthgrades Honor Roll
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  • Media & Publications
    • Shackelford's Textbook of Surgery
    • Healthy Sundays

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  • General Surgery

Conditions Treated

  • Abdominal Abscess
  • Abdominal Disorders
  • Abdominal Hernia
  • Abdominal Pain
  • Abscess
  • Anemia
  • Anorectal Abscess
  • Appendicitis
  • Appendix Cancer
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Benign Neoplasm of the Digestive System
  • Benign Tumor
  • Blood Disorders
  • Cholecystitis
  • Cholecystitis and Gallstones
  • Chronic Recurrent Abdominal Pain
  • Cirrhosis
  • Colonic Volvulus
  • Colorectal Cancer
  • Diaphragmatic and-or Hiatal Hernia
  • Diverticulosis, Intestinal
  • Dysphagia
  • Esophageal Diseases
  • Esophageal Diverticulum
  • Esophagitis
  • Gallstones
  • Gastric Ulcer
  • Gastritis
  • Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
  • Gastrointestinal Diseases
  • Gastrointestinal Malabsorption
  • Gastrojejunal Ulcer
  • Gastroparesis
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Hernia
  • Hiatal Hernia
  • Ileus
  • Incisional Hernia
  • Indigestion
  • Inguinal Hernia
  • Intestinal Abscess
  • Intestinal Obstruction
  • Intussusception
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Laparoscopic Gallbladder Removal Complications
  • Malnutrition
  • Obesity
  • Pancreatic Abscess
  • Pancreatitis
  • Pilonidal Cyst
  • Retroperitoneal Abscess
  • Spleen Cancer
  • Stomach Diseases
  • Ulcer
  • Umbilical Hernia
  • Ventral Hernia
  • Vomiting Disorders

Education

  • Medical School
    Temple University

    Graduated in 1997

  • Internship Hospital
    Washington Hospital Center

    Completed in 1998

  • Residency Hospital
    Washington Hospital Center

    Completed in 2002

  • Fellowship Hospital
    Advanced Laparoscopic and Bariatric Surgery

    Completed in 2003

    Saint Peter's University Hospital

    Completed in 2003

  • Undergraduate School
    King's College

    Graduated in 1993

  • Other Education
    Intuitive Surgical Accelerated Hernia Luminary Program With Davinci Robotic System

    Completed in 2016

Languages Spoken

  • English

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Specialties

  • Robotic Surgery
  • Colon & Rectal Surgery
  • Dermatologic Surgery
  • Endocrine Surgery
  • Gastroenterological Surgery
  • General Surgery
  • Head and Neck Endocrine Surgery
  • Hepatopancreaticobiliary Surgery
  • Laparoscopic Surgery
  • Microsurgery
  • Minimally Invasive Cosmetic Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
  • Surgery

Procedures Performed

  • Abdominal Mass Biopsy
  • Abdominal Surgery
  • Abdominoplasty
  • Abscess or Fluid Incision and Drainage
  • Adjustable Gastric Banding
  • Adrenalectomy
  • Advanced Robotic Surgery
  • Appendectomy
  • Appendectomy, Laparoscopic
  • Appendectomy, Open
  • Bariatric Surgery (Weight Loss Surgery)
  • Biopsy
  • Biopsy of Affected Tissue
  • Colectomy
  • Colon and Rectal Surgery
  • Colonoscopy
  • Colonoscopy With Polypectomy
  • Colonoscopy, Proctosigmoidoscopy, and Sigmoidoscopy
  • Conscious Sedation
  • Debridement
  • Diagnostic Endoscopy
  • Dressing and-or Debridement of Wound, Infection, or Burn (incl. Negative Pressure Wound Therapy)
  • Endoscopy
  • Endoscopy (Esophagus, Stomach, Small Intestine)
  • Enterostomy (Laparoscopic or Open)
  • Esophageal Surgery
  • Excisional Biopsy
  • Gallbladder Removal
  • Gallbladder Removal (Cholecystectomy), Laparoscopic
  • Gallbladder Removal (Cholecystectomy), Open
  • Gastrectomy
  • Gastric Banding
  • Gastric Banding, Laparoscopic
  • Gastric Bypass Surgery
  • Gastric Bypass Surgery, Laparoscopic
  • Gastric Sleeve Surgery
  • Gastroenterology Procedures
  • Hemicolectomy
  • Hernia Repair
  • Inguinal Hernia Repair, Laparoscopic
  • Inguinal Hernia Repair, Open
  • Intestinal Biopsy
  • Laparoscopic Abdominal Surgery
  • Laparoscopic Adrenalectomy
  • Laparoscopic Anti-Reflux Surgery
  • Laparoscopic Bariatric Surgery
  • Laparoscopic Colectomy
  • Laparoscopic Colon Surgery
  • Laparoscopic Surgical Procedure
  • Laparoscopy
  • Laparotomy
  • Liver Biopsy
  • Lymph Node Biopsy or Excision
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • Open Incisional and-or Ventral Hernia Repair
  • Port Placements or Replacements
  • Revision Surgery
  • Roux-En-Y Gastric Bypass Surgery
  • Single Incision Gallbladder Removal
  • Sleeve Gastrectomy
  • Sleeve Gastrectomy, Laparoscopic
  • Stomach Surgery
  • da Vinci® Gallbladder Removal
  • da Vinci® Robotic Surgery