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About the Physicians and Staff

Michael Rhodes M.D.

Michael Rhodes M.D.,
Chair, Department of Surgery

As chair of Christiana Care’s Department of Surgery, Michael Rhodes, M.D., leads a surgical staff of more than 200 surgeons representing 13 specialties. Together, they perform more than 46,000 operations each year in 55 operating rooms.

The Department of Surgery has flourished under Dr. Rhodes’ leadership since his appointment in 1995. A professor of surgery at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, he is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and is certified as a diplomat of the American Board of Surgery in both general surgery and surgical critical care.

He received a bachelor’s degree in pre-medicine from Pennsylvania State University and his medical degree from Hahnemann Medical College. He completed his residency in general surgery at the Lehigh Valley Hospital in Allentown, Pa. That training was interrupted for two years of duty as a captain in the United States Army.

After completing a fellowship in trauma and critical care at the Maryland Institute of Emergency Medical Services, Dr. Rhodes was appointed as chief of Trauma at the Lehigh Valley Hospital, which became Pennsylvania's first Level I trauma center. He also developed the region's first MedEvac helicopter program.

Dr Rhodes is the author or co-author of more that 60 scientific journal articles and 20 chapters in surgical textbooks. He is an editor of a textbook of emergency surgery and has given more than 200 lectures to regional and national audiences on a broad variety of topics.

Dr. Rhodes has holds many awards and distinguished appointments for his achievements as a clinician and teacher in the field of surgery and trauma, including:

  • The Curtis P. Artz Award from the American Trauma Society, presented to individuals for outstanding long-term contributions to the field of trauma.
  • The Trauma Achievement Award from the American College of Surgeons.
  • Three-time Teacher of the Year at Lehigh Valley Hospital.
  • President of the Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma.
  • Vice President for the American Association for the Surgery of Trauma.


Raafat Z. Abdel-Misih, M.D.

Raafat Z. Abdel-Misih, M.D.

Dr. Raafat Z. Abdel-Misih is the director of the Hepatobiliary Pancreatic Multidisciplinary Center at Christiana Care's Helen F. Graham Cancer Center.

He has also served as chief of Surgical Services for Christiana Care since 1995 and as vice chair of the Department of Surgery since 1993.

A surgeon since 1981, Dr. Abdel-Misih is board-certified in general surgery and has a particular interest in head and neck cases, surgical oncology and laparoscopy/endoscopy. He is clinical assistant professor of surgery at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia.

Dr Abdel-Misih had extensive training in Britain as well as the Unites States. Since completing his surgical training, he has performed more than 30,000 operations, including over 3,000 procedures on the thyroid and parathoroid glands.

He is recognized as a master surgeon by his colleagues and as an outstanding teacher by his students, as reflected in his four-time Teacher of the Year Award. He holds fellowship in both the Royal College of Surgeons and the American College of Surgeons.

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