Dr. Orlando C. Kirton is Chairman of Surgery and Surgeon-in-Chief at Abington Jefferson Health.
Dr. Kirton received his undergraduate degree from Brown University in Providence, RI and his medical degree, cum laude, from Harvard Medical School. He served his internship and residency in surgery at SUNY and then completed fellowships in surgical critical care and surgery of trauma at Jackson Memorial Hospital, Department of Surgery and University of Miami School of medicine in Florida. He joined the faculty at the University of Miami from 1992-1999 where he achieved the Academic Rank of Associate Professor of Surgery and served as the Director of the Trauma Intensive Care Unit at Jackson Memorial Hospital and served as the Interim Director of the Trauma Service.
From 1999-2016 Dr. Kirton was the Ludwig J. Pyrtek, MD Chair in Surgery, Chief of the Department of Surgery, Chief of the Division of General Surgery, and Associate Director of the Surgical Intensive Care Unit. He also was Chief of Trauma at Hartford Hospital from 2012-2016.
Dr. Kirton’s current Academic Rank is that of Professor of Surgery and Vice-Chairman of the Department of Surgery of the Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University.
Dr. Kirton is a Diplomat of the American Board of Surgery with additional qualification in Surgical Critical Care. He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, the American College of Critical Care Medicine, and the American College of Chest Physicians, and member of the Society of University Surgeons and the American Surgical Association. In 2014 the Society of Critical Care medicine bestowed him the Master of Critical Care medicine distinction. Dr. Kirton has served as President of the Surgical Section of the National Medical Association, the President of the Society of Black Academic Surgeons, and was also past President of the Connecticut Chapter of the American College of Surgeons. He served on the Boards of Directors for the Society of Critical Care Medicine, the Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma, the National Medical Association, the Society of Black Academic Surgeons and the Board of Managers of The American Association for the Surgery of Trauma. Dr. Kirton Received a Physician Executive MBA from the University of Tennessee in 2015. He has published extensively in peer-reviewed, referred journals as well as authored numerous chapters and textbooks on Surgical Critical Care, Trauma, and Surgical Education.