Dr. Kaplan is a general, trauma and critical care surgeon at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania who serves as the Section Chief of Surgical Critical Care at the Corporal Michael J Crescenz VA Medical Center in Philadelphia, PA. He received a BA in Biology from Franklin and Marshall College (Lancaster, PA; 1984) and an MD from Rutgers (Piscataway, NJ; 1988). Surgical residency was completed at the Medical College of PA (1988-1995) with two years spent in cardiac research (1991-1993). He completed a Fellowship in Surgical Critical Care (University of Pittsburgh; 1996-1997) and then returned to MCP and Hahnemann University Hospital (Philadelphia, PA) to direct the SICU and the Surgical Critical Care (SCC) fellowship. Seven years later he transitioned to Yale University and established an Emergency General Surgery service for the Division of Trauma and Surgical Critical Care. He then led the Yale SICU and SCC fellowship. He also established a Tactical Emergency Medical Service for a regional SWAT team and deployed with them. Eleven years later, he was recruited back to Philadelphia. Dr. Kaplan serves in leadership roles in professional societies (Society of Critical Care Medicine, Surgical Infection Society), and on editorial boards including the Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery, Critical Care Medicine, Surgical Infections.