Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center

03/02/2021 | News release | Distributed by Public on 03/02/2021 09:10

Harkins leaving Penn State Health Women’s Health. MIGS team assures continuity of expert care

The minimally invasive gynecology surgery team at Penn State Health Women's Health

Dr. Gerald Harkins, division chief of Minimally Invasive Gynecology Surgery (MIGS), a division he established within the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology in 2010, is leaving Penn State Health effective Wednesday, March 31. The MIGS team, comprising Drs. Andrea Benton, Timothy Deimling, Katherine de Souza and Kristin Riley - will continue to treat patients at Penn State Health Women's Health, 35 Hope Drive in Hershey.

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Minimally invasive gynecologic surgery enables patients with complex gynecologic diagnoses, such as chronic pelvic pain, endometriosis and fibroids, to have major surgery through small incisions. This allows a shorter hospital stay and faster recovery time.

'During his career at Penn State Health, Dr. Harkins built a leading-edge, high-volume MIGS service line that has grown to include five faculty members, a nationally recognized fellowship program and patients who travel from neighboring states to seek specialized gynecology surgical care,' said Riley. 'He will be greatly missed by his colleagues, trainees, staff and patients. We all wish him well in his future endeavors.'

Drs. Benton, Deimling, de Souza and Riley - all fellowship-trained in minimally invasive gynecology surgery - look forward to continuing to provide expert MIGS care for Penn State Health patients.

For any questions about the MIGS division at Penn State Health Women's Health, contact Dr. Kristin Riley, who will serve as Interim Division Chief effective Monday, March 1.

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