Thomas E. Butler, MD

Thomas E. Butler, MD
Employed by Penn State Health
General Surgery, Transplant Surgery

Academic Appointments

Associate Professor of Surgery
Surgical Director, Kidney Transplant Program

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About Me

Dr. Thomas Butler is a board-certified, fellowship-trained abdominal transplant, hepatobiliary and robotic surgeon. He earned his medical degree from Southern Illinois University School of Medicine.  After completing his residency in general surgery at Eastern Virginia Medical School, he pursued abdominal transplant and hepatobiliary surgery with fellowship training at the University of California, Los Angeles.

His prior experience includes working at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx, N.Y., while also earning a Master of Science in clinical research methods and serving as an assistant professor at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He was an associate program director of the general surgery residency, site director and associate professor at Crozer-Chester Medical Center and Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia. 

Butler has been voted “top doctor” by his peers and was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. His clinical interests include expanding minority organ donations and equity in access to transplant surgery, as well as increasing the transplant workforce. Outside of work, his passion is increasing the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics pipeline with awarded grants.


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Professional Education


Medical School, Southern Illinois University School of Medicine - 2006


Fellowship, Transplant Surgery University of California, LA - 2013


Residency, General Surgery Eastern Virginia Medical School - 2011

Research Interests

  • Disparities in organ transplantation
  • Organ donation
  • Outcomes in solid-organ transplantation


  • Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society
  • Pepperpot Award Finalist
  • Top Doctor Main Line Pennsylvania