Infants, Children, Adolescents, Teenagers, Adults, Seniors
Trauma, Falls, Metastatic Disease
Chest Wall Reconstruction & Pain Management, Cryosurgery
Approach to Patient Care
Compassion, respect, and excellence of care to ALL!
- Chest Wall Reconstruction +/- Cryoanalgesia
- Cryosurgery of Liver Metastasis
- Subcertification - Surgical Critical Care
Lincoln Medical Center/Medical College of Virginia/VCU
Trauma & Surgical Critical Care/Surgical Oncology
New York Medical College
Lincoln Medical Center (New York Medical College affiliate)
Teaching or Professional Positions
- Assistant Professor of Surgery
- Assistant Professor of Surgery, Division of Translational & Clinical Medicine/Surgery
- Core Faculty - Surgery Residency
- Course Director - ATLS
- ASSET Instructor
- American College of Surgeons
- American Medical Association
- Association for the Advancement of Science
- Chest Wall Injury Society
- Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma (EAST)
- New York Academy of Sciences
- Society of Critical Care Medicine
- Society of Laparo-endoscopic Surgeons
- Society of Surgical Oncology
Other Training and Certifications
- Resuscitative Endovascular Balloon Occlusion of the Aorta (REBOA) Certified
- Cyroanalgesia/Cryoneurolysis of complex Chest Wall Injuries/Flail Chest/Multiple Rib Fractures - pain.
Surgical Oncology - NIH T-32 Training Grant
- Cryosurgery of Liver metastases
- Funding - LB-595 Grant: "Analysis of Immune Correlates for Cryosurgery of Renal Cell Adenocarcinoma."
- Immunology of Sepsis, Systemic Inflammatory Response Syndrome (SIRS) and Multi-System Organ Failure (MSOF) with novel downstream steroids and checkpoint inhibitors: CTLA-4 and PD-1 +/- TREMM1.
- Immunology of Crysosurgery of Cancers with neoadjuvant checkpoint inhibitors: CTLA-4 and PD-1: an "auto-inoculation" vaccination ABSCOPAL EFFECT: regression of distant metastases.
Dr. David L. Cornell is a nationally known trauma surgeon and surgical critical care intensivist who comes to Crozer-Chester Medical Center from Creighton University Medical Center where he was interim Trauma Medical Director and Assistant Professor of Surgery in the Divisions of both Trauma & Surgical Critical Care as well as the division of Clinical and Translational Research. Dr. Cornell matriculated from New York Medical College and continued on as a NYMC surgical resident where he trained in a Level I Trauma center in the South Bronx during the Dinkin’s administration with over 2,245 homicide in NYC. After he completed his fellowship in Trauma and Surgical Critical Care., he then pursued and completed a full three-year NIH-T32 surgical oncology fellowship at the Medical College of Virginia. Upon his return to NYC he continued his career in both trauma, surgical critical care, and surgical oncology where he conducted several research projects including a murine (mouse) model of hemorrhagic shock and sepsis at both Cornell Medical Center and Temple University School of Medicine. Dr. Cornell subsequently became Trauma Medical Director at Richmond University Medical Center, a 440-bed level I trauma center until the closing of St. Vincent’s Medical Center of Manhattan. Dr. Cornell then joined the staff at Creighton University Medical Center where he rose through the ranks to become interim trauma medical director before coming to Crozer-Chester Medical Center. He continued to pursue his research endeavors in the division of clinical and translational research, Creighton University School of Medicine and was awarded a Nebraska State Cancer and Smoking Cessation grant to investigate the “Immune Correlates of Cryosurgery of Renal Cell Adenocarcinoma”.
With Dr. Cornell’s arrival to Chester Crozer Medical Center, he hopes to continue both his translational research endeavors in both trauma & sepsis as well as in Cryosurgery of Cancers utilizing the new checkpoint inhibitors: CTLA-4 and PD-1. Adding these new Checkpoint inhibitors in combination with Cryosurgery of cancers is believed to create a robust Abscopal effect: regression of distant, metastatic cancer deposits while treating the primary tumor - to prove our hypothesis: release of the escape mechanism of cancers with checkpoint inhibitors will create the unique environment of an "auto-inoculation" of tumor antigens or self-vaccination, creating the "perfect storm" to allow a robust immune “vaccine” response to the cancer, thereby killing it via the cryosurgery abscopal effect. Dr. Cornell’s research efforts in trauma are also exciting, adding these very same checkpoint inhibitors and/or Tremm-1 inhibitors to the novel steroids Androstenediol and Androstentriol which have been proven to decrease hemorrhagic shock mortality by approximately 30% in several murine models.
Clinically, Dr. Cornell’s passion is in Chest Wall Reconstruction with Surgical Site Rib Fixation/Stabilization. In collaboration with our anesthesia colleagues, Dr. Cornell is initiating a Cryoneurolysis/Cryoanalgesia Pain Management program as part of the Creighton ERAS protocol across several disciplines. This effort should further reduce the amount of opioids used in our institution. Bringing these unique new protocols to Crozer Chester Medical Center will reduce the amount of opioid usage and decrease length of stay with quicker patient discharges to home. To further these efforts, Dr. Cornell’s other passion is the Geriatric, elderly patient wherein a geriatric “G-70 Service” oriented service whose patients’ who are more complex, often with multiple medical diagnoses, are treated in a multi-disciplinary environment, allowing for a decrease in complications, morbidity and death or mortality rate by approximately 25% each, respectively.
Dr. Cornell Is a passionate, exceptionally well-trained senior surgeon with extensive surgical training in the disciplines of general surgery, trauma, surgical critical care, and surgical oncology. He has a warm, pleasant, and caring bedside manner. We are extremely excited to have Dr. Cornell join our staff at Crozer Chester Medical Center where he will offer his expertise in the fields of trauma, critical care, and surgical oncology with additional expertise in Chest Wall Reconstruction +/- Cryosurgery Analgesia of complex chest wall trauma and rib fractures. In addition, Dr. Cornell has extensive expertise in surgical oncology along with cryosurgery of metastatic cancers to the liver.
David L. Cornell, M.D.
Critical Care, General Surgery, Trauma Surgery, Surgical Oncology
Cornell has admitting privileges at Crozer-Chester Medical Center, Delaware County Memorial Hospital, Springfield Hospital, and Taylor Hospital.