Tracey A. Dechert, MD

Associate Professor, Surgery

Tracey Dechert


Tracey Dechert, MD, FACS, Associate Professor of Surgery at Chobanian and Avedisian School of Medicine, is a graduate of Bloomsburg University in Bloomsburg, PA and Temple University School of Medicine in Philadelphia, PA. Dr. Dechert completed her residency in General Surgery at the Medical College of Virginia in Richmond, VA and her fellowship in the Department of Traumatology and Surgical Critical Care at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA.

As an Attending Surgeon in the Section of Acute Care and Trauma Surgery at Boston Medical Center and Associate Professor of Surgery at Chobanian and Avedisian School of Medicine, Dr. Dechert’s research interests include trauma in women, injury prevention, social determinants of health in surgical patients, and surgical education. Additionally, Dr. Dechert is the Director of the Surgical Intensive Care Unit and plays an active role in improving the outcomes of critically ill and injured patients. She has also created the Center for Socially Responsible Surgery (CSRS) which advocates to support the concept of social responsibility in surgery by encouraging surgeons to recognize the responsibility they have as healthcare leaders and push them to advocate for improving surgical care as well as confront the disparities that exist within surgical care. As Faculty Advisor for the Social Wellness Committee of the General Surgery Residency Program, she is actively involved in resident education and wellness. She also serves as the Faculty Advisor for the Surgical Society at Chobanian and Avedisian School of Medicine where she continuously advises and mentors medical students who are interested in pursuing a career in surgery.


  • Temple University, MD
  • Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania, BA


  • Published on 9/29/2023

    Duraiswamy S, Dirago C, Poulson M, Torres C, Sanchez S, Kenzik K, Dechert T, Scantling D. Gun Laws, Stay-at-Home Orders, and Poverty: Surges in Pandemic Firearm Violence in Large US Cities. J Surg Res. 2023 Sep 29; 293:204-216. PMID: 37778088.

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  • Published on 6/25/2023

    Poulson MR, Neufeld MY, Laraja A, Allee L, Kenzik KM, Dechert T. The effect of historic redlining on firearm violence. J Natl Med Assoc. 2023 Aug; 115(4):421-427. PMID: 37365061.

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  • Published on 11/14/2022

    Kester L, Holena DN, Hynes AM, Kaufman EJ, Brahmbhatt T, Sanchez S, Byrne JP, Dechert T, Seamon M, Scantling DR. Preventing the most common firearm deaths: Modifiable factors related to firearm suicide. Surgery. 2023 Feb; 173(2):544-552. PMID: 36396492.

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  • Published on 8/5/2022

    Poulson MR, Neufeld MY, LaRaja A, Allee L, Kenzik KM, Dechert T. Historic redlining, social mobility, and firearm violence. J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2023 Feb 01; 94(2):312-319. PMID: 35939375.

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  • Published on 6/24/2022

    Barrett CD, Theodore S, Dechert T, Burke P, Khoury R, Cap AP, Scantling D. Resuscitation of an exsanguinated obstetrics patient with HBOC-201: A case report. Transfusion. 2022 Aug; 62 Suppl 1:S218-S223. PMID: 35748693.

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  • Published on 6/1/2022

    Janeway M, Wilson S, Sanchez SE, Arora TK, Dechert T. Citizenship and Social Responsibility in Surgery: A Review. JAMA Surg. 2022 Jun 01; 157(6):532-539. PMID: 35385071.

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  • Published on 3/1/2022

    Poulson MR, Geary A, Annesi C, Dechert T, Kenzik K, Hall J. The Impact of Income and Social Mobility on Colorectal Cancer Outcomes and Treatment: A Cross-sectional Study. Ann Surg. 2022 03 01; 275(3):546-550. PMID: 34954755.

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  • Published on 8/20/2021

    Poulson M, Neufeld MY, Dechert T, Allee L, Kenzik KM. Historic redlining, structural racism, and firearm violence: A structural equation modeling approach. Lancet Reg Health Am. 2021 Nov; 3. PMID: 34888540.

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  • Published on 7/30/2021

    Dicker RA, Thomas A, Bulger EM, Stewart RM, Bonne S, Dechert TA, Smith R, Love-Craighead A, Dreier F, Kotagal M, Kozyckyj T, Michaels H. Strategies for Trauma Centers to Address the Root Causes of Violence: Recommendations from the Improving Social Determinants to Attenuate Violence (ISAVE) Workgroup of the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma. J Am Coll Surg. 2021 09; 233(3):471-478.e1. PMID: 34339811.

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  • Published on 6/7/2021

    Duncan TK, Stewart R, Joseph K, Kuhls DA, Dechert T, Taghavi S, Bonne S, Matsushima K. American Association for the Surgery of Trauma Prevention Committee review: Family Justice Centers-a not-so-novel, but unknown gem. Trauma Surg Acute Care Open. 2021; 6(1):e000725. PMID: 34179511.

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