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Diane Shih-Della Penna, MD, FACS

Diane Shih-Della Penna, MD

Accepting New Patients

General Surgery

Languages spoken: Chinese, English

WellSpan Medical Group

About Me

Why I chose to pursue a career in healthcare:

My mother told me that I had a particular interest in helping people. Starting at the early age of 5, I would take care of all the medical needs that my toy dolls required. This became a goal that I carried through my adolescent years, making me want to pursue my passion for caring for the needs of others. After graduating college at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, where I majored in Biology and Psychology. I returned home to Maryland where I attended medical school at the University of Maryland in Baltimore. Eventually, I became fascinated with surgery while in medical school and this lead to my career working in general surgery. Soon thereafter, I was accepted to the general surgical residency program at York Hospital. After completion of residency, I joined a private practice with Dr. Tiruchelvam where I practiced as a general surgeon. In 2018, I joined the WellSpan community as the Associate Program Director of the general surgery residency.

What I want my patients to know about me:

It is most rewarding to see early career surgeons develop through their years training in our program. In the clinical side of my job, being a surgeon allows me the unique opportunity to resolve a patient’s medical problem through surgical intervention. During what is often a particularly traumatic time in their lives, I find it a privilege to be able to provide surgical treatments that can often result in an immediate outcome.

What I do when I'm not seeing patients:

I enjoy spending time outdoors with my family and visiting new destinations. I also like to read fiction, and often have several novels waiting on my end table. During residency, I began learning to cook different cuisines, and now I am working on mastering the art of baking. However, my true passion to decompress is to go shoe shopping!

Clinical Interests

  • Laparoscopic Surgery
  • Endoscopy
  • Colonoscopy
  • Esophago-gastro-duodenoscopy
  • Gallbladder Surgery
  • Appendectomy
  • Bowel Surgery
  • Cancer Screening
  • Colorectal Surgery
  • Breast Surgery
  • Fissures & Fistulas
  • Hemorrhoid Surgery
  • Hernia Surgery
  • Minor Skin Excisions
  • Robotic Assisted Surgery
  • Pilonidal Surgery
  • Hidradenitis Surgery

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Surgery | General Surgery

Education & Credentials

  • Medical School: University of Maryland
  • Internship Program: Rush University Medical Center | General Surgery
  • Residency Program: WellSpan York Hospital | General Surgery
  • Undergraduate Education: Northwestern University

WellSpan Hospital Affiliations

  • Apple Hill Surgical Center
  • WellSpan York Hospital

Health Plans Accepted

WellSpan Financial Assistance Program participant

  • Aetna
  • Aetna Better Health
  • Amerihealth Caritas PA
  • Capital BlueCross
  • Cigna Healthcare
  • Cigna Medicare Advantage
  • Gateway Highmark Wholecare
  • Geisinger
  • Highmark Blue Shield
  • HPP/Jefferson Health Plan
  • InterGroup/Prime Health Services
  • John Hopkins Health Care
  • PA Health & Wellness (Centene)
  • PA Medical Assistance
  • PA Medicare
  • Preferred Health Care
  • Railroad Medicare
  • South Central Preferred
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare
  • UPMC Health Plan
  • Vibra Health Plan

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