Whitaker Center
Central PA’s Nonprofit Center for the Arts

Surgery Live!

Watch professionals perform surgical procedures. In real life. In real time.

Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts and Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center have created an innovative partnership designed to stimulate the interest of high school students in careers in health care. With the support of Highmark BlueShield, Surgery Live! at Whitaker Center connects students to the operating rooms of Hershey Medical Center through interactive high-definition videoconferencing technology.

Students see and hear the surgical teams in real time and are able to ask questions during surgical procedures. A facilitator guides the students' discussion with operating room staff, demonstrate surgical instruments used in the operation, and explain factors that cause disease and contribute to conditions that place patients on the operating table.

Surgery Live! now takes place in Select Medical Digital Cinema. We increased the capacity and the size of the screen...to 4 stories!

Capacity: 175 people.

Program duration: up to 2 hours

Regular Admission                  

Adults/Students $25.00 per person


Please contact us at education@whitakercenter.org or by phone at 717-724-3865 for pricing, information, or to see if your group qualifies for our Educational Outreach Fund.

Surgery Live! 2019-2028 Dates and Procedures

2019 Dates:
Tuesday, November 12, 2019  | Sleeve Gastrectomy
Wednesday, November 13, 2019  |  Endoscopic
Thursday, November 21, 2019  |  Hysterectomy   SOLD OUT
Thursday, December 5, 2019  |  Cholecystectomy
Thursday, December 12, 2019  |  Hysterectomy   SOLD OUT
Tuesday, December 17, 2019  |  Sleeve Gastrectomy   SOLD OUT

2020 Dates:
Thursday, January 9, 2020  |  Cholecystectomy   SOLD OUT
Tuesday, January 14, 2020  |  Sleeve Gastrectomy
Wednesday, January 22, 2020  |  Endoscopic
Thursday, January 23, 2020  |  Hysterectomy
Tuesday, February 4, 2020  |  Sleeve Gastrectomy
Thursday, February 6, 2020  |  Cholecystectomy
Thursday, February 13, 2020  |  Hysterectomy
Tuesday, March 3, 2020  |  Endoscopic
Thursday, March 5, 2020  |  Hysterectomy    SOLD OUT
Thursday, March 12, 2020  |  Cholecystectomy
Tuesday, March 17, 2020  |  Sleeve Gastrectomy   SOLD OUT
Thursday, March 19, 2020  |  Hysterectomy   SOLD OUT

Tuesday, March 24, 2020  |  Sleeve Gastrectomy   SOLD OUT

Thursday, April 2, 2020  |  Cholecystectomy   SOLD OUT

Thursday, June 25, 2020  |  Hysterectomy

Tuesday, July 28, 2020  |  Sleeve gastrectomy

Complete the Surgery Live! Reservation Form to Book your Trip!

Please note: 

  • Surgery Live! is reserved for student groups and is not offered to the general public
  • Surgery Live! is only available to school groups of 10 or more 
  • Due to the graphic nature of live surgery, students must be in grade 7 or above to attend
  • Each Surgery Live! program is scheduled from 9:00am-11:30am. Due to the nature of live surgery, the actual session may end earlier or later than scheduled.
  • Full payment is due at time of booking. Refunds will not be issued for no-shows.
  • Surgeries are subject to change based on surgeon availability.

Surgery Live! is generously supported by Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and Highmark


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