Project Description

Elizabeth (Mollo) Bailey, MD, MSHP, MEd


Dr. Elizabeth (Mollo) Bailey was born and raised in suburban Chicago, IL. She graduated from the University of Illinois with a BS in Molecular and Cellular Biology. Prior to starting medical school, she completed two years teaching kindergarten and first grade with Teach For America in Las Vegas, NV, simultaneously completing a Masters of Education. She then matriculated to the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania where she was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society and awarded the IS Ravdin Prize by the Department of Surgery.

Beth completed a residency in General Surgery at the University of Pennsylvania. During the course of her residency, she completed a fellowship with the Center for Healthcare Improvement and Patient Safety and earned a Masters in Health Policy Research. She was elected Co-Chair of the Housestaff and APP Quality Council and ran a hospital-wide initiative to improve the outside hospital patient transfer system. Her work was recognized by the health system, earning her the Patient Safety Innovator award. Additionally, she received two grants to conduct education, patient outcomes, and policy research.

Following completion of her plastic surgery residency, Beth plans focus on complex oncologic and post-traumatic reconstruction.


Why Pitt?

I chose Pitt Plastic Surgery because of the diversity and complexity of the operative experience, the department’s esteemed and accomplished faculty, and the commitment to resident education. I am proud to become part of the Pitt Plastic Surgery family.



Recipient, University of Pennsylvania Hospital System Patient Safety Innovator Award (2019)

Recipient, Resident Scholarship, American College of Surgeons, Leadership and Advocacy Conference (2016)

Member, Alpha Omega Alpha (2012)

Recipient, IS Ravdin Prize, Department of Surgery at the Perelman School of Medicine (2012)

Member, National Society of Collegiate Scholars (2004)



Peer-reviewed publications

Fieber JH, Bailey EA, Wirtalla C, et al. Does Perceived Resident Operative Autonomy Impact Patient Outcomes?. J Surg Educ. 2019;76(6):e182-e188.

Sinnamon AJ, Tong J, Bailey EA, Brown C, Colbert L, Murray S, Jacksn BM, Roses RE. Prospective implementation of a standardized screening protocol for deep vein thrombosis in abdominal surgical oncology patients. Journal of Surgical Oncology (2018);118(3):568-573.

Sellers MM, Keele LJ, Sharoky CE, Wirtalla C, Bailey EA, Kelz RR. Association of surgical practice patterns and clinical outcomes with surgeon training in university- or non-university-based residency program. JAMA Surg (2018);153(5):418-425.

Bailey EA, Wirtalla C, Sharoky CE, Kelz RR. Disparities in surgical outcomes in patients with comorbid mental illness. Surgery (2018);163(4):667-671.

Bailey EA, Johnson AP, Leeds IL, Medberry RL, Ahuja V, VanderMeer T, Wick EC, Irojah B, Kelz RR. Quantification of Resident Work in Colorectal Surgery. Journal of Surgical Education (2018);75(3):564-572.

Sharoky CE, Bailey EA, Sellers MM, Kaufman EJ, Sinnamon AJ, Wirtalla C, Holena DN, Kelz RR. Outcomes of hospitalized patients undergoing emergency general surgery remote from admission. Surgery (2017); 162(3), 612-19.

Bailey EA, Hoffman RL, Wirtalla C, Karakousis G, Kelz RR. Development and validation of a prediction model for patients discharged to post-acute care after colorectal surgery. Surgery (2017); 161(4), 1049-57.

Burgess JR, Bailey EA, Busch KM, Hoffman RL, Selby LV. “Pimping”: Time-honored educational tradition or relic of the past? Bulletin of the American College of Surgeons (2016); 101(8), 24-29.

Bailey EA, Collier K, Kelz RR. Debunking the “July Phenomenon:” Are We Asking the Right Questions? JAMA Surgery (2016); 151(3), 224-225.

Mollo EA, Reinke CE, Nelson C, Holena DN, Williams N, Kann B, Bleier J, Kelz RR. The Simulated Ward: Ideal for Training Clinical Clerks in an Era of Patient Safety. Journal of Surgical Research (2012);177(1), e1-6.

Krishnakumar R, Kim B, Mollo EA, Imlay JA, and Slauch JS. Structural properties of periplasmic SodC1 that correlate with virulence in Salmonella enterica serovar Typhimurium. Journal of Bacteriology (2007); 189(12), 4343–4352.

Book chapters
Bailey EA, Roses RE. Prolonged DVT prophylaxis in patients undergoing Whipple procedure. Submitted March 2017 for inclusion in Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary and Transplant Surgery: Practical Management of Dilemmas.

Bailey EA, Reinke CE, Kelz RR. (2017) Infection Control in Surgical Practice. Scientific American Surgery.

Mollo EA, Aggarwal R. (2013). Assessment of Surgical Skills. In M. Berg (Ed.) Cutting Edges in Surgical Training. Gdansk, Poland: Via Media.

Dr. Bailey has presented her research at eight national conferences and was an invited speaker at the American College of Surgeons Quality and Safety Conference.

Areas of Interest
Breast reconstruction, microsurgery, abdominal wall repair, quality improvement, surgical education