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Jonathan P. Pearl, MD

Academic Title:

Associate Professor

Primary Appointment:


Administrative Title:

Chief, Section of Advanced GI and Minimally Invasive Surgery; Vice Chair of Surgical Services for Quality & Safety at Midtown Campus; Division Chief of General Surgery


29 S Greene St., Suite 600

Phone (Primary):


Education and Training


1995                B.S., Biology, University of Michigan (Magna Cum Laude)

1999                M.D., Wayne State University School of Medicine


Post Graduate Education and Training

1999-2005       Residency, General Surgery, National Naval Medical Center

2006-2007       Fellowship, Advanced Laparoscopy and Endoscopy

                        Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine


Jonathan Pearl, MD is an Associate Professor in the Department of Surgery. He is the Section Chief, Advanced GI and Minimally Invasive Surgery within the Division of General and Oncologic Surgery. He is also the Chief of General Surgery at the Baltimore VA Medical Center.

Dr. Pearl is a native of Michigan. He attended the University of Michigan and Wayne State University School of Medicine. He completed residency in General Surgery at the National Naval Medical Center. He performed additional fellowship training in Advanced Laparoscopy and Endoscopy at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland.

Dr. Pearl is a 13-year Veteran of the United States Navy. His tours of duty included the USS George Washington, Operation Iraqi Freedom, and Operation Enduring Freedom (Kuwait). He received several awards during his Navy career including the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, National Defense Ribbon, and the Navy Commendation Medal (2). He was also qualified to wear the Surface Warfare Insignia (Medical Department Officer) and the Fleet Marine Force Warfare Insignia (Officer).

In 2012 Dr. Pearl joined the faculty at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. His clinical expertise includes complex hernia surgery, advanced laparoscopy, flexible endoscopy, and gastrointestinal surgery. He has vast experience caring for patients with recurrent hernias requiring revisional operations.

In addition to his clinical and administrative duties, Dr. Pearl is an active researcher. He focuses on advanced imaging techniques, intestinal ischemia, and simulation education. He is also involved in several surgical societies including the American College of Surgeons and the Society of American GI and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES).

Highlighted Publications

  1. Pearl J, Price R, Richardson W, Fanelli R. Guidelines for diagnosis, treatment, and use of laparoscopy during pregnancy. Surg Endosc. 2011; 25(11): 3479-92.

  2. Lucas DJ, Glaser, JJ, Pearl JP. Laparoscopic distal pancreatectomy for retrieval of a proximally migrated pancreatic stent. JSLS. 2012; 16(1):169-72.

  3. Ritter EM, Cox TC, Trinca KD, Pearl JP. Simulated Colonoscopy Objective Performance Evaluation (SCOPE): a non-computer-based tool for assessment of endoscopic skills. Surg Endosc. 2013 Nov;27(11):4073-80.

  4. Trinca KD, Cox TC, Pearl JP, Ritter EM. Validity evidence for the Simulated Colonoscopy Objective Performance Evaluation scoring system. Am J Surg. 2014 Feb;207(2):218-25. (analyzed data, revised manuscript)

  5. Hazey JW, Marks JM, Mellinger JD, Trus TL, Chand B, Delaney CP, Dunkin BJ, Fanelli RD, Fried GM, Martinez JM, Pearl JP, Poulose BK, Sillin LF, Vassiliou MC, Melvin WS. Why Fundamentals of Endoscopic Surgery (FES)? Surg Endosc. 2014 Mar;28(3):701-3. (project conception and design)