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South Campus (Wilkes-Barre)

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South Campus (Wilkes-Barre)

Located just outside of Wilkes-Barre, Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center (GWV) is home to a Level II trauma center that cares for the most seriously ill and injured patients, plus services in more than 50 specialty and subspecialty areas. 

This 291-bed, tertiary medical center is home to:

  • The Richard and Marion Pearsall Heart Hospital
  • Frank M. and Dorothea Henry Cancer Center
  • Tambur Family Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

GWV is also home to an aging brain program that is benefiting our region’s senior population through industry leading care for memory loss and cognitive issues.

And it features intensive cardiac rehabilitation and neurosciences services led by one of the nation’s few neurosurgical oncologists. This facility sees over 60,000 yearly ED visits and handles over 150 OB/GYN delivers each month.

Geisinger South Wilkes-Barre

Geisinger South Wilkes-Barre (GSWB), a campus of GWV, is the official home our South Campus Geisinger Commonwealth offices. 

This facility offers:

  • 24/7 emergency department
  • Outpatient surgery
  • Overnight stay OB-GYN services
  • Pediatric and adult urgent care
  • Sleep studies
  • Same-day and short-stay surgeries
  • Pain management
  • Rehabilitation

Students may also rotate at the CommunityCare Kistler Clinic which delivers a full spectrum of primary and preventive care services.

Community partners who host our students include:


The City of Wilkes-Barre is located along the Susquehanna River. There you’ll find many venues to enjoy the beautiful landscape of the Wyoming Valley. Kirby Park and Coal Street Park provide outdoor recreational space to play and relax. The renovated River Common area, located along the Susquehanna River, features an amphitheater for outdoor performances, walking corridors, a boat launch, and space for concerts and festivals.

Wilkes-Barre’s Public Square is the central point of the City’s parades and celebrations. And it hosts many events throughout the year. A farmers market, which runs from late June to October each year, brings fresh produce, homemade food, crafts, and music to the downtown each Thursday. The Fine Arts Fiesta, a week-long festival on the Square, brings live performances and art exhibits to the public. 

Check out local happenings here:

Student life

The Department of Student Affairs is here to support your academic, professional and personal growth. You’ll have access to a variety of resources, student clubs and organizations and cultural activities, all aimed at promoting student engagement. The department also helps with career advising and planning.

A variety of student housing is also available.

Student health and wellness

Geisinger Commonwealth's Student Health Services (SHS) supports your educational experience and minimizes health-related barriers to learning with high-quality health services and health education. Find south campus-specific services.

You’ll also have free access to TimelyCare — a telehealth program that provides access to free, 24/7/365 medical and mental virtual health care from anywhere in the United States.


You’ll have ample opportunity to find a research project that suits your interests.

Our Research Institute extends throughout Geisinger’s footprint. Do research on campus or with the Medical Research Honors Program (MRHP).

Location and parking

The South Campus of Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine is headquartered at Geisinger South Wilkes-Barre, 25 Church St., Fourth Floor, Wilkes-Barre, PA. 

Find directions and parking information.


South Campus team

The following core team of educators manage clinical rotations throughout phases 2 and 3 of the total health curriculum at each regional campus:

  • Lisa Holtz, MD
    Regional clerkship director, pediatrics
    Assistant professor of pediatrics
  • Matthew Joseph, DO
    Regional clerkship director, family medicine
    Assistant professor of family medicine
  • R. Lennart Abel, MD 
    Regional clerkship director, psychiatry
    Associate professor of psychiatry
  • Thomas Erchinger, MD 
    Regional clerkship director, surgery
    Associate professor of surgery 
  • Gehred Wetzel, DO
    Regional clerkship director, OB-GYN
    Assistant professor of OB-GYN
  • Jessica Zingaretti, DO
    Regional clerkship director, medicine
    Associate professor of medicine 
  • Mitchell Gross, MD
    Regional clerkship director, neurology
    Clinical assistant professor of neurology
  • Jason Brown, DO
    Regional clerkship director, emergency medicine
    Clinical assistant professor of emergency medicine