Creating a Surgical Biobank: The Hershey Medical Center Experience

Tissue harvesting at the time of surgery offers surgeons and scientists a unique opportunity to discover and better understand disease pathophysiology. Tissue biobanking presents challenges in the form of patient consent, specimen collection, preparation, and storage, but the potential for scientific discovery justifies the effort. 

While the number of tissue biobanks is increasing worldwide, information regarding necessary infrastructure, process flow, and management of expected obstacles is lacking. Read this paper that aims to provide a framework and motivation for clinician scientists intending to start an intestinal tissue biobank under their own direction.