A former Pennsylvania congressman and former governor who had an operation for a plastic tumor in his hand is now being considered for a position as a surgeon at the state’s largest hospital, according to state records.
Brock C. Barnett, a Republican from a suburban Philadelphia district, was elected to Congress in 2013, winning his second term with 65 percent of the vote, according the Center for Responsive Politics.
He is now a full-time plastic surgeon at a hospital in Pennsylvania, the Center said.
Barnett also has two other surgeries in the Philadelphia area and a residency at a nearby private hospital.
The new role is a part of a broader effort to expand the practice of plastic surgeries in Pennsylvania to more hospitals, including the largest in the state.
Bills to expand plastic surgery in the United States have been in the works for a decade.
A House bill, the Plastic Surgery Expansion Act, was introduced in 2014 and is expected to be introduced again this year.
That bill would create a state agency that would create regulations and establish standards for the expansion of the practice.
The state is also expanding the scope of the statewide plastic surgery program, which is focused on improving the safety of plastic surgeons and the people who work with them.
It would establish a commission to study the state-wide plastic surgeries program, the bill said.
Barnett was re-elected in November with 55 percent of Philadelphia voters, according exit polls.
His district is home to the Philadelphia Medical Center, the largest and most prestigious of the three main medical centers in the city.
The Philadelphia Medical Foundation has been a major supporter of Barnett’s efforts, giving $5.4 million to the governor’s campaign and more than $20,000 to his reelection committee.
The foundation said in a statement that the donation was in recognition of his leadership as a pioneer in plastic surgery for the state of Pennsylvania.
The center, which works to educate the public about the dangers of plastic surgeon-assisted procedures, said in the statement that Barnett is one of the best examples of the growing number of doctors and surgeons who are willing to participate in a new program.
“In this new role, he will be able to bring a wealth of knowledge to Pennsylvania’s expanding plastic surgery industry,” said Lisa Raff, president and CEO of the center.
The Center for Reproductive Rights said Barnett’s campaign had not responded to a request for comment.
He did not respond to a message left with the foundation seeking comment.
State Rep. Steve Russell, a Democrat who represents the district in the House, said the appointment would be welcome news.
“Brock is a true leader, and I’m sure his family and friends will be delighted that he has the opportunity to take a position at the Philadelphia Hospital Center,” Russell said in an email.
Barnes is scheduled to report to the hospital next month, according his office.
His appointment was made by Gov.
Tom Wolf, a former congressman who also served as a state legislator.
Barnets family declined to comment on his decision.