|Dr. Ahlswede completed his surgery residency at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital before joining the Main Line Health system and Lankenau Hospital. There he practiced intensive care surgery in the department of cardiac surgery.
While caring for these patients Dr. Ahlswede developed an appreciation for the difficulties encountered by patients and their families when faced with end-of-life issues or incurable chronic diseases. He is a Fellow in the American College of Surgeons and was recognized by the American Board of Surgery in 2009 as one of the first surgeons to be given the specialty board certification in Hospice and Palliative Medicine.