Richard G. Azizkhan, MD

Surgeon-in-Chief; Lester W. Martin Chair of Pediatric Surgery

Professor, UC Department of Surgery

Phone: 513-636-4576

Fax: 513-636-7657


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Clinical Interests

Complex mediastinal airway disorders; surgical oncology; neonatal anomalies; chest wall deformities; vascular malformations; esophageal disorders; pediatric trauma; epidermolysis bullosa 

Research Interests

Trauma systems; injury prevention; fetal lung development; vascular malformations; solid tumors in childhood 


Richard G. Azizkhan, MD, PhD (Hon), is the surgeon-in-chief at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. He is the first occupant of the Lester W. Martin Chair of pediatric surgery and is a professor of surgery and pediatrics at the University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine.

Dr. Azizkhan has published extensively and is author of more than 200 papers and chapters, and four books.  Dr. Azizkhan’s experience and innovations in the management of complex mediastinal airway disorders, surgical oncology, neonatal anomalies, chest wall deformities, vascular malformations, epidermolysis bullosa, esophageal disorders and pediatric trauma have led to international recognition and numerous awards. 

Dr. Azizkhan has served in leadership roles in numerous national and international surgical organizations including the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Surgical Section, American Pediatric Surgical Association and the American College of Surgeons. He is currently President of the World Federation of Associations of Pediatric Surgeons (WOFAPS). He has been active in establishing international medical education exchange programs and medical humanitarian activities in Central Europe, the Middle East, Latin America, Asia and Africa. One of his most significant opportunities was to be one of the 8 USAID supported coordinators of the medical reconstruction of the health care system in central Bosnia Herzegovina after the war ended in 1995. His work and relationship with academic health centers, national and regional health ministries throughout the Balkans is maintained actively today through the Cincinnati Children’s /Tuzla University and Zagreb Children’s Hospital affiliations which he coordinates.  He was awarded an Honorary PhD from Tuzla University in 2001 and honorary citizenship of Tuzla in 2006 for his continuing contributions to improving the health system in Bosnia and all of the former Yugoslavian republics. He received the R. K. Ghandi Gold medal in 2005 from the Indian Association of Pediatric Surgeons for his impact globally.

Education and Training

MD: Doctor of Medicine, Milton S. Hershey Center of Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine Hershey, PA, 1972 to 1975.

Residency: Pediatric Surgery, Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, MD; Surgery, University of Virginia Medical Center, Charlottesville, VA.

Fellowship: Department of Surgery, Children's Hospital Medical Center, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA.

Certification: General Surgery, 1984, recertified 1992; Pediatric Surgery, 1986, recertified 1993; Surgical Critical Care, 1989.