Richard G. Azizkhan, MD

Surgical Director Emeritus, Hemangioma and Vascular Malformation Program

Professor, UC Department of Surgery

Phone 513-636-4576

Fax 513-636-7657



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


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

Dr. Richard Azizkhan is the founding director of the Hemangioma and Vascular Malformations Center and established the Vascular Anomalies Training Fellowship. Due to his vision for an interdisciplinary and coordinated effort to treat children with vascular anomalies, he recruited outstanding professionals from multiple disciplines to be part of HVMC team. He has over 30 years of surgical experience in treating children with complex vascular anomalies. He is the surgeon-in-chief at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, 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 obtained his medical degree from the Milton S. Hershey Center of Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine, completed his pediatric surgery residency at Johns Hopkins and his research fellowship at Harvard with Dr. Judah Folkman. He has published extensively and is author of more than 200 papers and chapters, and five books.

As an international advocate for children’s rights and health, Dr. Azizkhan has made significant clinical and basic research contributions in angiogenesis and vascular malformations, lung development, airway reconstruction, solid tumors, trauma and injury prevention. 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 the President of the World Federation of Associations of Pediatric Surgeons (WOFAPS) and 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. 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. Dr. Azizkhan also received the Ghandi Gold medal in 2005 from the Indian Association of Pediatric Surgeons for his global impact.

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.