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    Richard G. Azizkhan, MD Surgeon-in-Chief; Lester W. Martin Chair of Pediatric Surgery

    does clinical trials and studies in patients with complex vascular anomalies and Epidermolysis Bullosa. 

    513-636-4576
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    Richard G. Azizkhan, MD

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

    Academic Information

    Professor, UC Department of Surgery

    Phone: 513-636-4576

    Fax: 513-636-7657

    Email: richard.azizkhan@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    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 

    Biography

    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.

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    Daniel von Allmen, MD Director, Division of General and Thoracic Surgery

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    Daniel von Allmen, MD

    Director, Division of General and Thoracic Surgery

    Academic Information

    Professor, UC Department of Surgery

    Phone: 513-636-4371

    Fax: 513-636-7657

    Email: daniel.vonallmen@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Clinical Interests

    Pediatric surgical oncology; pediatric inflammatory bowel disease; surgical innovation; surgical robotics

    Research Interests

    Oncology; innovation; surgical workforce 

    Biography

    Daniel von Allmen, MD, comes to Cincinnati from Chapel Hill, NC where he was the surgeon-in-chief and division chief at the North Carolina Children’s Hospital.

    Dr. von Allmen completed his general surgery training at the University of Cincinnati and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. He is currently the Program Committee chair of the American Pediatric Surgical Association. He also serves on the Program Committee for the American Academy of Pediatrics Surgical Section and is a member of the Steering Committee for the Surgical Section of the Children’s Oncology Group.

    Dr. von Allmen's special clinical interests include pediatric surgical oncology, pediatric inflammatory bowel disease, surgical innovation, and surgical robotics.

    Education and Training

    MD: University of Vermont College of Medicine.

    Residency: General Surgery, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH.

    Fellowship: Pediatric Surgery, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH.

    Certifications: General Surgery, Pediatric Surgery.

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    Faculty

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    Maria H. Alonso-Peclet, MD Surgical Director, Kidney Transplant Program

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    Maria H. Alonso-Peclet, MD

    Surgical Director, Kidney Transplant Program

    Co-Surgical Director, Intestinal Transplant Surgery

    Academic Information

    Associate Professor, UC Department of Surgery

    Phone: 513-636-4371

    Fax: 513-636-7657

    Email: maria.alonso@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Liver, kidney transplantation; hepatobiliary surgery; minimally invasive surgery; trauma 

    Education and Training

    MD: University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA, 1982.

    Residency: Surgery, Eastern Virginia Graduate School of Medicine, Norfolk, VA.

    Fellowship: Trauma / Critical Care, Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems, Baltimore, MD; Trauma / Burn, Children's National Medical Center, Washington, D.C.; Pediatric Surgery, Children's Mercy Hospital, Kansas City, MO; Transplantation, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Cincinnati, OH.

    Certification: Surgery, 1999; Pediatric Surgery, 2001; Surgical Critical Care, 2001.

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    Rebeccah L. Brown, MD Associate Director, Trauma Services

    513-636-4371
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    Rebeccah L. Brown, MD

    Associate Director, Trauma Services

    Academic Information

    Associate Professor, UC Department of Surgery

    Phone: 513-636-4371

    Fax: 513-636-7657

    Email: rebeccah.brown@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Clinical Interests

    General pediatric surgery; trauma; injury prevention; minimally invasive surgery; necrotizing enterocolitis; neonatal surgery; minimally invasive surgery; congenital hemolytic anemias; chest wall deformities

    Research Interests

    Pediatric trauma; injury prevention

    Biography

    Rebeccah L. Brown, MD, received a Bachelor of Science in biology and Bachelor of Arts in chemistry at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, NM, in 1986. She graduated from University of New Mexico School of Medicine in Albuquerque, NM, with an MD in 1990. She completed her general surgery residency at University of Cincinnati Medical Center, in Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1997.

    During her general surgical training, she also performed two years of basic science and clinical research in burn injuries and wound healing at the Shriners Hospitals for Children -- Cincinnati. She also served as an extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) fellow at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center.

    After completion of general surgery training, Dr. Brown completed a two-year fellowship in pediatric surgery at Children's Hospital of Buffalo in Buffalo, NY. She returned to Cincinnati Children's, Ohio, as assistant professor of surgery and pediatrics. Her main research interest is trauma and injury prevention, and she is currently the assistant director of Trauma Services, the fellowship director for the Pediatric Trauma Fellowship, and the director and cofounder of the Buckle Up for Life or Abrochate a la Vida program funded by Toyota.

    Dr. Brown's clinical interests besides trauma and injury prevention include general pediatric surgery, minimally invasive surgery, inflammatory bowel disease, and Hirschsprung's disease.

    Dr. Brown is a member of multiple professional organizations including the American College of Surgeons, American Medical Association, American Medical Women's Association, American College of Surgeons -- Ohio Chapter, Cincinnati Pediatric Society, Mont Reid Surgical Society, American Pediatric Surgical Association, American Academy of Pediatrics - Surgical Section and Injury Prevention Section, Eastern Association for the Surgery and Trauma, and Pediatric Trauma Society.

    Education and Training

    MD: University of New Mexico School of Medicine, Albuquerque, N.M., 1990.

    Residency: General Surgery, University of Cincinnati Hospital, Cincinnati, OH, 1997.

    Fellowship: Shriners Burns Institute, Cincinnati, Ohio, 1992-1994; ECMO, Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, Ohio, 1993-1994; Pediatric Surgery Fellow, Children's Hospital of Buffalo, Buffalo, NY, 1997-1999.

    Certification: Board-certified General Surgery, 1998, 2007; board-certified, Pediatric Surgery, 2000, 2009.

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    A. Roshni Dasgupta, MD, MPH

    Pediatric Surgeon

    Academic Information

    Associate Professor, UC Department of Surgery

    Phone: 513-636-4371

    Fax: 513-636-7657

    Email: roshni.dasgupta@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Clinical Interests

    Surgical oncology and vascular malformations; minimally invasive surgery; general pediatric surgery

    Research Interests

    Oncology and vascular malformations

    Education and Training

    MD: University of Toronto, Toronto Canada, 1996

    Residency: Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School 1996-2003

    Research Fellowship: University of Oxford, Oxford England

    Fellowship: Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Canada

    MPH: Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, MA, 2009.

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    Richard A. Falcone Jr., MD, MPH Director, Trauma Services

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    Richard A. Falcone Jr., MD, MPH

    Director, Trauma Services

    Academic Information

    Associate Professor, UC Department of Surgery

    Phone: 513-636-4371

    Fax: 513-636-7657

    Email: richard.falcone@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Clinical Interests

    Pediatric injury prevention and outcomes; trauma education; management of colorectal disorders; inflammatory bowel disease; minimally invasive surgery; surgical oncology; extracorporeal life support (ECLS)

    Research Interests

    Injury prevention; health disparities; pediatric colorectal disorders; use of simulation to improve teamwork and safety

    Education and Training

    MPH: Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, MA, 2007.

    MD: New York University School of Medicine, 1995.

    General Surgery Residency: University of Cincinnati, 1995-2002.

    Pediatric Surgery Fellowship: Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, 2002-2004.

    Certification: Surgery 2004; Pediatric Surgery 2006.

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    Jason S. Frischer, MD Director, Peña Colorectal Center

    is a pediatric surgeon who has matched his clinical interest in Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) with his basic and translational research programs. He is investigating angiogenesis, or the development of blood vessels in IBD (Crohn’s disease and Ulcerative Colitis), and how it relates to inflammation and healing. He also has interests in ECMO, CDH and anticoagulation outcomes research.

    513-636-3240
    jason.frischer@cchmc.org

    Jason S. Frischer, MD

    Director, Peña Colorectal Center

    Director, Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) Program

    Division of Pediatric General and Thoracic Surgery

    Academic Information

    Assistant Professor, UC Department of Surgery

    Phone: 513-636-3240

    Fax: 513-636-3248

    Email: jason.frischer@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Colorectal surgery including inflammatory bowel disease (IBD, Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis); Hirschsprung disease; anorectal malformations; fecal incontinence and constipation; minimally invasive surgery; ECMO; congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH)epidermolysis bullosa (EB)

    Biography

    Jason S. Frischer, MD, has been named the director of the Peña Colorectal Center at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. He earned his medical degree at SUNY Downstate Medical Center. He obtained his medical degree at SUNY Downstate and went on to complete his general surgery and chief residency at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York where he focused his training on inflammatory bowel disease.  Additionally, he spent two years as the ECMO fellow and postdoctoral research fellow in angiogenesis at the Children's Hospital of New York, Columbia University.  Dr. Frischer completed his pediatric surgery fellowship at the Children's Hospital of New York, Columbia University.

    Dr. Frischer has a special interest in pediatric colorectal surgery including inflammatory bowel disease (IBD, Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis), Hirschsprung’s disease anorectal malformations (ARM), fecal incontinence and constipation. He serves as the director of the ECMO program and is a member of the congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH) team. He is also a member of the Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB) Center. He has an interest in neonatal surgery and minimally invasive surgery.

    Dr. Frischer is a member of Alpha Omega Alpha (national medical honor society) and was selected by Cincy Magazine Best Doctors from 2010 to 2013. He also was selected by Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. and U.S. News & World Report “Top Doctors” in 2012 and 2013.

    Education and Training

    BS: Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, 1995.

    MD: SUNY Downstate Medical Center, Brooklyn, NY, 1999.

    Residency: Mount Sinai School of Medicine, The Mount Sinai Hospital, New York, NY, 2000-2001 and 2003-2006.

    ECMO/Research Fellowship: Children's Hospital of New York - Presbyterian, Columbia University, New York, NY, 2001-2003.

    Pediatric Surgery Residency: Children's Hospital of New York – Presbyterian, Columbia University, New York, NY, 2006-2008.

    Certification: General Surgery, 2007; Pediatric Surgery, 2010.

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    Victor F. Garcia, MD, FACS, FAAP Founding Director, Trauma Services

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    Victor F. Garcia, MD, FACS, FAAP

    Founding Director, Trauma Services

    Academic Information

    Professor, UC Department of Surgery

    Phone: 513-636-4371

    Fax: 513-636-7657

    Email: victor.garcia@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Pediatric injury research and control; chest-wall deformities; minimally invasive surgery (use of the laparoscope and thoracoscope to diagnose and treat surgical diseases); surgical weight loss; minority health care

    Biography

    Victor Garcia, MD, graduated from West Point, the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, studied pediatric surgery under C Everett Koop, and was Walter Reed’s chief of General/Pediatric Surgery.

    Vic founded Children’s Trauma Center and led the effort to establish the country’s first Pediatric Weight Loss Surgery Center.

    For his ongoing work to eliminate childhood health and social disparities, he has received numerous awards and commendations to include the Martin Luther King Humanitarian Award and the National Jefferson Award.

    Vic has an uncompromising belief in the power of systems thinking and stakeholder engagement to solve society’s most intractable problems.

    Education and Training

    BS: Engineering, United States Military Academy, 1964-1968.

    MD: University of Pennsylvania, School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA, 1974.

    Residency: Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Washington, DC, 1978. 

    Fellowship: Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA. 

    Certification: Surgery, 1979; Pediatric Surgery, 1982; Surgical Critical Care, 1991.

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    Mounira A. Habli, MD Maternal Fetal Medicine Specialist, Cincinnati Fetal Center

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    Mounira A. Habli, MD

    Maternal Fetal Medicine Specialist, Cincinnati Fetal Center

    Academic Information

    Assistant Professor, UC Department of Surgery

    Fax: 513-636-2735

    Email: mounira.habli@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Modification of the Wigglesworth model of Intrauterine growth restriction in mice as the animal model; invitro assessment of Insulin like growth factors and adenoviral associated gene expression of insulin like growth factor-I in a rat trophoblast cell line (RCHO-1)

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    Education and Training

    BS: Biology, American University of Beirut, Beirut Lebanon.

    MS: Masters Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Translational Research, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio, 2010.

    MD: American University of Beirut, Beirut, Lebanon, 1998.

    MFM: University of Cincinnati Maternal Fetal Medicine, 2009.

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    Michael A. Helmrath, MD, MS Surgical Director, Intestinal Rehabilitation Program

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    michael.helmrath@cchmc.org

    Michael A. Helmrath, MD, MS

    Surgical Director, Intestinal Rehabilitation Program

    Director of Surgical Research

    Pediatric Surgeon, Peña Colorectal Center

    Academic Information

    Professor, UC Department of Surgery

    Phone: 513-636-3240

    Email: michael.helmrath@cchmc.org

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    Biography

    As a pediatric surgeon, Dr. Helmrath has dedicated his career to the care of patients with intestinal failure. The main focus of his laboratory is directed towards characterizing intestinal stem cells during intestinal adaptation and developing intestinal regenerative strategies.  By combining his clinical experience as the surgical director of intestinal research and rehabilitation at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, his long-term goal is to establish translational therapies for the management of patients with short bowel syndrome.

    Education and Training

    BA: Miami University, Oxford, OH, 1987.

    MD: University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Cincinnati, OH, 1993.

    MS: University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Cincinnati, OH, 1989.

    Certification: Board-certified General Surgery; board-certified, Pediatric Surgery.

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    Grants

    Mechanisms of intestinal stem cell expansion following resection. Principal Investigator. National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disease. Jul 2009 - June 2014. #R01DK083325.

    Collaborative approach to the study of intestinal epithelial stem cells. Co-investigator. National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. Sep 2009 - Aug 2014. #1U01DK085547.

    Neointestine from live donors & pluripotent stem cells. Co-investigator. CCST University of Cincinnati. 07/01/11 – 06/30/11.   

    Adolescent Bariatrics: Assessing Health Benefits & Risk. Co-investigator. National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. 11/01/11 – 10/31/16. U01 DK072493.

    Human Endocrine Cell Development. Co-investigator. National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. 04/01/12 – 03/31/17. R01 DK092456.

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    Belinda Hsi Dickie, MD, PhD Pediatric Surgeon, Peña Colorectal Center

    is a pediatric surgeon who has a basic science lab in vascular biology. Her lab is focusing on the pathways of lymphangiogenesis and the genetics involved in the development of vascular malformations.

    513-636 3240
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    Belinda Hsi Dickie, MD, PhD

    Pediatric Surgeon, Peña Colorectal Center

    Academic Information

    Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636 3240

    Email: belinda.dickie@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Colorectal surgery; vascular malformations; minimally invasive surgery; general pediatric surgery

    Biography

    Belinda Hsi Dickie, MD, PhD, is an assistant professor with the Division of Pediatric General and Thoracic Surgery at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. She obtained her medical degree at the University of Toronto, Ontario Canada and subsequently did her general surgery residency, and completed her PhD, at the University of Alberta, Alberta, Canada. Dr. Dickie continued her training at the University of Alberta, with a fellowship in advanced minimally invasive surgery focusing on upper and lower intestinal surgery. She then relocated to the United States where she continued her training and completed fellowships in pediatric vascular malformations and pediatric colorectal surgery at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. Her training in pediatric surgery was completed at the University of Florida. She was recruited back to Cincinnati Children's in 2011 to join the Department of Surgical Services, Colorectal Center, and Hemangioma and Vascular Malformations Center. She is the current surgical director of the HVMC Center.

    Dr. Dickie has a special interest in pediatric colorectal surgery, in particular reconstructive surgery of anorectal malformations, Hirschsprung's disease, motility disorders and inflammatory bowel disease. She is also interested in integrating minimally invasive surgical techniques to the management of these diseases. She is interested in studying the long-term outcomes of these conditions and how to improve the overall health of these children. She has been a guest professor and operated internationally. Her second area of interest is in the medical and surgical treatment of vascular anomalies. She has a lab that is actively investigating the genetics and molecular pathways involved in lymphangiogenesis and the abnormal development seen in lymphatic related disease.

    Education and Training

    MD: University of Toronto, Toronto,Ontario, Canada 1998.

    Residency: General Surgery, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

    Fellowship: Advanced Minimally Invasive Surgery, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada; Vascular anomalies, Cincinnati Children's, Cincinnati, OH; Pediatric Colorectal Surgery, Cincinnati Children's, Cincinnati, OH; Pediatric Surgery, University of Florida Gainesville, Florida,

    Certification: General Surgery, 2006; Pediatric Surgery, 2011.

    PhD: 2008.

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    Thomas H. Inge, MD, PhD, FACS, FAAP Surgical Director, Surgical Weight Loss Program for Teens

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    Thomas H. Inge, MD, PhD, FACS, FAAP

    Surgical Director, Surgical Weight Loss Program for Teens

    Director, Center for Bariatric Research and Innovation

    Attending Surgeon, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center

    Academic Information

    Professor, UC Department of Surgery

    Phone: 513-636-4371

    Fax: 513-636-7657

    Email: thomas.inge@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Obesity surgery and research; hypothalamic obesity; neonatal surgery; gastroesophageal reflux disease; minimally invasive surgery; thoracic surgery

    Biography

    Thomas H. Inge, MD, PhD, is a Virginia native who grew up in a rural, farming community in Dinwiddie County. He received his BS in biology at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, VA, in 1987. Dr. Inge entered the Medical College of Virginia in Richmond, VA, in the Medical Scientist Training Program, and pursued degrees in microbiology/immunology and medicine. He graduated with MD and PhD degrees in 1993.

    Dr. Inge received his surgical training at Stanford University Hospital in Palo Alto, CA, where he developed an interest in pediatric surgery. At the completion of his chief resident year in 1998, he moved to Birmingham, AL, for specialty training in pediatric surgery at the Children's Hospital of Alabama, with an emphasis on pediatric minimally invasive surgery. Dr. Inge became a full-time member of the surgical staff at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center and faculty member of the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Department of Surgery, Division of Pediatric Surgery, in July 2000.

    In addition to general pediatric surgical practice, Dr. Inge's clinical research focus is related to bariatric surgery in adolescents. He is the surgical director of the Surgical Weight Loss Program for Teens, offering surgery for overweight adolescents with complications from their excess weight. He has served as a consultant to the Food and Drug Administration for projects related to device treatment of pediatric obesity. He is also the Principal Investigator of two research projects funded by National Institutes of Health (NIH) and co-investigator of another NIH funded project examining the role of surgery for management of adolescent obesity. He currently serves as Study Chairman of Teen-LABS, a multicenter research consortium examining outcomes of adolescent bariatric surgery.

    Dr. Inge has given over 50 invited lectures nationally and internationally over the past four years, has mentored more than a dozen fellows and students, and has authored more than 70 published chapters and manuscripts.

    Education and Training

    BS: College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA, 1987.

    MD: Medical College of Virginia, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA, 1993.

    PhD: Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA, 1993.

    Residency: Stanford University Hospital, Stanford, CA, 1998.

    Fellowship: Children's Hospital of Alabama, Birmingham, AL, 2000.

    Board Certification: Diplomate of the American Board of Surgery, December 1999; Certification in Pediatric Surgery, American Board of Surgery, March 2002.

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    Helen N. Jones, PhD

    is a placental physiologist who has research interests in placental function in pathological pregnancies and the development of non-viral mediated gene therapies in fetal growth restriction. Her lab studies the underlying mechanisms of placental insufficiency and potential therapies leading to increased placental function and fetal growth.

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    513-636-7861
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    Helen N. Jones, PhD

    Academic Information

    Assistant Professor, UC Department of Surgery

    Phone: 513-636-7861

    Fax: 513-636-3774

    Email: helen.jones@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Regulation of placental growth and function; regulation of mechanisms of placental nutrient transfer and consequences for fetal growth

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    Education and Training

    PhD: Rowett Research Institute, University of Aberdeen, Scotland, 2005.

    BS: University of St. Andrews, Scotland, 2000.

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    Sundeep G. Keswani, MD Pediatric Surgeon, Division of General, Thoracic and Fetal Surgery

    Gene therapy applications; bone marrow contribution to tissue repair; fetal diagnosis and treatment.

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    Sundeep G. Keswani, MD

    Pediatric Surgeon, Division of General, Thoracic and Fetal Surgery

    Fetal Surgeon, Cincinnati Fetal Center

    Director, Pediatric Advanced Wound Care and Skin Services

    Academic Information

    Assistant Professor, UC Department of Surgery

    Phone: 513-803-2219

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    Specialties

    Gene therapy applications; bone marrow contribution to tissue repair; fetal diagnosis and treatment

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    Biography

    Dr. Sundeep G. Keswani is a pediatric and fetal surgeon. He is also the director of the Pediatric Advanced Wound Care and Skin Service (PAWS), which is a state-of-the-art wound care center devoted to the care of children. Dr. Keswani is the lead principal investigator in the Cincinnati Children’s Wound Healing Research Group, which is an NIH-funded laboratory that focuses on understanding the molecular mechanisms which underlie the fetus’ ability to regeneratively heal wounds with the goal of developing novel therapeutics to achieve regenerative wound healing in postnatal tissue.

    Education and Training

    BA: University of Colorado, Boulder, CO, 1994. 

    MD: Ross University School of Medicine, 2000. 

    Residency: Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, New Orleans, LA, 2000-2007. 

    Fellowship: The Children's Institute for Surgical Science, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia & The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, 2002-2004. 

    Fellowship: Postdoctoral Research Fellow, The Center for Molecular Fetal Therapy, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 2004. 

    Fellowship: Pediatric Surgery Fellowship, St. Louis Children's Hospital, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO, 2007-2009. 

    Licensure: American Board of Surgery Certified; Missouri State Medical Licensure, active; Ohio State Medical Licensure, active.

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    Foong-Yen Lim, MD Surgical Director, Cincinnati Fetal Center

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    Foong-Yen Lim, MD

    Surgical Director, Cincinnati Fetal Center

    Academic Information

    Associate Professor, UC Department of Surgery

    Phone: 513-636-4371

    Email: foong.yen.lim@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Open fetal surgery and fetoscopic surgery; ex-utero intrapartum treatment (EXIT); congenital high airway obstruction syndrome (CHAOS); congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH); fetal gene therapy; neonatal surgery; thoracic surgery; minimally invasive surgery 

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    Education and Training

    Pediatric Surgery Fellowship: The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, 2004 – 2006.

    General Surgery Residency: Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, 2002-2004.

    Pediatric Surgery Research Fellowship and Fetal Surgery Fellowship: The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, 2000-2002.

    General Surgery Residency: Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, 1997-2000.

    MD: Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC, 1993 – 1997.

    BS: Graceland College, Lamoni, Iowa, 1989 – 1993.

    Publications

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    Virginia A. Miraldi Utz, MD

    is a pediatric ophthalmologist who works closely with faculty within the Ophthalmology and Visual Science Research Department and Department of Human Genetics.  Her research interests are in nosology of ophthalmic genetic disorders and syndromes including retinal dystrophies and mitochondrial disorders. 

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    Virginia A. Miraldi Utz, MD

    Academic Information

    Assistant Professor, UC Department of Ophthalmology

    Phone: 513-636-4751

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    Specialties

    Pediatric eye diseases such as amblyopia, cataracts and strabismus; diagnosis and management of genetic eye disorders and syndromes (retinal dystrophies such as retinitis pigmentosa, Stargardt disease, ocular malformations and mitochondrial disorders); pediatric uveitis and ocular inflammation.

    Biography

    Dr. Virginia Miraldi Utz, MD, FAAP, is an assistant professor of pediatric ophthalmology at the Abrahamson Eye Institute of Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. She completed her undergraduate degree in biochemistry and religious studies at The College of Wooster (Wooster, Ohio) and Kanda University (Chiba, Japan). She received her Doctor of Medicine from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in Cleveland, Ohio, where she was served as co-president of the Alpha Omega Alpha Society chapter. During her residency at University Hospitals Case Medical Center, she was awarded the Ocular Immunology and Uveitis Foundation Travel Grant for her basic science research in ocular microbiology and immunology and the Humanism in Ophthalmology Award. She completed her fellowship training in pediatric ophthalmology and adult strabismus at the Cleveland Clinic Cole Eye Institute. She recently completed additional clinical training in the field of ocular inflammation and uveitis preceptorship to serve patients with juvenile idiopathic arthritis and related disorders.

    Dr. Miraldi Utz specializes in the management of pediatric eye disorders such as amblyopia, strabismus, and pediatric cataracts. She has special clinical and research interests in ocular inflammatory disease and ophthalmic genetic disorders, including ocular malformations and retinal dystrophies. Dr. Miraldi Utz has published multiple research articles in peer-reviewed journals, as well as having contributed abstracts and presentations at a number of professional association meetings. She is a peer reviewer for several journals, including Ophthalmic Genetics, Molecular Vision, and British Journal of Ophthalmology. She is a member of American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus, American Academy of Ophthalmology, American Uveitis Society, Ophthalmic Genetic Study Club, International Society for Genetic Eye Diseases and Retinoblastoma, and Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

    Education and Training

    Medical School: Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, Cleveland, OH.

    Residency: Ophthalmology, University Hospitals Eye Institute Case Medical Center, Case Affiliated Hospitals Residency Program, Cleveland, Ohio.

    Fellowship: Pediatric Ophthalmology and Adult Strabismus, Cole Eye Institute, Cleveland Clinic; Cleveland, Ohio.

    Preceptorship: Pediatric Uveitis, The Retina Group, Columbus, OH; Cincinnati Eye Institute, Cincinnati, OH.

    Board Certification: American Board of Ophthalmology, 2013.

    Publications

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    Jaimie D. Nathan, MD Surgical Director, Intestinal Transplant Program

    is a pediatric general, thoracic and transplant surgeon, who has a basic science research program in the role of the gut microbiome in the modulation of liver injury and cholangiopathies. His lab studies the gut-liver axis as it relates to the pathogenesis of a number of liver diseases which can progress to end-stage liver disease requiring transplantation.

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    jaimie.nathan@cchmc.org

    Jaimie D. Nathan, MD

    Surgical Director, Intestinal Transplant Program

    Academic Information

    Assistant Professor, UC Department of Surgery

    Phone: 513-636-4371

    Fax: 513-636-7657

    Email: jaimie.nathan@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Hepatobiliary and pancreatic disease; liver, kidney, and intestinal transplantation; pediatric surgical oncology; neonatal surgery; minimally invasive surgery

    Education and Training

    BS: Yale University, New Haven, CT, 1993.

    MD: Yale University, New Haven, CT, 1998.

    Residency: General Surgery, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC, 1998-2000 and 2002-2005.

    Surgical Research Fellowship: Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC, 2000-2002.

    Pediatric Surgery Fellowship: Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 2005-2007.

    Transplant Surgery Fellowship: University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, 2007-2009.

    Certification: American Board of Surgery, General Surgery, 2007; American Board of Surgery, Pediatric Surgery, 2008; American Society of Transplant Surgeons Certification, 2009.

    Publications

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    Jose L. Peiro, MD Endoscopic Fetal Surgery Director, Cincinnati Fetal Center

    is in the cutting-edge of fetal myelomeningocele intrauterine repair innovation, allowing a fetoscopic approach for the treatment of this devastating condition, as well as looking for innovative strategies for treatment of CDH by means fetal tracheal occlusion.

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    513-636-6259
    jose.peiroIbanez@cchmc.org

    Jose L. Peiro, MD

    Endoscopic Fetal Surgery Director, Cincinnati Fetal Center

    Pediatric Surgeon, Division of General and Thoracic Surgery

    Academic Information

    Associate Professor, UC Department of Surgery

    Phone: 513-636-6259

    Email: jose.peiroIbanez@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Clinical

    Endoscopic fetal surgery

    Research

    Myelomeningocele/spina bifida; congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH); fetal cleft-lip palate; amniotic bands; gastroschisis; cell therapy; tissue engineering; intrauterine correction of different fetal conditions; translational research for human clinical application; fetal myelomeningocele intrauterine repair; treatment of CDH through fetal tracheal 

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    Education and Training

    MD: Medical School at Universidad Autonoma de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain, 1989.

    MBA: Health and Hospital Management, Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC), Barcelona, Spain,  2010-2012.

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    Alberto Peña, MD Founding Director, Peña Colorectal Center

    513-636-3240
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    Alberto Peña, MD

    Founding Director, Peña Colorectal Center

    Academic Information

    Professor, UC Department of Surgery

    Phone: 513-636-3240

    Fax: 513-636-3248

    Email: alberto.pena@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Colorectal pediatric surgery; clinical research regarding colorectal problems in children

    Biography

    Alberto Peña, MD, is the founding director of the Colorectal Center at Cincinnati Children's and clinical professor of surgery at the University of Cincinnati. He received his medical degree at the Military Medical School in Mexico City in 1962.

    Dr. Peña trained in general surgery and medical pediatrics at the Central Military Hospital, finishing in 1968. From 1969 until December 1971, he trained at Boston Children's Hospital.

    Dr. Peña moved back to Mexico City as the surgeon-in-chief of the National Institute of Pediatrics from January 1972 until June 1985.

    In 1982, Dr. Peña described a new approach for the management of anorectal malformations: Posterior Sagittal Anoplasty / PSARP, also known as the Peña Pull-Through Procedure.

    Dr. Peña joined the full-time staff at Schneider Children's Hospital in July 1985 and was the chief of Pediatric Surgery and professor of Surgery at the Albert Einstein College of Surgeons until July 2005.

    Since 1982 until the present, Dr. Peña has been traveling all over the world, lecturing and operating on children affected by this particular malformation.

    In July 2005 Dr. Peña moved to Cincinnati Children's and became the director of the first colorectal center for children in the world. 

    At the present time, Dr. Peña dedicates 80 percent of his time to the treatment of anorectal problems in children.

    Seventy percent of the patients operated on by Dr. Peña at Cincinnati Children's come from other states and from all over the world.

    Dr. Peña has published over 179 papers in national and international journals and has published 80 book chapters.

    Publications

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    Frederick C. Ryckman, MD Professor of Surgery / Transplantation

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    Frederick C. Ryckman, MD

    Professor of Surgery / Transplantation

    Sr. Vice President, Medical Operations

    Academic Information

    Professor, UC Department of Surgery

    Phone: 513-636-4371

    Fax: 513-636-7657

    Email: frederick.ryckman@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Transplantation; liver; kidney transplantation; small intestine; biliary disease; Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO); minimally invasive surgery; chest wall abnormalities

    Biography

    Frederick C. Ryckman, MD, is clinical director of the Pediatric General and Thoracic Surgery Division.

    Dr. Ryckman is also vice president of System Capacity & Perioperative Operations.

    Dr. Ryckman is also a pediatric surgeon at the Cincinnati Fetal Center.

    Education and Training

    BS: Lyman Briggs College of Science and Mathematics, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI, 1969 to 1973.

    MD: University of Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor, MI, 1977.

    Residency: University of Florida Medical Center, Gainesville, FL, 1977 to 1982.

    Fellowship: Pediatric Surgery, Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 1982 to 1984.

    Certification: National Board of Medical Examiners, 1977; American Board of Surgery, 1983; recertification, 1993; Certificate of Special Competence in Pediatric Surgery, 1986; recertification, 1993.

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    Aimen F. Shaaban, MD Director, Center for Fetal Cellular and Molecular Therapy

    is a pediatric surgeon who leads a research program studying in utero transplantation. His laboratory seeks to better understand the manner in which immunologic tolerance develops in the fetus following transplantation in order to design less toxic and more effective therapies for the treatment of numerous diseases such as sickle cell disease, thalassemia, immunodeficiency, spinal muscular atrophy and inherited metabolic disorders.

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    513-636-9942
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    Aimen F. Shaaban, MD

    Director, Center for Fetal Cellular and Molecular Therapy

    Academic Information

    Professor, UC Department of Surgery

    Phone: 513-636-9942

    Email: aimen.shaaban@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Surgical treatment of fetal and newborn diseases including: open and minimally invasive fetal surgery; congenital lung and airway disease; congenital esophageal disease; sacrococcygeal teratoma; conjoined twins; neonatal surgery.

    Examination of the mechanisms of long-term immunologic tolerance to prenatally transplanted stem cells; developmental hematology, pluripotent stem cell biology; fetal gene therapy

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    Biography

    Dr. Shaaban served as an associate professor of surgery with tenure and as director of the Laboratory for Fetal Cellular Therapy at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine from 2008-2012. Prior to that he served as director of the Laboratory for Fetal Cellular Therapy at University of Wisconsin College of Medicine from 2002-2008.

    Education and Training

    MD: University of Illinois College of Medicine, Chicago, IL, 1991.

    General Surgery Residency: University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics, Iowa City, Iowa, Jul 1991-Jun1996.

    Pediatric Surgical Residency: The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Jul 2000-Jun 2001.

    Post-doctoral Fellowship in Fetal Surgery Research: Children's Institute for Surgical Science, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Jul 1996-Jun 1999.

    Certification: Diplomate of the National Board of Medical Examiners, 1991; diplomate of the American Board of Surgery, 1997, 2011; diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Surgery, 2006. 

    Publications

    Grants

    NK cell response to prenatal allotransplantation. Principal Investigator. National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. 2011 - 2016. R01HL103745.
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    Greg M. Tiao, MD Richard and Geralyn Azizkhan Chair in Pediatric Surgery

    is a pediatric surgeon and a pediatric transplant surgeon who has his basic research in the care of children afflicted with biliary atresia.

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    Greg M. Tiao, MD

    Richard and Geralyn Azizkhan Chair in Pediatric Surgery

    Surgical Director, Liver Transplantation

    Associate Director, Pediatric Surgery Fellowship

    Academic Information

    Associate Professor, UC Department of Surgery

    Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-4371

    Fax: 513-636-7657

    Email: greg.tiao@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Biliary atresia

    Biography

    As a pediatric surgeon and a transplant surgeon, Dr. Tiao is involved in the care of children afflicted with biliary atresia from the time of presentation and diagnosis to the initial Kasai portoenterostomy to the liver transplant, when necessary. He sees the many challenges children and their families experience when diagnosed with this life threatening disease process. From that perspective, defining the basis of this disease process such that therapeutic strategies can be developed eliminating these complex interventions is his career goal. His short term goal is to develop an independent research laboratory investigating the pathogenesis of virus induced biliary atresia specifically seeking to determine the mechanistic basis of this disease so that new treatment strategies can be developed to salvage the native liver. 

    Dr. Tiao's  overarching hypothesis is that biliary atresia results from the infection of cholangiocytes by a virus triggering immune-mediated biliary obstruction. His focus is to determine the mechanisms used by RRV to infect cholangiocytes, how RRV undergoes replication within the cholangiocyte, and how infected cholangiocytes modify the microenvironment, activating the immune system resulting in biliary obstruction. Determination of the mechanistic basis of these inter-related events is essential to understanding the pathogenesis of virus induced BA. By focusing on the basis for the viral insult in the initiation of biliary atresia, he has defined an area of independence from Dr Jorge Bezerra, his primary research mentor. 

    Education and Training

    BS: Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, 1986.

    MD: University of Illinois, Chicago, IL, 1990.

    Residency: Loyola University, Maywood, IL, 1991-1992; Senior Resident, Department of Surgery, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, 1995-1997;Chief Resident, Department of Surgery, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, 1997-1998.

    Fellowships: Research Fellow, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, 1992-1995; Transplant Surgery Fellow, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, 2000-2002;Pediatric Surgery Fellow, Los Angeles Children's Hospital, Los Angeles, CA, 1998-2000.

    Certification: Pediatric Surgeon, 2000; Transplant Surgeon, 2002.

    Publications

    Grants

    The Molecular Determinants of Virus Induced Biliary Induced Biliary Asteria. Principal Investigator. Apr 2011 - Mar 2016.

    Nycomed Liver Trial. Principal Investigator. 2012 - present. TC-2402-040-SP.