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Associate Director, Trauma Services

Director, Pediatric Trauma Fellowship

Co-Director, Chest Wall Center

Professor, UC Department of Surgery



Board Certified

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My Biography & Research


My clinical specialties are pediatric general surgery, chest wall deformities, pectus excavatum, pectus carinatum, necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC), splenectomy for congenital blood disorders, muscle biopsies, trauma and injury prevention.

I became a physician because I love the joy that comes from helping others. Working with children provides a unique opportunity to make a difference for a lifetime for children and their families. Taking care of children and their families is truly a privilege and one of my greatest joys.

My research interests are chest wall deformities, pectus excavatum, pectus carinatum, trauma and injury prevention. I have been the Cincinnati Children’s site investigator for large multicenter studies investigating the role of partial versus total splenectomy for congenital blood disorders and laparotomy versus peritoneal drainage for NEC. I’m interested in research because I love the challenge of solving important clinical problems that can improve the lives and outcomes for patients.

The current research I do involves evaluating the cardiopulmonary impact of pectus excavatum and bracing for pectus carinatum. I’m also assessing the best approach to splenectomy for congenital blood disorders and determining the best surgical approach for NEC to provide better clinical outcomes.

I am a member of multiple professional organizations, including:

  • 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 Surgery and Trauma
  • Pediatric Trauma Society

I am board certified in General Surgery (1998, 2007, 2019) and Pediatric Surgery (2000, 2009, 2020).

Clinical Interests

General pediatric surgery; trauma; injury prevention; minimally invasive surgery; necrotizing enterocolitis; neonatal surgery; minimally invasive surgery; splenectomy for congenital hemolytic anemias; chest wall deformities - pectus excavatum, pectus carinatum, and slipping rib syndrome

Research Interests

Pediatric trauma; injury prevention; chest wall deformities

Academic Affiliation

Professor, UC Department of Surgery


Colorectal Disorders, Injury Prevention, Surgery - General and Thoracic, Neuromuscular Disorders, Chest Wall, General and Thoracic Surgery

My Locations

My Education

MD: University of New Mexico School of Medicine, Albuquerque, NM, 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.

My Publications

The St. George's Respiratory Questionnaire Definition of Chronic Bronchitis May Be a Better Predictor of COPD Exacerbations Compared With the Classic Definition. Kim, V; Zhao, H; Regan, E; Han, MK; Make, B; Crapo, JD; Jones, PW; Curtis, JL; Silverman, EK; Criner, GJ; et al. Chest. 2019; 156:685-695.

Small bowel-small bowel intussusception with high grade obstruction due to intramural submucosal ileal hamartoma in a 5-year-old child: A case report. Scorletti, F; Bove, K; Brown, RL. International Journal of Surgery Case Reports. 2019; 61:33-37.

Blood eosinophil count thresholds and exacerbations in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Yun, JH; Lamb, A; Chase, R; Singh, D; Saferali, A; Vestbo, J; Tal-Singer, R; Castaldi, PJ; Silverman, EK; Hersh, CP; et al. Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. 2018; 141:2037-2047.e10.

Occult RV systolic dysfunction detected by CMR derived RV circumferential strain in patients with pectus excavatum. Truong, VT; Li, CY; Brown, RL; Moore, RA; Garcia, VF; Crotty, EJ; Taylor, MD; Ngo, TM N; Mazur, W. PLoS ONE. 2017; 12:e0189128-e0189128.

Gunshot Wound to Chest with Embolization of Pellet into the Left Ventricle: Case Report of an Airsoft Gun Injury. Gurria, J; Riney, LC; Fain, E; Brown, R; Morales, D. 2017; 1:7-11.

Surgical site infection related to use of elastomeric pumps in pectus excavatum repair. Lessons learned from root cause analysis. Apelt, N; Schaffzin, J; Bates, C; Brown, RL; Mecoli, M; Sadhasivam, S; Garcia, V. Journal of Pediatric Surgery. 2017; 52:1292-1295.

Hematologic outcomes after total splenectomy and partial splenectomy for congenital hemolytic anemia. Englum, BR; Rothman, J; Leonard, S; Reiter, A; Thornburg, C; Brindle, M; Wright, N; Heeney, MM; Smithers, CJ; Brown, RL; et al. Journal of Pediatric Surgery. 2016; 51:122-127.