As a general pediatric surgeon, I perform surgeries on newborns through adolescents who need emergency surgery and elective procedures. I use minimally invasive approaches for both simple and complex procedures, and I perform outpatient surgeries through Cincinnati Children’s unique, Same-Day Evaluation and Procedure Program.
I have always been motivated to make a difference in the lives of children and their parents. I believe that by improving the health of a child you allow them to enjoy a long and productive life.
Throughout more than 15 years at Cincinnati Children's, I have focused on a collaborative approach to patient care that engages the child, the family and other providers to ensure the best possible outcome. I think of every child as if they were my own and every parent as if I were in their position.
I have been honored to be named a Top Doctor in Cincinnati by Cincinnati Magazine for the past several years in a row. In addition, I have had the honor of being the president of the Pediatric Trauma Society and receiving two separate team-based awards. One is for inflammatory bowel disease care, and the other for the trauma-team care at Cincinnati Children's.
In addition to patient care, I’m involved in research. I’m primarily focused on two main areas. The first is preventing childhood injuries and improving the care of the injured child. This work has included leading research studies across multiple hospitals to evaluate the best care following injuries. It has also included injury prevention studies targeting areas of need locally and also spreading interventions nationally.
My second area of research interest has been in hospital safety and operations. This work explores ways to improve the safety for patients and providers as well as methods to improve efficiency and the patient-family experience.
Outside the hospital, I enjoy spending time with my family and relaxing outside listening to music.
Pediatric injury prevention and outcomes; trauma education; management of colorectal disorders; inflammatory bowel disease; minimally invasive surgery; surgical oncology; extracorporeal life support (ECLS); same day surgical care at Liberty Campus
Injury prevention; health disparities; pediatric colorectal disorders; use of simulation to improve teamwork and safety; healthcare operations, quality and safety
Professor, UC Department of Surgery
Colorectal Disorders, Injury Prevention, Surgery - General and Thoracic, Chest Wall, General and Thoracic Surgery