History and Alumni

Our training program dates to the origins of pediatric surgery in North America. Dr. William E. Ladd was appointed Surgeon in Chief at the Children’s Hospital in Boston in 1927 and went on to establish our training program.  During the 1930s and 1940s Dr. Ladd trained the leaders of the next generation of pediatric surgeons until his retirement in 1945. He favored trainees who were partially or fully trained general surgeons before coming to his service. A genealogy of pediatric surgeons was compiled in 1997 which showed a direct line of descent from Ladd to 75% of all accredited pediatric surgeons and 73% of pediatric surgery residency directors. As a pioneer in pediatric surgery he made seminal contributions to a wide variety of ailments including malrotation with midgut volvulus, intussusception, pyloric stenosis, biliary atresia, Wilms tumor, exstrophy of the bladder and cleft lip/palate. He is widely credited with being the father of pediatric surgery in North America, a distinction granted for more than his numerous surgical accomplishments. His lasting legacy is his dedication to surgical education.

One of his best known pupils was Dr. Robert E. Gross. As the chief surgical resident at Children’s Hospital in August of 1938, he became the first surgeon to successfully ligate a patent ductus arteriosus. He went on to develop treatments for coarctation of the aorta, vascular rings and tracheomalacia. Together with Dr. Ladd he wrote the premier textbook for our specialty.

After an illustrious career he was succeeded by giants in our field including M. Judah Folkman, W. Hardy Hendren, Moritz Ziegler and Robert Shamberger. Each successive chief is widely known for their accomplishments as well as the legacy of their trainees.

Current Pediatric Surgery Fellows:

Somala Mohammed

Dr. Somala Mohammed
Dr. Somala Mohammed is a clinical fellow in pediatric surgery at Boston Children’s Hospital.  She completed her general surgery training at Baylor College of Medicine and her medical degree at Harvard Medical School.

Prathima Nandivada

Dr. Prathima Nandivada 
Dr. Prathima Nandivada is a clinical fellow in pediatric surgery at Boston Children’s Hospital.  She completed her general surgery training at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and her medical degree at SUNY Stony Brook University School of Medicine.

Hester Shieh

Dr. Hester Shieh
Dr. Hester Shieh is a clinical fellow in pediatric surgery at Boston Children’s Hospital.  She completed her general surgery training at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center and her medical degree at The University of Arizona College of Medicine.


Graduates of the Pediatric Surgery Fellowship

Boston Children’s Hospital Pediatric Surgery Fellowship Program

List of Graduates from 2019 to 1937 : 

2019
Farokh Demehri, MD
Assistant in Surgery, Boston Children’s Hospital
Assistant Professor of Surgery, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA
General Surgery Training Program: University of Michigan

2018
Bharath Nath, M.D., Ph.D.
Pediatric Surgeon
Fairfax Neonatal Associates, Fairfax, VA
General Surgery Training Program: Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston MA

Benjamin Zendejas-Mummert, M.D.
Assistant in Surgery, Boston Children’s Hospital
Assistant Professor of Surgery, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA
General Surgery Training Program: Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN

2017
Alex Cuenca, M.D.
Assistant in Surgery, Boston Children’s Hospital
Assistant Professor of Surgery, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA
General Surgery Training Program: Shands Teaching Hospital, Gainesville, FL

2016
Amar Nijagal, M.D.
UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital
Assistant Professor of Surgery, University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco, CA
General Surgery Training Program: University of California, San Francisco, CA

Andrew J. Murphy, M.D.
Assistant Member, St. Jude Faculty
Chief, General Pediatric Surgery Division
Pediatric Surgical Oncology Fellowship Program Director

2015
Brent Weil, M.D.
Assistant in Surgery, Department of Surgery
Boston Children’s Hospital
Assistant Professor of Surgery, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA
General Surgery Training Program: Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, IN

2014
Elisabeth Tracy, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Surgery
Duke University School of Medicine, Durham, NC
General Surgery Training Program: Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC

Hariharan Thangarajah, M.D., MPH
Assistant Professor of Surgery
UC San Diego School of Medicine
Rady Children’s Hospital, San Diego, CA
General Surgery Training Program: Stanford Hospital and Clinics, Stanford, CA

2013
Emily Durkin, M.D.
Assistant Clinical Professor of Surgery
Pediatric Surgeons of West Michigan, P.C.
Michigan State University’s College of Human Medicine, Grand Rapids, MI
General Surgery Training Program: University of Wisconsin Hospital & Clinics
Madison, WI

2012
Elizabeth Soukup, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Surgery
Elliot Hospital Pediatric Surgery
Dartmouth Geisel School of Medicine, Manchester, NH
General Surgery Training Program: Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA

Sang Lee, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Surgery, UNC School of Medicine
North Carolina Children’s Hospital, Chapel Hill, NC
General Surgery Training Program: Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, MA

2011
Biren Modi, M.D.
Assistant in Surgery, Department of Surgery
Boston Children’s Hospital
Assistant Professor of Surgery, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts
General Surgery Training Program: Brigham & Women’s Hospital, Boston, MA

2010
Kimberly Riehle, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Surgery and Pathology
Seattle Children’s Hospital
Division of Pediatric General and Thoracic Surgery
University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, WA
General Surgery Training Program: University of Washington, Seattle, WA

2009
Charles Jason Smithers, M.D.
Assistant in Surgery, Department of Surgery
Boston Children’s Hospital
Associate Professor of Surgery, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA

2008
Patrick J. Javid, M.D.                                
Associate Professor of Surgery and Pathology
Seattle Children’s Hospital
Division of Pediatric General and Thoracic Surgery
University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, Washington
General Surgery Training Program: Brigham & Women’s Hospital, Boston, MA

2007
Bradley C. Linden, M.D
Pediatric Surgeon
Pediatric Surgery Association
Minneapolis, MN

2006
Christopher B. Weldon, M.D., Ph.D.
Director, Surgical Critical Care Fellowship Program
Boston Children's Hospital
Associate Professor in Surgery, Harvard Medical School
Boston, MA

2005
Christopher S. Muratore, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Surgery & Pediatrics, Department of Surgery
Hasbro Children’s Hospital
Providence, RI


2004
Sidney M. Johnson, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Surgery
John A. Burns School of Medicine, University of Hawaii
Chief of General Surgery
Kapiolani Medical Center for Women and Children
Honolulu, HI

2003
Edmund Y. Yang, M.D., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Surgery
Saint Louis University School of Medicine
Co-Director, Saint Louis Fetal Care Institute
Director, Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation Service
Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center
St. Louis, MO

2002
Heung Bae Kim, M.D.                   
Director, Pediatric Transplant Center, Boston Children’s Hospital
Associate Professor of Surgery, Harvard Medical School
Boston, MA

2001
Konstantinos Papadakis, M.D.

Assistant in Surgery, Boston Children's Hospital
Assistant Professor in Surgery, Harvard Medical School
Boston, MA

Mark Puder, M.D, Ph.D.
Associate in Surgery, Boston Children's Hospital
Associate Professor of Surgery, Harvard Medical School
Boston, MA

2000
Thomas E. Hamilton, M.D.
Assistant in Surgery
Assistant Program Director, Pediatric Surgery Fellowship Training Program
Boston Children’s Hospital
Assistant Professor of Surgery, Harvard Medical School
Boston, MA

1999
Anne C. Fischer, M.D
Staff Surgeon, Dallas Children’s Medical Center
Assistant Professor, University of Texas, Southwestern Medical School
Dallas, TX

1998
John DiFiore, M.D.
Staff Pediatric Surgeon
Cleveland Clinic Foundation
Cleveland, OH

1997
Terry Buchmiller, M.D.
Assistant in Surgery, Boston Children's Hospital
Co-Director, Advanced Fetal Care Center
Assistant Professor of Surgery, Harvard Medical School
Boston, MA

1996
Russell Jennings, M.D.
Associate in Surgery, Boston Children's Hospital
Co-director, Esophageal Advanced Treatment Center
Associate Professor of Surgery, Harvard Medical School
Boston, MA

1995
Nicholas C. Saenz, M.D.
Clinical Professor of Surgery
University of California, San Diego
Rady Children’s Hospital
San Diego, CA

1994
Steven J. Fishman, M.D.
Senior Associate in Surgery, Boston Children's Hospital
Associate Professor of Surgery, Harvard Medical School
Stuart and Jane Weitzman Family Chair in Surgery
Co-director, Vascular Anomalies Center
Boston, MA

1993
Michael G. Caty, M.D., MMM
State University of New York at Buffalo
John E. Fisher Professor of Pediatric Surgery
Surgeon-in-Chief and Director of Surgical Services
Women’s & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo
Buffalo, NY

1992
Steven Stylianos, M.D.
Clinical Professor of Surgery and Pediatrics
FIU College of Medicine
Chief, Department of Pediatric Surgery
Medical Director, Pediatric Trauma Services
Miami Children's Hospital
Miami, FL

1991
Jay J. Schnitzer, M.D., Ph.D.
Associate Chief Medical Officer, Vice President
Boston Scientific Corporation
Marlborough, MA

1990
Dennis Lund, M.D.
Professor, Division of General Surgery
Chairman, Division of General Surgery
Surgeon-in-Chief, University of Wisconsin Children’s Hospital
Madison, WI

1989
Jay M. Wilson, M.D
Retired Senior Associate in Surgery, Boston Children's Hospital
Associate Professor of Surgery, Harvard Medical School
Boston, MA

1988
N. Scott Adzick, M.D.
Surgeon-in-Chief
Founder & Director, Center for Fetal Diagnosis and Treatment
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Philadelphia, PA

1987
Michael P. LaQuaglia, M.D.
Chief, Pediatric Surgical Service
Joseph H. Burchenal Chair in Pediatrics
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
New York, NY

1986
Craig W. Lillehei, M.D.
Senior Associate in Surgery Transplant Surgeon
Assistant Professor, Harvard Medical School
Boston Children's Hospital
Boston, MA

1985
Robert C. Shamberger, M.D.
Chief, Department of Surgery, Boston Children's Hospital
Robert E. Gross Professor of Surgery, Harvard Medical School
Boston, MA

1984
Preston R. Black, M.D.
Deceased

1983
Joseph P. Vacanti, M.D.
Surgeon in Chief Emeritus, Massachusetts General Hospital for Children
Deputy Director, Center for Regenerative Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital
John Homans Professor of Surgery, Harvard Medical School
Boston, MA

1982
Theodore Z. Polley, Jr., M.D.
Clinical Associate Professor of Surgery
Active Emeritus, Pediatric Surgery
University of Michigan Medical School
Ann Arbor, MI

1981
Richard P. Harmel, Jr., M.D.
St. Petersburg, FL

1980
John Noseworthy, M.D.
Deceased

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