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Johns Hopkins University

Johns Hopkins University

Last updated: 02/07/2020

Program website: https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/pediatricsurgery/fellowship/

Founded in 1912 as the Harriet Lane Home for Children, the Johns Hopkins Children's Center offers one of the most comprehensive pediatric medical programs in the country, with more than 92,000 patient visits and nearly 9,000 admissions each year. It is Maryland’s largest children’s hospital with 205 beds and the only state-designated Trauma Service and American Burn Association-Accredited Burn Unit for pediatric patients. Patients from age 0-21 are admitted to the Children's Center. The facility is equipped for all aspects of general pediatric care, with a 40-bed intensive care unit (PICU), a 45-bed neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) and laboratory and radiology facilities. A pediatric medical and surgical oncology ward (14 beds), psychiatric wards and general pediatric age-determined wards complete the inpatient facility. A suite of 10 operating rooms for children's surgery and a pediatric recovery room adjacent to the PICU are utilized by pediatric general surgery, urology, orthopedics, neurosurgery, and otolaryngology services. The Johns Hopkins Outpatient Center houses the clinical facilities for outpatient visits (approx. 45,000/year). The Park Building, adjacent to the Children's Center, has a pediatric emergency room, oncology and hematology clinics, and a perfusion center.

The pediatric surgical staff at the Johns Hopkins Hospital is under the direction of David J. Hackam, MD, PhD, The Robert Garrett Professor of Pediatric Surgery and co-director of Johns Hopkins Children’s Center. There are also full-time specialty surgeons in pediatric orthopedics, urology, neurosurgery, otolaryngology, plastic and cardiovascular surgery.

Under the direction of Samuel M. Alaish, M.D., the post-doctoral training program in Pediatric Surgery at The Johns Hopkins Hospital and the University of Maryland Medical Center is unique in concept, because it utilizes the clinical population of two large university services for a broad clinical experience in pediatric surgery over the prescribed two years. Both divisions of Pediatric Surgery perform more than 3,200 operations annually and have a staff of 13 pediatric surgeons. Completion of the basic two-year program will qualify the trainee to take the examination for a “Certificate of Special Competence in Pediatric Surgery,“ which is given by the American Board of Surgery.
Support of pediatric surgery by the Robert Garrett Foundation began in the 1940s. These funds enabled Dr. Alfred Blalock to conduct his animal laboratory experiments on congenital heart disease and helped support Dr. Helen Taussig with her clinical evaluation of children with cyanotic congenital heart disease. These studies led to the development of the Blalock-Taussig shunt and culminated in the first clinical use of their subclavian artery-pulmonary artery anastomosis for a child with tetralogy of Fallot in November 1944. In 1964, Dr. J. Alexander Haller became the first pediatric surgeon-in-charge of The Johns Hopkins Hospital and Chief of the Division of Pediatric Surgery. Later that year, Dr. Haller finished training the first chief resident in pediatric surgery, Dr. James L. Talbert, who left to become the Chief of Pediatric Surgery at the University of Florida in Gainesville. In 1976, Dr. J. Laurence Hill was recruited to the University of Maryland with a joint appointment at Johns Hopkins Hospital in 1977.  With Dr. Hill’s arrival, the first integrated training program in pediatric surgery was born. In 1991, Dr. Paul M. Colombani was appointed the pediatric surgeon-in-charge and second Garrett Professor of Pediatric Surgery. Following Dr. Colombani’s departure in 2014, Dr. David J. Hackam became the third Garrett Professor of Pediatric Surgery and Co-director of the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center. In 2015, Dr. Samuel M. Alaish became the fourth training director, following Dr. Fizan Abdullah’s move to Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago.
Since 1965, a long line of talented and accomplished people have graduated from our fellowship. Notable alumni include James Talbert ’65, Paul Colombani ’83, Richard Azizkhan ’85, Francisco Cigarroa ’93 and Jessica Kandel ’95 to name just a few.