Pediatric Surgery

Robert C. Shamberger, MD – Chief Editor


Harvard Medical School
  • Robert E. Gross Professor of Surgery, Harvard Medical School
  • Chief of Surgery, Boston Children’s Hospital

Dr. Shamberger was born in Columbia, Missouri. He received his BA degree in Zoology from the University of Missouri in Columbia in 1971. He received his M.D. at Harvard Medical School, entered the Surgery Residency Program at the Massachusetts General Hospital and took two years off in the Surgery Branch of the National Cancer Institute from 1978 to 1980. He was administrative Chief Resident at Massachusetts General Hospital from 1982-1983 and then performed a pediatric surgical fellowship at Boston Children’s Hospital.

Dr. Shamberger began his clinical career at Children’s Hospital Boston with three areas of focus: inflammatory bowel disease, congenital chest wall deformities, and pediatric oncology. The bulk of his academic efforts have been in the area of pediatric oncology. He has been actively involved in the cooperative group trials of the National Wilms’ Tumor Study Group, the Pediatric Oncology Group (POG) and the Children’s Oncology Group (COG). He was the Chair of the Surgery Committee of POG for five years and then of COG for an additional five years. He remains active in the surgical agenda of the Group was a principal investigator of several recently closed clinical trials. He is the author of 177 peer reviewed publications, 80 chapters, and he is an editor of the 7th Edition of Pediatric Surgery.

Dr. Shamberger ran the Surgery Residency Program for 15 years. He rose through the academic ranks at Harvard Medical School from Assistant Professor in 1986 to full Professor in 2000. He became the Robert E. Gross Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School in 2004, when he also became the Chief of Surgery at Boston Children’s Hospital.

In 2011–2012, Dr. Shamberger was President of the American Pediatric Surgical Association (APSA), and President of Boston Surgical Society. He is also Past-Chair of the Section on Surgery of the American Academy of Pediatrics for 2011-2012.

Carroll M. Harmon, MD, PhD – Section Editor


University at Buffalo, The State University of New York
  • Chief of Pediatric Surgical Services and Program Director of the Pediatric Surgery Fellowship Program, Women and Children’s Hospital of Buffalo
  • John E. Fisher Professor of Surgery and Vice-Chair at the University at Buffalo, The State University of New York

Dr. Carroll “Mac” Harmon earned his bachelor’s degree at the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa, and his medical degree at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. He also earned a PhD in molecular physiology and biophysics at Vanderbilt. Dr. Harmon did surgical residency at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center and a pediatric surgery residency and fellowship at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

Dr. Harmon was the Surgical Director of the Children’s Center for Weight Management at Children’s of Alabama and Professor of Surgery at the University of Alabama from 2004 to 2013. In 2014, Dr. Harmon was appointed Chief of Pediatric Surgical Services and Program Director of the Pediatric Surgery Fellowship Program at Women and Children’s Hospital of Buffalo, the John E. Fisher Professor of Surgery and Vice-Chair at the University at Buffalo, State University of New York.

Dr. Harmon’s research interests include both clinical and basic research in the field of childhood obesity. He was a site principal investigator and now investigator in the TEEN-Longitudinal Assessment of Bariatric Surgery, a NIH funded program for the past nine years. This is a prospective study examining a cohort of adolescents undergoing weight loss surgery. Dr. Harmon’s interest in basic science is related to both adipocyte biology, control of appetiteand intestinal failure. His lab has done extensive research in the area of melanocortin receptors and the role that MC3R and MC4R receptors play in appetite control. He continues this clinical and research work at the Women and Children’s Hospital of Buffalo where he recently started a Children and Adolescent Weight Loss Program.

George W. Holcomb, III, MD, MBA – Section Editor


Children’s Mercy Hospital
  • Surgeon-in-Chief
  • Director of the Center for Minimally Invasive Surgery

Dr. George W. Holcomb, III was born in Osaka, Japan on December 11, 1953. He was raised in Nashville, Tennessee and attended elementary and high school in Nashville. He attended the University of Virginia for college and then Vanderbilt Medical School. His general surgery training was at Vanderbilt University Medical School and his pediatric surgery training was at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. He began his pediatric surgery practice in 1988 as an Assistant and subsequently Associate Professor of Surgery in the Department of Pediatric Surgery at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. In 1999, he was recruited to replace Dr. Keith Aschraft as Surgeon-in-Chief at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri. In addition to being the Surgeon-in-Chief, he is also the Director of the Center for Minimally Invasive Surgery.

Dr. Holcomb is best known for his interest in minimally invasive surgery in infants and children and his emphasis on evidence-based medicine. He is the author of over 240 peer-reviewed publications and 50 book chapters, and has been the editor of 5 textbooks.

Samir Pandya, MD – Section Editor


New York Medical College
  • Assistant Professor
  • Department of Surgery and Pediatrics

Dr. Samir Pandya was awarded his Bachelor’s of Science with honors in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Miami. He subsequently pursued medicine to be on the front lines of patient care and medical device development. He completed his medical training at the Medical College of Virginia and then General Surgery residency at the Westchester Medical Center Campus of New York Medical College in Valhalla, NY. He went on to train in Pediatric General and Thoracic Surgery at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Emory University in Atlanta. Upon completion of his fellowship training in 2011 he joined joined the faculty at New York Medical College as Assistant Professor in the Department of Surgery and Pediatrics.

He has a very strong interest in minimally invasive pediatric surgery with expertise in mini-laparoscopy and single-incision procedures. He is currently the Surgical Director for Newborn Surgery, Pediatric and Neonatal Extracorporeal Life Support programs at the Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital. He has a strong interest in thoracic diseases as related at to pediatric patients such as chest wall anomalies, congenital lung lesions as well as surgical oncology.

Academically he enjoys working with medical students, residents and fellows. He has received numerous teaching awards during his career. He currently also serves as the Associate Program Director of the General Surgery Residency at New York Medical College. Dr. Pandya is an active member on numerous committees in the American Pediatric Surgery Association as well as the International Pediatric Endosurgery Group. Outside of pediatric surgery, Dr. Pandya enjoys running, skiing, diving, digital photography and target shooting.

Steven Scot Rothenberg, MD – Section Editor


Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
  • Chief of Pediatric Surgery, Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children
  • Clinical Professor of Surgery, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons

Dr. Rothenberg is the Chief of Pediatric Surgery at the Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children at PSL in Denver, Co. He is also a Clinical Professor of Surgery at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. He is a world leader in the field of endoscopic surgery in infants and children and has pioneered many of the procedures using minimally invasive techniques.

Dr. Rothenberg completed medical school and general surgery residency at the University of Colorado in Denver. He then spent a year in England doing a fellowship in General Thoracic Surgery prior to returning to the states where he completed a two year Pediatric Surgery fellowship at Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston. He returned to Colorado in 1992 where he has been in practice for over the last 20 years.

Dr. Rothenberg was one of the founding members of the International Pediatric Surgical Group (IPEG) and is a past-president. He was also the Chair of the Pediatric Committee and on the Board of Directors for SAGES (The Society of American Gastro-intestinal Endoscopic Surgeons). He has authored over 180 publications on minimally invasive surgery in children and has given over 300 lectures on the subject nationally and internationally. In 2015 He received “The Pioneer in Surgical Endoscopy Award” from SAGES. He is also on the editorial board for the Journal of Laparoendoscopic Surgery and Advanced Surgical Technique, The Journal of Pediatric Surgery, and Pediatric Surgery International.

Dr. Rothenberg has been married to his wife Susan for over 30 years and has three children Jessica, Catherine, and Zachary. He is an avid outdoorsman and spends most of his free time in the mountains of Colorado skiing, hiking, biking, and fishing.

Pediatric Surgery Section Reviewers:

  • Gamedzi Komlatse Akakpo-Numado  Togo
  • Ciro Andolfi  United States
  • Karen Diefenbach  United States
  • Stephen Kim  United States
  • Taiwo Lawal  United States
  • Aaron Lesher  United States
  • Charles Leys  United States
  • Marcus Malek  United States
  • Carlos Reck  United States
  • Sohail Shah  United States
  • Richard Wood  United States