Rashmi Kabre, MD

Attending Physician, Pediatric Surgery; Director of Trauma Services; Assistant Professor of Surgery, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Special Interests

Trauma; advanced minimally invasive surgery for neonates, infants, and children; tumors and developmental anomalies of the neck, chest, abdomen and pelvis; pediatric surgery for hernias, undescended testicles, gastroesophageal reflux, chest wall deformities, endocrine disease and anorectal malformation; prenatal counseling​

Research Interests

trachea-esophageal fistula; pneumothorax treatment

Related Research Areas

Biographical Information

Medical School

University of Illinois College of Medicine, 2003

Postgraduate Training

Fellowship in pediatric surgery, Children's Memorial Hospital, 2010-2012; Residency in general surgery, Rush University Medical Center, 2003-2010


Board certified in: General Surgery, Pediatric Surgery

Additional Information


Pediatric surgery, minimally invasive surgery, congenital malformations, neonatal surgery, anorectal malformations, intestinal diseases including Hirschsprung’s disease, inguinal hernias, thyroid disease, anomalies of respiratory and digestive tract, abdomen, esophagus, diaphragm and intestines, thoracic surgery


Pediatric cancer, benign and malignant tumors, thoracic and abdominal surgery, thoracic outlet syndrome, congenital malformations, endocrine surgery, hernias, undescended testicle, medical education

Additional information

Dr. Kabre is a pediatric surgeon who specializes in traditional and minimally invasive treatment of a wide variety of congenital and acquired conditions across the age spectrum, including anomalies of respiratory and digestive tract, abdomen, esophagus, diaphragm and intestines.

Dr. Kabre is an expert in pediatric trauma and directs the pediatric trauma service at Lurie Children’s Hospital. She is also a nationally recognized authority on the treatment of thoracic outlet syndrome, a rare condition marked by abnormal pressure, compression and possible damage of nerves and blood vessels located in the lower neck and upper chest area.

As a clinician, Dr. Kabre believes that the practice of medicine requires more than technical knowledge and scientific acumen. It takes an ability to engage, listen and empathize with patients and their families and understand the dynamics that shape their emotional responses to their illness and injury. 

As a physician-scientist, Dr. Kabre is the Lurie Children’s pediatric surgery representative to the Midwest Pediatric Surgery Consortium, a research partnership involving pediatric surgery investigators from 11 academic children’s hospitals in the Midwest who are passionate about studying surgical diseases and their management in children.  The partnership was formed with the mission of advancing the practice of pediatric surgery through high-quality, multi-institutional clinical studies focusing on high-impact surgical diseases with the goals of improving patient outcomes, developing best practices, and reducing health care cost. 

Clinical and research expertise

Pediatric cancer, benign and malignant tumors, thoracic and abdominal surgery, congenital malformations, endocrine surgery, hernias, undescended testicle, medical education

Procedures Performed 

Congenital Abnormalities

  • Intestinal atresia
  • Congenital diaphragmatic hernia
  • Gastroschisis and omphalocele (abdominal wall defects)
  • Tracheo-esophageal fistula
  • Chest and abdominal masses
  • Imperforate anus

Esophageal and alimentary tract surgeries

  • Esophageal duplication or masses
  • Nissen fundoplication
  • Gastric tubes (G-tubes)
  • Bowel resection for inflammatory bowel disease (Ulcerative Colitis, Crohn’s disease)
  • Hirschsprung’s disease
  • Malrotation of the intestinal tract
  • Liver and pancreatic surgery
  • Cholecystectomy
  • Splenic surgery (complete and partial for cysts, sickle cell disease, idiopathic thrombocytopenia purpura)
  • Appendicitis

Abdominal Tumors

  • Neuroblastoma
  • Wilms’ tumor
  • Mesenteric cyst and mesenteric tumor resection
  • Ovarian Masses

Chest Surgeries

  • Thoracic outlet syndrome surgery
  • Lung masses (CPAM, lung metastases)
  • Chest and mediastinal masses
  • Recurrent pneumothorax
  • Rib lesions

Endocrine Surgery

  • Adrenal
  • Thyroid
  • Pancreatic

Gynecologic surgery

  • Ovary cyst or torsion (ovarian sparing or oophorectomy)
  • Pelvic cyst
  • Hematometrocolpos

Congenital neck cyst excision and drainage

  • Branchial cyst
  • Thyroglossal duct cyst


  • Lymph node biopsy and excision
  • Breast surgery
  • Soft Tissue Masses
  • Vascular malformations
  • Inguinal, umbilical, epigastric and incisional hernias
  • Undescended Testicles
  • Muscle biopsies
  • Circumcisions

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