University of South Carolina College of Medicine, 2000
Fellowship in pediatric surgery, Children's Memorial Hospital, 2006-2008; Residency in general surgery, Mary Hitchcock Memorial Hospital, Lebanon, NH, 2000-2006
Board certified in: Pediatric Surgery
Pediatric surgery, minimally invasive surgery, congenital malformations, pre-natal diagnosis of fetal conditions, pre-natal counseling, neonatal surgery, anorectal malformations, intestinal diseases including Hirschsprung’s disease, inguinal hernias, thyroid disease, breast and ovarian cysts and masses, and fertility preservation in pre and post-adolescent patients who are at risk for fertility loss.
Fertility-restoration and fertility preservation in pre and post-pubertal children undergoing cancer treatment, onco-fertility, ovarian cryopreservation, testicular tissue preservation, medical ethics, surgical ethics, prenatal counseling, congenital malformations
Dr. Erin Rowell is a pediatric surgeon who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of a wide range of congenital and acquired diseases in newborns, infants, children and adolescents.
She is a leader in the field of fertility preservation for children with cancer receiving treatments that put them at risk for fertility loss.
She has advanced expertise in minimally invasive surgery for children of all ages, from babies to teenagers.
Dr. Rowell’s clinical areas of expertise include congenital malformations, pre-natal diagnosis of fetal conditions, pre-natal counseling, neonatal surgery, anorectal malformations, intestinal diseases including Hirschsprung’s disease, inguinal hernias, thyroid disease, breast and ovarian cysts and masses, and fertility preservation in pre and post-adolescent patients who are at risk for fertility loss.
As an academician, Dr. Rowell devotes her research time to the study of the basic mechanisms involved in preserving and restoring fertility in pre-pubertal as well as adolescent girls and boys. She is a principal investigator in an ongoing federally funded study to develop optimal fertility-preservation and fertility-restoration approaches for pre-pubertal children undergoing cancer treatments. The research, conducted in partnership with Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, is following long-term outcomes among pre-adolescent and post-adolescent girls receiving fertility preservation treatments.
Dr. Rowell is also committed to the study ethics in medicine and teaches a course on Surgical Ethics at Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine.
Dr. Rowell’s Philosophy
Dr. Rowell believes that surgical expertise and clinical acumen – while essential in pediatric surgery — are only the foundation. She deems empathy and compassion as two equally vital ingredients in the practice of pediatric medicine. Dr. Rowell believes it is critical to involve the entire family in their child’s care and in the decision-making about treatments—a partnership, she believes not only increases the family’s trust in their physician but also portends better overall outcomes for the patient.
“As a mother, I try to put myself the place of the parents and understand their questions, concerns, fears, and reassure them that I’ll give their child the same care I would expect for my own children,” Dr. Rowell says. “I think this makes me a more compassionate, more engaged and, ultimately, a better pediatric surgeon.”
Dr. Rowell also believes that the practice of medicine is more than the mere accumulation and application of hard scientific knowledge. Medicine, Dr. Rowell says, is at its core a humanistic discipline. That belief compelled her to study art history and spend time abroad as an art student. Before attending medical school, she earned a degree in art history from Dartmouth College.
Procedures Performed/Conditions Treated
- 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
- Splenic surgery (complete and partial for cysts, sickle cell disease, idiopathic thrombocytopenia purpura)
- Pyloric stenosis
- Necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC)
- Wilms’ tumor
- Mesenteric cyst and mesenteric tumor resection
- Ovarian masses
- Congenital lung masses (CPAM, CCAM, pulmonary sequestration)
- Acquired lung masses (lung metastases, benign lung lesions)
- Chest and mediastinal masses
- Recurrent pneumothorax
- Rib lesions
- Ovarian cryopreservation
- Ovary cyst or torsion (ovarian sparing or oophorectomy)
- Ovarian masses
- Pelvic cyst
Congenital neck cyst excision and drainage
- Branchial cyst
- Thyroglossal duct cyst
Extra-corporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO)
Lymph node biopsy and excision
Soft tissue masses
Inguinal, umbilical, epigastric and incisional hernias
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