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Julia E. Grabowski, MD, FAAP, FACS

Julia E. Grabowski, MD, FAAP, FACS

Attending Physician, Pediatric Surgery; Member, Lurie Children's Surgical Foundation Associate Professor of Surgery, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Language: English


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Julia Grabowski is a pediatric surgeon with a special interest in the treatment of patients with intestinal and colorectal diseases, as well as those with anorectal malformations, including imperforate anus. She also treats newborns, infants and children with a range of conditions including congenital and acquired diseases of the neck, chest, abdomen and pelvis, traumatic injuries, hernias, adolescent breast disease, and she performs prenatal counseling.

Dr. Grabowski leads Lurie Children’s specialized, multidisciplinary Colorectal Center for patients with a variety of intestinal diseases, congenital anomalies and spinal cord disorders— one of the first programs of this kind in the United States. The center offers a multi-pronged approach to the treatment and care of children with both constipation and fecal continence problems and includes a continuity clinic and a combined clinic with a motility specialist from the Department of Gastroenterology. The Colorectal Center focuses on care that goes well beyond traditional medication and also addresses the social, psychological and emotional needs of patients.

As a physician-scientist, Dr. Grabowski devotes her time to the study of pediatric surgical outcomes, safety and quality of care in the hopes of illuminating factors that make pediatric surgery better, safer and more accessible.

She is a member of several academic societies including the American Pediatric Surgical Association, the American Association for Academic Surgery, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Surgical Infection Society, the Pediatric Trauma Society, and the International Pediatric Ednosurgical Group.  She is also a member of the Midwest Pediatric Surgery Consortium.

Clinical and research expertise

Hirschsprung’s disease, inflammatory dynamics in laparoscopic surgery, pediatric kidney tumors, pneumothorax in children, appendicitis, ovarian masses, pediatric breast masses, pilonidal disease and pediatric trauma

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)
  • Hirschprung’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
  • Wilm’s Tumor
  • Mesenteric cyst and mesenteric tumor resection
  • Ovarian Masses

Chest Surgeries

  • Lung masses (CPAM, lung metastases)
  • Chest and mediastinal masses
  • Pneumothorax
  • Rib lesions
  • Breast masses

Endocrine surgery

  • Adrenal
  • Pancreatic

Gynecologic surgery

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

Congenital neck cyst excision and drainage

  • Branchial cyst
  • Thyroglossal duct

Additional procedures performed

  • Lymph node biopsy and excision
  • Soft Tissue Masses
  • Vascular malformations
  • Inguinal, umbilical, epigastric and incisional hernias
  • Undescended Testicles
  • Muscle biopsies
  • Circumcisions
Clinical Interests: Pediatric breast masses, pneumothorax in children, Hirschsprung’s disease, inflammatory dynamics in laparoscopic surgery, pediatric kidney tumors, ovarian masses, appendicitis, pediatric trauma

Education & Training

Education: Northwestern University Medical School, 2003

Postgraduate Training: Fellowship in pediatric surgery, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, 2010-2012; Research Fellowship, UCSD Medical Center, San Diego 2006-2008; Residency in general surgery, UCSD Medical Center, San Diego, 2003-2010

Board Certifications: Pediatric Surgery, General Surgery

Professional Organizations: American Pediatric Surgical Association; International Pediatric Endosurgery Group

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Research Interests: Patient outcomes; breast disease; ovarian masses; spontaneous pneumothorax; appendicitis; pediatric trauma

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