Dr. Hunter is a pediatric surgeon and physician-scientist focusing on the diagnosis, treatment and research of a variety of pediatric and neonatal disorders, including congenital anomalies of the lung, esophagus, diaphragm, intestines, pediatric tumors of the chest and abdomen, surgical correction of chest-wall defects with particular expertise in minimally invasive approaches to chest wall surgery.
In addition to clinical work and clinical research, Dr. Hunter has had a long-standing interest in intestinal epithelial biology and the origins and mechanisms of abdominal sepsis and necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC), a devastating condition that affects premature newborns marked by rapid intestinal damage and intestinal-cell death.
Dr. Hunter is the recipient of a number of grants and awards, including the Research Scholar Award from the American Gastroenterological Association and funding from the National Institutes of Health.
Dr. Hunter is a member of several academic societies including the American College of Surgeons, Surgical Infection Society, the Association of Women Surgeons, American Pediatric Surgical Association, American Gastrointestinal Association and Children’s Oncology Group.
She has benefited from the guidance of several excellent mentors during her training, and now enjoys the privilege of being a mentor to undergraduates, medical students, and residents.
Hernia (umbilical, inguinal)
Congenital diaphragmatic hernia
Abdominal wall defects—gastroschisis and omphalocele
Education: Cornell University Medical College, 2003,
Postgraduate Training: Fellowship in pediatric surgery, Children's Hospital of Los Angeles, 2010-2012; Residency in surgery, University of California Los Angeles Harbor Medical Center, 2004-2010; Internship in surgery, New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center, 2003-2004
Professional Organizations: American College of Surgeons; American Pediatric Surgical Association; Association of Women Surgeons; Children’s Oncology Group
Research Interests: Necrotizing enterocolitis, inflammatory bowel disease