Monica Langer, MD, MPH

Monica Langer, BSc, MSc, MD, FRCSC, FACS

Attending Physician, Pediatric Surgery; Member, Lurie Children's Surgical Foundation

Health System Clinician of Surgery (Pediatric Surgery), Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine



Loyola University Medical Center

2160 S 1st Ave.
Maywood, Illinois 60153

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Monica Langer is a pediatric surgeon specializing in the treatment of newborns, infants and children with a range of conditions including congenital and acquired diseases of the neck, chest, abdomen and pelvis, traumatic injuries, hernias, gastroesophageal malformations, adolescent breast disease, prenatal counseling, intestinal disease and anorectal malformations.

Clinical and Research Expertise

Surgical treatment of congenital anomalies, and childhood cancers, with a particular interest in gastroschisis, as well as colorectal cancer, carcinoid tumors, and pancreatic cancer in children.  Dr. Langer has a particular interest in clinical research aimed at improving outcomes for children requiring surgery in low-resource settings. 

Procedures Performed/Conditions Treated

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

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
  • Intussusception
  • Cholecystectomy
  • Splenic surgery (complete and partial for cysts, sickle cell disease, idiopathic thrombocytopenia purpura)
  • Appendicitis
  • Pyloric stenosis

Congenital Neck Cyst Excision and Drainage

  • Branchial cyst
  • Thyroglossal duct cyst

Other Procedures Performed

  • Extra-corporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO)
  • Traumatic injuries
  • Lymph node biopsy and excision
  • Breast surgery
  • Soft tissue masses
  • Vascular malformations
  • Inguinal, umbilical, epigastric and incisional hernias
  • Undescended testicles
  • Muscle biopsies
  • Circumcision

Abdominal Tumors

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

Chest Surgeries

  • Congenital lung masses (CPAM, CCAM, pulmonary sequestration)
  • Acquired lung masses (lung metastases, benign lung lesions)
  • Chest and mediastinal masses
  • Recurrent pneumothorax
  • Rib lesions

Endocrine Surgery

  • Adrenal
  • Thyroid
  • Pancreatic

Gynecologic Surgery

  • Ovary cyst or torsion (ovarian sparing or oophorectomy)
  • Ovarian masses
  • Pelvic cyst 


Education & Training

Education: University of Saskatchewan Royal University Hospital, Canada, 2003

Postgraduate Training: Residency in pediatric surgery, University of British Columbia Faculty of Medicine, 2009-2011; Residency in general surgery, University of British Columbia Faculty of Medicine, 2003-2009

Board Certifications: General Surgery, Pediatric Surgery

Professional Organizations: American College of Surgeons, American Pediatric Surgical Association, Canadian Association of General Surgeons, Canadian Association of Pediatric Surgeons

Research & Publications