Mehul V. Raval, MD, MS, FAAP, FACS

Mehul V. Raval, MD, MS, FACS, FAAP

Division Head, Pediatric Surgery; Vice Chair of Quality and Safety, Department of Surgery; Orvar Swenson Founders’ Board Chair in Pediatric Surgery; Member, Lurie Children's Surgical Foundation

Professor of Surgery (Pediatric Surgery) and Pediatrics, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine



Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago

225 E. Chicago Ave.
Chicago, Illinois 60611

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Dr. Mehul Raval practices general pediatric surgery and surgical oncology. He treats newborns, infants and children with a range of conditions spanning from the newborn period through young adulthood. He has extensive experience in neonatal surgery, endocrine surgery, minimally invasive surgery, surgical correction of congenital anomalies/prenatal consultation, chest wall deformities (including pectus excavatum/carinatum), hepatobiliary surgery, gall bladder removal, splenectomy, colorectal surgery, endoscopy, thoracic surgery, Hirschsprung’s disease, gastrointestinal surgery, and trauma surgery.

In his clinical practice, he is particularly interested in conditions related to the thyroid and in using minimally invasive surgical techniques including robotic assisted surgery. Dr. Raval strives to care for his patients as he would care for his own children. He is passionate about healing kids so that they can quickly recover and get back to living a fun-filled life.

As a physician scientist, Dr. Raval’s research focuses on improving the outcomes in children’s surgical care. A large portion of his work has revolved around quality and patient safety.

Dr. Raval has authored more than 175 peer-reviewed publications and over a dozen chapters. He has served as a coinvestigator on a $3.5 million grant from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the development of pediatric devices and was awarded a $1.1 million R01 grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for the Agency of Healthcare Research and Quality, to research the added value of value of surgical procedures performed in a children’s hospital.

Dr. Raval serves as the Principal Investigator on a $3.5m NIH funded study to evaluate implementation of enhanced recovery protocols for children undergoing gastrointestinal surgery including patients with Crohn's Disease and Ulcerative Colitis. This study represents on the largest ongoing quality improvement studies of its type and is actively enrolling patients at 18 hospitals United States.

He serves on national committees and has held leadership roles for the Association of Academic Surgery, American Pediatric Surgery Association, American College of Surgeons, and the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Clinical Interests

Thyroid conditions, enhanced recovery protocols, health services research, patient safety, surgical quality, surgical education

Education & Training

Education: Wake Forest University School Of Medicine, 2005

Postgraduate Training: Fellowship in pediatric surgery, Nationwide Children's Hospital, The Ohio State University, 2012-2014; Residency in general surgery, McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University, 2005-2012

Board Certifications: Board certified in General Surgery and Pediatric Surgery

Professional Organizations: American Academy of Pediatrics, American College of Surgeons, American Pediatric Surgical Association

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