Dr. Marleta Reynolds is a recognized leader in the field of pediatric surgery, and a renowned authority in surgery to correct developmental anomalies, surgery for tumors or cancers of the neck and chest, and abdomen and endocrine disorders.
Dr. Reynolds began her career at Lurie Children’s, formerly Children’s Memorial Hospital, as a fellow in pediatric surgery in 1981, ascending to the helm of the hospital’s Department of Surgery, which she led as its first female Surgeon-in-Chief for 12 years. She stepped down in November 2021 but continues to see patients.
Under her surgical leadership, the hospital earned its status as a Level 1 Children’s Surgery Center, demonstrating proficiency in surgical care from the simplest procedure to the most complex heart transplant.
Dr. Reynolds developed Lurie Children’s Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) Program, a complex treatment method that supports pediatric patients with heart and lung failure, in 1985 and had served as its director until 2021.
A respected physician-scientist, Dr. Reynolds is a leader in research related to developmental anomalies and chest wall deformities. She has authored dozens of academic publications on these topics.
A sought-after mentor and professor of surgery at Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine, she has been recognized with numerous teaching awards from the school’s Department of Surgery.
Her expertise has been sought outside of the hospital, and she has served on the Board of Governors of the Illinois Surgical Society since 2005. She also served in leadership roles with the Children’s Oncology Group, the National Cancer Institute, the American Board of Surgery, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Pediatric Surgical Association and the American College of Surgeons.