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A Vision for the Future of Pediatric Surgery

February 15, 2017

Dr. Fizan Abdullah, Head of the Division of General Pediatric Surgery

Lurie Children's was recently designated as a Level I pediatric surgery center by the American College of Surgeons, the first children's hospital in Illinois—and one of only three pediatric hospitals in the United States—to earn this prestigious status. Fizan Abdullah, MD, PhD, Head of the Division of General Pediatric Surgery, talks about this donor and his vision for the division's future.

"We're very proud of this designation. It speaks volumes about the quality and commitment we have at Lurie Children's, and about the passion of the individuals who care for children every day here.

Our division's goal is nothing short of becoming the best pediatric surgery program in the nation. A program that not only provides the highest quality clinical care but also offers patients and families the best possible hospital experience. We want to create approaches that will transform pediatric surgery, and train the next generation of innovators in surgery.

One of the things that distinguishes Lurie Children's program is the volume of patients we see. The more times you perform a particular surgery, the better the outcomes are. That's why we're setting up centers of excellence in such surgical subspecialties as fertility preservation for patients with cancer, congenital abnormalities treatment for newborns, bowel management and chest wall deformities programs. We want to transform how these and other conditions are treated. It's admittedly a lofty goal, but that's what makes us excited to come to work every day."

Dr. Abdullah is the Orvar Swensona Founders' Board Chair.

This article originally appeared in the Winter 2017 issue of Heroes magazine.