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Dr. Thomas Inge Joins Lurie Children’s Hospital as Surgeon-in-Chief

November 15, 2021

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Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago has recruited an internationally recognized surgeon-scientist, Thomas H. Inge, MD, PhD, as the next Surgeon-in-Chief. He will join Lurie Children’s November 15, 2021.

Renowned for his expertise in pediatric bariatric surgery and research, Dr. Inge comes from Children’s Hospital of Colorado, where he served as Associate Surgeon-in-Chief and member of the hospital’s Executive Leadership Team. He was also the Division Chief of Pediatric Surgery, Director of the Adolescent Bariatric Surgery program, and a Professor of Surgery and Pediatrics at the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine.

Dr. Inge has held leadership roles in numerous national organizations and has been a frequently invited faculty and speaker internationally. His surgical outcomes research has been continuously funded by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases since 2005, and during this time he has collaborated broadly to address key questions pertaining to pediatric obesity and surgical treatment. He has authored over 150 peer-reviewed publications and published nearly 60 reviews, editorials, books, and book chapters. 

“Dr. Inge’s leadership skills, success in outcomes research and support of innovation will help the Lurie Children’s Surgery Department lead the way locally, regionally and nationally,” said Marleta Reynolds, MD, who is stepping down from the Surgeon-in-Chief role after 12 years in that role. She will continue as a vital part of the Lurie Children’s surgical team.

“As we welcome Dr. Inge to Lurie Children’s, I would like to recognize the extraordinary dedication and accomplishments of Dr. Reynolds who broke ground as our first female Surgeon-in-Chief ,” said Tom Shanley, MD, President & CEO of Lurie Children’s. “At that time, only three other women in the country had held that position at a major children’s hospital. We have been fortunate to benefit from her expertise and leadership all these years.”

Dr. Inge received his MD and PhD at the Virginia Commonwealth University, Medical College of Virginia. He completed his internship and residency at Stanford University Medical Center Department of Surgery, followed by pediatric surgery fellowship at the Children’s Hospital of Alabama, University of Alabama.

At Lurie Children’s, Dr. Inge will hold the Lydia J. Fredrickson Board Designated Professorship in Pediatric Surgery.

Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago is ranked as one of the nation’s top children’s hospitals by U.S. News & World Report. It is the pediatric training ground for Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Last year, the hospital served more than 220,000 children from 48 states and 49 countries.