Our surgeons are established leaders and trailblazers in the field of pediatric surgery, providing the highest level of diagnostics, treatment and care. Children are not small adults – their growing bodies require special surgical approaches and in-depth understanding of child health. This is why all of our physicians receive two additional years of advanced training in pediatric surgery after training as general surgeons.
Our team includes 13 senior surgeons — all of whom have academic appointments at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine — two surgical fellows and 18 advanced practice nurses, all of whom are also trained in pediatric surgery.
Division head Fizan Abdullah, MD, PhD, joined Lurie Children’s in 2015 after spending a decade at Johns Hopkins Medicine as a pediatric surgeon, a physician-scientist and an educator. A world-renowned authority in the fields of minimally invasive surgery and chest wall deformities, Dr. Abdullah is also an expert on neonatal surgery, abdominal wall defects, congenital diaphragmatic hernia, and esophageal and gastrointestinal anomalies, among others. His research interests focus on surgical outcomes, patient safety, access to care and quality of care.
Marleta Reynolds, MD, Lurie Children’s Surgeon-in-Chief and director of the Department of Surgery, is an international leader in pediatric surgery and an internationally known expert on developmental anomalies of the lung, diaphragm, intestines and abdominal wall. She is a leader in the field of prenatal counseling for fetal anomalies, minimally invasive surgery, endocrine surgery, and pediatric cardio-thoracic and critical-care surgery, including extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO).
Meet the Team