Faculty in the division of Pediatric Surgery, including designated surgeon-scientists, engage in a wide range of innovative projects designed to improve the health and care of our pediatric population. They are especially dedicated to multidisciplinary research and collaborate with numerous groups locally and nationally.
Surgeon-in-Chief, Marleta Reynolds, MD, heads the Department of Surgery in research initiatives and the implementation of the hospital’s strategic vision. Her leadership has fostered a research culture in the department, expanding efforts beyond the laboratory and towards clinical and translational research. She has led the department in joining pediatric NSQIP to obtain data that has driven safety and quality improvement projects in the department, establishing the Surgery Safety and Quality Committee, and the initiation of a surgeon-scientist program guaranteeing protected time for research activities. Her efforts have led to the implementation of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Surgical Safety Checklist that has shown to have significantly and positively affected the safety culture in the operating room and patient morbidity in an internally conducted study.
Dr. Reynolds’s extensive background in research is exemplified by numerous publications with special interests in developmental anomalies of the lung, diaphragm, intestines and abdominal wall, surgery for cancer, and heart/lung bypass support (ECMO). Her recent efforts focus on interdisciplinary research, collaboration with several tertiary pediatric institutions, projects that allow measurement of performance and results, and advancement of quality and safety of care for all children. Currently, she is investigating the usefulness of a novel technology, the white light scanner, in the assessment and long-term monitoring of patients with pectus excavatum and pectus carinatum. The white light scanner is non-invasive, painless and emits only minimal radiation. Results of this study could influence how children with pectus conditions are followed over time, reducing the need for x-ray exposure to assess these patients.