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Nationally Recognized Surgeon and Researcher Named Surgeon-in-Chief at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh

Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh has recruited nationally recognized surgeon and researcher George K. Gittes, MD, to serve as surgeon-in-chief and chief of the Division of Pediatric Surgery and Professor of Surgery, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

Prior to assuming this role at Children's he was the Thomas M. Holder/Keith W. Ashcraft Professor in Pediatric Surgical Research in the Department of Surgery at the University of Missouri Kansas City School of Medicine, the director of surgical research at Children's Mercy Hospital, Kansas City, and was Professor of Anatomy and Cell Biology at the University of Kansas School of Medicine.

Dr. Gittes is currently the principal investigator on two National Institutes of Health grants and a grant from the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Dr. Gittes also serves as the president of the Society of University Surgeons (2005-2006), the premier academic surgical organization in the world.

"We are proud to welcome Dr. Gittes to Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh. His commitment to education, research and surgical care will be an enormous asset to our surgical program and the entire hospital community," said Eugene S. Wiener, MD, chief medical officer and executive vice president. "He will be a wonderful addition to our hospital executive and surgical team as well as bringing new and innovative ideas to the hospital."

Dr. Gittes' research interests include developmental biology and research involving organogenesis, or the origin and development of organs. His research focuses on identifying various signaling mechanisms in the developing pancreas, with a goal of curing various endocrine abnormalities related to the pancreas, including diabetes.

Dr. Gittes received his medical degree from Harvard Medical School, graduating cum laude. He completed his surgical residency at the University of California in San Francisco and his fellowship in pediatric surgical at Children's Mercy Hospital. Dr. Gittes has more than 180 publications in peer-reviewed journals.

He lives in Fox Chapel with his wife, Elissa Gittes, MD, a pediatrician specializing in Adolescent Medicine who also will be joining Children's and the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine faculty in the fall, and two children.

View Dr. Gittes' biography.

Download Dr. Gittes' photograph.

Melanie Finnigan, 412-692-5502 or 412-692-5016,
Marc Lukasiak, 412-692-7919 or 412-692-5016,

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February 22, 2008
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Last Update
February 22, 2008