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Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh Physician Welcomed into Prestigious Surgical Organization

Jeffrey Upperman, MD, a pediatric surgeon at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, recently was named a fellow of the American College of Surgeons.

The College, with more than 66,000 members, is the largest organization of surgeons in the world. Dr. Upperman was one of only 1,301 new members initiated at the College's 90th annual Clinical Congress, held in New Orleans.

"Children's Hospital is honored to have a surgeon with Dr. Upperman's talent on its staff and his membership in the American College of Surgeons is further evidence of his commitment to clinical and personal excellence," said Eugene Wiener, MD, Children's medical director and also a member of the college. "Dr. Upperman is an exemplary surgeon, researcher and community advocate for childhood injury prevention."

Dr. Upperman is a member of a number of professional societies, including the Allegheny County Medical Society, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Gastroenterological Association, the American Medical Association, the American Pediatric Surgical Association, the American Physiological Society, the Association for Academic Surgery, the Association for Surgical Education, the Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma, the National Medical Association, the Pittsburgh Surgical Society, the Shock Society, the Surgical Infection Society, the Central Surgical Association and the Society of University Surgeons.

Dr. Upperman has been a surgeon at Children's since 1999. He received his undergraduate degree from Stanford University and completed graduate studies at Stanford and the New Jersey Medical School.

A major in the Medical Corps of the U.S. Army Reserve, Dr. Upperman spent four months this year in Iraq. Dr. Upperman's unit, the 848th Forward Surgical Team, provided expert medical care to the detainees at Abu Ghraib prison.

In addition to his surgical duties at Children's, Dr. Upperman conducts laboratory research on an intestinal condition that can be fatal to premature babies. He has a four-year, $365,000 grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to study the role nitric oxide plays in gut barrier failure, a condition that causes inflammatory bowel disease and inflammation of the small intestine in 5 to 7 percent of all premature babies.

Marc Lukasiak, 412-692-5016,
Melanie Finnigan, 412-692-5016,

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