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Stefan Scholz, MD, PhD, FAAP

Stefan Scholz, MD
Job Title Director, Minimally Invasive Surgery
Job Title Assistant Professor of Surgery, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
4401 Penn Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15224
412-692-7280 Phone
412-692-6069 Fax

Education and Training

Medical School:

1997 Philipps-University Marburg, Marburg, Germany


2000 Philipps-University Marburg, Marburg, Germany


2000 Pediatric Surgery University Hospital Mannheim, University of Heidelberg, Mannheim/Heidelberg, Germany
2002 General Surgery, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, Tenn.
2002 General Surgery, Emory University, Atlanta, Ga.
2004 Pediatric Surgery, Children's Hospital Boston, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Mass.
2008 General Surgery, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Mass. 


2001 Research Fellow, Endoscopic and Laparoscopic Surgery, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, Tenn.
2010 Pediatric Surgery, The Johns Hopkins Hospital, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Md. 
2011 Pediatric Hepatobiliary, Liver, and Intestinal Transplant Surgery; Diana, Princess of Wales Children's Hospital, Birmingham, U.K.


  • Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons
  • American College of Surgeons
  • International Pediatric Endosurgery Group
  • American Pediatric Surgical Association
  • European Paediatric Surgeons' Association
  • American Academy of Pediatrics
  • Pediatric Trauma Society
  • British Association of Paediatric Surgeons
  • German Society for Pediatric Surgery

Board Certifications

  • The American Board of Surgery, Pediatric Surgery
  • The American Board of Surgery, General Surgery


  • 2008 Teaching Award - Best Resident, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center


  • Rossi BV, Ference EH, Zurakowski D, Scholz S, Feins N, Chow J, Laufer MR. The Clinical Presentation and Surgical Management of Ovarian Torsion in the Pediatric and Adolescent Population. J Pediatr Adolesc Gynecol. 2012 25:109-113.
  • Scholz S, Smith JR, Chaignaud B, Shamberger RC, Huang SA. Thyroid Surgery at Children’s Hospital Boston: A 35-Year Single Institution Experience. J Pediatr Surg. 2011 46(3):437-442
  • Choo S, Zhang Y, Papandria, D, Camp M, Salazar J, Chang D, Scholz S, Abdullah F. Outcomes analysis after percutaneous abdominal drainage and exploratory laparotomy for necrotizing enterocolitis in 4,657 infants. Pediatri Surg Int. 2011 27:747-753.
  • Scholz S, Sharif K. Surgery for portal hypertension in children. Curr Gastroenterol Rep. 2011 13:279-285.
  • Sharp KW, Khaitan L, Scholz S, Holzman MD, Richards WO. 100 consecutive minimally invasive Heller myotomies: lessons learned. Ann Surg. 2002 235(5):631-638.

Biography Summary

Dr. Scholz joined Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC and the University of Pittsburgh, School of Medicine, in May 2011. He has expanded the minimally invasive program and established pediatric surgical endoscopic single incision and robotic programs. He has focused on clinical research in both areas.  Dr. Scholz has been involved in the NIH-funded Childhood Liver Disease Research and Education Network (ChiLDREN) and is the surgical co-investor for Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC.
Dr. Scholz has established a Clinic for Pectus excavatum and carinatum patients and has given invited international presentations on the subject. He is working to introduce telemedicine technology into the pediatric surgical practice.  Dr. Scholz was invited to contribute to the standard pediatric surgery textbook as well as a pocket book for surgical trainees.  Dr. Scholz has lectured locally, nationally and internationally to faculty, surgical and medical trainees, medical students and nurses. He was invited as faculty to teach a select group of national surgical residents in minimally invasive training courses organized by SAGES.  Dr. Scholz is actively involved in fellow, resident, medical student and nurses training throughout the hospital and university, lecturing on the pediatric surgical service, the clinic, the operating room and in didactic teaching conferences. He has mentored residents and medical students in clinical research.

Active Research Projects / Grants

  • Robotic applications in pediatric surgery
  • Robotic training in pediatric surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery for pediatric and neonatal surgery
  • Single Incision Minimally Invasive Surgery (SILS, LESS)
  • Pediatric Chest Wall Deformities - pectus carinatum and pectus excavatum
  • Sonography in Pediatric Surgery
  • Pediatric Hepatobiliary Surgery - The Pittsburgh Cholestatic Liver Disease Consortium
  • Pediatric Pain Control
Last Update
February 19, 2013
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Last Update
February 19, 2013