Douglas A. Potoka , MD, FACS, FAAP

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Assistant Professor of Surgery, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
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Specialty:

Surgery

Secondary Specialty:

Pediatric Surgery
Minimally Invasive Surgery

Education:

Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Baltimore, MD

Residency:

University of Pittsburgh Medical School
Pittsburgh, PA

Fellowships:

University of Pittsburgh Medical School
Pittsburgh, PA

Affiliations:

Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC
Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC
UPMC Presbyterian South Surgery Center
UPMC Children's Surgery Centers

Biography

Research Interests

  • Impact of Pediatric Trauma Centers on Outcome for Pediatric Trauma in a Statewide System
  • Role of Peroxynitrite in Enterocyte Apoptosis and Cell Signaling
  • Pulmonary Blood Flow in Lung Development and Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia
  • Identification of Novel Genes for Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia by Characterizing Genetic Copy Number Alteration

View Dr. Potoka’s full list of publications from PubMed.

Biography Summary

Douglas Potoka, MD, is an attending pediatric surgeon in the Division of Pediatric General and Thoracic Surgery at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, and Assistant Professor of Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Dr. Potoka maintains an active basic science research program focusing on mechanisms of abnormal lung development in congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH) and the role that defective embryonic pulmonary blood flow and pulmonary innervation play in lung maldevelopment in CDH. Dr. Potoka has been awarded a NIH/NICHHD K08 Career Development Award (HD061599-01A2) entitled, Pulmonary Blood Flow in Lung Development and Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia in support of this research.

Dr. Potoka is also collaborator on a NIH/NICHHD R01 grant entitled, Identification of Novel Genes for Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia by Characterizing Genetic Copy Number Alteration. Dr. Potoka is the study site PI for Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC for this multicenter study (DHREAMS study) designed to identify genetic defects contributing to CDH. He is the central figure here at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC for the enrollment of patients into the Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia Study Group; and is involved in clinical research and QI projects focusing on CDH.

Dr. Potoka has given lectures to the emergency department, pediatric surgery, surgical critical care fellows, general surgery residents, and medical students. He is also an active member of the teaching faculty and participates in inpatient, outpatient and operative teaching of fellows, residents, and medical students. He currently mentors student volunteers in the lab.

Dr. Potoka is published in the Journal of Pediatric Surgery, Journal of Trauma, and American Journal of Physiology, among others.

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