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Director, Richard King Mellon Institute for Pediatric Research
Benjamin R. Fisher Chair of Pediatric Surgery
Professor, Department of Surgery, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Surgeon-in-Chief Emeritus and Co-scientific Director, UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh
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Specialty:

Surgery

Secondary Specialty:

Pediatric Surgery
Minimally Invasive Surgery

Board Certifications:

Pediatric Surgery
Surgery

Education:

MD, Harvard Medical School Boston, MA

Residency:

University of California at San Francisco
San Francisco, CA

Fellowships:

Childrens Mercy Hospital
Kansas City, MO

Affiliations:

UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh

Languages:

Spanish

George Kingsley Gittes, MD

Doctor

Director, Richard King Mellon Institute for Pediatric Research
Benjamin R. Fisher Chair of Pediatric Surgery
Professor, Department of Surgery, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Surgeon-in-Chief Emeritus and Co-scientific Director, UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh

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Biography

View Dr. Gittes' full list of publications from PubMed.

VIDEO: Using Gene Therapy to Treat Diabetes

Biography Summary

Since joining UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh in 2005, George K. Gittes, MD, has served as surgeon-in-chief and chief of the Division of Pediatric General and Thoracic Surgery - one of the busiest pediatric surgical programs in the United States and the home of the Benedum Pediatric Trauma Program, one of only two Level I Regional Resource Pediatric Trauma Centers in Pennsylvania. In 2018, he was appointed director of the Richard King Mellon Foundation Institute for Pediatric Research and co-scientific director at UPMC Children's Hospital. He also assumed the title of surgeon-in-chief emeritus.

Dr. Gittes, a nationally recognized pediatric surgeon and well-established basic scientist, leads the Mellon Institute, which is an incubator for research that challenges conventional wisdom and can lead to paradigm shifts in pediatric medicine. The high-risk, high-impact investigations undertaken at the institute are typically not funded through government or conventional sources, placing UPMC Children's in a unique realm of pediatric research centers.

As co-scientific director, Dr. Gittes works alongside Terence Dermody, MD, chair of the Department of Pediatrics at the Pitt School of Medicine and physician-in-chief and scientific director at UPMC Children's, to further enhance the hospital's already robust and historically significant pediatric research program.

In his own lab, Dr. Gittes and his team have been performing studies using gene therapy to treat diabetes. His team has found that a virus injected into the pancreatic duct of mice will reverse their diabetes, leading to the potential to change the treatment of juvenile diabetes.

Dr. Gittes came to Pittsburgh from Children's Mercy Hospital and the University of Missouri Kansas City School Hospital and the University of Missouri Kansas City School of Medicine, where he held the Thomas M. Holder/Keith W. Ashcraft Chair in Pediatric Surgical Research. He has long been actively involved in mentoring the next generation of scientific researchers.

Dr. Gittes served as the 2005–06 president of the Society of University Surgeons.

Research Interests

Smad regulation of pancreatic islet formation

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