Surgical Research

The Surgical Research Laboratories at Boston Children’s Hospital incorporate the work of several principal investigators with a diversity of research interests, reflecting the broad spectrum of General Pediatric Surgery. Our laboratories integrate work on regenerative medicine (tissue engineering and other cell-based strategies), fetal therapy and biology, wound healing, lung and liver regeneration, transplantation, surgical and parenteral nutrition, short bowel syndrome, oncology, angiogenesis, vascular anomalies and instrument development, often in interdependent undertakings. These endeavors are pursued within the realm of a training program centered on General Surgery residents, particularly those interested in a career in Pediatric Surgery. In parallel to their research training, our postdoctoral research fellows also participate in select clinical and didactic activities of the Department of Surgery, as well as have access to multiple resources from the neighboring Harvard campus.

Featured researchers in the Department of Surgery hold faculty appointments at Harvard Medical School.

Current Research in General Pediatric Surgery



Farokh Demehri, MD


Dario Fauza, MD, PhD

Fetal therapy, tissue engineering and other cell-based therapies

Steven J. Fishman, MD

Vascular malformations and tumors

Tom Jaksic, MD, PhD

Short bowel syndrome and surgical metabolism

Heung Bae Kim, MD

Surgical innovation and instrument development

Mark Puder, MD, PhD

Parenteral nutrition, liver injury and lung regeneration

Shawn J. Rangel, MD, MSCE

 Clinical outcomes and quality improvement

Khashayar Vakili, MD

Liver regeneration, tumors and transplantation