Texas Children’s Hospital The Woodlands welcomes Dr. Jeffrey Shilt as chief surgical officer

HOUSTON – April 26, 2016 – Texas Children’s Hospital The Woodlands is pleased to announce the addition of Dr. Jeffrey Shilt as chief surgical officer. Shilt is also a member of the Division of Orthopedics at Texas Children’s and a faculty member at Baylor College of Medicine. For more information about the Division of Orthopedics at Texas Children’s, please visit the clinic’s website here.

“Dr. Shilt brings an exciting combination of academic, surgical and community practice experience which will be a tremendous asset to us as we open our hospital in The Woodlands,” said Dr. Charles D. Fraser Jr., surgeon-in-chief at Texas Children's and professor of surgery and pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine. “I am excited to welcome him to the team and I look forward to the outstanding pediatric surgical leadership he will bring to The Woodlands community.”

Shilt comes to Texas Children’s from St. Luke’s Children’s Hospital in Boise, Idaho, where he was an active pediatric orthopedic surgeon and director of the hospital’s Spasticity Clinic and motion analysis lab for children and adults. Prior to his time in Idaho, Shilt held positions as associate professor and residency program director at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem. When Wake Forest established Brenner Children’s Hospital, Shilt served as the director of pediatric orthopedics where he assisted in the further development of pediatric specialty care. His research interests include management of spasticity in cerebral palsy, sports performance and the treatment of endurance sports injuries.

As a recognized leader in both academics and clinical practices, Shilt brings a breadth of experience to the Texas Children’s team. While he served as the program director of the Wake Forest University orthopedic surgery residency he participated in pioneering work in the treatment of children with spastic cerebral palsy, as well as sports medicine applications of tissue engineering. He has presented numerous lectures, both nationally and internationally, and serves on various committees and advisory boards. Additionally, he has served as the team physician for the USA triathlon team at the two world championships, two years as a team physician for a professional cycling team, and as a medical consultant for multiple World Champion athletes, Olympians & gold medalists, and multiple professional ironman and other endurance athletes.

A Missouri native, Shilt obtained his medical and undergraduate degrees at the University of Missouri – Kansas City six year combined BA-Medical Degree program directly out of high school. He then completed his general surgery internship and orthopedic surgery residency at the Ochsner Clinic in New Orleans, as well as a year of basic science research at the Pediatric Research Institute at Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital in St. Louis. This was followed by a pediatric orthopedic fellowship at Vanderbilt University in Nashville. After completing his clinical training, Shilt took part in the personalized leadership development program at Wake Forest University Babcock Graduate School of Management’s Institute for Executive Education in Winston-Salem.

Slated to open in 2017 under the leadership of President Michelle Riley-Brown, Chief Medical Officer Dr. Charles Hankins and Chief Surgical Officer Dr. Jeffrey Shilt, the 560,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art facility is being designed specifically to serve children and families. Texas Children’s Hospital The Woodlands will offer inpatient and outpatient specialty pediatric care in areas including: cancer, cardiology, neurology, orthopedics, diabetes and endocrinology, urology, sports medicine, gastroenterology and nutrition, pediatric surgery, plastic surgery, otolaryngology, allergy and immunology, dermatology, adolescent medicine and physical rehabilitation.

The facility will open with 25 emergency center rooms, 72 outpatient rooms, 12 radiology rooms, four operating rooms, 28 critical care beds and 32 acute care beds with plans to add up to 200 additional beds in the future to meet community needs. In addition to serving families throughout The Woodlands, Texas Children’s anticipates serving families in counties throughout Greater North Houston including Montgomery, Walker, Grimes, Liberty, Harris, Polk, San Jacinto and Hardin counties and beyond. 

About Texas Children’s Hospital

Texas Children’s Hospital, a not-for-profit health care organization, is committed to creating a healthier future for children and women throughout the global community by leading in patient care, education and research. Consistently ranked as the best children’s hospital in Texas, and among the top in the nation, Texas Children’s has garnered widespread recognition for its expertise and breakthroughs in pediatric and women’s health. The hospital includes the Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute; the Feigin Center for pediatric research; Texas Children’s Pavilion for Women, a comprehensive obstetrics/gynecology facility focusing on high-risk births; Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus, a community hospital in suburban West Houston; and Texas Children’s Hospital The Woodlands, a second community hospital planned to open in 2017. The organization also created the nation’s first HMO for children, has the largest pediatric primary care network in the country and a global health program that’s channeling care to children and women all over the world. Texas Children’s Hospital is affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. For more information, go to www.texaschildrens.org. Get the latest news by visiting the online newsroom and Twitter at twitter.com/texaschildrens.

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