Texas Children's Hospital announces new chief of the division of pediatric surgery

HOUSTON - (Oct.1, 2012) - Renowned pediatricsurgeon Dr. Jed Nuchtern has been appointed as chief of the division ofpediatric surgery at Texas Children's Hospital. Nuchtern, whose appointment waseffective Sept 18, will continue his roles as pediatric surgeon with TexasChildren's Cancer Center and as professor of surgery and pediatrics at BaylorCollege of Medicine. For more information about pediatric surgery visit texaschildrens.org

An eminent leaderin the field of pediatric surgery for nearly 20 years, Nuchtern hasdistinguished himself in a variety of research, clinical and academic roles. Hisresearch program includes translational and clinical research ondeveloping new treatments for pediatric solid tumors, particularly neuroblastoma. His primary researchis directed toward identifying the pathways through which molecules affectneuroblastoma tumor progression, which has led him to author more than 80 bookchapters and publications in various academic and medical journals. He is arecipient of numerous honors and awards including the American College ofSurgeons Faculty Research Fellowship. He has been named one of America's TopDoctors by Castle Connolly and Best Doctors in America by Best Doctors, Inc listsfor five consecutive years. Most recently U.S.News World Reportrecognized him as a Top Doctor in 2011.

"Dr. Nuchternis a skilled surgeon, researcher and academician," said Dr.Charles D. Fraser, surgeon-in-chief at Texas Children's Hospital. "With hisclinical brilliance and exceptional leadership skills, he will remain aninvaluable asset to our hospital, our patient families and leader to our renowneddivision of pediatric surgery team."

Board-certifiedin pediatric surgery and surgical critical care, Nuchtern received hisundergraduate degree from Princeton University, a master's degree in chemistryfrom Harvard University and earned his medical degree from Harvard MedicalSchool. After completing his general surgery residency program at University ofWashington, he pursued a research fellowship at National Institutes of Healthin Maryland.

Nuchtern is afellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics-Surgical Section, the AmericanCollege of Surgeons and the Association for Academic Surgery and a member ofthe American Surgical Association, the Society of University Surgeons and the InternationalSociety for Pediatric Surgical Oncology. He currently serves as vice chairmanfor the Surgical Discipline Committee and the Neuroblastoma Disease Committee forthe Children's Oncology Group.

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.