Texas Children’s Hospital Selects Dr. William Pederson as Chief of the Division of Plastic Surgery


HOUSTON (AUGUST 22, 2023) Texas Children’s Hospital is pleased to announce Dr. William "Chris" Pederson as chief of its world-renowned Division of Plastic Surgery. Pederson has also been appointed chief of the Division of Plastic Surgery at Baylor College of Medicine.

Pederson joined Texas Children’s Hospital in 2016 as an attending surgeon in plastic and orthopedic surgery. A highly-regarded pediatric hand surgeon, he specializes in hand reconstruction, hand trauma, brachial plexus repair and lower limb reconstruction, and is the Director of the Hand and Upper Extremity Program at Texas Children’s West Campus.

“I am thrilled that Dr. Pederson will be leading our Division of Plastic Surgery at Texas Children’s,” said Dr. Larry Hollier, Surgeon-in-Chief for Texas Children’s Hospital. “His experience and knowledge base within the field is invaluable, as are his abilities as a leader and educator. He will serve as a great asset to our patients, team members, and the Texas Children’s community.”

Pederson received his medical degree from Southwestern Medical School in Dallas, completed his general surgery residency at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and plastic surgery residency at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina. He then completed a fellowship in Hand Surgery at the University of Louisville Health Science Center in Louisville, Kentucky, followed by a fellowship in microsurgery research at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Melbourne, Australia. Dr. Pederson served as a director of the American Board of Plastic Surgery and is the past Chairman of the Hand Surgery Certifying Exam committee, and the past president of the American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery and the American Association for Hand Surgery. He currently serves on the International Editorial Board of the Journal of Reconstructive Microsurgery, and served on the Scientific Editorial Board of the Journal of Hand Surgery (American). Dr. Pederson is also the senior editor of the gold-standard textbook for hand surgery, Green’s Operative Hand Surgery.

“Our division of Plastic Surgery at Texas Children’s Hospital is home to incredibly talented and dedicated physicians, nurses, therapists and caretakers. I am proud to serve as their next leader as we strive to provide an unparalleled level of care to our patients, and look forward to fostering our spirit for collaboration and education opportunities,” said Pederson.

The Plastic Surgery division within Texas Children’s Hospital is internationally recognized for its expertise in many subspecialty areas of plastic surgery, including its Craniofacial Program, Brachial Plexus Clinic, and Cleft Lip and Palate Clinic.  During Dr. Pederson’s tenure at Texas Children’s, it has become a globally recognized center for pediatric hand surgery and reconstructive microsurgery as well. It is the largest plastic surgery program in the country dedicated specifically to treatment of the pediatric population.

About Texas Children’s

Texas Children’s, a nonprofit 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 system includes the Texas Children’s Duncan NRI; the Feigin Tower 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, the first hospital devoted to children’s care for communities north of Houston. The organization also created Texas Children’s Health Plan, the nation’s first HMO for children; Texas Children’s Pediatrics, the largest pediatric primary care network in the country; Texas Children’s Urgent Care clinics that specialize in after-hours care tailored specifically for children; 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, visit www.texaschildrens.org