Texas Children's Hospital welcomes Dr. William "Chris" Pederson, expert pediatric hand surgeon


HOUSTON – (Jan. 20, 2016) – Texas Children’s Hospital is excited to welcome Dr. William "Chris" Pederson, a highly-regarded pediatric hand surgeon, to the Department of Surgery Divisions of Plastic Surgery and Orthopedics. Pederson, whose appointment is effective this month, is also a professor of surgery, orthopedic surgery and pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine. For more information about Texas Children's Plastic Surgery team, visit www.texaschildrens.org/surgery.

“With the addition of Dr. Pederson to our internationally renowned team of experts, we will further expand the highly-specialized, multidisciplinary care offered to children, adolescents and families who seek treatment at Texas Children’s,” says Dr. Larry Hollier, chief of plastic surgery at Texas Children’s and Baylor.

Pederson’s clinical interests include the management of vascular problems in the upper extremity, nerve injury and repair including brachial plexus, Volkmann’s ischemic contracture, facial paralysis and microsurgical reconstruction of complex extremity defects.

A native Texan, he is an honors graduate of The University of Texas at Austin and received his medical degree from The University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas, Texas. He completed an internship and residency in surgery at The University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, Texas. Pederson continued his medical education with training in plastic and reconstructive surgery at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina and was a Christine Kleinert Fellow in hand surgery in Louisville, Kentucky. Following this, he completed a one-year fellowship in microsurgery at St. Vincent's Hospital in Melbourne, Australia.

Pederson was previously on the faculty at Duke and subsequently served as chief of plastic surgery at the U.T. Health Science Center in San Antonio. He later joined Dr. David Green at The Hand Center of San Antonio. He was the Hand Surgery Fellowship Director at this center for the last 10 years and has helped train more than 80 hand surgeons in the last 25 years.

A member of numerous professional organizations, and in recognition of his many contributions to the field, Pederson was elected president of the American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery in 2005. He has also served on the executive council of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand and is currently vice president of the American Association for Hand Surgery. Pederson was named a director of the American Board of Plastic Surgery in 2013, and serves on the Combined Committee on Surgery of the Hand with members of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery.  He is also on the executive council of the World Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery.

Pederson has authored more than 60 papers in peer-reviewed literature and 40 textbook chapters. He is an editor of the textbook “Green's Operative Hand Surgery,” and serves on the editorial boards of the “Journal of Hand Surgery” and the “Journal of Reconstructive Microsurgery.” Pederson serves on the dean's advisory council of the College of Natural Sciences at U.T. Austin and is a consultant to the Texas Medical Board. He was recently appointed by the state to the Texas Medical Disclosure Panel. In 2011, Pederson was selected as a visiting professor for the American Society for Surgery of the Hand and was selected in 2012 as a visiting professor for the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

The surgeons on the Plastic Surgery team at Texas Children’s are dedicated to helping children function at the highest level by treating all of their surgical need from common to the most complex. After nearly 40 years, Texas Children’s Plastic Surgery department has established an international reputation for its expertise in a number of subspecialty areas and has grown to become the largest pediatric plastic surgery program in the country. To make an appointment with a hand specialist, call 832-227-HAND (4263).

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.