New Surgeon-in-Chief Appointed at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford

James Dunn, MD, PhD, pediatric surgeon, bioengineer and established
researcher, will also assume a professorship of Surgery at Stanford
University School of Medicine

PALO ALTO, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#Stanford–Pediatric surgeon and bioengineer James Dunn, MD, PhD, joined Lucile
Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford
on October 1 as
Surgeon-in-Chief and Chief of the Division of Pediatric Surgery,
Department of Surgery at the Stanford
University School of Medicine.

Dunn, who was previously chief of pediatric surgery at Mattel Children’s
Hospital at the University of California-Los Angeles, takes over from Gary
Hartman, MD
, clinical professor of surgery, who is transitioning to
a new leadership role at Packard Children’s Hospital.

“We are very excited for Dr. Dunn to join Lucile Packard Children’s
Hospital as our Surgeon-in-Chief and Chief of Surgery” said Christopher
G. Dawes
, president and CEO of Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital
and Stanford Children’s Health. “We have incredible expertise in
pediatric surgery, and Dr. Dunn’s broad surgical experience, specialized
intestinal practice and bioengineering expertise will add to the ongoing
development of our world-class surgical programs.”

“James is a first-class surgeon and scientist,” said Mary
Hawn, MD
, professor and chair of the Department of Surgery. “His
ability to apply engineering solutions to clinical challenges facing our
pediatric patients has the promise to transform the way we treat
children with complex intestinal disorders.”

Dunn has a well-established research program that develops both
cell-based and engineering solutions for short gut syndrome — a
crippling disorder that occurs primarily in preterm infants, but has
lifelong consequences for those affected. He is internationally
recognized for his work at the interface of pediatric surgery and
bioengineering to develop novel therapies for children.

“I’m thrilled to join Stanford to continue building world-class surgical
programs at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital,” Dunn said. “I look
forward to working with all of the physicians and staff to develop
destination centers that will improve the quality of surgical care for
infants and children.”

Dunn graduated from Harvard Medical School in 1992 with a concomitant
PhD in bioengineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. After
completing his surgical fellowship training at UCLA and a pediatric
surgical fellowship at Indiana University, he joined UCLA as a faculty
member in 2001.

Hartman, who has been the Chief of Surgery since 2012, will be
transitioning to a new leadership role as Medical Director of Surgical
Services in the Perioperative Area at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital
Stanford. Thomas
M. Krummel, MD
who served as Packard Children’s Surgeon-in-Chief for
nearly 15 years, will continue his role as Emile Holman Professor and
Chair Emeritus in the Department of Surgery at Stanford University
School of Medicine and Co-Director of Stanford Byers Center for

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Hospital Stanford

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