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Chen Mike Pediatric

Director, Division of Pediatric Surgery

Joseph M. Farley Endowed Chair in Pediatric Surgery
Surgeon-in-Chief, Children’s of Alabama

Areas of Interest
anorectal malformation, Hirschsprung’s disease, bowel management, congenital anomalies, thoracic defects and minimally invasive surgery


Mike Chen attended the University of Texas and UT Health Sciences Center in Houston. He trained in general surgery at the University of Florida. He completed fellowships in Transplantation and then Pediatric Surgery. He was on faculty at UMDNJ-Camden from 1996-2000. He joined the faculty at UF in Gainesville from 2000-2009. He was recruited to UAB in September 2009. He is the Director of the Division of Pediatric Surgery and Surgeon-in-Chief of the Children’s Hospital. His focus is on providing the best clinical care possible for infants and children and inspiring young surgeons to do the same. He has a strong interest in education as the Director of the Pediatric Surgery Fellowship.

Dr. Chen’s clinical interests include all aspects of pediatric surgery with a particular focus on anorectal malformation, Hirschsprung’s disease, bowel management, congenital anomalies, thoracic defects, and minimally invasive surgery. He is also engaged in a prospective study on adolescent bariatric surgery.

Selected Publications

Cuenca AG, Wiggins A, Chen MK, Kays DW, Islam S, Beierle, EA: Equestrian injuries in children. J Pediatr Surg, 44:148-150, 2009.

Kokoska ER and Chen MK, APSA New Technology Members: Position paper on video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery as treatment of pediatric empyema. J Pediatr Surg, 44:289-293, 2009.

Inge TH, Miyano G, Bean J, Helmrath M, Courcoulas A, Harmon CM, Chen MK, Wilson K, Daniels SR, Garcia VF, Brandt ML, Dolan LM: Reversal of type 2 diabetes mellitus and improvements in cardiovascular risk factors after surgical weight loss in adolescents. Pediatrics, 123:214-222, 2009.

Kane TD, Brown MF, Chen MK, APSA New Technology Members: Position paper on laparoscopic antireflux operations in infants and children for gastroesophageal reflux disease. J Pediatr Surg, 44:1034-1040, 2009.

Mortellaro VE, Chen MK, Pincus D, Kays DW, Islam S, Beierle EA. Infectious risk to VP shunts from GI surgery in the pediatric population. J Pediatr Surg, 44:1201-1205, 2009.

Lee CW, Kays DW, Chen MK, Islam S. Outcomes of treatment of childhood achalasia. J Pediatr Surg, 45: 1173-1177, 2010.

Gow KW and Chen MK, APSA New Technology Members. American Pediatric Surgical Association New Technology Committee review on video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery for childhood cancer. J Pediatr Surg, 45:2227-2233, 2010.

Gillory LA, Megison ML, Harmon CM, Chen MK, Anderson S, Chong AJ, Chaignaud BE, Beierle EA. Laparoscopic surgery in children with congenital heart disease. J Pediatr Surg, 47:1084-1088, 2012.

Lacher M, Muensterer OJ, Yannam GR, Aprahamian CJ, Perger L, Megison M, Yu DC, Beierle EA, Anderson SA, Chen MK, Harmon CM. Feasibility of single-incision pediatric endosurgery for the treatment of appendicitis in 415 Children. J Laparoendosc Adv Surg Tech A, 22:604-608, 2012.

Yannam GR, Yu D, Kelly D, Chen MK, Beierle EA. Angiodysplasia of the colon presenting as an acute abdomen. J Pediatr Surg, 47(10):e37-40, 2012.

Gow KW, Barnhardt DC, Hamilton TE, Kandel JJ, Chen MK, Ferrer FA, Price MR, Mullen EA, Geller JI, Gratias EJ, Rosen N, Khanna G, Naranjo A, Ritchey ML, Grundy PE, Dome JS, Ehrlich PF. Primary nephrectomy and intraoperative tumor spill: Report from the Children’s Oncology Group (COG) renal tumors committee. J Pediatr Surg, 48:34-38, 2013

Lacher M, Kuebler JF, Yannam GR, Aprahamian CJ, Perger L, Beierle EA, Anderson SA, Chen MK, Harmon CM, Muensterer OJ. Single-incision pediatric endosurgery (SIPES) for ovarian pathology. J Laparoendosc Adv Surg Tech A, 23:291-6, 2013.

Whittaker B, Christiaans SC, Altice JL, Chen MK, Bartolucci AA, Kerby JD, Pittet JF: Early coagulopathy is an independent predictor of mortality in children after severe trauma. Shock, 39:421-426, 2013.

Yannam GR, Griffin R, Anderson SA, Beierle EA, Chen MK, Harmon CM. Single incision pediatric endosurgery (SIPES) appendectomy-Is obesity a contraindication. J Pediatr Surg, 48:1399-1404, 2013.

Lacher M, Yannam GR, Muensterer OJ, Aprahamian CJ, Haricharan RN, Perger L, Bartle D, Talathi SS, Beierle EA, Anderson SA, Chen MK, Harmon CM. Laparoscopic cholecystectomy for biliary dyskinesia in children: Frequency increasing. J Pediatr Surg, 48:1716-1721, 2013.

Russell RT, Lucas AP, Johnson JE, Yannam G, Beierle EA, Anderson S, Chen MK, Harmon, CM. Extraction of esophageal foreign bodies: rigid vs. flexible endoscopy. Ped Surg Int, 30:417-422, 2014.

Mathews EK, Griffin RL, Mortellaro V, Beierele EA, Harmon CM, Chen MK, Russell RT. Utility of immature granulocyte percentage in pediatric appendicitis. J Surg Res, 190:230-234, 2014.

Anderson SA, Beierle EA, Chen MK. Role of laparoscopy in the prevention and in the treatment of adhesions. Semin Pediatr Surg, 23:353-356, 2014.

Seims AD, Russell RT, Beierle EA, Chen MK, Anderson SA, Martin CA, Harmon CM. Single-incision pediatric endosurgery (SIPES) splenectomy: what dictates the need for additional ports? Surg Endosc, 29(1):30-3, 2015.

Seims AD, Nice TR, Mortellaro VE, Lacher M, Ba’Ath ME, Anderson SA, Beierle EA, Martin CA, Rogers DA, Harmon CM, Chen MK, Russell RT. Routine utilization of single-incision pediatric endosurgery (SIPES): a 5-year institutional experience. J Laparoendosc Adv Surg Tech A, 25(3): 252-5, 2015.

Michalsky MP, Inge TH, Simmons M, Jenkins TM, Buncher R, Helmrath M, Brandt ML, Harmon CM, Courcoulas A, Chen M, Horlick M, Daniels SR, Urbina EM; for the Teen-LABS Consortium. Cardiovascular Risk Factors in Severely Obese Adolescents: The Teen Longitudinal Assessment of Bariatric Surgery (Teen-LABS) Study. JAMA Pediatr, 169(5):438-44, 2015.

Bout-Tabaku S, Michalsky MP, Jenkins TM, Baughcum A, Zeller MH, Brandt ML, Courcoulas A, Buncher R, Helmrath M, Harmon CM, Chen MK, Inge TH, for the Teen-LABS Consortium. Musculoskeletal pain, self-reported physical function and quality of life in the Teen Longitudinal Assessment of Bariatric Surgery (Teen-LABS) Cohort. JAMA Pediatr, 169:552-9, 2015.

Gadepalli SK, Downard CD, Thatch KA, Islam S, Azarow KS, Chen MK, Lillehei CW, Puligandia PS, Reynolds M, Waldhausen JH, Oldham KT, Langham MR, Tracy TF, Hirschl RB; Association of Pediatric Surgery Training Program Directors. The effort and outcomes of the pediatric surgery match process: Are we interviewing too many? J Pediatr Surg, 2015. (Epub ahead of print)



Medical School
University of Texas Health Sciences Center at Houston

University of Florida
General Surgery

University of Florida

University of Tennessee
Pediatric Surgery


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