Allan Goldstein, MD, FACS, director of the Pediatric Neurogastroenterology Program, has been appointed chief of the Division of Pediatric Surgery for MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC) and will lead the division’s clinical, education, research and community service activities. Goldstein succeeds Joseph P. Vacanti, MD, who has held the position since 2003. Vacanti will remain as MGHfC’s surgeon-in-chief, with a focus on building the pediatric surgical specialties.
“I am honored to have the opportunity to lead the Division of Pediatric Surgery,” Goldstein says. “MGH has a long-standing and international reputation for its outstanding clinical and scientific contributions to the field of pediatric surgery. I am privileged to work with a wonderful and very talented team of surgeons, nurses, investigators and administrative staff. Together, I am confident that we can continue to build on our reputation and to move our division and the field forward.”
Since 2003, Goldstein has served as the director of the Pediatric Neurogastroenterology Program and head of the MGH Neurogastroenterology Laboratory, which is focused on understanding how the intestinal nervous system develops and is organized and how it interacts with, and influences, other aspects of the intestine. Goldstein has worked extensively on researching the causes of and identifying novel diagnostic and therapeutic approaches for Hirschsprung’s disease – a serious disorder of the bowel caused by the absence of nerve cells in the large intestine.
“We are all very pleased that Dr. Goldstein has accepted this position of leadership,” Vacanti says. “He will ensure the future clinical and academic success of the division in this time of challenge and change, and I look forward to his joining the leadership team of MGHfC to help chart the future of our hospital for children.”
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