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Joseph Philip Vacanti, MD

Surgeon-in-Chief, Massgeneral Hospital for Children (Emeritus)

  • Phone: 617-724-1725
Pediatric Surgery
Department of Surgery


  • Cancer Center
  • Pediatric Hematology/Oncology
  • MassGeneral Hospital for Children
  • Transplantation
  • Trauma
  • Intestinal Rehabilitation
  • Surgery: General, Thoracic, & Minimally Invasive
  • Transplant Center
  • Pediatric Transplant Surgery
Clinical Interests
General pediatric surgery
Pediatric Hepatobiliary Surgery
Pediatric Transplantation
Newborn surgery
Boston: Massachusetts General Hospital
Medical Education
MD, University of Nebraska College of Medicine
Residency, Massachusetts General Hospital
Fellowship, Children's Hospital Boston
Patient Age Group
Accepting New Patients
Accepting New Patients

BiographyDr. Vacanti is Surgeon-in-Chief and Chief of Pediatric Surgery at MassGeneral Hospital for Children. He is also Director of the Pediatric Transplant Program and co-director of the MGH Center for Regenerative Medicine.

Dr. Vacanti received his MD from University of Nebraska College of Medicine, after which he trained in General Surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital, Pediatric Surgery at Children's Hospital Boston, and Transplantation at the University of Pittsburgh.

Dr. Vacanti continues to study the creation of artificial organs using a biodegradable polymer scaffold to develop and shape tissue. He has authored more than 275 reports, more than 65 book chapters, and holds more than 80 patents or patents-pending in the US, Canada, Europe and Japan.

For his work in regenerative medicine and tissue engineering, Dr. Vacanti received the John Scott Medal, awarded by the City of Philadelphia, and more recently, the prestigious Flance-Karl Award, presented by the American Surgical Association.

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If a starfish loses an arm, it simply grows another. If a salamander's tail is severed, a new one develops. Regrettably, humans lack such an astonishing capacity to regenerate tissue or organs that are lost or rendered useless because of disease, injury or birth abnormalities.

Aladdin's Adventure

MGH Hotline 10.08.10 More than 400 friends and supporters of MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC) enjoyed the magical storybook theme of Aladdin's Arabian nights at the 11th annual Storybook Ball at The Castle at Park Plaza.

Tenth Anniversary

MGH Hotline 11.19.10 On Nov. 11, the MGH celebrated the 10th anniversary of MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC) with a birthday party at the Yawkey Center for Outpatient Care.

SAC meeting to honor past scientific leadership, address current challenges

ALL MGHERS are invited to attend the 2011 meeting of the MGH Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC), which will commemorate the hospital’s bicentennial with a look back at significant research accomplishments of MGH investigators and examine challenges facing today’s research community.

SAC meeting

The 64th meeting of the MGH Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) on April 14 celebrated key accomplishments of MGH investigators, past and present, and examined strategies for meeting the challenges currently facing the academic biomedical research community.

U.S. congressman tours MGH labs

MGH Hotline 6.10.11 U.S. Rep. Erik Paulsen, co-chair of the Medical Technology Caucus, visited the MGH on May 18 to tour the Tissue Engineering and Organ Fabrication Laboratory in the Richard B. Simches Research Center and the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory on Blake 9.

Goldstein named chief of the Division of Pediatric Surgery

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.

Pediatric Surgery
55 Fruit Street
Boston, MA 02114-2696

Phone: 617-724-1725
Fax: 617-726-7593

Pediatric Surgery
55 Fruit Street
Boston, MA 02114-2696

Phone: 617-724-1725
Fax: 617-726-7593

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