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Joseph Philip Vacanti, MD

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


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Pediatric Surgery


Centers & Specialties

Cancer Center

MassGeneral Hospital for Children

Transplant Center

Clinical Interests
  • General pediatric surgery
  • Pediatric Hepatobiliary Surgery
  • Pediatric Transplantation
  • Newborn surgery
Medical Education
  • MD, University of Nebraska College of Medicine
  • Residency, Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Fellowship, Children's Hospital Boston
  • Boston: Massachusetts General Hospital
Insurances Accepted
  • Aetna Health Inc.
  • Beech Street
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Blue Care 65
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Indemnity
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Managed Care
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Partners Plus
  • Centene/Celticare
  • Cigna (PAL #'s)
  • Fallon Community HealthCare
  • Great-West Healthcare (formally One Health Plan)
  • Harvard Pilgrim Health Plan - ACD
  • Harvard Pilgrim Health Plan - PBO
  • Health Care Value Management (HCVM)
  • Humana/Choice Care PPO
  • Medicaid
  • Medicare
  • Medicare - ACD
  • Neighborhood Health Plan - ACD
  • Neighborhood Health Plan - PBO
  • OSW - Maine
  • OSW - New Hampshire
  • OSW - Rhode Island
  • Private Health Care Systems (PHCS)
  • Railroad Medicare
  • Railroad Medicare - ACD
  • Senior Whole Health
  • TriCare
  • Tufts Health Plan
  • Unicare
  • United Healthcare (non-HMO) - PBO
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Dr. 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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News & Events

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Body building

    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.


Pediatric Surgery
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Boston MA, 02114-2696
Phone: 617-724-1725
Fax: 617-726-7593

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