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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
  • 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
  • MassHealth
  • 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

Note: This provider may accept more insurance plans than shown; please call the practice to find out if your plan is accepted.

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

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