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The Duke Division of Pediatric General Surgery has an active clinical research program that examines ways to improve surgical care and outcomes for infants, children, and adolescents.

Clinical Research

Current clinical research include nationally recognized multidisciplinary programs for the study of partial and total splenectomy in children, minimally invasive approaches to pediatric surgery, vascular anomalies, endocrine neoplasia, and care of children with congenital diaphragmatic hernia. Interested families and other inquiries should contact the Division of Pediatric Surgery for more information.

Learn about our research endeavors.

Global Surgery Programs

Our division coordinates the Duke-UNC Pediatric Surgery/Urology Guatemala Project, which is a collaboration between Duke, UNC-Chapel Hill, Guatemalan partners, and NGOs. Our overall goal is to support care, research, and education initiatives to improve pediatric surgery in Guatemala.

Learn more about our global programs.

Clinical Outcomes Research

The Division of Pediatric Surgery operates a comprehensive research program in health systems and clinical outcomes research. Current programs include the use of administrative databases and patient registries for the study of childhood cancer, trauma, and neonatal conditions. These studies help define important outcomes to improve the quality of surgical care for children, including length of stay, charges and/or costs, variation in practice patterns, outcome-volume relationships, or care trends over time.

  • Advancing Clinical Research in Pediatric Surgery: An Observational Study of Infants with Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia – Develop a multi-institutional, international, comprehensive quality improvement (QI) registry, with hopes that the natural history of this disease and its treatment can be clearly defined.
  • Clinical and Biological Outcomes of Human Milk and Formula Intake After Gastroschisis Repair – Compare the clinical and biologic outcomes of infants who are fed formula to those fed human milk after gastroschisis repair. (NCT02575846)
  • A Randomized Trial Comparing Inguinal Hernia (IH) Repair In Premature Infants Prior To Versus After NICU Discharge – Examine the impact of the timing of inguinal hernia (IH) repair in premature infants who have an IH diagnosed while in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU).  (NCT01678638)

Collaborative Research

Collaborative research is a benchmark of the Duke Division Pediatric General Surgery’s research program. Our faculty members collaborate with other researchers at Duke to examine pediatric diseases and disorders that require surgical intervention.

Learn more about where we conduct research and how you can collaborate with us.