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Nemours Children’s Health, Delaware Valley Names Dr. Peter Minneci as the New Chair of the Department of Surgery

(WILMINGTON, Del., Sept. 8, 2023) — Nemours Children’s Health announces Peter Minneci, MD, MHSc, as the new Chair of the Department of Surgery at Nemours Children’s Health, Delaware Valley, as well as Director of Perinatal Surgery in Nemours Children’s Advanced Delivery Program. Dr. Minneci will be responsible for guiding the department’s strategic direction while fostering a collaborative and inclusive environment, and joins on September 18. Dr. Minneci will also serve as the Interim Director of Research across all surgical specialties, where he will develop the Nemours Surgical Outcomes Center.

Throughout his career, Dr. Minneci has dedicated his career to advancing surgical practice, fostering innovation, and providing the highest quality of patient care. Dr. Minneci is a distinguished surgeon-scientist with over 250 peer reviewed publications, 180 national presentations and 25 academic awards. His published work crosses many of the pediatric surgical subspecialties, demonstrating his commitment to advancing medical knowledge across a multi-disciplinary surgical practice.

“We welcome Dr. Minneci to the Department of Surgery here at Nemours Children’s Health,” said Katherine Deans, MD, MHSc, Surgeon-in-Chief, Nemours Children’s Health, Delaware Valley. “As an experienced leader with a passion for patient and family-centered care, Dr. Minneci is the best fit to lead and grow the Department of Surgery. We look forward to seeing how his ‘out of the box’ approach to surgical challenges and commitment to research will take Nemours to the next level.”

“I look forward to taking on the role of the Chair of the Department of Surgery at Nemours Children’s Health, Delaware Valley,” Dr. Minneci said. “The patients and families are at the heart of everything I do as a surgeon. I am committed to leading the team in advancing surgical excellence, research and innovation to ensure a healthier future for each child we serve.”

For the past decade, Dr. Minneci served as the Director of the Center for Surgical Outcomes Research, the Surgical Director of ECMO, Surgical Director of the Center for Intestinal Rehabilitation and Nutritional Support, and the Associate Director for Minimally Invasive Surgery at Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

Dr. Minneci graduated from Cornell University with a BS in Biology, obtained his medical degree from New York University, and completed his Master of Health Sciences degree at Duke University. He fulfilled his training in general surgery at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, his pediatric surgery fellowship at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, and his critical care fellowship at the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Minneci is a board-certified pediatric surgeon and Professor of Surgery at The Ohio State University with clinical expertise in advanced foregut surgery, intestinal failure, extracorporeal life support, and perinatal surgical management.


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