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Deborah S. Loeff

TitleClinical Associate Professor
InstitutionUniversity of Chicago
AddressChicago IL 60637
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    I am an assistant professor in the Department of Pediatric Surgery at the University of Chicago Medicine. My clinical practice sites include Advocate Children's Hospitals as well as North Shore University Healthsystem, Evanston Hospital. The scope of my practice in pediatric general surgery includes neonatal congenital anomalies, pediatric trauma care, surgery for children with cancer including vascular access procedures, gastrointestinal disorders and feeding access, repair of hernias, hydrocoeles, circumcisions, treatment of appendicitis, intussusception, tumors and cysts of the ovary, pyloric stenosis and other common pediatric surgical conditions. I use minimally invasive approaches such as laparoscopy and thoracoscopy whenever indicated. I have an interest in treating children with bowel motility disorders such as Hirschsprung's Disease and rare bowel myopathies. In addition to my clinical interests, I have been engaged in surgical education as well as the field of clinical surgical ethics and currently serve as the Chair of the Ethics Committee for the American Pediatric Surgical Association. My approach to the care of children is to engage the patient and family or care-givers fully in all aspects of the child's surgical care and options for treatment. I work collaboratively with other pediatric specialists and feel that excellent and timely communication between all members of the care team is key for patient satisfaction and optimal outcomes.

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    Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville, NYB.A.06/1972Anthropology, French, Pre-Med
    Rush University, Chicago, ILM.D.12/1977Medicine
    The Babies Hospital, Columbia- Presbyterian St. Luke's Medical Center, NY, NY02/1982Fellowship in Clinical Nutrition
    University of Utah Affiliated Hospitals, Salt Lake City, UT06/1984Residency in General Surgery
    The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Canada06/1986Pediatric Surgery
    The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Canada06/1987Research in transplant immunology and tracheal reconstruction
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    2008 - 2008The Robert L. Schmitz M.D. Award for Outstanding Contributions to Surgical Education, The Metro Group of Hospitals Surgical Residency
    2013 - 2018Regional Top Doctor, Castle Connolly
    2013 - 2018Top Doctor in Pediatric Surgery, Castle Connolly
    2017Top Cancer Doctor, Chicago Magazine
    2018Exceptional Women in Medicine, Castle Connolly
    2019Top Doctors - Pediatric Surgery, Castle Connolly

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    1. Kapur RP, Goldstein AM, Loeff DS, Myers CT, Paschal CR. Intestinal Pathology in Patients With Pathogenic ACTG2-Variant Visceral Myopathy: 16 Patients From 12 Families and Review of the Literature. Pediatr Dev Pathol. 2022 Jun 12; 10935266221107449. PMID: 35695198.
      Citations: 1     Fields:    
    2. Loeff DS, Fallat ME, Rowell EE. Preface: "Best interest" and Ethics in Pediatric Surgery. Semin Pediatr Surg. 2021 Oct; 30(5):151106. PMID: 34635276.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
    3. Loeff DS, Shakhsheer BA. The ethics of informed consent and shared decision-making in pediatric surgery. Semin Pediatr Surg. 2021 Oct; 30(5):151101. PMID: 34635277.
      Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    4. Shakhsheer BA, Bachier-Rodriguez M, Shew SB, Loeff DS. Ethics and multiculturalism in pediatric surgery. Semin Pediatr Surg. 2021 Oct; 30(5):151103. PMID: 34635286.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
    5. Carlisle EM, Loeff DS. Emerging issues in the ethical utilization of pediatric extracorporeal membrane oxygenation. Curr Opin Pediatr. 2020 06; 32(3):411-415. PMID: 32332329.
      Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    6. Mak GZ, Loeff DS. Paradigm Shifts in the Treatment of Appendicitis. Pediatr Ann. 2016 Jul 01; 45(7):e235-40. PMID: 27403670.
      Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    7. Tepas JJ, Hughes TG, Aaronson DS, Kesler JL, Buckley RJ, Dippolito AJ, Wall MJ, Merchant NB, Dandridge WC, Sinanan MN, Buchbinder D, Sussman HL, Hayes-Jordan A, Chen JC, Wetstein L, Arbutina DR, Dennehy JC, Alseidi A, Rege RV, Fink AS, Barney LM, Cloyd DW, Fallat ME, Loeff DS, Behrns KE, Vickers SM. Surgical care and career opportunities in a changing practice paradigm. J Am Coll Surg. 2013 Oct; 217(4):711-717.e1. PMID: 24054411.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
    8. Hall JR, Reyes HM, Meller JL, Loeff DS, Dembek R. The outcome for children with blunt trauma is best at a pediatric trauma center. J Pediatr Surg. 1996 Jan; 31(1):72-6; discussion 76-7. PMID: 8632290.
      Citations: 27     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    9. Hall JR, Reyes HM, Meller JL, Loeff DS, Dembek RG. The new epidemic in children: penetrating injuries. J Trauma. 1995 Sep; 39(3):487-91. PMID: 7473913.
      Citations: 3     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    10. Loeff DS, Imbeaud S, Reyes HM, Meller JL, Rosenthal IM. Surgical and genetic aspects of persistent müllerian duct syndrome. J Pediatr Surg. 1994 Jan; 29(1):61-5. PMID: 7907140.
      Citations: 14     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    11. Loeff D. [General practice of salmonella control from the viewpoint of the public health office--a report of experiences from Cottbus and the Brandenburg area]. Gesundheitswesen. 1994 Jan; 56(1):37-40. PMID: 8148586.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:HumansCellsPHPublic Health
    12. Farolan MJ, Ronan SG, Solomon LM, Loeff DS. Lipoid proteinosis: case report. Pediatr Dermatol. 1992 Sep; 9(3):264-7. PMID: 1488377.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
    13. Meller JL, Reyes HM, Loeff DS, Federer L, Hall JR. One-drug versus two-drug antibiotic therapy in pediatric perforated appendicitis: a prospective randomized study. Surgery. 1991 Oct; 110(4):764-7; discussion 767-8. PMID: 1925965.
      Citations: 4     Fields:    Translation:HumansCTClinical Trials
    14. Langer JC, Papa MZ, Hoffman MA, Loeff DS, Pearl RH, Filler RM. Cyclic neutropenia with colonic perforation and nonhealing colocutaneous fistula. J Pediatr Surg. 1990 Mar; 25(3):346-8. PMID: 2313507.
      Citations: 3     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    15. Langer JC, Winthrop AL, Wesson DE, Spence L, Pearl RH, Hoffman MA, Loeff DS, Price D, Wong A, Gilday D, et al. Diagnosis and incidence of cardiac injury in children with blunt thoracic trauma. J Pediatr Surg. 1989 Oct; 24(10):1091-4. PMID: 2809957.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
    16. Meller JL, Loeff DS, Reyes HM. A variant of the split notochord syndrome. J Pediatr Surg. 1989 Aug; 24(8):733-5. PMID: 2769538.
      Citations: 4     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    17. Reyes HM, Meller JL, Loeff D. Neonatal intestinal obstruction. Clin Perinatol. 1989 Mar; 16(1):85-96. PMID: 2721100.
      Citations: 5     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    18. Meller JL, Reyes HM, Loeff DS. Gastroschisis and omphalocele. Clin Perinatol. 1989 Mar; 16(1):113-22. PMID: 2524304.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
    19. Loeff DS, Filler RM, Gorenstein A, Ein S, Philippart A, Bahoric A, Kent G, Smith C, Vinograd I. A new intratracheal stent for tracheobronchial reconstruction: experimental and clinical studies. J Pediatr Surg. 1988 Dec; 23(12):1173-7. PMID: 3236182.
      Citations: 8     Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimals
    20. Loeff DS, Filler RM, Vinograd I, Ein SH, Williams WG, Smith CR, Bahoric A. Congenital tracheal stenosis: a review of 22 patients from 1965 to 1987. J Pediatr Surg. 1988 Aug; 23(8):744-8. PMID: 3171844.
      Citations: 12     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    21. Loeff DS, Greenwald MI, Young SC, Hoffman MA, Superina RA. A unique chest wall splint for unilateral agenesis of ribs. J Pediatr Surg. 1987 Dec; 22(12):1129-31. PMID: 3440898.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
    22. Mansell AL, Andersen JC, Muttart CR, Ores CN, Loeff DS, Levy JS, Heird WC. Short-term pulmonary effects of total parenteral nutrition in children with cystic fibrosis. J Pediatr. 1984 May; 104(5):700-5. PMID: 6425480.
      Citations: 13     Fields:    Translation:HumansCTClinical Trials
    23. Loeff DS, Matlak ME, Black RE, Overall JC, Dolcourt JL, Johnson DG. Insertion of a small central venous catheter in neonates and young infants. J Pediatr Surg. 1982 Dec; 17(6):944-9. PMID: 6819354.
      Citations: 9     Fields:    Translation:Humans
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