Children's Hospital Colorado Announces the Addition of Dr. Timothy Crombleholme as New Surgeon-in-Chief


Renowned Leader in the Field of Fetal and Pediatric Surgery to Join the Colorado Institute for Maternal and Fetal Health

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After an extensive national search, Children's Hospital Colorado is pleased to announce that Timothy M. Crombleholme, MD, FACS, FAAP, has been named The Ponzio Family Chair for the Surgeon-in-Chief.

Additionally, Dr. Crombleholme will serve as the vice chair of pediatric surgical programs, director of the new Center for Children's Surgery and professor of surgery in the Department of Surgery at the University of Colorado School of Medicine.

A renowned leader in the field of fetal and pediatric surgery, Dr. Crombleholme hails from Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, where he founded one of the most progressive and respected fetal care programs in the country. He served as the Richard G. and Geralyn Azizkhan Chair in Pediatric Surgery and director of the Fetal Care Center of Cincinnati. His record of accomplishments through the development and implementation of the nationally-regarded Fetal Care Center will effectively rank the Colorado Institute for Maternal and Fetal Health as one of the country's top fetal surgery programs.

Active in clinical and laboratory research, Dr. Crombleholme is the 2011 president of the International Fetal and Surgery Society and co-authored the textbook Fetology: Diagnosis and Management of the Fetal Patient widely considered the gold standard textbook in the field. He also served as associate director of Cincinnati Children's Research Foundation and director of the Center for Molecular Fetal Therapy at Cincinnati Children's and the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine.

Prior to starting the Fetal Care Center at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center in 2004, he helped found the Center for Fetal Diagnosis and Treatment at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Previously he was director of the Fetal Treatment Program at the New England Medical Center in Boston.

Dr. Crombleholme's clinical investigations include a National Institutes of Health (NIH)-funded multicenter trial to determine the best treatment for Twin-Twin Transfusion Syndrome and research on new techniques for open fetal surgery and fetoscopic surgery. His laboratory research includes NIH-funded studies of gene therapy in tissue repair, fetal gene therapy and the role of the fetal fibroblast in fetal wound healing.

"Dr. Crombleholme is a skilled surgeon, researcher and academician who brings more than two decades of experience to his role as our new surgeon-in-chief," said Jim Shmerling, president and CEO of Children's Colorado. "With his surgical expertise as well as his accomplishments in the field of maternal and fetal medicine, he will be an invaluable addition to our hospital leadership team."

"Bringing Dr. Crombleholme on board continues our progress in providing superb training for the next generation of doctors. He is a key part of our plan to build even greater academic excellence in all the areas of pediatric surgical sub-specialties," added Richard D. Krugman, MD, dean of the University of Colorado School of Medicine.

A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston, Dr. Crombleholme was a surgical resident and chief resident at the University of California at San Francisco, and a chief resident in pediatric surgery at The Floating Hospital for Infants and Children at Tufts Medical Center in Boston. He trained under Michael Harrison, MD, who is widely recognized as the founder of fetal surgery.