Our comprehensive surgical team at Children's Hospital Colorado collaborates with specialties throughout the hospital to offer advanced, round-the-clock care for every surgical intervention. Because our team is diverse — including pediatric surgeons, anesthesiologists, respiratory therapists, nurses and many others — our research efforts are, too. Current projects explore gene therapy, wound healing physiology, the diagnostic and treatment possibilities of big data and many more.
What our research means for kids
We strive to develop and utilize treatment methods that minimize invasiveness and maximize benefit, continually pushing for better, more effective care. These advances not only help patients heal, they save lives. Read about the results of our projects below:
- Dr. Thomas Inge, division head and professor of pediatric surgery, and director of the Adolescent Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Program, has been awarded $15 million in research funding from the National Institutes of Health over the past decade, and has published more than 100 peer-reviewed manuscripts. He leads the multi-center Teen-Longitudinal Assessment of Bariatric Surgery (Teen-LABS) consortium, the largest and longest term prospective study of surgical treatment of adolescent obesity. In this role, he and a multi-institutional team of researchers have greatly advanced the field through publications in the New England Journal of Medicine, Pediatrics, Diabetes Care, JAMA Pediatrics, Lancet Diabetes and Endocrinology and others.
- Although electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) have become increasingly popular, information about the health risks associated with their use remains sparse. With so little data on this important public health issue, pediatric plastic surgeon Dr. Fred Deleyiannis launched a study to determine if e-cigarette exposure before surgery is as harmful as tobacco. His study, published in the Annals of Plastic Surgery, concluded that exposure to e-cigarette vapor was as harmful to wound healing after surgery as exposure to tobacco smoke.
- The body’s response to blood loss depends on a number of variables — fatigue, hydration, and genetics, to name a few — and is notoriously difficult to measure. Children’s Hospital Colorado trauma surgeon Steven Moulton, MD, has developed a revolutionary device that makes it look easy. It’s the first device in the world capable of reliably measuring blood loss physiology, and it does it in real time, in an interface as easy to read as a fuel gauge.
Translating research from the lab to the bedside
Because surgery can be invasive, much of our research centers are developing techniques to minimize invasiveness or even to avoid surgery altogether. In all our efforts, we seek to give our patients an easier, more effective path to healing.
Learn more about Pediatric Surgery at Children’s Colorado.