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Pediatric Surgery Fellowship

Research supporting advances in pediatric surgery is foundation to the program at Children’s Mercy. Dr. Chuck Snyder serves as the Director of Clinical Research and is involved in database development and clinical outcomes evaluation. Dr. Shawn St. Peter, Director of the Center for Prospective Studies, follows patients over time, observing how different variables may impact their long-term outcome.  Dr. Tolulope Oyetunji, Director of Health Outcomes Research, is working to establish the Quality Improvement and Surgical Equity Research (QISER) Center. Dr. Oyetunji and the surgery research coordinators, organize the Surgery Research Conference, to educate residents regarding ongoing surgical research at CMH and coordinate research interests among the fellows and staff with the goal of presenting at scientific meetings. Each PSF is encouraged to seek a faculty mentor in an area of surgical research and publish at least one paper or chapter per year as a result of this mentoring process.

Surgical Program Trainees’ Publications for 2017-18

  1. Poola AS, Oyetunji TA, Holcomb GW 3rd, St Peter SD. Maturation of effect size during enrollment of prospective randomized trials. J Surg Res. 2018 Mar;223:34-38.

  2. Poola AS, Pierce AL, Orrick BA, Peter SDS, Snyder CL, Juang D, Aguayo P, Fraser JD, Holcomb GW 3rd. A single-center experience with dynamic compression bracing for children with pectus carinatum. Eur J Pediatr Surg. 2018 Feb;28(1):12-17.

  3. Friske TC, Sola R, Yu YR, Jamal AR, Rosenfeld E, Zhu H, Mazziotti MV, St Peter SD, Shah SR. Are Foley catheters needed after minimally invasive repair of pectus excavatum? Surgery. 2018 Jan 31.[Epub ahead of print]

  4. Sola R Jr, Desai AA, Gonzalez KW, et al. Does intravenous acetaminophen improve postoperative pain control after laparoscopic appendectomy for perforated appendicitis? A prospective randomized trial. Eur J Pediatr Surg. 2018 Jan 2. [Epub ahead of print]

  5. Rentea RM, Guo Y, Zhu X, Musch MW, Chang EB, Gourlay DM, Liedel JL. Role of intestinal Hsp70 in barrier maintenance: Contribution of milk to the induction of Hsp70.2. Pediatr Surg Int. 2017 Dec 1. [Epub ahead of print]

  6. St Peter SD, Poola A, Adibe O, et al. Are esophagocrural sutures needed during laparoscopic fundoplication: A prospective randomized trial. J Pediatr Surg. 2017 Oct 8. [Epub ahead of print]

  7. Alemayehu H, Sharp NE, Gonzalez K, Poola AS, Snyder CL, St Peter SD. The role of 2-octyl cyanoacrylate in prevention of penile adhesions after circumcision: A prospective, randomized trial. J Pediatr Surg. 2017 Sep 6. [Epub ahead of print]

  8. Rentea RM, Varghese A, Ahmed A, Kats A, Manalang M, Dowlut-McElroy T, Hendrickson RJ. Pediatric ovarian growing teratoma syndrome. Case Rep Surg. 2017;2017:3074240.

  9. Sola R Jr, Rosenfeld EH, Yu YR, St Peter SD, Shah SR. Magnet foreign body ingestion: Rare occurrence but big consequences. J Pediatr Surg. 2017 Aug 24. [Epub ahead of print]

  10. Rentea RM, St Peter SD. Contemporary management of appendicitis in children. Adv Pediatr. 2017 Aug;64(1):225-251.

  11. Hendrickson RJ, Poola AS, Gonzalez KW, Lim J, Oyetunji TA. Re-tubularization of highly-ischemic anti-mesenteric border (ReHAB): A novel bowel preservation technique in complex gastroschisis. J Neonatal Surg. 2017 Aug 10;6(3):63.

  12. Rentea RM, Oyetunji TA, Erkmann J, Knowlton JQ, Hendrickson RJ. Review of surgical and anesthetic management for esophageal atresia with tracheoesophageal fistula, unilateral pulmonary agenesis and dextrocardia. Pediatr Surg Int. 2017 Jul;33(7):817-821.

  13. Poola AS, Rentea RM, Weaver KL, St Peter SD. Routine use of chest radiographs in the post-operative management of pectus bar removal: necessity or futility. Pediatr Surg Int. 2017 May;33(5):619-622.

  14. Gonzalez DO, Cooper JN, St Peter SD, et al. Variability in outcomes after gastroschisis closure across U.S. children's hospitals. J Pediatr Surg. 2017 Apr 27. [Epub ahead of print]

  15. Rentea RM, St Peter SD. Neonatal and pediatric esophageal perforation. Semin Pediatr Surg. 2017 Apr;26(2):87-94.

  16. Rentea RM, St Peter SD. Pediatric appendicitis. Surg Clin North Am. 2017 Feb;97(1):93-112.

  17. Gonzalez KW, Reddy SR, Mundakkal AA, St Peter SD. The financial impact of flipping the coin. J Pediatr Surg. 2017 Jan;52(1):153-155.

  18. Weaver KL, Poola AS, Gould JL, Sharp SW, St Peter SD, Holcomb GW 3rd. The risk of developing a symptomatic inguinal hernia in children with an asymptomatic patent processus vaginalis. J Pediatr Surg. 2017 Jan;52(1):60-64


Shawn St Peter, MD
Fellowship Program Director 

  (816) 234-3575



Danelle Vogt, MBA
Fellowship Coordinator

  (816) 983-6875