Minds That Matter Special Guest: Dr. KuoJen Tsao, MD

Tune in November 29th at 5PM CT as George Willy hosts Minds That Matter with Special Guest, Dr. KuoJen Tsao, MD.

The Children’s Fund Distinguished Professor in Pediatric Surgery, Department of Pediatric Surgery

Professor and Chief, Division of Pediatric General and Thoracic Surgery

Program Director, Pediatric Surgery Fellowship

Co-Director, The Fetal Center

Education & Training


Biochemistry – University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS



Doctor of Medicine – University of Kansas School of Medicine, Kansas City, KS



General Surgery – University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Cincinnati, OH



Pediatric Surgery – Children’s Mercy Hospital, Kansas City, MO



Fetal Medicine & Therapy – University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine, San Francisco, CA


Clinical Interests

Open Fetal Surgery


Research Interest

Quality and Safety in Pediatric Surgery

Dr. Tsao is the Children’s Fund, Inc. Distinguished Professor in Pediatric Surgery and Associate Professor at UTHealth Medical School in the Department of Pediatric Surgery. He is board certified in general and pediatric surgery with a special interest in minimally invasive surgery and fetal surgery. He completed his General Surgery Residency at the University of Cincinnati and Pediatric Surgery Training at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri. In addition, he completed a two year fellowship in Fetal Medicine and Therapy at the University of California, San Francisco. He joined The University on August 1, 2007.

Clinically, Dr. Tsao is the co-director of The Fetal Center at Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital, one of the few programs that performs open fetal surgery. In addition, Dr. Tsao is a clinical researcher with interests in quality and safety in pediatric surgery. As the Vice-chair of Quality for the Department of Pediatric Surgery, he leads the Pediatric Surgical Safety Initiative at Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital. His primary research is focused on the errors and adverse children’s events as well as efficacy of the surgical safety checklist in children’s surgery. Dr. Tsao’s research program supports medical students and surgical residents interested in pediatric surgical clinical research.

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