Interim Dean Jerry Wolinsky, M.D., recently announced that Kevin Lally, M.D., professor and holder of the A. G. McNeese Chair in Pediatric Surgery, will become the director of the Pediatric Surgery Program – a new program designed to bring the pediatric surgical specialties together in a cohesive group, both at the Medical School and at Children's Memorial Hermann Hospital.
Dr. Lally directed the Division of Pediatric Surgery at the Medical School for 12 years. With this new role, he will continue to serve as surgeon-in-chief at Children's Memorial Hermann Hospital. Dr. Wolinsky says he is the ideal candidate for this undertaking.
"The timing is right to create a consolidated pediatric surgery program at the Medical School, and Dr. Lally is the perfect person to lead this effort," Dr. Wolinsky says. "He's been on our faculty for almost 16 years, is a team player, and is committed to our three-part mission of teaching, research, and clinical excellence. As Children's Memorial Hermann Hospital expands its activities in pediatric services, we will be well-positioned to complement these initiatives."
Dr. Lally's role as director of the Pediatric Surgery Program is unique in that he will have an administrative role on par with department chairs of the school.
To advance the program's vision, he will work closely with Giuseppe Colasurdo, M.D., professor and chair of the Department of Pediatrics, and Richard Andrassy, M.D., the Denton A. Cooley, M.D. Chair in Surgery and professor and chair of the Department of Surgery. Additionally, he will work closely with the chairs of other surgical departments with pediatric specialists, including general pediatric surgery, pediatric plastic surgery, pediatric orthopaedic surgery, pediatric otolaryngology, pediatric neurosurgery, and pediatric cardiovascular surgery.
"Our goals are to facilitate the development of academic surgical programs in all of the pediatric surgical specialties," Dr. Lally says, when asked about his priorities for the new program. "We hope to develop a strong cadre of surgeons and scientists in the many different specialties, to develop fellowship training programs, and to work in close collaboration with both the academic surgical departments and the Department of Pediatrics."
Dr. Lally received his medical degree from Tulane University School of Medicine and completed his residency and chief residency in surgery at the Keesler Air Force Base Medical Center in Biloxi, Miss. He is board certified in surgery, pediatric surgery, and surgical critical care. He also is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.
"I think this is a great opportunity to continue the development of academic and clinical programs for children's specialty services here at the Medical School and the Children's Memorial Hermann Hospital," Dr. Lally says.
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