Thomas Krummel receives top national honor in pediatric surgery

THOMAS KRUMMEL, the Emile Holman Professor in Surgery, Emeritus, and professor emeritus of pediatric surgery, has been named the 2020 recipient of the William E. Ladd Medal, the highest honor nationwide in pediatric surgery.

Thomas Krummel (Courtesy Stanford Health Care)

Krummel was the surgeon-in-chief at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford from 2002 to 2016. At the Stanford School of Medicine, he served as program director for the general surgery residency program and as chair of the Department of Surgery.

Established in 1954, the medal is named for a physician who helped develop the first pediatric surgical training program in North America and advanced patient care with the development of new techniques for treating illnesses. The award is bestowed by the American Academy of Pediatrics and recognizes inspiring work – as a clinician, educator and/or innovator in pediatric surgery – that has a major impact on child health.

Krummel has been recognized for his contributions as a pediatric surgeon, leader and innovator in techniques, such as the use of extracorporeal membrane oxygenation, or ECMO, in infants. This technology is now standard of care for critically ill infants and children with severe and life-threatening lung disease.

Krummel also led pioneering studies of the cellular and biochemical mechanisms of scarless fetal wound healing and applied information technology to simulation-based surgical training and surgical robotics. He is co-director of the Stanford Byers Center for Biodesign. Over his career, he has mentored more than 200 students, residents and postdoctoral scholars.

Read the full article on the Stanford Medicine website.