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NEWS | October 2, 2014

Shinjiro Hirose joins UC Davis as chief of pediatric general, thoracic and fetal surgery

(SACRAMENTO, Calif.)

Shinjiro Hirose, a nationally recognized fetal and pediatric surgeon, has joined the faculty of the UC Davis School of Medicine as chief of the newly established Division of Pediatric General, Thoracic and Fetal Surgery in the Department of Surgery.

Shinjiro Hirose Shinjiro Hirose

Before joining UC Davis, Hirose was the lead pediatric surgeon at the UC San Francisco Benioff Children's Hospital and its Fetal Treatment Center, specializing in minimally invasive surgery for gastro-intestinal, biliary, liver and thoracic disorders in fetuses in utero and children. He and his mentor, internationally renowned pediatric surgeon Diana Farmer, were key in developing the Fetal Treatment Center. 

"With Shin's arrival at UC Davis, we can now forge ahead in creating the first comprehensive fetal diagnosis and therapy center in the Sacramento region. Our 'dream team' is complete," said Farmer, who is chair of the Department of Surgery and surgeon-in-chief at UC Davis Children's Hospital. 

"We are establishing a world-class center to serve the needs of the children in the Sacramento region, the Central Valley and beyond," Hirose said. "I will be partnering with our existing pediatric surgery group to expand our specialty surgical services. I met with so many families from this area when I worked at UC San Francisco. Now, those families can receive the same level of expertise and care that they received in the Bay Area, but much closer to home."

Hirose is one of the creators of the University of California Fetal Therapy Consortium, a statewide collaboration at all five of the fetal treatment programs at the University of California campuses with medical centers at Davis, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Irvine and San Diego. 

In addition to his background in fetal medicine, he is a nationally recognized children's cancer surgeon and an expert in the development and use of surgical robotics in children. 

Hirose also has a joint appointment as director of pediatric surgery at Shriners Hospitals for Children - Northern California, where he will develop a surgical program to serve children with complex colorectal and pelvic floor anomalies and a bowel-management program. 

Hirose earned his bachelor's of science degree in mechanical engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and his medical doctorate from New York Medical College. He completed surgical residencies at UC Davis and UC San Francisco, a fellowship in fetal diagnosis and therapy at UC San Francisco, and a  fellowship in pediatric surgery at Columbia University in New York. 

His affiliations include the American Academy of Pediatrics, American Pediatric Surgical Association, International Fetal Medicine Surgery Society, International Pediatric Endosurgery Group, American College of Surgeons, Fetal Diagnosis and Therapy and the Pacific Association of Pediatric Surgeons. 

Hirose receives an annual base salary of $156,600. Additional information about his compensation is available upon request.

UC Davis Children's Hospital is the Sacramento region's only nationally ranked, comprehensive hospital for children, serving infants, children, adolescents and young adults with primary, subspecialty and critical care. It includes the Central Valley's only pediatric emergency department and Level I pediatric trauma center, which offers the highest level of care for critically ill children. The 129-bed children's hospital includes the state-of-the-art 49-bed neonatal and 24-bed pediatric intensive care and pediatric cardiac intensive care units. With more than 120 physicians in 33 subspecialties, UC Davis Children's Hospital has more than 74,000 clinic and hospital visits and 13,000 emergency department visits each year. For more information, visit children.ucdavis.edu.