Steven Scot Rothenberg, MD

Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
  • Chief of Pediatric Surgery, Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children
  • Clinical Professor of Surgery, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons

Dr. Rothenberg is the Chief of Pediatric Surgery at the Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children at PSL in Denver, Co. He is also a Clinical Professor of Surgery at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. He is a world leader in the field of endoscopic surgery in infants and children and has pioneered many of the procedures using minimally invasive techniques.

Dr. Rothenberg completed medical school and general surgery residency at the University of Colorado in Denver. He then spent a year in England doing a fellowship in General Thoracic Surgery prior to returning to the states where he completed a two year Pediatric Surgery fellowship at Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston. He returned to Colorado in 1992 where he has been in practice for over the last 20 years.

Dr. Rothenberg was one of the founding members of the International Pediatric Surgical Group (IPEG) and is a past-president. He was also the Chair of the Pediatric Committee and on the Board of Directors for SAGES (The Society of American Gastro-intestinal Endoscopic Surgeons). He has authored over 180 publications on minimally invasive surgery in children and has given over 300 lectures on the subject nationally and internationally. In 2015 He received “The Pioneer in Surgical Endoscopy Award” from SAGES. He is also on the editorial board for the Journal of Laparoendoscopic Surgery and Advanced Surgical Technique, The Journal of Pediatric Surgery, and Pediatric Surgery International.

Dr. Rothenberg has been married to his wife Susan for over 30 years and has three children Jessica, Catherine, and Zachary. He is an avid outdoorsman and spends most of his free time in the mountains of Colorado skiing, hiking, biking, and fishing.

Samir Pandya, MD

New York Medical College
  • Assistant Professor
  • Department of Surgery and Pediatrics

Dr. Samir Pandya was awarded his Bachelor’s of Science with honors in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Miami. He subsequently pursued medicine to be on the front lines of patient care and medical device development. He completed his medical training at the Medical College of Virginia and then General Surgery residency at the Westchester Medical Center Campus of New York Medical College in Valhalla, NY. He went on to train in Pediatric General and Thoracic Surgery at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Emory University in Atlanta. Upon completion of his fellowship training in 2011 he joined joined the faculty at New York Medical College as Assistant Professor in the Department of Surgery and Pediatrics.

He has a very strong interest in minimally invasive pediatric surgery with expertise in mini-laparoscopy and single-incision procedures. He is currently the Surgical Director for Newborn Surgery, Pediatric and Neonatal Extracorporeal Life Support programs at the Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital. He has a strong interest in thoracic diseases as related at to pediatric patients such as chest wall anomalies, congenital lung lesions as well as surgical oncology.

Academically he enjoys working with medical students, residents and fellows. He has received numerous teaching awards during his career. He currently also serves as the Associate Program Director of the General Surgery Residency at New York Medical College. Dr. Pandya is an active member on numerous committees in the American Pediatric Surgery Association as well as the International Pediatric Endosurgery Group. Outside of pediatric surgery, Dr. Pandya enjoys running, skiing, diving, digital photography and target shooting.

George W. Holcomb, III, MD, MBA

Children’s Mercy Hospital
  • Surgeon-in-Chief
  • Director of the Center for Minimally Invasive Surgery

Dr. George W. Holcomb, III was born in Osaka, Japan on December 11, 1953. He was raised in Nashville, Tennessee and attended elementary and high school in Nashville. He attended the University of Virginia for college and then Vanderbilt Medical School. His general surgery training was at Vanderbilt University Medical School and his pediatric surgery training was at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. He began his pediatric surgery practice in 1988 as an Assistant and subsequently Associate Professor of Surgery in the Department of Pediatric Surgery at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. In 1999, he was recruited to replace Dr. Keith Aschraft as Surgeon-in-Chief at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri. In addition to being the Surgeon-in-Chief, he is also the Director of the Center for Minimally Invasive Surgery.

Dr. Holcomb is best known for his interest in minimally invasive surgery in infants and children and his emphasis on evidence-based medicine. He is the author of over 240 peer-reviewed publications and 50 book chapters, and has been the editor of 5 textbooks.

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