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Dr. Foglia received a BS in Biology from Georgetown University in 1970, and graduated magna cum laude from Georgetown University Medical School in 1974 where he also was elected to AOA. He received his general surgical training at UCLA, as a junior resident from 1974-1976. From 1976-1978 he was a research surgeon in the Cardiovascular Surgical Research Laboratory, and returned to general surgical training from 1978-1981 concluding as a Chief Resident. His pediatric surgical training was in Washington, D.C. at the Children's Medical Center where he was Chief Resident from 1981 to 1983. His first academic faculty position was at the Massachusetts General Hospital from 1983 to 1986. He was awarded a NCI Clinical Investigator Award for work in transplantation biology. He moved in 1986 to UCLA, continued his previous research, and started the ECMO Program there with the development of both a clinical and a research program. In 1990 he was recruited to Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis to be the Division Chief in Pediatric Surgery and Surgeon in Chief at the St. Louis Children's Hospital. Over the next sixteen years, he served as Medical Director of the Burn and Trauma Program, opened an RRC approved training program in Pediatric Surgery, increased the clinical volume of the service significantly, and was fortunate to have recruited three of seven faculty members who subsequently became Division Chiefs at prominent pediatric surgical programs in North America. He is coeditor of one of the major textbooks of pediatric surgery and research interests include pediatric trauma, wound healing, and neonatal surgery. In 2006, he was recruited to UT Southwestern, appointed Professor of Surgery, Chief of the Division of Pediatric Surgery and Surgeon in Chief of the Dallas Children's Medical Center. He has been named the Helen J. and Robert S. Strauss and Diana K. and Richard C. Strauss Chair in Pediatric Surgery.


Medical School
Georgetown University Medical Center School of Medicine (1974)
UCLA (1975), General Surgery
UCLA (1981), General Surgery
Children's National Medical Center (1983), Pediatric Surgery

Specialty Areas

Clinical Interest

  • Congenital Intestinal Anomalies
  • Cutaneous Abscesses
  • Necrotizing Enterocolitis
  • Neonatal Abdominal Wall Defects
  • Publications

    Featured Publications LegendFeatured Publications

    The Surgery of Infants and Children: Scientific Principles and Practices 2nd Ed.
    Oldham KT, Colombani PM, Foglia RP, Skinner MA editors Lippincott Raven Publishers,Philadelphia PA 2005
    Unsafe at any speed-kids riding all-terrain vehicles
    Kelleher CM, Metze SL, Dillon PA, Mychaliska GB, Keshen TH, Foglia RP J Ped Surg 2005 40 929-935
    Trauma stat and trauma minor: Are we making the right call appropriately?
    Chen LE, Snyder AK, Minkes RK, Dillon PA, Foglia RP Pediatr.Emergency Care 2004 20(7) 421-424
    An analysis of pediatric gunshot wounds treated at a level I pediatric trauma center
    Synder AK, Chen LE, Foglia RP, Dillion PA, Minkes RK J.Trauma 2003 54 1102-1106

    Honors & Awards

    • Alpha Omega Alpha
      Georgetown University School of Medicine (1974)
    • MD magna cum laude
      Georgetown University School of Medicine, Graudated with Honors in Surgery (1974)
    • "Best Doctors in America"
      2004, 2005 (0)
    • Clinical Investigator Award
      National NCI, K08 CAO1270 1985-1988 (0)
    • Golden Scalpel Award Teaching Excellence
      UCLA Department of Surgery 1987-1988 (0)

    Professional Associations/Affiliations

    • American Academy of Pediatrics, Surgical Section, Critical Care Section
    • American College of Surgeons, Fellow, and Committee on Trauma
    • American Pediatric Surgical Association
    • Pediatric Surgery Training Directors Association
    • Society of University Surgeons