Residency/Fellowship Education

Pediatric Surgery Training

The Department of Pediatric Surgery promotes excellence in the comprehensive surgical care of children. Our unified group of  pediatric surgeons is committed to the practice and teaching of excellence in clinical care. This includes both clinical outcomes and basic laboratory research and the education of pediatric surgery residents, general surgery and pediatric residents, medical students and nursing students.

Our department and hospital offer an excellent opportunity for the clinical and academic training of future pediatric surgeons. These future surgeons will develop a unique expertise in the clinical approach to the surgical problems of childhood, as well as a critical and analytical approach to the evidence-based practice of pediatric surgery.

Pediatric Surgery Residency Training Program

Our Surgical Residency Training Program covers general and specialized surgical services for children from infancy through adolescence for a wide array of congenital and acquired conditions. These may include common conditions such as appendicitis and hernias, or more rare and complex conditions such as tumors and multiple congenital diseases.

The training program includes participation in teaching conferences and leadership in multidisciplinary care. Rotations for the first-year resident include pediatric Urology and Neonatology, specifically the resuscitation and stabilization of the acutely ill newborn. The second year emphasizes professional development in administration and leadership of surgical house staff. Learn more about the Pediatric Surgery Residency Training Program

Harold N. Lovvorn, III, MD
Program Director
Associate Professor Pediatric Surgery

How to apply

The program is an ACGME accredited two-year subspecialty program. It offers one position annually through the National Residency Match Program (NMRP). All applications should be submitted through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) to the Vanderbilt University / Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt Program (ACGME ID 4454721046). 

Interviews are by invitation only.
A complete application is necessary for consideration, including

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Personal statement
  • Medical school transcripts 
  • Letters of recommendation (3 minimum)
  • USMLE Scores Part 1, 2, and 3 
  • ABSITE transcript
  • Any other documents per ERAS

Email Christine Hamby or call (615) 936-1612 with any questions.


A full interview day runs from 7 a.m. to approximately 5 p.m.

Invited candidates will receive detailed instructions to help plan for interviews. If you need further assistance, email Christine Hamby or call (615) 936-1612.

Required review materials

The Vanderbilt University Medical Center Office of Graduate Medical Education's extensive website includes detailed information for all applicants. Important materials you are required to review as an interview candidate include

Current interns

(2021-2023) Laura Stafman, MD
Sr. Resident
Medical School – University of Florida College of Medicine
General Surgery Residency – University of Alabama, Birmingham

(2022-2024) Maren Shipe, MD, MPH
Jr. Resident
Medical School – University of Washington School of Medicine
General Surgery Residency – VUMC Department of General Surgery


Jacob K. Olson, MD
University of Florida College of Medicine, University of Alabama, Birmingham

Laura Y. Martin
Interim Member of the Faculty, Department of Surgery at NYU Grossman School of Medicine

Lauren A. Gillory
UT Southwestern Medical Center, Texas

Margaret Gallagher
Brooke Army Medical Center, Ft. Sam Houston

Kyle J. Van Arendonk
Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, Milwaukee

Adam S. Brinkman
University of Wisconsin, Madison

Syamal D. Bhattacharya
T.C. Thompson Children's Hospital at Erlanger

Brian T. Bucher
University of Utah Primary Children's Hospital

Melissa E. Danko
Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt

Nathan M. Novotny
Beaumont Children's Hospital

Colin A. Martin
University of Alabama School of Medicine

Thomas P. Rauth
Centennial Medical Center

Joshua B. Glenn
Pediatric Surgical Associates, Navicent Health

Barry R. Berch
University of Mississippi Medical Center

Our history

The origins of Pediatric Surgery at Vanderbilt date to 1925, when the first patient evaluated in the new Vanderbilt University Hospital emergency department was a child presenting with an acute abdomen. Afterward, many of the giants of American surgery made original and significant contributions to Pediatric Surgery while on staff at Vanderbilt.

One of these contributors was Dr. H. William Scott, who launched Pediatric Surgery at Vanderbilt during the World War II era. Dr. Scott performed the first total repair of tetralogy of Fallot in 1955. While pursuing his core General Surgery training Dr. Scott gained three years of Pediatric Surgery experience under Drs. Ladd and Gross at Boston Children's Hospital, giving him an enormous exposure to the field. As a result of Dr. Scott's Pediatric Surgery experiences and tremendous influence, many of the current leaders in Pediatric Surgery nationally, including Vanderbilt's own Drs. O'Neill and Neblett, developed a strong interest and legacy in the training of both general and pediatric surgeons.

Along with the collaboration of Dr. George Holcomb, Jr., Drs. O'Neill and Neblett are largely responsible for the development and growth of the Department of Pediatric Surgery at Vanderbilt as we know it today. As a testament to that growth and its commitment to the education of future pediatric surgeons, the Department of Pediatric Surgery at Vanderbilt began its fully accredited residency training program in Pediatric Surgery in July 2007.