N. Scott Adzick, MD, MMM, FACS, FAAP, is Surgeon-in-Chief of The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and the founder and director of the Center for Fetal Diagnosis and Treatment. Dr. Adzick is the C. Everett Koop Professor of Pediatric Surgery and also serves as CHOP’s Director of the Division of Pediatric General, Thoracic and Fetal Surgery, as well as Professor of Pediatrics, Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. A true innovator in the field of fetal medicine since its inception, Dr. Adzick has dedicated his career to the pursuit of groundbreaking prenatal treatment for debilitating birth defects. He has made pioneering contributions to the practice of fetal surgery, and today continues to explore cutting edge surgical treatment options for life-threatening fetal anatomic malformations.
Dr. Adzick was the principal investigator for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Management of Myelomeningocele Study (MOMS) at CHOP, which demonstrated that performing fetal surgery for spina bifida results in significantly improved outcomes versus conventional postnatal repair. He is also an active pediatric general and thoracic surgeon, and performs more than 400 operations a year, with much of his work devoted to surgery in newborns. With a bachelor’s degree from Harvard College and medical degree from Harvard Medical School, Dr. Adzick completed his surgical residency at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston and his pediatric surgery fellowship at Boston Children’s Hospital. He holds a Masters of Medical Management degree from Carnegie Mellon University. Dr. Adzick has had NIH grant support for more than 30 years and has authored more than 500 peer-reviewed research papers. He was elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Science in 1998. He is recognized worldwide for his contributions to the field of pediatric surgery, and for his creative leadership at CHOP to enhance the surgical care of children.