Thomas L. Spray

Director, Thoracic Organ Transplantation Program at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Thomas L. Spray

Thomas L. Spray

Director, Thoracic Organ Transplantation Program at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

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Thomas L. Spray, M.D.
Pediatric Surgery
Dr. Spray is chief of the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, director of the Hospital's Thoracic Organ Transplantation Program and Alice Langdon Warner professor of surgery at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Dr. Spray received his medical degree and training in general and cardiothoracic surgery at the Duke University School of Medicine. He continued specialty training at the National Institutes of Health before joining the staff at Washington University, St. Louis, going on to become chief of cardiothoracic surgery there. He joined the staff at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia in 1994.

Dr. Spray takes a creative, individualized approach to reconstructive operations in neonates and infants and is a proponent of early corrective repair when possible. Dr. Spray has also maintained the Hospital's preeminence in the management of infants and children with complex "single ventricle" physiology. He is an internationally recognized leader in the application of the pulmonary autograft as a replacement for the aortic valve ("Ross procedure") in the pediatric population. He has contributed widely to the literature in congenital cardiothoracic surgery and holds numerous leadership positions in national and international professional associations.

Dr. Spray also brought to the institution unique capabilities in pediatric heart and lung transplantation. In just a few years, the program has become the most comprehensive service of its kind on the eastern seaboard. Infants and children with a wide variety of complex cardiac and pulmonary disorders, for whom transplantation is the optimal treatment, can be fully evaluated and treated by a specialized multidisciplinary team at Children's Hospital under Dr. Spray's direction. Recently, Dr. Spray performed the Hospital's first living-related donor lung transplant. He has also successfully transplanted a series of children following a period on extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) as a "bridge" to transplant.

Under Dr. Spray's leadership, a multidisciplinary approach to the care of pediatric cardiothoracic patients was put in place. Cardiac services at Children's Hospital have now expanded to provide total care for the full range of infants and children with congenital cardiothoracic disorders.

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Surgeon in Chief at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

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Chief, Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology & Nutrition at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

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Director, Experimental Therapeutics in Oncology at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

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Chief Financial Officer & Executive Vice President at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

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President, Chief Executive Officer & Trustee at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

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Physician-in-Chief & Chairman, Department of Pediatrics at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

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Director, Cancer Immunotherapy Frontier Program at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

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Director, Pediatric Regional Epilepsy Program at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

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Co-Director, Center for Pediatric Inflammatory Bowel Disease at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

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Program Director, Very Early Onset Inflammatory Bowel Disease Clinic at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

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Thomas L. Spray
Director, Thoracic Organ Transplantation Program at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
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MD in General & Cardiothoracic Surgery

Duke Medicine conceptually integrates the Duke University Health System, the Duke University School of Medicine, and the Duke University School of Nursing. It is the combination of research, clinical care, and education that takes place through the efforts of our faculty, staff, students, and trainees at many different sites throughout our region and worldwide. In 2006, Duke Medicine adopted new mission and vision statements that describe the overarching goals and shared aspirations of all of its components -- including the Duke University Health System, the Duke University School of Medicine, and the Duke University School of Nursing. We also finalized strategic plans to guide our efforts over the next five to 10 years.

Career History
Director, Thoracic Organ Transplantation Program
1994 - Current

Since its start in 1855 as the nation's first hospital devoted exclusively to caring for children, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia has been the birthplace for many dramatic firsts in pediatric medicine. The Hospital has fostered medical discoveries and innovations that have improved pediatric healthcare and saved countless children’s lives. Over 150 years of innovation and service to our patients, their families and our community, reflect an ongoing commitment to exceptional patient care.

Alice Langdon Warner Professor of Surgery
Current

The University of Pennsylvania is the oldest and one of the finest medical schools in the United States. Penn is rich in tradition and heritage and at the same time consistently at the forefront of new developments and innovations in medical education and research. Since its founding in 1765 the School has been a strong presence in the community and prides itself on educating the leaders of tomorrow in patient care, biomedical research, and medical education. At Penn academic excellence, as well as compassion for the patients we are privileged to serve, are stressed. Skillful compassion is truly a hallmark of the Penn learning experience. The Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania consistently ranks among the top five in US News and World Report’s rankings of research-oriented medical schools.

Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery
Prior

The mission of Washington University in St. Louis is the promotion of learning — learning by students and by faculty. Teaching, the transmission of knowledge, is central to our mission, as is research, the creation of new knowledge. Faculty — composed of scholars, scientists, artists and members of the learned professions — serve society by teaching; by adding to the store of human art, creativity, understanding, and wisdom; and by providing direct services, such as health care. The university offers more than 90 programs and almost 1,500 courses leading to bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees in a broad spectrum of traditional and interdisciplinary fields, with additional opportunities for minor concentrations and individualized programs.

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