Thane A. Blinman, MD, FAAP

Thane A. Blinman, MD, is an attending pediatric surgeon at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

Areas of Expertise: GERD, Minimally invasive surgery
Locations: Main Campus
Appointments and Referrals: 1-800-TRY-CHOP (1-800-879-2467)

  • Background

    Dr. Blinman is an attending surgeon at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and assistant professor of Surgery at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. He also serves as the director of Minimally Invasive Surgery and assistant director of Trauma Surgery, both at CHOP.

    As a general surgeon, Dr. Blinman has a wide area of interest in pediatric conditions. One area he is particularly passionate about includes the diagnosis, treatment and long-term care of children with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).

    Dr. Blinman leads the Surgical Reflux Clinic (SIX), a unique multidisciplinary program that supports patients and families following surgery for GERD.

    "With the SIX Clinic, we really bring a holistic approach to patient care,” Dr. Blinman said. “We have a great deal of expertise and experience working with GERD patients, customizing surgical and nonsurgical treatment, as well as following them long-term.”

    Dr. Blinman also has a keen interest in advancing minimally invasive surgery — particularly in neonates. During his time at CHOP, Dr. Blinman has pioneered the use of robotic surgery in particularly vulnerable populations of children, such as those with conditions like congenital diaphragmatic hernia, congenital cystic adenomatoid malformation (CCAM) and Hirschsprung’s disease.

    By using minimally invasive surgery to treat these conditions, surgeons can use smaller instruments and tools, smaller surgical incisions, and babies can recover more quickly after surgery.

    Dr. Blinman earned his bachelor's of science degree in biology and kinesiology from the University of California at Los Angeles, CA, and his medical degree from Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN. He completed his internship and surgical residency at the University of California at Los Angeles.

    Dr. Blinman completed a research fellowship at West Los Angeles VA Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA, and a pediatric surgery fellowship at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

    Dr. Blinman has authored dozens of clinical articles and book chapters, served as a reviewer for peer-reviewed medical journals and is a frequent presenter at local and national surgical conferences. Additionally, Dr. Blinman has appeared in several videos and podcasts regarding pediatric surgical techniques and treatments.

  • Education and Training

    Medical School

    MD — Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN

    Internship

    General Surgery — UCLA, Los Angeles, CA

    Residency

    General Surgery — UCLA, Los Angeles, CA

    Fellowship

    Research — West Los Angeles VA Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA
    Pediatric Surgery — The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA

    Board Certification

    General Surgery
    Pediatric Surgery

  • Titles and Academic Titles

    Attending Surgeon

    Assistant Professor of Surgery, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

  • Centers and Programs
  • Publications

    Books

    Chapters

    2011

    Blinman TA. Gastroesophageal reflux disease. In: Mattei P, editor. Fundamentals of pediatric surgery. New York: Springer; 2011. p. 333-41.

    Blinman TA. Pediatric trauma resuscitation. In: Mattei P, editor. Fundamentals of pediatric surgery. New York: Springer; 2011. p. 103-9.

    Blinman TA, Rothenberg SS. Laparoscopic repair of diaphragmatic defects: congenital diaphragmatic hernia (of Bochdalek) and eventration. In: Bax Klaas KNMA, Georgeson KE, Rothenberg S, Valla JS, Yeung CK, editors. Endoscopic surgery iniInfants and children. Berlin: Springer; 2008. p. 569-73.

    2008

    Blinman T, Nance ML. Special consideration in trauma in children. In Flint L, Meredith JW, Schwab CW, Trunkey DD, Rue LW, Taheri PA, editors. Trauma: contemporary principles and therapy. Philadelphia: Lippincott, Williams, & Wilkins; 2008. p. 575-95.

    1999

    Chandler C, Blinman T, Cryer H. Acute renal failure. In: Mattox DL, Moore EE, Feliciano DV, editors. Trauma. 4th ed. New York: Appleton & Lange; 1999. p. 174-201.

    Abstracts

    2012

    Blinman TA. Allometric scaling determines CO2 handling during insufflation [abstract]. 21st Congress for Endosurgery in Children. International Pediatric Endosurgery Group; 2012 Mar 6-12; San Diego, CA.

    Blinman TA, Casale P. The PEDESTAL Project: explicit pediatric MIS training beyond simulation [abstract]. 21st Congress for Endosurgery in Children. International Pediatric Endosurgery Group; 2012 Mar 6-12; San Diego, CA.

    2010

    Santore MT, Behar BJ, Blinman TA, Doolin EJ, Hedrick HL, Mattei P, et al. Hepaticoduodenostomy versus hepaticojejunostomy for reconstruction after resection of choledochal cyst [abstract]. American Pediatric Surgical Association; 2010 May 16-19; Orlando, FL.

    Blinman TA, Cook RC, Kroeplin MR, Drill A. Wretched retchers! A multidisciplinary clinic improves surgical and functional outcomes after fundoplasty in children [abstract]. American Society for Parental and Enteral Nutrition Clinical Nutrition Week; 2010 Feb 9-12; Las Vegas, NV.

    Papers

    2014

    Jensen EA, Munson DA, Zhang H, Blinman TA, Kirpalani H. Anti-gastroesophageal reflux surgery in infants with severe bronchopulmonary dysplasia. Pediatr Pulmonol. 2014 Apr 21. [Epub ahead of print] Read the abstract.

    2011

    Calabria AC, Gallagher PR, Simmons R, Blinman T, De León DD. Postoperative surveillance and detection of postprandial hypoglycemia after fundoplasty in children. J Pediatr. 2011 Oct;159(4):597-601.e1. Epub 2011 May 17.
    Cited in PubMed; PMID 21592499. Read the abstract

    Biko DM, Anupindi SA, Hanhan SB, Blinman T, Markowitz RI. Assessment of recurrent abdominal symptoms after Ladd procedure: clinical and radiographic correlation. J Pediatr Surg. 2011 Sep;46(9):1720-5. Cited in PubMed; PMID 21929980. Read the abstract

    Blinman T, Cook R. Allometric prediction of energy expenditure in infants and children. Infant Child Adolesc Nutr. 2011 Aug;3(4):216-224. Cited in PubMed; PMCID: PMC3255515.Read the article

    Santore MT, Deans KJ, Behar BJ, Blinman TA, Adzick NS, Flake AW. Laparoscopic hepaticoduodenostomy versus open hepaticoduodenostomy for reconstruction after resection of choledochal cyst. J Laparoendosc Adv Surg Tech A. 2011 May;21(4):375-8. Epub 2011 Mar 28. Cited in PubMed; PMID 21443442. Read the abstract

    Frioux SM, Blinman T, Christian CW. Vaginal lacerations from consensual intercourse in adolescents. Child Abuse Negl. 2011 Jan;35(1):69-73. Cited in PubMed; PMID 21315449. Read the abstract

    Santore MT, Behar BJ, Blinman TA, Doolin EJ, Hedrick HL, Mattei P, et al. Hepaticoduodenostomy vs hepaticojejunostomy for reconstruction after resection of choledochal cyst. J Pediatr Surg. 2011 Jan;46(1):209-13. Cited in PubMed; PMID 21238669. Read the abstract 

    2010

    Pineles SL, Avery RA, Moss HE, Finkel R, Blinman T, Kaiser L, Liu GT. Visual and systemic outcomes in pediatric ocular myasthenia gravis. Am J Ophthalmol. Am J Ophthalmol. 2010 Oct;150(4):453-459.e3. Epub 2010 Aug 1. Cited in PubMed; PMID 20678749. Read the abstract

    Blinman T. Incisions do not simply sum. Surg Endosc. 2010 Jul;24(7):1746-51. Epub 2010 Jan 7. Cited in PubMed; PMID 20054565. Read the abstract

    Posters and Presentations

    2011

    Blinman T. Hidden shock: substrate delivery in pediatric surgical outcomes [presentation].  Noon Conference as Visiting Professor, St. Peter’s University Hospital; 2011 Jun 9; New Brunswick, NJ.

    Blinman T. We do small: small incisions in small patients with unsmall problems [presentation]. Grand Rounds as Visiting Professor, St. Peter’s University Hospital; 2011 Jun 9; New Brunswick, NJ.

    2010

    Blinman T. NEC: pathogenesis, prevention, and treatment [presentation]. American Society for Parental and Enteral Nutrition, Clinical Nutrition Week 2010; 2010 Feb 9-12;  Las Vegas, NV.

    Trauma recovery and nutrition [presentation].American Society for Parental and Enteral Nutrition, Clinical Nutrition Week 2010; 2010 Feb 9-12; Las Vegas, NV.

  • Editorial and Academic Positions

    Editorial positions

    Ad hoc reviewer

    2005-present, Anesthesia and Analgesia
    2004-present, Annals of Surgery
    2004-present, Pediatric Emergency Care
    2004-present, Surgical Endoscopy

    Academic and institutional committees

    2010-present, Medical Education Council
    2008-present, Epic Clinical Advisory Team
    2008-present, GS EpicCare Implementation Team
    2006-present, SCM Downtime Committee
    2006-present, Trauma Committee
    2006-present, Strategic Telecommunications Planning Meeting