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Thane A. Blinman, MD, FAAP

Attending Surgeon

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

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.

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