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Robert M. Campbell Jr., MD

Attending Surgeon

Director, Center for Thoracic Insufficiency Syndrome

Dr. Campbell is Director of the Center for Thoracic Insufficiency Syndrome (CTIS) at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and an attending physician in the Division of Orthopaedic Surgery.

He is best known as the inventor of the VEPTR (Vertical Expandable Prosthetic Titanium Rib) device, which is used to treat rare diseases of the spine and chest wall, through surgical expansion of the chest and correction of spinal deformity, without inhibiting children’s growth.

He has published extensively on the thoracic and pulmonary disability of these patients and was the first to identify the disease Thoracic Insufficiency Syndrome (TIS).

In creating the Center for Thoracic Insufficiency Syndrome, Dr. Campbell has assembled an interdisciplinary team, including surgeons, pulmonologists, nutritionists and others to bring a comprehensive approach to treatment of the disorder. His primary focus at CHOP is to expand the VEPTR program and explore new devices, deepen research into the natural history of TIS and develop further advances in treatment.

In addition to providing surgical care for TIS patients, Dr. Campbell treats routine pediatric orthopaedic conditions, such as scoliosis, developmental dysplasia of the hip and clubfoot.

Dr. Campbell obtained his bachelor’s degree from Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, and his medical degree from Georgetown University Medical School, Washington, DC. He completed a orthopaedic residency at Fitzsimons Army Medical Center, Aurora, CO, and did his pediatric orthopaedic fellowship at the Alfred I. DuPont Hospital for Children, Wilmington, DE.

Prior to coming to CHOP in 2009, he held the President’s Council Chair in Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio.

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