February 26, 2013
The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) community is deeply saddened to learn of the death of Dr. C. Everett Koop. Dr. Koop served as CHOP’s surgeon-in-chief from 1946 to 1981, before taking on the role of U.S Surgeon General.
A pioneer in the field of pediatric surgery, Dr. Koop’s contributions include advances in complex surgical procedures, such as the separation of conjoined twins, establishment of the nation’s first newborn surgical intensive care unit, and the implementation of Children’s Hospital’s surgical fellowship training program.
“Both during his time at CHOP and in the years beyond, Dr. Koop made an immeasurable impact on health worldwide,” said Steven M. Altschuler, M.D., chief executive officer of The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. “He transformed the relatively new field of pediatric surgery into a significant specialty in its own right. And later, as Surgeon General, he applied the same energy and vision to a much broader spectrum of health issues.”
The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia will be forever indebted to Dr. Koop for the imprint he left upon the institution and upon all of pediatric healthcare.