Why Choose Us
Innovation and expertise of our multidisciplinary team
- Our Center is headed by Robert M. Campbell Jr., MD, the medical pioneer who developed the vertical expandable prosthetic titanium rib (VEPTR) to expand the rib cages of children with thoracic insufficiency syndrome.
- Your child is cared for by our multidisciplinary team of clinical experts, which includes pediatric orthopedists, general surgeons, pulmonologists, anesthesiologists, intensivists, neurologists, a cardiologist, an ENT specialist, a geneticist, a radiologist, an epidemiologist, rehabilitation specialists, physical therapists and a nurse practitioner.
- Last year, our Center evaluated numerous patients for thoracic insufficiency syndrome and performed more than 100 VEPTR procedures and other growth-sparing surgeries.
- We treat patients from across the United States and provide a supportive environment for patient families when they are at CHOP.
- We also provide care for international patients with thoracic insufficiency syndrome. CHOP's International Patient Services provides support for families traveling to the Hospital for treatment, as well as resources to help families stay nearby while their child is receiving care at CHOP.
Integrated care to provide the best outcomes
- We offer complete care, from evaluation through implant surgery, expansion surgeries and long-term follow-up care as needed.
- Our team collaborates closely with other CHOP specialists, including a cardiothoracic surgeon, hematology specialists, neuroradiologists, interventional pulmonologists, genetic counselors and fetal medicine specialists.
- Learn more about our treatment approach and your child's visit.
Research to uncover lung mysteries
- The Center for Thoracic Insufficiency Syndrome works in cooperation with the Division of Orthopedic Surgery; Pulmonary Medicine; General, Fetal and Thoracic Surgery; Radiology; the University of Pennsylvania's Medical Image Processing Group; and the School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems at Drexel University. Together, they are involved in numerous laboratory and clinical research activities focused on learning more about thoracic insufficiency syndrome, normal lung function in children and those affected by thoracic insufficiency syndrome, as well as the host of spine conditions that may lead to thoracic insufficiency syndrome.
- Learn more about our research.
For more information
For more information or to schedule an appointment with the Center, call 215-590-3722 or contact us online.
Reviewed by: Robert M. Campbell Jr., MD
Date: January 2013