Breakthrough Report

An ongoing collection of our most inspiring stories

Raymond Sze

3D Model Saves a Kidney

3D-printed organ models give surgeons new perspectives that allow them to accomplish what previously wasn’t possible

Beverly Davidson, PhD, and Stephan Grupp, MD, PhD

CHOP Experts Elected to National Academy of Medicine

The National Academy of Medicine elects two global leaders in cellular and gene therapy from CHOP.

Hybrid Suite

Tiny Tools, Big Results

The Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory is changing the way heart disease is diagnosed and treated in children.

Madeline Bell

Cutting-edge Concussion Care

Concussions are on the rise, and CHOP researchers are on a mission to find out why. CEO Madeline Bell examines exciting advances in her Breaking Through podcast.

Kids showing off their new clothes

Helping Families Where They Are

CHOP primary care offices partner with Our Closet to give patients’ closets a boost with free clothes.

Redefining What’s Possible

Two extraordinary programs are solving medical mysteries and envisioning the breakthroughs of tomorrow.

Breathing Freely at Home

By investing in home repairs, CHOP and Philadelphia are improving asthma outcomes.

Tick. Tick. Tick. Defusing the Sepsis Timebomb

Efforts across CHOP search for faster, more accurate ways to diagnose deadly infection.

When Food Is Medicine

Opened in fall 2018, the Food Pharmacy is expected to assist about 250 families each year in its current West Philadelphia location.

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CHOP Receives Magnet Designation for Fourth Time

This prestigious designation recognizes organizations that provide the highest-quality care.

Yep, We Did It Again!

For the 15th straight year, we’ve been recognized as an elite pediatric hospital by U.S. News & World Report.

CHOP Receives Magnet Designation for Fourth Time

This prestigious designation recognizes organizations that provide the highest-quality care.

Making Tools to Deliver Disease Cures

CHOP and its partners built a new clinical manufacturing facility to produce biotechnology tools that deliver cell and gene therapy for difficult-to-treat diseases.

Digging into Data to Drive Breakthroughs

The new Center for Computational and Genomic Medicine, led by Yi Xing, PhD, will analyze large collections of biological data to make discoveries to improve children’s health.

Tackling Concussion

Lessons learned from the pros and CHOP research will inform future prevention, diagnosis and treatment.

Giving Hannah Her Voice

Thanks to an experimental airway tumor treatment she received at CHOP, Hannah can talk now with her friends — really talk — because all the tumors are gone.

Pioneers in Hyperinsulinism

CHOP has been on the forefront of understanding and treating this rare condition that creates dangerously low blood sugar.

Meet the "Master" Endocrinologist

Michael A. Levine, MD, cited as “world authority on the genetics of parathyroid disease,” was recognized by his peers in the American College of Endocrinology.

Fetal Radiologist Honored for Contributions

Fetal imaging expert Beverly G. Coleman, MD, received the Distinguished Service Award from the Society of Radiologists.

Neurosurgeon Hailed as Healthcare Hero

Phillip (Jay) Storm, MD, who launched the Children’s Brain Tumor Tissue Consortium in 2009, was honored for sparking shared research among institutions worldwide.

CHOP’s Innovation Gains National Recognition

Children’s Hospital was named one of the 20 most innovative pediatric hospitals by Parents magazine, which praised our novel treatment for relapsed leukemia.

A Diagnostic Odyssey

Words can’t capture what it means to see Elijah doing so well.

Treating the Whole Child in One Place

Putting behavioral health services in primary care offices makes it easier for families to get their children the treatment they need.

See Advocacy in Action

Because every child deserves access to healthcare.

New Hospital on the Horizon

CHOP will build a freestanding pediatric hospital in King of Prussia, bringing our world-class inpatient care closer to suburban families.

More Breakthroughs Ahead!

Care for children with chronic lung disease, airway disorders and mitochondrial disease get a boost as Frontier Programs.

Innovative Treatment Replaces Major Surgery

Mac, 17, was able to receive a newly developed finger-sized device to fix a leaky heart valve, saving him from an open-heart surgery.

Honoring a Cutting-edge Cancer Investigator

The National Cancer Institute recognized the career-long dedication of John Maris, MD, to solving the mysteries of neuroblastoma.

Rare Impact on Rare Conditions

Robert Campbell, MD, received a lifetime achievement award for his groundbreaking work helping children with thoracic insufficiency syndrome.

Immunology’s Highest Award

The Immune Deficiency Foundation recognized Kathleen Sullivan, MD, PhD, with the Boyle Scientific Achievement Award.

Gold Medal Career

Vaccine expert Paul Offit, MD, received the 2018 Albert B. Sabin Gold Medal in recognition of his decades of research and advocacy.

Checking in on Formerly Conjoined Twins

Abby and Erin Delaney are thriving months after separation surgery at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

Families Key to Breakthroughs

State-of-the-art new buildings are great, but breakthroughs happen because families are willing to allow their children to participate in research.

PICU’s 50-Year Anniversary

Fifty years ago, CHOP established the nation’s first pediatric intensive care unit for the sickest children. Those six beds are now a 55-bed unit caring for 3,000-plus children a year.

A Big Breakthrough for Our Tiniest Patients

We’ve reimagined how to improve outcomes for babies born too early.

Making Ben Proud

Douglas Wallace, PhD, is considered the founder of mitochondrial genetics. His groundbreaking research at CHOP earned him two prestigious international awards in 2017.

Awe-inspiring Careers

The American Academy of Pediatrics honored three CHOP doctors with lifetime achievement awards in 2017.

Winston Voted into Academy

The accident-prevention research of Flaura Koplin Winston, MD, PhD, has saved countless lives and earned her election to the National Academy of Medicine.

20 Years of Sharing

Orthopaedic surgeon David A. Spiegel, MD, was recognized for his 20-plus years of humanitarian work in underserved regions around the world.

Historic Campaign to Fuel Tomorrow’s Breakthroughs

CHOP’s ambitious fundraising campaign, For Tomorrow’s Breakthroughs, reflects and enables the Hospital’s relentless drive to improve children’s health.