Remembering Dr. Robert Campbell

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Dr. Campbell Dr. Robert Campbell, a world-renowned pediatric orthopaedic surgeon, passed away peacefully on July 29, 2018, surrounded by family. Dr. Campbell's innovative thought-leadership and inventions changed the world’s approach to caring for children with complex and life-threatening spine and chest wall deformities. In 2009, he opened CHOP's Center for Thoracic Insufficiency, attracting children from around the world, many of whom were told "nothing can be done."

Dr. Campbell is best known as the inventor of VEPTR. His invention became the standard of care throughout the world, saving or extending the lives of children with previously untreatable conditions. He will be deeply missed by his family, patients and colleagues, but he has left a lasting legacy through his ideas, inventions, and the many surgeons and physicians he trained.

If you would like to join us in honoring Dr. Campbell’s remarkable career, please contact Matt DiBattista, Director of Development, at 267-426-6502 or

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