"As a surgeon, I am well-trained in the unique aspects of operating on young children. As a parent, I appreciate the stress and anxiety of watching your child have surgery and am humbled daily by the strength and love exhibited by parents for their children in these trying times. Our goal at CHKD is simple: We will do whatever it takes to care for your child and your family to ensure the most positive outcome possible."

Dr. Frazier Frantz

(757) 668-7703

Board Certifications

American Board of Surgery

Pediatric Surgery


Medical School: Duke University

Residency: Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine

Fellowship: Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center


Dr. Frantz is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, where he distinguished himself as a varsity football letterman and Brigade Commander. He received his medical degree from the Duke University School of Medicine. He completed general surgery residency at the Medical College of Virginia (now VCU School of Medicine) and pediatric general surgery fellowship at the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital.

After completing fellowship, Dr. Frantz served as the Division Head of Pediatric Surgery at the Naval Medical Center, Portsmouth, VA, until his retirement from the Navy in 2009. While there, he developed the largest minimally invasive Pectus repair practice in the military, treating both dependent and active-duty military patients from around the world with the Nuss Procedure.

Like his partners on the CHKD Pediatric Surgery team, Dr. Frantz has established himself as an expert in primary and re-do minimally invasive pectus repair. He was featured on an episode on The Doctors in January of 2015 to discuss treatment of a young woman with severe pectus excavatum.

In addition to minimally invasive pectus excavatum repair, Dr. Frantz utilizes open repair for patients with complex chest wall deformities (concurrent pectus excavatum and carinatum) and those with pectus carinatum deformities who have failed bracing therapy or who have stiff chest walls. He has innovated the techniques of open repair by utilizing titanium plating for stabilization and alignment of bony rib-to-sternal gaps during costal cartilage re-growth, which has been particularly effective in patients with asymmetric pectus carinatum.

Dr. Frantz appreciates the challenges of treating unique disorders of the chest wall and the potential for developing new treatment techniques.  He collaborated with Biomet in developing a custom titanium implant for a patient with “floating” sternum and flail chest which had resulted from previous failed attempts at pectus excavatum repair. The very first of its kind, this implant was inserted in March 2015 and has resulted in significant improvement in the patient’s pulmonary mechanics and quality of life.

An author or numerous scientific manuscripts and book chapters, he has received special recognition for teaching and clinical accomplishments at the local and national levels. His current research projects include optimization of post-operative pain management after pectus repair with incorporation of regional anesthetic techniques. Along with his CHKD Anesthesiology colleagues, he is an investigator in a multi-center study analyzing the effectiveness of peri-operative local anesthetic infusion via paravertebral catheters in conjunction with the standard post-operative pain management protocol.

Dr. Frantz was named Medical Director and Chief of Pediatric Surgery for the Children’s Surgical Specialty Group at CHKD in January 2015.  He is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Surgery and Pediatrics at the Eastern Virginia Medical School. He is married to his wife, Stephanie, and has 5 children, ages 10 to 27.

Special Interests
  • The full spectrum of chest wall deformities
  • Minimally invasive surgery of the chest and abdomen
  • Pediatric solid tumors
  • Colorectal diseases in childhood
  • Vascular anomalies
Honors & Awards
  • Coastal Virginia Magazine "Top Doc" 2015
  • Castle Connolly Top Doctor 2015
  • Castle Connolly Top Regional Doctor, Norfolk, VA 2014
  • Coastal Virginia Magazine "Top Doc" 2014
  • Vitals Compassionate Doctor Award 2013
  • Hampton Roads “Super Doctor” 2011, Pediatric Surgery
  • Hampton Roads Monthly Magazine Top Doc Selection 2003
  • Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society
  • American College of Surgeons
  • American Pediatric Surgery Association
  • International Pediatric Endosurgery Group
  • Tidewater Pediatric Society

(757) 668-7703

Titanium Man: Patient Receives Chest Wall Implant

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Only six days old, Audrey Dembitz underwent surgery by Dr. Frazier Frantz to remove tumors from her lymph nodes and adrenal gland, saving her from stage 2b neuroblastoma.

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