GoretskyMichael Curriculum Vitae

"I have always felt very compassionate about my work as a surgeon and want the very best possible outcome for my patients."

Dr. Michael Goretsky

(757) 668-7703

Board Certifications

American Board of Surgery

Pediatric Surgery


Medical School: SUNY Stony Brook

Residency: University of Cincinnati Medical Center

Fellowship: Children's Hospital of Michigan


As a fourth generation physician, Dr. Goretsky has always had an interest in medicine. After fellowship training, he interviewed at various physician practices searching for the right fit. When he interviewed with the CHKD group, he knew it was the place for him and his family.

Dr. Goretsky found the growing pectus program, headed by Dr. Donald Nuss, of particular interest and was very excited to become a member of the team.

Clinical Interests
  • Pectus disorders
  • Minimally invasive surgery
  • Quality improvement programs
Honors & Awards
  • Young Investigator Award, Wound Healing Society, 1995
  • Resident Essay Contest, Ohio Chapter of the American College of Surgeons, The Stanley O. Hoerr Clinical Surgery Award, First Place, 1995
  • Resident Essay Contest, Ohio Chapter of the American College of Surgeons, Trauma Award, 1995
  • Resident Research Award, University of Cincinnati, Department of Surgery, 1995
  • Physicians Recognition Award, American Medical Association, 2002-2005
  • Physicians Recognition Award and Commendation, American Medical Association, 2006-2009
  • Who's Who in Executives and Professionals, 2003
  • America's Top Surgeons, Consumers' Research Council of America, 2003
Community Involvement and Memberships
  • Brotherhood member, Temple Beth El
  • Alumni Interviewer, Haverford College

The Lankenau Medical Research Center, Philadelphia, PA (1986-1987). Analyzing the effects of inhibitors of cyclooxygenase, lipoxygenase, and Ca++ channels on chick myoblast adhesion and infusion; with Karen Knudsen, Ph.D.

School of Medicine, State University of New York - Stony Brook (1990-1987). Pulmonary function among firefighters with relation to their occupational hazards; with George Noble, M.D.

Department of Surgery, Shriners Burns Institute, Cincinnati, OH (1993-1995). Wound healing/cultured skin substitutes; with Steven T. Boyce, Ph.D. and David G. Greenhalgh, M.D., FACS.


Books and Chapters: 

  • Goretsky, MJ: "Appendicitis" The Mont Reid Handbook: The University of Cincinnati Surgical Manual, 3rd Edition, Mosby, pp 311-316, 1993. 
  • Goretsky, MJ, Garcia, VF: "Abdominal Trauma",In Rudolph's Pediatrics, 20th Edition, Appleton & Lange, pp 1048-1050, 1996. 
  • Goretsky, MJ: "Burn Care", The Mont Reid Surgical Handbook, 4th Edition, Mosby, pp 207 - 220, 1997. 
  • Goretsky, MJ: "Laparoscopic Appendectomy" The Mont Reid Surgical Handbook, 4th Edition, Mosby, pp 546-549, 1997. 
  • Goretsky, MJ: "Tube Thoracostomy" The Mont Reid Surgical Handbook , 4th Edition, Mosby, pp 703 - 707, 1997.
  • Goretsky, MJ, Klein, MD: “Esophageal Duplications” Surgical Directives: Pediatric Surgery, Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins, pp 239-241, 2003. 
  • Goretsky, MJ, Ziegler, MM: “Gastrostomy” Operative Pediatric Surgery, McGraw-Hill Professional, pp 575 – 581, 2003.
  • Nuss D, Kelly Jr RE, Croitoru DP, Goretsky MJ. “Congenital Chest Wall Deformities”, Pediatric Surgery 4th ed. Saunders, pp 245 – 263, 2005. 
  • Shamberger, RC, Nuss, D, Goretsky, MJ. “Surgical Treatment of Chest Wall Deformities in Children”, Operative Pediatric Surgery 6th Ed., Edward Arnold Ltd, pp 209 – 226, 2006. 
  • Goretsky, MJ, Nuss, D. “Surgical Treatment of Chest Wall Deformities: Nuss Procedure” Atlas of Pediatric Surgical Techniques., Elsevier, pp 97-103, 2010. 
  • Goretsky, MJ, Obermeyer, RJ. “Chest Wall Deformities”, Succeeding in Paediatric Surgery Examinations, Vol 1: A Complete.  


  • Goretsky, MJ, Greenhalgh, DG, Warden, GD, Ryckman, FC, Warner, BW: "The Use of Extracorporeal Life Support in Pediatric Burn Patients with Respiratory Failure". Journal of Pediatric Surgery (1995), 30(4), 620-623. 
  • Goretsky, MJ, Breeden, M, Pisarski, G, Harriger, MD, Boyce, ST, Greenhalgh, DG: "Capillary Morphogenesis During Healing of Full Thickness Skin Grafts: An Ultrastructural Study". Wound Repair and Regeneration (1995), 3, 213-220. 
  • Boyce, ST, Goretsky, MJ, Greenhalgh, DG, Kagan, RJ, Rieman, MT, Warden, GD: “Comparative Assessment of Cultured Skin Substitutes and Native Skin Autografts for Treatment of Full-thickness Burns”. Annals of Surgery (1995), 222(6), 743-752. 
  • Goretsky, MJ, Meyer, TA, Warner, BW: “Extracorporeal Life Support” - review. Current Opinion in Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery, (1995), 3(6), 408-415. 
  • von Allmen, D, Goretsky, MJ, Ziegler, MM: “Inflammatory Bowel Disease in Children”- review. Current Opinion in Pediatrics: Gastroenterology and Nutrition, (1995), 7(5), 547-552. 
  • Goretsky, MJ, Supp, AP, Greenhalgh, DG, Warden, GD, Boyce, ST: “Surface Electrical Capacitance (SEC) as an Index of Epidermal Barrier Properties of Composite Skin Substitutes and Skin Autografts”. Wound Repair and Regeneration. (1995) 3, 419-425. 
  • Goretsky, MJ, Farrell, M, Johnson, N, Ziegler, MM: “Alternative Techniques of Feeding Gastrostomy: A Critical Analysis”. Journal of the American College of Surgeons. (1996), 182, 233-240. 
  • Goretsky, MJ, Harriger, MD, Supp, AP, Greenhalgh, DG, Boyce, ST: “Expression of IL-1a , IL-6, and bFGF by Cultured Skin Substitutes Before and After Grafting to Full-thickness Wounds in Athymic Mice”. The Journal of Trauma: Injury, Infection and Critical Care. (1996), 40(6), 894-900. 
  • Smith, CD, Meyer, TA, Goretsky, MJ, Hyams, D, Luchette, FA, Fegelman, EJ, Nussbaum, MS: “Laparoscopic Splenectomy by the Lateral Approach: A Safe and Effective Alternative to Open Splenectomy in Hematologic Disease”. Surgery. (1996), 120, 789-794. 
  • Goretsky, MJ, Martinasek, D, Warner, BW: “Pulmonary Hemorrhage: A Novel Complication Following Extracorporeal Life Support (ECLS)”. Journal of Pediatric Surgery. (1996), 31(9), 1276-1281. 
  • Khan, AM, Shabarek, FM, Zwischenberger,JB, Warner, BW, Cheu, HW, Jaksic, T, Goretsky, MJ, Meyer, TA, Doski, J, Lally, KP: “Utility of daily head ultrasonography for infants on extracorporeal membrane oxygenation”, Journal of Pediatric Surgery, (1998), 33(8), 1229-1232. 
  • Kane, TD, Greenhalgh, DG, Warden, GD, Goretsky, MJ, Ryckman, FC, Warner, BW: “Pediatric Burn Patients with Respiratory Failure: Predictors of Outcome following the use of Extracorporeal Life Support (ECLS)”, Journal of Burn Care & Rehabilitation, (1999), 20(2), 145-50. 
  • Langenburg, SE, Poulik, J, Goretsky, MJ, Klein, AA, Klein, MD: “Bile Duct Size Does Not Predict Success of Portoenterostomy for Biliary Atresia”, Journal of Pediatric Surgery, (2000), 35(6),1006-1007. 
  • Elerian LF, Sparks JW, Meyer TA, Zwischenberger JB, Doski J, Goretsky MJ, Warner BW, Cheu HW, Lally KP: “Usefulness of surveillance cultures in neonatal extracorporeal membrane oxygenation”, ASAIO J, (2001), 47(3), 220-223.   
  • Croitoru, DP, Kelly, Jr.,RE, Goretsky, MJ, Lawson, ML, Swoveland,B, Nuss, D: “Experience and Modification Update for the Minimally Invasive Nuss Technique for Pectus Excavatum Repair in Over 300 Patients”, Journal of Pediatric Surgery, (2002), 37(3), 437-445. 
  • Nuss, D, Croitoru, DP, Kelly, Jr. RE, Goretsky, MJ, Nuss, KJ, Gustin, TS: “Review and Discussion of the Complications of Minimally Invasive Pectus Excavatum Repair”, Eur J Pediatr Surg, (2002), 12, 230-234.
  • Rishavy, TJ, Goretsky, MJ, Langenburg, SE, Klein, MD: “Anterior Bridging Bronchus”, Pediatric Pulmonology, (2003), 35(1), 70-2. 
  • Lawson ML, Cash TF, Akers RA, Vasser E, Burke B, Tabangin M, Welch C, Croitoru DP, Goretsky MJ, Nuss D, Kelly RE: “A Pilot Study Of The Impact Of Surgical Repair On Disease-Specific Quality Of Life Among Patients With Pectus Excavatum”, Journal of Pediatric Surgery, (2003), 38, 916-918. 
  • Goretsky, MJ, Kelly Jr RE, Croitoru DP, Nuss D “Chest wall anomalies: Pectus excavatum and pectus carinatum”, Adolescent Medical Clinics, (2004), 15, No 3, 455-471. 
  • Lawson, ML, Mellins, RB, Tabangin, M, Kelly, Jr RE, Croitoru, DP, Goretsky, MJ, Nuss, D: “Impact of Pectus Excavatum on Pulmonary Function Before and After Repair with the Nuss Procedure”, Journal of Pediatric Surgery, (2005), 40, 174-180 
  • Croitoru, DP, Kelly, Jr RE, , Goretsky, MJ, Nuss, D: “The Minimally Invasive Nuss Technique for Recurrent or Failed Pectus Excavatum Repair in 50 Patients”, Journal of Pediatric Surgery, (2005), 40, 181-187. 
  • Lawson ML, Barnes-Eley M, Burke BL, Mitchell K, Katz, ME, Dory CL, Miller SF, Nuss D, Croitoru DP, Goretsky MJ, Kelly RE: “Reliability of a Standardized Protocol to Calculate Cross-sectional Chest Area and Severity Indices to Evaluate Pectus Excavatum.” Journal of Pediatric Surgery. (2006), 41, 1219-1225. 
  • Cartoski, MJ, Nuss, D, Goretsky, MJ, Proud, VK, Croitoru, DP, Gustin, T, Mitchell, K, Vasser, E, Kelly, RE: “Classification of the Dysmorphology of Pectus Excavatum.” Journal of Pediatric Surgery. (2006), 41, 1573-1581. 
  • Creswick, HA, Stacey, MW, Kelly, RE JR, Gustin, T, Nuss, D, Harvey, H, Goretsky, MJ, Vasser, E, Welch, J, Mitchell, K, Proud, VK: “Family study of the inheritance of pectus excavatum.” Journal of Pediatric Surgery. (2006), 41, 1699-1703. 
  • Rushing, GD, Goretsky, MJ, Gustin, T, Morales, M, Kelly Jr., RE, Nuss, D: “When it’s not an infection: Metal Allergy after the Nuss Procedure for Repair of Pectus Excavatum.”, Journal of Pediatric Surgery. (2007),42, 93-7. 
  • Shin, S, Goretsky, MJ, Kelly, Jr, RE, Gustin, T, Nuss, D: “Infectious Complications After the Nuss Repair in a Series of 863 Patients”, Journal of Pediatric Surgery.( 2007), 42, 87-92. 
  • Kelly, RE, Shamberger, RC, Mellins, RB, Mitchell, KK, Lawson, ML, Oldham, K, Azizkhan, RG, Hebra, AV, Nuss, D, Goretsky, MJ, Sharp, RJ, Holcomb III, GW, Shim, WKT, Megison, SM, Moss, RL, Fecteau, AH, Colombani, PM, Bagley, TC, Moskowitz, AB: “Prospective Multicenter Study of Surgical Correction of Pectus Excavatum: Design, Perioperative Complications, Pain, and Baseline Pulmonary Function Facilitated by Internet-Based Data Collection.” Journal of the American College of Surgeons. (2007), Vol 205, No 2, 205-216. 
  • Kelly, RE, Cash, TF, Shamberger, RC, Mitchell, KK, Mellins, RB, Lawson, ML, Oldham, K, Azizkhan, RG, Hebra, AV, Nuss, D, Goretsky, MJ, Sharp, RJ, Holcomb III, GW, Shim, WKT, Megison, SM, Moss, RL, Fecteau, AH, Colombani, PM, Bagley, Quinn, A, TC, Moskowitz: “Surgical Repair of Pectus Excavatum Markedly Improves Body Image and Perceived Ability for Physical Activity: Multicenter Study.” Pediatrics. (2008), Vol 122, No 6, 1218 – 1222. 
  • Redlinger, Jr, RE, Rushing, GD, Moskowitz, AB, Kelly, Jr. RE, Nuss, D, Kuhn, MA, Obermeyer, RJ, Goretsky, MJ: “Minimally Invasive Repair of Pectus Excavatum in Patients with Marfan Syndrome and Marfanoid Features.” Journal of Pediatric Surgery. (2010), Vol 45, No 1, 193-199. 
  • Stacey, M, Neumann, SA, Dooley, A, Segna, K, Kelly, RE, Nuss D, Kuhn, AM, Goretsky, MJ, Fecteau, AH, Pastor, A, Proud, V: “Variable Number of Tandem Repeat Polymorphisms (VNTR’s) in the ACAN Gene Associated with Pectus Excavatum.” Clinical Genetics. (2010), Vol 78, No 5, 502-4. 
  • Kelly RE, Goretsky MJ, Obermeyer R, Kuhn MA, Redlinger R, Haney TS, Moskowitz A, Nuss D: “ Twenty-one Years of Experience with Minimally Invasive Repair of Pectus Excavatum by the Nuss procedure in 1215 patients”.Ann Surg. (2010) Vol 252, No 6, 1072-81. 
  • Rechowicz KJ, Kelly R, Goretsky M, Frantz FW, Knisley SB, Nuss D, McKenzie FD: “ A Design for Simulating and Validating the Nuss Procedure for the Minimally Invasive Correction of Pectus Excavatum.” Stud Health Technol Inform. (2011) Vol163, 473-475. 
  • Lawson ML, Mellins RB, Paulson JF, Shamberger RC, Oldham K, Azizkhan RG, Hebra AV, Nuss D, Goretsky MJ, Sharp RJ, Holcomb GW 3rd, Shim WK, Megison SM, Moss RL, Fecteau AH, Colombani PM, Moskowitz AB, Hill J, Kelly RE Jr.: “Increasing Severity of Pectus Excavatum is Associated with Reduced Pulmonary Function.” Journal of Pediatrics. (2011), 159(2):256-61. 
  • Redlinger Jr., RE, Kelly Jr. RE, Nuss, D , Kuhn, MA, Obermeyer, RJ, Goretsky, MJ: “One hundred patients with recurrent pectus excavatum repaired via the minimally invasive Nuss technique - effective in most regardless of initial operative approach” Journal of Pediatric Surgery. (2011) Vol 46(6), 1177-81. 
  • Redlinger Jr., RE, Kelly Jr. RE, Nuss, D , Goretsky, MJ, Kuhn, MA, Sullivan, K, Wooten, AE, Obermeyer, RJ,: “Regional Chest Wall Motion Dysfunction in Patients with Pectus Excavatum Demonstrated via Optoelectronic Plethysmography” Journal of Pediatric Surgery. (2011) Vol 46(6), 1172 – 1176. 
  • Redlinger Jr., RE, Wooten, AE, Kelly Jr. RE, Nuss, D, Goretsky, MJ, Kuhn, MA, Sullivan, K, Obermeyer, RJ, : ”Optoelectronic Plethysmography Demonstrates Abrogation of Regional Chest Wall Motion Dysfunction in Patients with Pectus Excavatum after Nuss Repair” Journal of Pediatric Surgery. (2012) Vol 47(1), 160-4.   
  • Hartwich JE, Carter RF, Wolfe L, Goretsky M, Heath K, St Peter SD, Lanning DA, : “The Effects of Irrigation on Outcomes in Cases of Perforated Appendicitis in Children” J Surg Research. (2012), Epub. 
  • Obermeyer, RJ, Goretsky, MJ.: “Chest Wall Deformities”, Surgical Clinics of North America. June (2012) Vol 92(3), 669-684. Sesia SB, Haecker F-M, Shah B, Goretsky MJ, Kelly, Jr RE, Obermeyer RJ,: “Development of metal allergy after Nuss procedure for repair of pectus excavatum despite preoperative negative skin test” Journal of Pediatric Surgical Case Reports. (2013) 152-155. 
  • Kelly RE Jr, Mellins RB, Shamberger RC, Mitchell, KK, Lawson ML, Oldham KT, Azizkhan RG, Hebra AV, Nuss D, Goretsky MJ, Sharp RJ, Holcomb GW 3rd, Shim WK, Megison SM, Moss RL, Fecteau AH, Colombani PM, Cooper D, Bagley T, Quinn A, Moskowitz AB, Paulson J,: “Multicenter Study of Pectus Excavatum, Final Report: Complications, Static/Exercise Pulmonary Function, and Anatomic Outcomes” Journal of the American College of Surgeons. Dec (2013) Vol 217(6), 1080-9. 
  • Shah B, Cohee A, Deyerle A, Kelly CS, Frantz F, Kelly RE, Kuhn MA, Lombardo ML, Obermeyer R, Goretsky MJ “High Rates of Metal Allergy Amongst Nuss Procedure Patients Dictate Broader Pre-Operative Testing” Journal of Pediatric Surgery. (2013) Accepted.


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