"One of the most important things to me is that each of my patients has a positive experience. Each day, I am proud to work with talented, diligent and caring nurses and doctors to provide our patients with exceptional care. The result is that many of our patients don’t want to leave, even when they are feeling better!"

Dr. Michele Lombardo

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Board Certifications

American Board of Surgery

Pediatric Surgery


Medical School: Boston University School of Medicine

Residency: Brown University

Fellowship: Brown University


After earning her undergraduate degree in biochemistry from Simmons College, Dr. Lombardo performed research in blood vessel development at a Harvard University laboratory, was a houseparent in a family model group home for at-risk youth, and worked for the Massachusetts Teratogen Information Service and National Birth Defects Center.  Upon graduating from the Boston University School of Medicine, Dr. Lombardo completed a five-year residency in general surgery and two-year fellowship in pediatric surgery at Brown.  During her tenure there, Dr. Lombardo served as executive chief resident and completed an international surgical rotation in Bomet, Kenya. She was honored to receive multiple awards and citations for teaching, surgical education, and patient care.

Dr. Lombardo has authored numerous academic publications and has lectured nationally and internationally.  Since joining the CHKD pediatric surgery team, Dr. Lombardo has enjoyed collaborating with Dr. Donald Nuss as well as her pediatric surgery partners in furthering research for minimally invasive surgical repair of chest wall deformities and teaching at the annual Nuss Thoracic Deformity Lecture Series.

Dr. Lombardo is a Fellow of both the American College of Surgeons and the American Academy of Pediatrics. She is an assistant professor of clinical surgery and an assistant professor of pediatrics at Eastern Virginia Medical School.  Dr. Lombardo is also an advanced trauma life support instructor and participates in a variety of CHKD committees.  She enjoys taking an active role in the development and mentoring of EVMS medical students and surgical residents. Dr. Lombardo is proud to further the missions of CHKD and EVMS and is delighted to be raising her family in Hampton Roads.

Research Area
Clinical Interests
Honors & Awards
  • Coastal Virginia Magazine "Top Doc" 2016
  • Coastal Virginia Magazine "Top Doc" 2015
  • Haffenreffer House Staff Excellence Award, Rhode Island Hospital, 2011
  • Thompson Scholarship for Surgical Study in Kenya, Brown University School of Medicine, 2007
  • Dean’s Teaching Excellence Award, Brown University School of Medicine, 2007
  • Brian A. Dorman Surgical Education Award, Brown University School of Medicine, 2007
  • Alpha Omega Alpha Resident Award, Brown University School of Medicine, 2007
  • Resident Teaching Award, Brown University School of Medicine, 2006
  • American Institute of Chemistry Award in Biochemistry, Simmons College, 1996
  • Sigma Xi Associate Member Award, Simmons College, 1996
Community Involvement and Memberships
  • American College of Surgeons
  • American Pediatric Surgical Association
  • International Pediatric Endosurgery Group
  • American Medical Association
  • Medical Society of Virginia
  • Tidewater Pediatric Society
  1. Lombardo ML, Watson-Smith D, Muratore CS, Carr SR, O’Brien BM, Luks FI. 2011. Laser ablation of placental vessels in twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome – a paradigm for endoscopic fetal surgery. Journal of Laparoendoscopic and Advanced Surgical Techniques, 2011:21, 869-872.
  2. Iruela-Arispe ML, Lombardo M, Krutzch HC, Lawler J, Roberts DD.  1999.  Inhibition of angiogenesis by Thrombospondin-1 is mediated by two independent regions within the type I repeats.  Circulation, 100:13, 1423-1431.
  3. Vazquez F, Hastings G, Ortega MA, Lane TF, Oikemus S, Lombardo M, Iruela-Arispe ML.  1999.  METH-1, a human ortholog of ADAMTS-1, and METH-2 are members of a new family of proteins with angio-inhibitory activity. Journal of Biological Chemistry, 274:33, 23349-23357.
  4. Dhanabal M, Ramchandran R, Volk R, Stillman IE, Lombardo M, Iruela-Arispe ML, Simons M, and Sukhatme VP. 1999. Endostatin: Yeast production, mutants, and anti-tumor effect in renal cell carcinoma. Cancer Research, 59, 189-197.


  1. Kelly Jr RE and Lombardo ML.  Psychologic effects, body image, and pectus excavatum and carinatum.  Chest Wall Deformities.  Edited by Amulya Kumar Saxena.  Springer.
  2. Nuss D and Lombardo ML.  Recurrent Pectus Excavatum Repair.  Chest Wall Deformities.  Edited by Amulya Kumar Saxena.  Springer.
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Dancer trains with Joffrey Ballet after Nuss surgery