Our Pediatric Surgeons

Dr. Donald Nuss, Pioneer of the Nuss Procedure

Dr. Donald Nuss

Pediatric surgeon Donald Nuss, a native of South Africa, is a pioneer in the treatment of a chest wall deformity known as pectus excavatum, or sunken chest. Over the past two decades, Nuss has spared more than 1,000 children significant pain, blood loss and recovery time and also held workshops to educate doctors around the world on his minimally-invasive procedure.

For over 25 years he was a partner in CHKD surgical group's Pediatric Surgery and was a professor at Eastern Virginia Medical School, Nuss completed medical school, residency and fellowship programs in South Africa as well as a fellowship at the Mayo Graduate School of Medicine. In 1987, he invented the Nuss Procedure for pectus excavatum by inserting a slim, curved steel bar through two tiny incisions in the patient’s chest side walls, correcting bone alignment without extensive cutting or bone removal. His groundbreaking work since has earned repeated recognition from top surgeons and national media outlets. Today, Dr. Nuss is a surgeon-in-chief emeritus and continues to counsel surgeons around the world in caring for patients with chest wall deformities.

Dr. Robert Kelly

Dr. Robert Kelly

Pediatric surgeon Robert Kelly holds a special interest in treating newborn anomalies and children with inguinal hernias and pectus excavatum, a chest wall deformity. A graduate of the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, he is board certified in general and pediatric surgery.

Dr. Kelly holds a number of leadership positions at CHKD, including Chief, Department of Surgery, Professor of Clinical Surgery and Pediatrics, Eastern Virginia Medical School, Chief, Division of Surgery. He is also a member of the board of directors for the Children’s Surgical Specialty Group. A professor of clinical surgery and clinical pediatrics at Eastern Virginia Medical School, he also serves on committees for clinical research review, continuing medical education and infection control.

Dr. Michael Goretsky

Dr. Michael Goretsky

Pediatric surgeon Michael Goretsky is Director of Minimally Invasive Surgery at CHKD, with an additional special interest in non-cardiac thoracic surgery. Since 2005, he also has served as Director of Pediatric Surgery Education at Eastern Virginia Medical School.

Dr. Goretsky is a graduate of SUNY at Stony Brook School of Medicine, and his post-graduate training includes a fellowship at the Shriners Burns Institute in Cincinnati. Among his national honors are a Physician Recognition Award from the American Medical Association and a spot on the Consumers’ Research Council of America’s 2003 list of top surgeons. An associate professor of clinical surgery and pediatrics at EVMS, he has taught advanced courses on minimally-invasive techniques to doctors across the country.

Dr. M. Ann Kuhn

Dr. M. Ann Kuhn

Pediatric surgeon M. Ann Kuhn has completed residencies in general surgery and trauma/research as well as a fellowship in pediatric surgery. She also did a wound healing research fellowship at the Institute for Tissue Regeneration, Repair, and Rehabilitation at the Bay Pines Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Florida.

After earning her medical degree from Marshall University’s School of Medicine, Dr. Kuhn received a number of honors during her post-graduate training programs, including Resident of the Year and student teaching awards. Among her published works are book chapters on breast disorders and Abdominal Compartment Syndrome – a collection of symptoms caused by abnormal fluid build-up in the abdomen – in pediatric patients. She is an assistant professor of clinical surgery and pediatrics, EVMS.

Dr. Robert Obermeyer

Dr. Robert Obermeyer

Pediatric surgeon Robert Obermeyer is a board-certified pediatric and general surgeon. He graduated from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and was the former chief resident in general surgery at Western Reserve Care System. He completed fellowships in Advanced Laparoscopic Minimally Invasive Surgery at the Baylor College of Medicine and in Pediatric Surgery at Arkansas Children’s Hospital. He has a special interest in neonatal and pediatric thoracic surgery, pectus excavatum/carinatum, and minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery.

Dr. Obermeyer also holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Ohio Northern University and has engineering projects under way involving motion analysis of the chest wall of pectus patients. In collaboration with Old Dominion University’s Engineering Department, he has designed a surgical tool for pectus surgery with a patent pending. He is also assistant professor of Clinical Surgery and Pediatrics at Eastern Virginia Medical School; a member of the American Pediatric Surgical Association, Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons and International Pediatric Endosurgery Group; and a fellow of both the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American College of Surgeons.

Dr. Frazier Frantz

Dr. Frazier Frantz

Pediatric surgeon Frazier W. Frantz brings 12 years of experience as the former Division Head of Pediatric Surgery at the Naval Medical Center, Portsmouth, Virginia, where 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. He is board-certified in General and Pediatric Surgery. His special interests include colorectal diseases in children, vascular anomalies, pectus excavatum and other chest wall deformities.

Dr. Frantz is a graduate of the United States 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, completed his general surgery residency at the Medical College of Virginia and his pediatric general surgery fellowship at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. An author of numerous scientific manuscripts and book chapters, he has received special recognition for teaching and clinical accomplishments at the local and national levels, including membership in the Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society. His current research projects involve surgical simulation and post-operative pain management after pectus repair. Dr. Frantz is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Surgery and Pediatrics at Eastern Virginia Medical School.

Dr. Michele Lombardo

Dr. Michele Lombardo

Pediatric Surgeon Dr. Michele Lombardo the latest addition to the pediatric surgery team, is a graduate of Boston University’s Medical School. Dr. Lombardo is a board-certified pediatric and general surgeon. She completed her fellowship in pediatric surgery at Brown University/Hasbro Children’s Hospital. Dr. Lombardo, who has numerous publications and teaching awards, was an instructor for the Brown University School of Medicine before she came to CHKD. She has received several Dean’s Teaching Awards, a Surgical Education Award and also recognized by the medical students at Brown University with an Alpha Omega Alpha designation.

Dr. Lombardo joins a five-member general pediatric surgery team that has developed a worldwide reputation for innovative minimally-invasive surgical techniques. She has a special interest in minimally invasive surgery thoracic surgery, surgical oncology and Nuss procedure for Pectus excavatum repair and other chest deformities.