Vice President, Chief of Surgery

Robert Obermeyer, MDDuties

In this role, Dr. Obermeyer works with surgeons, anesthesiologists, nurses, and other leaders to improve the quality and safety of surgery at CHKD Health System facilities.


  • Dr. Obermeyer has been performing surgery at CHKD for over 15 years and is an associate professor of surgery and pediatrics at Eastern Virginia Medical School.
    • He serves in a variety of leadership positions at CHKD focusing on surgical services including the surgical authorities committee, surgical performance improvement committee, and the surgical executive committee. 
      • He has collaborated with surgeons from Switzerland and was instrumental in bringing the non-surgical vacuum bell option to CHKD for select pectus excavatum patients and is the lead investigator for vacuum bell therapy at CHKD’s Nuss Center.  
        • Dr. Obermeyer is the principal investigator on several pectus excavatum research studies at EVMS in collaboration with CHKD's Nuss Center.
          • He has a wide variety of published articles and has been a guest lecturer for numerous surgical meetings in the U.S. and abroad.
            • Read Dr. Robert Obermeyer's physician profile here.


            Dr. 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 a fellowship in advanced laparoscopic minimally invasive surgery at the Baylor College of Medicine and a fellowship in pediatric surgery at Arkansas Children’s Hospital.  He also has a degree in mechanical engineering from Ohio Northern University.

            Professional Memberships

            • American Pediatric Surgical Association
            • American Academy of Pediatrics – Surgical Section
            • American College of Surgeons
            • Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons
            • British Association of Paediatric Surgeons
            • International Pediatric Endosurgery Group
            • Chest Wall International Group
            • Tidewater Pediatric Society