Henry Rice, MD, professor of surgery and chief, Division of Pediatric Surgery, professor of pediatrics, and research professor of global health, will be stepping down as medical director of Children's Surgery to focus on his expanding research responsibilities. Rice currently leads two large, international COVID-19 studies aimed at improving surgical outcomes in patients during the pandemic. He has worked diligently over the years to maintain Duke's status as a Level I Children's Surgery Center as part of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Children's Surgery Verification (CSV) Quality Improvement Program. Rice will continue to serve as chief of pediatric surgery.
Jonathan Routh, MD, Paul H. Sherman, MD Distinguished Associate Professor of Surgery, Division of Urology, associate professor of surgery, pediatrics and population health sciences, will assume the role of medical director. Routh is a board-certified pediatric urologist specializing in treating children with urologic cancer, disorders of sex differentiation, complex birth defects, hypospadias, kidney stones, bladder/bowel dysfunction and incontinence, and spina bifida. He is actively involved in the quality and safety programs and perioperative care operations with Children's Surgery. Routh will continue to work to integrate Children's Surgery into Duke Children's growth plans, philanthropic efforts, and clinical operations.