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Authors > George W. Holcomb III, MD, MBA

George W. Holcomb III, MD, MBA is the Katharine B. Richardson Endowed Chair in Pediatric Surgery and Professor of Pediatric Surgery at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine; Section Chief, General Surgery; Senior Vice President; and Director, Center for Minimally Invasive Surgery at Children’s Mercy Hospital. He is the lead author of Holcomb and Ashcraft’s Pediatric Surgery, 7th Edition.


After earning his MD at Vanderbilt University, Dr. Holcomb performed a fellowship in Pediatric Surgery at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. He is board certified in General Surgery and Pediatric Surgery.


Dr. Holcomb began his pediatric surgery practice as an Associate Professor of Surgery in the Department of Pediatric Surgery at Vanderbilt. In 1999, he was recruited to replace Dr. Keith Aschraft as Surgeon-in-Chief and the Katharine B. Richardson Professor of Surgery at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri. From 1999-2011, he also served as the Program Director of the Pediatric Surgery Residency Training Program. In 2002, he was awarded an MBA from the Henry Bloch School of Business at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.


Dr. Holcomb is a member of the American Pediatric Surgical Association, the American Surgical Association, the British Association of Pediatric Surgeons, and the European Pediatric Surgeons Association, among others, and has served on the Residency Review Committee for Surgery. He is best known for his interest in minimally invasive surgery in infants and children and his emphasis on evidence-based medicine. He is the author of over 240 peer-reviewed publications and 50 book chapters, and has been the editor of 5 textbooks. In addition, he has recently been selected to be Editor-in-Chief of The Journal of Pediatric Surgery.

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