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Catherine C.  Chen, MD, MPH

Catherine C. Chen
Surgery Research
Hospital Title:
Assistant in Surgery
Academic Title:
Assistant Professor in Surgery
Research Focus Area:
Neonatal surgery
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Research Overview

The goals of Catherine Chen's research are to: Understand the long-term outcomes of patients with pediatric surgical conditions, such as congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH), which is a paradigm of chronic disease Assess functional status and health-related quality of life of pediatric surgical patients Assess impact on family of children who have undergone pediatric surgical procedures Define interventions that may enhance children's health-related quality of life and lessen family impact Define optimal treatment strategies for pediatric surgical conditions, such as perforated appendicitis Dr. Chen is currently active in the design and analysis of a prospective study addressing the long-term neurodevelopmental outcomes of CDH survivors and the impact of this condition on their families. She is also prospectively studying the outcomes of children treated for perforated appendicitis, focusing on medical outcomes of patients, cost-effectiveness of treatment strategies, and impact of care on patients and their families. Dr. Chen aims to define optimal treatment strategies for selected pediatric surgical conditions and to identify interventions that may benefits affected children and their families.

About Catherine Chen

Catherine Chen received her MD from Harvard Medical School and her MPH from Harvard School of Public Health. She completed an internship and residency at Deaconess Hospital in Boston, MA, a research fellowship at Children's Hospital Boston, and a fellowship in pediatric surgery at Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Canada.


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  1. Tracy S, Chen C. Multidisciplinary long-term follow-up of congenital diaphragmatic hernia: a growing trend. Semin Fetal Neonatal Med. 2014 Dec; 19(6):385-91.
  2. Calvert CE, Tracy S, Zhou J, Graham D, Lebowitz M, Dennett KV, Chen C. Treatment of perforated appendicitis in children: focus on phlegmon. Am Surg. 2014 Mar; 80(3):314-6.
  3. Dennett KV, Tracy S, Oliver Taylor L, Zurakowski D, Chen C. Prenatally-counseled congenital diaphragmatic hernia parents exhibit positive well-being before and after surgical repair. J Pediatr Surg. 2014 May; 49(5):700-5.
  4. Dennett KV, Fligor BJ, Tracy S, Wilson JM, Zurakowski D, Chen C. Sensorineural hearing loss in congenital diaphragmatic hernia survivors is associated with postnatal management and not defect size. J Pediatr Surg. 2014 Jun; 49(6):895-9.
  5. Rice-Townsend S, Chen C, Barnes JN, Rangel SJ. Variation in practice patterns and resource utilization surrounding management of intussusception at freestanding Children's Hospitals. J Pediatr Surg. 2013 Jan; 48(1):104-10.
  6. Dennett KV, Tracy S, Zurakowski D, Calvert CE, Chen C. Impact on family of management strategies for perforated appendicitis in children. J Pediatr Surg. 2012 Oct; 47(10):1900-6.
  7. Dennett KV, Tracy S, Fisher S, Charron G, Zurakowski D, Calvert CE, Chen C. Treatment of perforated appendicitis in children: what is the cost? J Pediatr Surg. 2012 Jun; 47(6):1177-84.
  8. Bachur RG, Hennelly K, Callahan MJ, Chen C, Monuteaux MC. Diagnostic imaging and negative appendectomy rates in children: effects of age and gender. Pediatrics. 2012 May; 129(5):877-84.
  9. Tracy S, Estroff J, Valim C, Friedman S, Chen C. Abnormal neuroimaging and neurodevelopmental findings in a cohort of antenatally diagnosed congenital diaphragmatic hernia survivors. J Pediatr Surg. 2010 May; 45(5):958-65.
  10. Friedman S, Chen C, Chapman JS, Jeruss S, Terrin N, Tighiouart H, Parsons SK, Wilson JM. Neurodevelopmental outcomes of congenital diaphragmatic hernia survivors followed in a multidisciplinary clinic at ages 1 and 3. J Pediatr Surg. 2008 Jun; 43(6):1035-43.
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  12. Chen C, Jeruss S, Terrin N, Tighiouart H, Wilson JM, Parsons SK. Impact on family of survivors of congenital diaphragmatic hernia repair: a pilot study. J Pediatr Surg. 2007 Nov; 42(11):1845-52.
  13. Chen C, Friedman S, Butler S, Jeruss S, Terrin N, Tighiouart H, Ware J, Wilson JM, Parsons SK. Approaches to neurodevelopmental assessment in congenital diaphragmatic hernia survivors. J Pediatr Surg. 2007 Jun; 42(6):1052-6; discussion 1056.
  14. Chen C, Jeruss S, Chapman JS, Terrin N, Tighiouart H, Glassman E, Wilson JM, Parsons SK. Long-term functional impact of congenital diaphragmatic hernia repair on children. J Pediatr Surg. 2007 Apr; 42(4):657-65.
  15. Yang EY, Allmendinger N, Johnson SM, Chen C, Wilson JM, Fishman SJ. Neonatal thoracoscopic repair of congenital diaphragmatic hernia: selection criteria for successful outcome. J Pediatr Surg. 2005 Sep; 40(9):1369-75.
  16. Marchese A, Chen C, Kim YM, Benovic JL. The ins and outs of G protein-coupled receptor trafficking. Trends Biochem Sci. 2003 Jul; 28(7):369-76.
  17. Chen C, Botelho C, Cooper A, Hibberd P, Parsons SK. Current practice patterns in the treatment of perforated appendicitis in children. J Am Coll Surg. 2003 Feb; 196(2):212-21.
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