Medical School

  • University of California , 1988 , Davis , CA


  • University of California , 1995 , Los Angeles , CA


Pediatric Surgery
  • Boston Children's Hospital , 1997 , Boston , MA

Philosophy of Care

Caring for newborns and children inspires me every day! Like playing the violin, one spends their career mastering the technical steps necessary in surgery to allow a seamless combination that creates that patient’s individual masterpiece. Getting to know my patients and families creates personalized care and allows the best communication possible.


Dr. Terry L. Buchmiller was born in California and received her BA in Music from Pacific Union College in 1984. She received her M.D. at UC Davis where she was valedictorian.  She completed her General Surgical Residency at UCLA in 1995 including 2 years of research in fetal gastrointestinal physiology.  She completed her pediatric surgical fellowship at Boston Children's Hospital as the first female trainee in 1997.

Dr. Buchmiller practiced at UCLA and Weill Cornell Medical College before joining the staff at Boston Children's Hospital in 2004. Her academic efforts have largely focused in the area of fetal/newborn surgical diseases. She provides counseling in the Advanced Fetal Care Center for all pediatric surgical conditions with particular expertise in CDH, the EXIT procedure, gastroschisis and omphalocele, and the management of conjoined twins.

Dr. Terry L. Buchmiller's academic efforts largely focused in the area of fetal/newborn surgical diseases. She provides counseling for all pediatric surgical conditions with particular expertise in CDH, the EXIT procedure, and the management of conjoined twins.

She performs the full spectrum of clinical pediatric surgery, with a particular interest in minimal access surgery, the surgical management of intestinal motility disorders, reconstructive colorectal disease, and fetal surgical diagnoses with an expertise in prenatal counseling.

She is the former Co-Director of the Advanced Fetal Care Center (2009-2013) and the current lead for the General Surgery team. She is the immediate Past Chairman of APSA Fetal Diagnosis and Treatment Committee, and a steering committee member of NAFTNet.  Dr. Buchmiller has been the Surgical Co-Director of Colorectal Program in the Center for Motility and Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders since 2013. She is also an attending surgeon in the Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia Clinic.

She is active in the American College of Surgeons as on the Executive Committee of the Board of current Governor, past-President of the MA Chapter, and former national Chair of the Committee on Young Surgeons. Dr. Buchmiller is the supervising physician for the Nurse Practitioner program in the Department of Surgery.  She enjoys playing violin in the Longwood Symphony and is an avid runner.


  • American Board of Surgery, General Surgery
  • American Board of Surgery, Pediatric Surgery


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  1. Mortality in Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia: A Multicenter Registry Study of Over 5000 Patients Over 25 Years. Ann Surg. 2021 Jul 29. View abstract
  2. Surgical Repair of Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia After Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation Cannulation: Early Repair Improves Survival. Ann Surg. 2021 07 01; 274(1):186-194. View abstract
  3. Novel Approach for Laparoscopically Placed Chronic Amniotic Fluid Catheters in Sheep. Fetal Diagn Ther. 2021; 48(5):400-406. View abstract
  4. Prenatal Imaging Diagnosis of Suprarenal Lesions. Fetal Diagn Ther. 2021; 48(3):235-242. View abstract
  5. Pediatric Magnet Ingestions After Federal Rule Changes, 2009-2019. JAMA. 2020 11 24; 324(20):2102-2104. View abstract
  6. Use of Cadaveric Skin Graft for Staged Gastroschisis Repair in a Premature Infant. Neonatology. 2020; 117(6):771-775. View abstract
  7. Early Left Ventricular Dysfunction and Severe Pulmonary Hypertension Predict Adverse Outcomes in "Low-Risk" Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia. Pediatr Crit Care Med. 2020 07; 21(7):637-646. View abstract
  8. A novel anorectal malformation variant: Anocutaneous fistula presenting as median raphe abscesses. J Paediatr Child Health. 2021 May; 57(5):718-720. View abstract
  9. Genetic diagnoses and associated anomalies in fetuses prenatally diagnosed with esophageal atresia. Am J Med Genet A. 2020 08; 182(8):1890-1895. View abstract
  10. The in-utero diagnosis of choledochal cyst: can postnatal imaging predict benefit from early surgical intervention? J Matern Fetal Neonatal Med. 2020 Mar 19; 1-5. View abstract
  11. Predictors of index admission mortality and morbidity in contemporary esophageal atresia patients. J Pediatr Surg. 2020 Nov; 55(11):2322-2328. View abstract
  12. Non-operative management of extralobar pulmonary sequestration: a safe alternative to resection? Pediatr Surg Int. 2020 Mar; 36(3):325-331. View abstract
  13. Longitudinal Analysis of Pulmonary Function in Survivors of Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia. J Pediatr. 2020 01; 216:158-164.e2. View abstract
  14. Longitudinal Analysis of Ventilation Perfusion Mismatch in Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia Survivors. J Pediatr. 2020 04; 219:160-166.e2. View abstract
  15. Long term follow-up in congenital diaphragmatic hernia. Semin Perinatol. 2020 02; 44(1):151171. View abstract
  16. Prenatal imaging throughout gestation in Beckwith-Wiedemann syndrome. Prenat Diagn. 2019 08; 39(9):792-795. View abstract
  17. A new variant of type III jejunoileal atresia. J Pediatr Surg. 2019 Jun; 54(6):1257-1260. View abstract
  18. Disparity in online health information in pediatric vs. adult surgical conditions. Pediatr Surg Int. 2019 Jul; 35(7):813-821. View abstract
  19. Primary placement of a skin-level Cecostomy Tube for Antegrade Colonic Enema Administration Using a Modification of the Laparoscopic-Assisted Percutaneous Endoscopic Cecostomy (LAPEC). J Pediatr Surg. 2019 Mar; 54(3):486-490. View abstract
  20. The Distended Fetal Hypopharynx: A Sensitive and Novel Sign for the Prenatal Diagnosis of Esophageal Atresia. J Pediatr Surg. 2018 Jun; 53(6):1137-1141. View abstract
  21. Percent predicted lung volume changes on fetal magnetic resonance imaging throughout gestation in congenital diaphragmatic hernia. J Pediatr Surg. 2017 Jun; 52(6):933-937. View abstract
  23. Does the ex utero intrapartum treatment to extracorporeal membrane oxygenation procedure change morbidity outcomes for high-risk congenital diaphragmatic hernia survivors? J Pediatr Surg. 2017 Jan; 52(1):22-25. View abstract
  24. Late-onset hypertrophic pyloric stenosis with gastric outlet obstruction: case report and review of the literature. Pediatr Surg Int. 2016 Oct; 32(10):1013-6. View abstract
  25. Direct Tracheobronchopexy and Posterior Descending Aortopexy for Severe Left Mainstem Bronchomalacia Associated With Congenital Pulmonary Airway Malformation and Left Circumflex Aortic Arch. Ann Thorac Surg. 2016 Jul; 102(1):e1-4. View abstract
  26. Surgical skills competitions at ACS chapter meetings can increase resident engagement. Bull Am Coll Surg. 2016 May; 101(5):44-5. View abstract
  27. Standardized reporting for congenital diaphragmatic hernia--an international consensus. J Pediatr Surg. 2013 Dec; 48(12):2408-15. View abstract
  28. Does professional orientation predict ethical sensitivities? Attitudes of paediatric and obstetric specialists toward fetuses, pregnant women and pregnancy termination. J Med Ethics. 2014 Feb; 40(2):117-22. View abstract
  29. Multiple duplication cysts diagnosed prenatally: case report and review of the literature. Pediatr Surg Int. 2013 Apr; 29(4):397-400. View abstract
  30. Congenital diaphragmatic hernia associated with esophageal atresia: incidence, outcomes, and determinants of mortality. J Am Coll Surg. 2013 Jan; 216(1):90-95.e2. View abstract
  31. Differing attitudes toward fetal care by pediatric and maternal-fetal medicine specialists. Pediatrics. 2012 Dec; 130(6):e1534-40. View abstract
  32. Management of giant congenital pulmonary airway malformations requiring pneumonectomy. Ann Thorac Surg. 2012 Oct; 94(4):1073-8. View abstract
  33. Does the ex utero intrapartum treatment to extracorporeal membrane oxygenation procedure change outcomes for high-risk patients with congenital diaphragmatic hernia? J Pediatr Surg. 2012 Jun; 47(6):1053-7. View abstract
  34. Prenatally diagnosed fetal conditions in the age of fetal care: does who counsels matter? Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2012 May; 206(5):409.e1-11. View abstract
  35. Serial amnioinfusions prevent fetal pulmonary hypoplasia in a large animal model of oligohydramnios. J Pediatr Surg. 2011 Jan; 46(1):67-71. View abstract
  36. Conditional Gata4 deletion in mice induces bile acid absorption in the proximal small intestine. Gut. 2010 Jul; 59(7):888-95. View abstract
  37. Correlation between prenatal urinary matrix metalloproteinase activity and the degree of kidney damage in a large animal model of congenital obstructive uropathy. J Pediatr Surg. 2010 Jun; 45(6):1120-5. View abstract
  38. Prenatal urinary matrix metalloproteinase profiling as a potential diagnostic tool in fetal obstructive uropathy. J Pediatr Surg. 2010 Jan; 45(1):70-3. View abstract
  39. A case report of a congenital left subcostal hernia in a neonate. J Pediatr Surg. 2009 Aug; 44(8):1653-5. View abstract
  40. Removal of a sewing needle from an occult esophageal ingestion in a 9-month-old. J Pediatr Surg. 2009 Jul; 44(7):1450-3. View abstract
  41. Atypical manifestation of patent ductus venosus in a child: intervening against a paradoxical presentation. J Vasc Interv Radiol. 2009 Apr; 20(4):537-42. View abstract
  42. Segmental dilatation of the ileum: diagnostic clarification by prenatal and postnatal imaging. J Ultrasound Med. 2007 Sep; 26(9):1251-6. View abstract
  43. Ex utero intrapartum treatment with extracorporeal membrane oxygenation for severe congenital diaphragmatic hernia. J Pediatr Surg. 2007 Jan; 42(1):98-104; discussion 104-6. View abstract
  44. Effect of esophageal ligation on small intestinal development in normal and growth-retarded fetal rabbits. J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr. 2006 Sep; 43(3):291-8. View abstract
  45. Intercostal lung hernia in a 7-year-old boy. J Pediatr Surg. 2005 Sep; 40(9):1508-9. View abstract
  46. Maternal steroid enhancement of fetal rabbit gastrointestinal motility. J Obstet Gynaecol Res. 2005 Jun; 31(3):263-7. View abstract
  47. Effect of epidermal growth factor infusion on fetal rabbit intrauterine growth retardation and small intestinal development. J Pediatr Surg. 2004 Jun; 39(6):891-7; discussion 891-7. View abstract
  48. Ontogeny of cholinergic regulation of fetal upper gastrointestinal motility. J Matern Fetal Neonatal Med. 2003 Aug; 14(2):102-6. View abstract
  49. Management of ovarian cysts in women undergoing restorative proctocolectomy for ulcerative colitis. Am Surg. 2003 Apr; 69(4):339-42. View abstract
  50. Initial presentation of coccidioidomycosis during inguinal herniorrhaphy. Hernia. 2003 Jun; 7(2):92-4. View abstract
  51. Anticholinergic suppression of fetal rabbit upper gastrointestinal motility. J Matern Fetal Neonatal Med. 2002 Mar; 11(3):153-7. View abstract
  52. Impact of mentor guidance in surgical career selection. J Pediatr Surg. 2001 Dec; 36(12):1802-4. View abstract
  53. Ontogeny of fetal rabbit upper gastrointestinal motility. J Surg Res. 2001 Nov; 101(1):68-72. View abstract
  54. Delayed disaccharidase development in a rabbit model of intrauterine growth retardation. Pediatr Res. 2001 Oct; 50(4):520-4. View abstract
  55. Scrotal abscess following appendectomy. Pediatr Surg Int. 2001 Sep; 17(7):569-71. View abstract
  56. Effect of acute anemia on the healing of intestinal anastomoses in the rabbit. J Trauma. 2001 Aug; 51(2):363-8. View abstract
  57. Effect of hypoxia on fetal rabbit gastrointestinal motility. J Surg Res. 2001 Aug; 99(2):347-51. View abstract
  58. Gene transfer to the embryo: strategies for the delivery and expression of proteins at 48 to 56 hours postfertilization. J Pediatr Surg. 2001 Aug; 36(8):1304-7. View abstract
  59. Surgical treatment of severe colonic inertia with restorative proctocolectomy. Am Surg. 2001 Jan; 67(1):36-40. View abstract
  60. Bronchial perforation after closed-tube endotracheal suction. J Pediatr Surg. 2000 Sep; 35(9):1353-5. View abstract
  61. Ontogeny of insulin-like growth factor 1 in a rabbit model of growth retardation. J Surg Res. 2000 Jun 15; 91(2):135-40. View abstract
  62. Effect of dexamethasone on insulin-like growth factor-1 expression in a rabbit model of growth retardation. J Pediatr Surg. 2000 Jun; 35(6):898-904; discussion 904-5. View abstract
  63. The outcome of research training during surgical residency. J Surg Res. 2000 May 01; 90(1):10-2. View abstract
  64. A novel technique for correction of intestinal atresia at the ligament of Treitz. J Pediatr Surg. 2000 Feb; 35(2):353-5; discussion 356. View abstract
  65. Congenital gastrointestinal pacemaker cell tumor. Arch Pathol Lab Med. 1999 Sep; 123(9):842-5. View abstract
  66. Pulmonary arteriovenous malformation complicating coccidioidal pneumonia. Ann Thorac Surg. 1995 Aug; 60(2):454-7. View abstract
  67. Effect of prenatal dexamethasone administration: fetal rabbit intestinal nutrient uptake and disaccharidase development. J Surg Res. 1994 Aug; 57(2):274-9. View abstract
  68. Transamniotic fetal feeding: enhancement of growth in a rabbit model of intrauterine growth retardation. Surgery. 1994 Jul; 116(1):36-41. View abstract
  69. Impairment of nutrient uptake in a rabbit model of gastroschisis. J Pediatr Surg. 1994 Mar; 29(3):376-8. View abstract
  70. Assessment of alkaline reflux in children after Nissen fundoplication and pyloroplasty. J Am Coll Surg. 1994 Jan; 178(1):1-5. View abstract
  71. Reduction of wound infection in high-risk surgical patients. Am Surg. 1993 Dec; 59(12):838-41. View abstract
  72. Effect of esophageal ligation on the development of fetal rabbit intestinal lactase. J Pediatr Surg. 1993 Nov; 28(11):1473-7. View abstract
  73. Effect of transamniotic administration of epidermal growth factor on fetal rabbit small intestinal nutrient transport and disaccharidase development. J Pediatr Surg. 1993 Oct; 28(10):1239-44. View abstract
  74. The effect of anabolic steroids on ameliorating the adverse effects of chronic corticosteroids on intestinal anastomotic healing in rabbits. Surg Gynecol Obstet. 1993 Jan; 176(1):73-9. View abstract
  75. Upregulation of nutrient transport in fetal rabbit intestine by transamniotic substrate administration. J Surg Res. 1992 May; 52(5):443-7. View abstract