Caregiver Profile

Caregiver Profile

Meet Dr. Belinda Dickie


Medical School

  • University of Toronto , 1998 , Toronto , Ontario, Canada


General Surgery
  • University of Alberta , Edmonton , Alberta, Canada


Advanced Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • University of Alberta , Edmonton , Alberta, Canada


Vascular anomalies
  • Cincinnati Children's Hospital , Cincinnati , Ohio


Pediatric Colorectal Surgery
  • Cincinnati Children's Hospital , Cincinnati, OH , Ohio


Pediatric Surgery
  • University of Florida , Gainesville , Florida

Philosophy of Care

I came to Boston Children’s Hospital to be a part of the colorectal center and pelvic reconstruction program.  It was an opportunity to work in a collaborative multidisciplinary center with skilled experts who share my interest in forwarding the care of colorectal care in kids and providing premier care to these patients together as a team.  Boston Children’s to me was the right combination of clinical care, innovation and research opportunities.


Belinda Hsi Dickie, MD, PhD obtained her medical degree at the University of Toronto, and completed general surgery residency and an advanced minimally invasive surgery fellowship at the University of Alberta. She continued her training, completing fellowships in pediatric vascular malformations and pediatric colorectal surgery at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and in pediatric surgery at the University of Florida. She returned to Cincinnati Children’s in 2011.


Dr. Dickie has a special interest in the medical and surgical treatment of vascular malformations, and minimally invasive surgery. She had a lab in vascular biology which looked at the genetics and molecular pathways involved with lymphangiogenesis, and the genetics involved in the development of vascular malformations. The lab was looking at novel mutations in vascular malformations and the potential effects on lymphatic growth and different treatment alternatives.


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  1. Hanke RE, Ponsky TA, Garrison AP, Levitt MA, Dickie BH, Casar Berazaluce AM, Gibbons AT, Abdulhai SA, Ahmed RA. Can complex surgical interventions be standardized? Reaching international consensus on posterior sagittal anorectoplasty using a modified-Delphi method. J Pediatr Surg. 2021 Jan 08. View abstract
  2. Tirrell TF, Demehri FR, Henry OS, Cullen L, Lillehei CW, Warf BC, Gates RL, Borer JG, Dickie BH. Safety of delayed surgical repair of omphalocele-exstrophy-imperforate anus-spinal defects (OEIS) complex in infants with significant comorbidities. Pediatr Surg Int. 2021 Jan; 37(1):93-99. View abstract
  3. Demehri FR, Tirrell TF, Shaul DB, Sydorak RM, Zhong W, McNamara ER, Borer JG, Dickie BH. A New Approach to Cloaca: Laparoscopic Separation of the Urogenital Sinus. J Laparoendosc Adv Surg Tech A. 2020 Dec; 30(12):1257-1262. View abstract
  4. Rentea RM, Badillo AT, Hosie S, Sutcliffe JR, Dickie B. Lasting impact on children with an anorectal malformations with proper surgical preparation, respect for anatomic principles, and precise surgical management. Semin Pediatr Surg. 2020 Dec; 29(6):150986. View abstract
  5. Tirrell TF, Demehri FR, McNamara ER, Paltiel HJ, Barnewolt CE, Padua HM, Chow JS, Dickie BH. Contrast enhanced colostography: New applications in preoperative evaluation of anorectal malformations. J Pediatr Surg. 2021 Jan; 56(1):192-195. View abstract
  6. McGuire A, Dickie BH. Colorectal Vascular Anomalies. Eur J Pediatr Surg. 2020 Oct; 30(5):406-412. View abstract
  7. McGuire A, Fernandez-Pineda I, Fishman SJ, Dickie BH. Pediatric hepatic vascular tumors. Semin Pediatr Surg. 2020 Oct; 29(5):150970. View abstract
  8. Chow JS, Paltiel HJ, Padua HM, McNamara E, Dickie BH. Case series: Comparison of contrast-enhanced genitosonography (ceGS) to fluoroscopy and cone-beam computed tomography in patients with urogenital sinus and the cloacal malformation. Clin Imaging. 2020 Apr; 60(2):204-208. View abstract
  9. Halleran DR, Smith CA, Fuller MK, Durhm MM, Dickie B, Avansino JR, Tirrell TF, Vandewalle R, Reeder R, Drake KR, Bates DG, Rollins MD, Levitt MA, Wood RJ. Measure twice and cut once: Comparing endoscopy and 3D cloacagram for the common channel and urethral measurements in patients with cloacal malformations. J Pediatr Surg. 2020 Feb; 55(2):257-260. View abstract
  10. Goss JA, Konczyk DJ, Smits PJ, Kozakewich HPW, Alomari AI, Al-Ibraheemi A, Taghinia AH, Dickie BH, Adams DM, Fishman SJ, Mulliken JB, Warman ML, Greene AK. Intramuscular fast-flow vascular anomaly contains somatic MAP2K1 and KRAS mutations. Angiogenesis. 2019 11; 22(4):547-552. View abstract
  11. Goddard GR, Rymeski B, Jenkins T, Mullapudi B, Dickie BH, Bischoff A, Peña A, Levitt MA, Frischer JS. A comparison of surgical complications after appendicostomy and neoappendicostomy in pediatric patients. J Pediatr Surg. 2019 Aug; 54(8):1660-1663. View abstract
  12. Chow JS, Paltiel HJ, Padua HM, McNamara E, Dickie BH. Contrast-Enhanced Colosonography for the Evaluation of Children With an Imperforate Anus. J Ultrasound Med. 2019 Oct; 38(10):2777-2783. View abstract
  13. Glaser K, Dickie P, Dickie BH. Proliferative Cells From Kaposiform Lymphangiomatosis Lesions Resemble Mesenchyme Stem Cell-like Pericytes Defective in Vessel Formation. J Pediatr Hematol Oncol. 2018 11; 40(8):e495-e504. View abstract
  14. Harting MT, Wheeler A, Ponsky T, Nwomeh B, Snyder CL, Bruns NE, Lesher A, Pandya S, Dickie B, Shah SR. Telemedicine in pediatric surgery. J Pediatr Surg. 2019 Mar; 54(3):587-594. View abstract
  15. Reeder RW, Wood RJ, Avansino JR, Levitt MA, Durham MM, Sutcliffe J, Midrio P, Calkins CM, de Blaauw I, Dickie BH, Rollins MD. The Pediatric Colorectal and Pelvic Learning Consortium (PCPLC): rationale, infrastructure, and initial steps. Tech Coloproctol. 2018 05; 22(5):395-399. View abstract
  16. Cushing CC, Threlkeld MRS, Martinez-Leo B, Hall J, Hossain M, Dickie BH, Rymeski B, Helmrath M, Zeller MH, Frischer JS. Initial development and validation of a fecal incontinence-specific quality of life measure. J Pediatr Surg. 2018 Jun; 53(6):1148-1153. View abstract
  17. van der Bent A, Duggan EM, Fishman LN, Dickie BH. Reality check: What happens when patients with anorectal malformations grow up? A pilot study of medical care transition from the adult patient perspective. J Pediatr Surg. 2018 Sep; 53(9):1722-1726. View abstract
  18. Glaser K, Dickie P, Neilson D, Osborn A, Dickie BH. Linkage of Metabolic Defects to Activated PIK3CA Alleles in Endothelial Cells Derived from Lymphatic Malformation. Lymphat Res Biol. 2018 Feb; 16(1):43-55. View abstract
  19. Bischoff A, Brisighelli G, Dickie B, Frischer J, Levitt MA, Peña A. Idiopathic constipation: A challenging but manageable problem. J Pediatr Surg. 2018 Sep; 53(9):1742-1747. View abstract
  20. Muley A, Odaka Y, Lewkowich IP, Vemaraju S, Yamaguchi TP, Shawber C, Dickie BH, Lang RA. Myeloid Wnt ligands are required for normal development of dermal lymphatic vasculature. PLoS One. 2017; 12(8):e0181549. View abstract
  21. Cushing CC, Martinez-Leo B, Bischoff A, Hall J, Helmrath M, Dickie BH, Levitt MA, Peña A, Zeller MH, Frischer JS. Health-Related Quality of Life and Parental Stress in Children With Fecal Incontinence: A Normative Comparison. J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr. 2016 12; 63(6):633-636. View abstract
  22. Schaefer BA, Wang D, Merrow AC, Dickie BH, Adams DM. Long-term outcome for kaposiform hemangioendothelioma: A report of two cases. Pediatr Blood Cancer. 2017 02; 64(2):284-286. View abstract
  23. Bischoff A, Frischer J, Knod JL, Dickie B, Levitt MA, Holder M, Jackson L, Peña A. Damaged anal canal as a cause of fecal incontinence after surgical repair for Hirschsprung disease - a preventable and under-reported complication. J Pediatr Surg. 2017 Apr; 52(4):549-553. View abstract
  24. Salloum R, Fox CE, Alvarez-Allende CR, Hammill AM, Dasgupta R, Dickie BH, Mobberley-Schuman P, Wentzel MS, Chute C, Kaul A, Patel M, Merrow AC, Gupta A, Whitworth JR, Adams DM. Response of Blue Rubber Bleb Nevus Syndrome to Sirolimus Treatment. Pediatr Blood Cancer. 2016 11; 63(11):1911-4. View abstract
  25. Martinez-Leo B, Chesley P, Alam S, Frischer JS, Levitt MA, Avansino J, Dickie BH. The association of the severity of anorectal malformations and intestinal malrotation. J Pediatr Surg. 2016 Aug; 51(8):1241-5. View abstract
  26. Knod JL, Holder M, Cortez AR, Martinez-Leo B, Kern P, Saeed S, Warner B, Dickie B, Falcone RA, von Allmen D, Frischer JS. Surgical outcomes, bowel habits and quality of life in young patients after ileoanal anastomosis for ulcerative colitis. J Pediatr Surg. 2016 Aug; 51(8):1246-50. View abstract
  27. Adams DM, Trenor CC, Hammill AM, Vinks AA, Patel MN, Chaudry G, Wentzel MS, Mobberley-Schuman PS, Campbell LM, Brookbank C, Gupta A, Chute C, Eile J, McKenna J, Merrow AC, Fei L, Hornung L, Seid M, Dasgupta AR, Dickie BH, Elluru RG, Lucky AW, Weiss B, Azizkhan RG. Efficacy and Safety of Sirolimus in the Treatment of Complicated Vascular Anomalies. Pediatrics. 2016 Feb; 137(2):e20153257. View abstract
  28. Osborn AJ, Dickie P, Neilson DE, Glaser K, Lynch KA, Gupta A, Dickie BH. Activating PIK3CA alleles and lymphangiogenic phenotype of lymphatic endothelial cells isolated from lymphatic malformations. Hum Mol Genet. 2015 Feb 15; 24(4):926-38. View abstract
  29. Fernandez E, Bischoff A, Dickie BH, Frischer J, Hall J, Peña A. Esophageal atresia in patients with anorectal malformations. Pediatr Surg Int. 2014 Aug; 30(8):767-71. View abstract
  30. Bischoff A, Frischer J, Dickie BH, Peña A. Anorectal malformation without fistula: a defect with unique characteristics. Pediatr Surg Int. 2014 Aug; 30(8):763-6. View abstract
  31. Dickie BH, Webb KM, Eradi B, Levitt MA. The problematic Soave cuff in Hirschsprung disease: manifestations and treatment. J Pediatr Surg. 2014 Jan; 49(1):77-80; discussion 80-1. View abstract
  32. Knod JL, Garrison AP, Frischer JS, Dickie B. Foregut duplication cyst associated with esophageal atresia and tracheoesophageal fistula: a case report and literature review. J Pediatr Surg. 2013 May; 48(5):E5-7. View abstract
  33. de Blaauw I, Midrio P, Breech L, Bischoff A, Dickie B, Versteegh HP, Peña A, Levitt MA. Treatment of adults with unrecognized or inadequately repaired anorectal malformations: 17 cases of rectovestibular and rectoperineal fistulas. J Pediatr Adolesc Gynecol. 2013 Jun; 26(3):156-60. View abstract
  34. Levitt MA, Dickie B, Peña A. The Hirschsprungs patient who is soiling after what was considered a "successful" pull-through. Semin Pediatr Surg. 2012 Nov; 21(4):344-53. View abstract
  35. Murrell Z, Dickie B, Dasgupta R. Lung nodules in pediatric oncology patients: a prediction rule for when to biopsy. J Pediatr Surg. 2011 May; 46(5):833-7. View abstract
  36. Cuenca AG, Reddy SV, Dickie B, Kays DW, Islam S. The usefulness of the upper gastrointestinal series in the pediatric patient before anti-reflux procedure or gastrostomy tube placement. J Surg Res. 2011 Oct; 170(2):247-52. View abstract
  37. Levitt MA, Dickie B, Peña A. Evaluation and treatment of the patient with Hirschsprung disease who is not doing well after a pull-through procedure. Semin Pediatr Surg. 2010 May; 19(2):146-53. View abstract
  38. Dickie B, Dasgupta R, Nair R, Alonso MH, Ryckman FC, Tiao GM, Adams DM, Azizkhan RG. Spectrum of hepatic hemangiomas: management and outcome. J Pediatr Surg. 2009 Jan; 44(1):125-33. View abstract