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Faculty Detail    
Division Director and Vice Chair
Campus Address ACC 300 Zip 0000
Phone  (205) 638-9688
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Undergraduate  University of Texas    1983  Bachelor of Science 
Medical School  Universtiy of Texas Health Science Center    1987  M.D. 
Residency  University of Florida    1993  M.D. 
Fellowship  University of Tennessee    1996  M.D. 

American Board of Surgery  2003 
American Board of Surgery Pediatric Surgery  2007 

Faculty Appointment(s)
Appointment Type Department Division Rank
Primary  Surgery   Surgery - Pediatric Professor
Secondary  Pediatrics   Ped - General Pediatrics Professor

Biographical Sketch 
Dr. Mike Chen joined the faculty of UAB as a Professor of Surgery in 2009. He currently leads the Division of Pediatric Surgery at Children’s Hospital of Alabama. Dr. Chen has a career exemplifying service to country, the University Community, the Division of Pediatric Surgery and his patients. He has served in the US Army Reserve Medical Corps, Operation Noble Eagle and Operation Enduring Freedom. Dr. Chen received several awards including an Army Achievement Medal. He also serves on various administrative committees related to his specialty and the hospital. Most recently he was a member of the International Relations Committee for the American Pediatric Surgical Association and the Hospital Expansion Steering Committee for Children’s Hospital. He has over 90 manuscripts and abstracts published, as well as 2 books and 4 book chapters. He speaks nationally and internationally on his research and clinical practice. In 2010 Dr. Chen received the “Best Doctors” award.

Society Memberships
Organization Name Position Held Org Link
American Pediatric Surgical Association  Committee Memberships   
Association for Academic Surgery  Committee Member   
Children's Oncology Group  Committee Member   
nternational Pediatric Specialists Alliance For the Children of Viet Nam  Treasurer  I 
Society of University Surgeons  Committee Member   

Research/Clinical Interest
Gastrointestinal surgery, neonatal surgery, thoracic surgery

Selected Publications 
Publication PUBMEDID
Lacher M, Muensterer OJ, Yannam GR, Aprahamian CJ, Perger L, Megison M, Yu DC,Beierle EA, Anderson SA, Chen MK, Harmon CM. Feasibility of single-incisionpediatric endosurgery for treatment of appendicitis in 415 children. J Laparoendosc Adv Surg Tech A. 2012 Jul-Aug;22(6):604-8. doi:10.1089/lap.2012.0107. Epub 2012 Jun 13.   PMID: 22693964 
Lawson ML, Kirk S, Mitchell T, Chen MK, Loux TJ, Daniels SR, Harmon CM,
Clements RH, Garcia VF, Inge TH; Pediatric Bariatric Study Group. One-year
outcomes of Roux-en-Y gastric bypass for morbidly obese adolescents: a
multicenter study from the Pediatric Bariatric Study Group. J Pediatr Surg. 2006
Jan;41(1):137-43; discussion 137-43.  
PMID: 16410123 
Mathews EK, Griffin RL, Mortellaro V, Beierle EA, Harmon CM, Chen MK, Russell RT. Utility of immature granulocyte percentage in pediatric appendicitis. J Surg Res. 2014 Jul;190(1):230-4. doi: 10.1016/j.jss.2014.04.008. Epub 2014 Apr 12.

PMID: 24793450 
Seims AD, Russell RT, Beierle EA, Chen MK, Anderson SA, Martin CA, Harmon CM. Single-incision pediatric endosurgery (SIPES) splenectomy: what dictates the need for additional ports? Surg Endosc. 2014 Jul 2.   PMID:24986010