Robert Shamberger, MD
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Robert C. Shamberger, M.D.


Dr. Shamberger was born in Columbia, Missouri. He received his BA degree in Zoology from the University of Missouri in Columbia in 1971. He received his M.D. at Harvard Medical School in 1975 and then entered the Surgery Residency Program at the Massachusetts General Hospital.  During the residency he spent two years in the Surgery Branch of the National Cancer Institute. He was administrative Chief Resident at Massachusetts General Hospital from 1982-1983 and then performed a Pediatric Surgical Fellowship at Boston Children's Hospital.


Dr. Shamberger began his clinical career at Children's Hospital Boston with three areas of focus: inflammatory bowel disease, congenital chest wall deformities, and pediatric oncology. The bulk of his academic efforts have been in the area of pediatric oncology. He has been actively involved in the cooperative group trials of the National Wilms Tumor Study Group, the Pediatric Oncology Group (POG) and the Children’s Oncology Group (COG). He was the Chair of the Surgery Committee of POG for five years and then of COG for an additional five years. He remains active in the surgical agenda of the Group and was a principal investigator of several recently closed clinical trials. He is the author of 185 peer reviewed publications, 90 chapters, and he is an editor of the 7th Edition of Pediatric Surgery.


Dr. Shamberger was the Program Director for the Surgery Residency Program at Boston Children’s Hospital for 15 years. He rose through the academic ranks at Harvard Medical School from Assistant Professor in 1986 to full Professor in 2000. He became the Chief of Surgery at Boston Children's Hospital in 2003 and the Robert E. Gross Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School in 2004,


In 2011–2012, Dr. Shamberger was President of the American Pediatric Surgical Association (APSA), President of the Boston Surgical Society and Chair of the Section on Surgery of the American Academy of Pediatrics.   He is the immediate past President of the International Society of Pediatric Surgical Oncology.  He has been elected as an honorary member of the German Society of Pediatric Surgery and he German Society of Surgery and in 2018 he received the William Edwards Ladd Medal from the American Academy of Pediatrics.  Dr. Shamberger stepped down as Chair of the Department of Surgery at Boston Children’s Hospital on July 1st, 2019.