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Thane A. Blinman, M.D.
Pediatric Surgery

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Administrative Office:
Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
34th Street & Civic Center Boulevard
5th Floor, Wood Center
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Administrative Assistant: Carol Glace
Administrative Telephone: 215-590-4510
Administrative Fax: 215-386-3036

Clinical Offices:
Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
34th Street & Civic Center Boulevard
5th Floor, Wood Center
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Clinical Telephone: 215-590-4510
Clinical Fax: 215-386-3036

Link to Children's Hospital of Philadelphia



Faculty Appointments
2006 - present Assistant Professor of Surgery at CHOP
Perelman School of Medicine
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
2001 - 2003 Instructor of Surgery
Perelman School of Medicine
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Hospital and Administrative Appointments
2006 - present Surgical Operating Room Nursing Liaison
Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
2006 - present Assistant Director of Trauma Surgery
Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
2006 - present Director of Minimally Invasive Surgery
Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
2006 - present Active Surgeon
Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
2003 - 2006 Staff Surgeon, North Suburban Medical Center
Thornton, Colorado
2003 - 2006 Staff Surgeon, Sky Ridge Medical Center
Lonetree, Colorado
2003 - 2006 Staff Surgeon, Littleton/Adventist Hospital
Littleton, Colorado
2003 - 2006 Staff Surgeon, Swedish Medical Center
Denver, Colorado
2003 - 2006 Staff Surgeon, Rose Medical Center
Denver, Colorado
2003 - 2006 Staff Surgeon, Medical Center of Aurora
Aurora, Colorado
2003 - 2006 Attending Surgeon, The Children’s Hospital
Denver, Colorado
2003 - 2006 Attending Surgeon
Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Hospital
Denver, Colorado
2003 - 2006 Pediatric Surgeon
Rocky Mountain Pediatric Surgery
Denver, Colorado
1985 - 1990 B.S. University of California at Los Angeles
(Biology & Kinesiology)
1990 - 1994 M.D. Vanderbilt University
Postgraduate Training and Fellowship Appointments
1994 - 1996 Intern and PGY2 in General Surgery, UCLA
Los Angeles, California
1996 - 1998 Research Fellowship, West Los Angeles VA Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA (focus: cytokines in initiation and propagation of sepsis and pancreatitis; supervisor Ed Livingston, MD)
1998 - 2001 Residency in General Surgery, UCLA
Los Angeles, California
2001 - 2003 Fellowship in Pediatric Surgery
Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • American Academy of Pediatrics, Section on Surgery (pending)
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • American College of Surgeons (Associate Fellow)
  • Biomedical Engineering Society
  • Children’s Oncology Group
  • International Pediatric Endosurgery Group
Research Publications, Peer Reviewed
  1. Schriger DL, Larmon B, LeGassick T, Blinman T. Spinal immobilization on a flat backboard: does it result in neutral position of the cervical spine? Annals of Emergency Medicine 20(8):878-881, Aug. 1991.
  2. Morris JA Jr, Eddy VA, Blinman TA, Rutherford EJ, Sharp KW. The staged celiotomy for trauma. Issues in unpacking and reconstruction. Annals of Surgery 217(5):576-586, May 1993.
  3. Chang MC, Blinman TA, Rutherford EJ, Nelson LD, Morris JA Jr. Preload assessment in trauma patients during large-volume shock resuscitation. Archives of Surgery 131(7):728-731, July 1996.
  4. Rigberg DA, Kim FS, Blinman TA, Cole MA, Lane JS, So J, McFadden DW. p21 expression is increased by irradiation in esophageal squamous cell carcinoma. Journal of Surgical Research 76(2):137-142, May 1998.
  5. Rigberg DA, Centeno JM, Blinman TA, Towfigh S, McFadden DW. Two decades of cervical esophagostomy: indications and outcomes. American Surgeon 64(10):939-941, Oct. 1998.
  6. Gukovsky I, Gukovskaya AS, Blinman TA, Zaninovic V, Pandol SJ. Early NF-kappaB activation is associated with hormone-induced pancreatitis. American Journal of Physiology 275(6 Pt 1):G1402-1414, Dec. 1998.
  7. Rigberg DA, Blinman TA, Kim FS, Cole MA, McFadden DW. Antisense blockade of p21/WAF1 decreases radiation-induced G2 arrest in esophageal squamous cell carcinoma. Journal of Surgical Research 81(1):6-10, Jan. 1999.
  8. Broker BJ, Chakrabarti R, Blinman T, Roesler J, Wang MB, Srivatsan ES. Comparison of growth factor expression in fetal and adult fibroblasts: a preliminary report. Archives of Otolaryngology -- Head & Neck Surgery 125(6):676-680, June 1999.
  9. Gloor B, Blinman TA, Rigberg DA, Todd KE, Lane JS, Hines OJ, Reber HA. Kupffer cell blockade reduces hepatic and systemic cytokine levels and lung injury in hemorrhagic pancreatitis in rats. Pancreas 21(4):414-420, Nov. 2000.
  10. Blinman TA, Gukovsky I, Mouria M, Zaninovic V, Livingston E, Pandol SJ, Gukovskaya AS. Activation of pancreatic acinar cells on isolation from tissue: cytokine upregulation via p38 MAP kinase. American Journal of Physiology - Cell Physiology 279(6):C1993-2003, Dec. 2000.
  11. Holly LT, Kelly DF, Counelis GJ, Blinman T, McArthur DL, Cryer HG. Cervical spine trauma associated with moderate and severe head injury: incidence, risk factors, and injury characteristics. Journal of Neurosurgery 96(3 Suppl):285-291, Apr. 2002.
  12. Stafford PW, Blinman TA, Nance ML. Practical points in evaluation and resuscitation of the injured child. Surgical Clinics of North America 82(2):273-301, Apr. 2002.
  13. Savard CE, Blinman TA, Choi HS, Lee SK, Pandol SJ, Lee SP. Expression of cytokine and chemokine mRNA and secretion of tumor necrosis factor-alpha by gallbladder epithelial cells: Response to bacterial lipopolysaccharides. BMC Gastroenterology 2:23, Oct. 11, 2002.
  14. Rothenberg S, Holcomb G, Georgeson K, Irish M, Lucas E, Blinman T. Web-based live telesurgery for minimally invasive procedures in children as an educational tool. Journal of Laparoendoscic Advanced Surgical Techniques, Part A. 17(2):226-229, Apr. 2007.
  15. Mann, S, Blinman TA, Wilson RD. Prenatal and postnatal management of omphalocele. Prenatal Diagnosis 28(7):626-632, July 2008.
  16. Polk-Williams A, Car BG, Blinman TA, Masiakos PT, Wiebe DJ, Nance ML. Cervical spine injury in young children: A National Trauma Data Bank review. Journal of Pediatric Surgery 43(9):1718-1721, Sept. 2008.
  17. Cook RC, Blinman TA: The case of the wretched retcher. Jnl ICAN(1):1-4, Jan-Feb.2009.
  18. Blinman TA: Incisions do not simply sum. Surg Endosc DOI 10.1007/s00464-009-0854-z
  19. Liu G, Pineles S, Avery R, Moss H, Finkel R, Blinman TA. Visual and systemic outcomes in pediatric ocular myasthenia gravis. American Journal of Ophthalmology (in press)
Reviews in Peer Reviewed Research Publications
  1. Blinman T, Maggard M. Rational manipulation of oxygen delivery. [Review] Journal of Surgical Research 92(1):120-141, July 2000.
Research Publications, Non-Peer Reviewed
  1. Blinman T. Unintended consequences of epic implementation in general surgery. Internal “white paper,” Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA, 2008.
Abstracts, Past 3 Years
  1. Blinman, TA. Incisions do not linearly sum. Poster Presentation, Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons, Philadelphia, PA, Apr. 2008.
  2. Blinman TA, Houseknecht E, Snyder C, Wiebe DJ, Nance ML. Post-concussive symptoms in hospitalized pediatric patient following mild traumatic brain injury. Accepted for Poster Presentation, American Academy of Pediatrics, Boston, MA, Oct. 2008.
  3. Kaye A, Kaye A, Blinman T, Kim P, Nance M, Chang B. Pediatric vascular injuries: The need for microsurgical expertise. Accepted for presentation, American Society of Reconstructive Microsurgery, Maui, HI, Jan. 2009.
  4. Cook RC, Blinman TA. Promoting gravity: Surgical options for GERD and management of complications. Accepted for presentation, American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (ASPEN), New Orleans, LA, Jan. 31, 2009.
  5. Blinman TA, Anupindi SA. Is recurrent volvulus a common complication following the Ladd procedure for repair of malrotation? Accepted for presentation, RSNA 95th Scientific Assembly and Annual meeting, December 2009.
  6. Campbell R, Nance ML, Blinman TA, et al. Thoracic Function: A new thoracic performance classification based on Dynamic Lung MRI with identification of a new Mechanism for Restrictive Lung Disease in EOS, termed Posterior Obstructive Blockade. Accepted for presentation to ICEOS, Istanbul 2009.
  7. Blinman TA, Cook RC, Kroeplin MR, Drill A. Wretched Retchers! A Multidisciplinary Clinic Improves Surgical and and Functional Outcomes after Fundoplasty in Children. Accepted for presentation, Nutrition for the Practicing Pediatric Clinician: Complex Decisions in a Complex World. American Society for Parental and Enteral Nutrition. Clinical Nutrition Week 2010. Las Vegas, Nevada.
Editorials, Chapters, Participation in Committee Reports
  1. Chandler C, Blinman T, Cryer H. Acute renal failure. In Mattox DL, Moore EE, Feliciano DV (eds): Trauma, 4th Edition. New York: Appleton & Lange, 1999, 174-201.
  2. Blinman T, Nance ML. Special consideration in trauma in children. In Flint L, Meredith JW, Schwab CW, Trunkey DD, Rue LW, Taheri PA (eds): Trauma: Contemporary Principles and Therapy. Philadelphia: Lippincott, Williams, & Wilkins, 2008, 575-595.
  3. Blinman TA, Rothenberg SS. Laparoscopic repair of diaphragmatic defects: Congenital diaphragmatic hernia (of Bochdalek) and eventration. In Bax Klaas (N) MA, Georgeson KE, Rothenberg S, Valla JS, Yeung CK (eds): Endoscopic Surgery in Infants and Children. Berlin: Springer, 2008, 569-573.
  4. Blinman TA. Pediatric trauma resuscitation. In Mattei P (ed): Fundamentals of Pediatric Surgery, Second Edition. New York: Springer, 2009 (in press).
Alternative Media
  1. Blinman T. Method of the art. On-line document published at
  2. Blinman T. Thoracoscopic lobectomy. Network1 Podcasts, 2008.
  3. Blinman T. Laparoscopic Nissen fundoplasty. Network1 Podcasts, 2008.
  4. Blinman T.

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