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Christopher Gitzelmann MD

Christopher Gitzelmann, MD

  • Pediatric-Surgery | Pediatrics
Languages Spoken English, French, Italian, German, Swedish
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    Christopher Gitzelmann, MD, Chief of Pediatric Surgery, Saint Barnabas Medical Center

    Associate Professor of Surgery, Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

    Christopher Gitzelmann, MD, was awarded his medical degree from the University of Zurich Medical School in 1991. From there, he successfully completed his residency in general surgery at the University Hospital of Zurich. Following this training, Dr. Gitzelmann pursued a post-doctoral pediatric surgery research-fellowship at John’s Hopkins in Baltimore, MD, where he focused on the benefits of laparoscopic surgery versus open surgery. He then went on to complete his pediatric surgery fellowship at the University Children's Hospital of Zurich.

    Dr. Gitzelmann later held the faculty positions of Attending Pediatric Surgeon; Director of Minimally Invasive Surgery; and Co-Director of Neonatal, Abdominal and Thoracic Surgery. In addition, he acted as a consultant within the Department of Intensive Care and Neonatology at the University Children’s Hospital of Zurich.

    After joining the Golisano Children’s Hospital and the University of Rochester in early 2010, Dr. Gitzelmann brought with him an expertise in highly specialized neonatal and pediatric laparoscopy. Specifically, he specializes in the reconstruction of congenital malformations of the newborn, minimally invasive laparoscopic treatment of anorectal malformations and Hirschsprung’s disease. In addition to these subspecialized procedures, Dr. Gitzelmann treats all pediatric general surgery diseases.

    Dr. Gitzelmann’s commitment to excellence and quality in surgery led him to the position of Director of Quality, Safety and Outcomes for the Department of Surgery at the University of Rochester Medical Center. There, he served as the Surgeon Champion for the American College of Surgeon’s National Surgical Quality Improvement Program for both pediatric and adult surgery and co-chaired the Pediatric Surgical Services Quality council.

    Among his many accomplishments, Dr. Gitzelmann, built and maintained the only Upstate NY Bowel Management Clinic. This clinic serves children with chronic constipation from surgical and non-surgical diseases and assists with rehabilitation after surgery. He has published many articles and abstracts as well as given oral presentations and guest lectures. Dr. Gitzelmann is a member of numerous professional societies including: American College of Surgeons, American Pediatric Surgical Association, The Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons, European Club for Pediatric Burns, Swiss Society of Pediatric Surgeons, International Pediatric Endosurgery Group, and European Union Pediatric Surgery Association.

    In addition to English, Dr. Gitzelmann speaks German, Swedish, French and Italian.

    Philosophy:

    Patients and their families first.

    Clinical Interests

    • Pediatric General Surgery
    • Pediatric Laparoscopic Surgery
    • Neonatal Surgery
    • Prenatal Consultations

    Procedures:

    Telehealth Available Appendicitis Anorectal malformations, including imperforate anus Atresia Feeding tube placement Gastroschisis Hernias Hirschsprung disease Intestinal obstruction Intestinal malrotation Intussusception Minimally invasive surgery Midgut volvulus Omphalocele Tracheaoesophageal fistula (TEF) Surgery to remove tumors/masses such as Wims tumors, teratomas, cysts and neuroblastomas Port placement for chemotherapy Sarcomas such as rhabdomyosarcomas and soft tissue sarcomas Congenital diaphragmatic Hernia (CDH) repair Biliary atresia Choledochal cysts Cholelithiasis and gallbladder dysfunction Liver tumors and masses Pancreatic disorders CCAM and lobar emphysema EmpyemaTelehealth Available Appendicitis Anorectal malformations, including imperforate anus Atresia Feeding tube placement Gastroschisis Hernias Hirschsprung disease Intestinal obstruction Intestinal malrotation Intussusception Minimally invasive surgery Midgut volvulus Omphalocele Tracheaoesophageal fistula (TEF) Surgery to remove tumors/masses such as Wims tumors, teratomas, cysts and neuroblastomas Port placement for chemotherapy Sarcomas such as rhabdomyosarcomas and soft tissue sarcomas Congenital diaphragmatic Hernia (CDH) repair Biliary atresia Choledochal cysts Cholelithiasis and gallbladder dysfunction Liver tumors and masses Pancreatic disorders CCAM and lobar emphysema Empyema

    Conditions:

    Acute Abdomen Abdominal Mass Abdominal Pain Abscess-Site Anal Fistula Anorectal malformations Appendicitis Congenital malformations of the newborn Constipation Cyst (Dermoid, Pilomatrixoma, Sebaceous) Foreign Body Gall Bladder Disease Gastrostomy Gastroesophageal Reflux Hemangioma Hernia (Epigastric,Hiatal,Inguinal,Umbilical) Hirschsprung's Disease Illness of NICU babies Inflammatory Bowel Disease Lipoma Lung Mass/Lesion Lymphadenopathy Lymphangioma Nevus Evaluation Neck Lesion (Branchial Cleft, Dermoid, Lymph Node) Thyroglossal Duct Cyst Thyroid Mass Ovarian Cyst/Mass Pectus Deformity Polydactyly Precocious puberty Rib/Chest Wall Mass Skin Tags-Congenital

  • Medical School

    University School of Medicine, Zurich, Switzerland (1991)

    Internship

    University Hospital of Zurich, Switzerland (1999)

    Residency

    University Hospital of Zurich, Switzerland (1999)

    Fellowship

    John’s Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD (1997)

    Fellowship

    University Children’s Hospital of Zurich, Switzerland (2002)

  • Insurance

    Accepted Health Plan information is only as accurate as the most current information submitted. Prior to your appointment, it is advisable to verify with a physician office that they are still a participating provider.

    • Aetna
    • Amerigroup (Managed Medicaid Plan)
    • Amerihealth
    • Cigna
    • Horizon BCBS
    • Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO
    • Horizon NJ Health (managed Medicaid plan)
    • Medicaid
    • Medicare
    • Multiplan
    • Oxford Health
    • Private Healthcare Systems (PHCS)
    • Qualcare
    • Railroad Medicare
    • United Healthcare
    • United Healthcare Community Plan (formerly Americhoice Managed Medicaid)