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Peter Fitzgerald

Research Interests

  • Reconstructive chest wall surgery
  • Minimal access surgery
  • Assessment of evidence-based practices in pediatric surgery
  • Surgical education


  • President, McMaster Children’s Hospital
  • Professor, Department of Surgery, McMaster University
  • Executive Lead for Women’s Reproductive Health and Newborn care, Hamilton Health Sciences
  • Active Staff, McMaster Children’s Hospital, Hamilton Health Sciences Corporation, Department of Surgery, Division of Pediatric Surgery, Hamilton Ontario
  • Associate Staff, St. Joseph’s Hospital, Department of Surgery, Hamilton, Ontario
  • Active Staff Appointment, The Credit Valley Hospital, Department of Surgery, Mississauga, Ontario

Featured Publications

  • Wong C, Mak M, Shivananda S, Yang J, Shah PS, Seidlitz W, Pemberton J, Fitzgerald PG, Cameron BH, Canadian Neonatal Network. Outcomes of neonatal patent ductus arteriosus ligation in Canadian neonatal units with and without pediatric cardiac surgery programs. J Pediatr Surg. 2013;48(5):909-14. 
  • Otal D, Wizowski L, Pemberton J, Nagel K, Fitzgerald P, Walton JM. Parent health literacy and satisfaction with plain language education materials in a pediatric surgery outpatient clinic: a pilot study. J Pediatr Surg. 2012;47(5):964-9. 
  • Sant Anna A, Altamimi E, Clause RF, Saab J, Mileski H, Cameron B, Fitzgerald P, Sant Anna G. Implementation of multidisciplinary team approach and fish oil emulsion administration in the management of infants with short bowel syndrome and parenteral nutrition-associated liver disease. Can J Gastroenterol. 2012; 26(5): 277 - 280. 
  • Otal D, Wizowski L, Pemberton J, Fitzgerald P, Walton JM. Parents’ Health Literacy and Satisfaction with Plain Language Education Materials in a Pediatric Surgery Outpatient Clinic: A Pilot Study. J Pediatr Surg. 2012; 47(5): 964-9. 
  • Wright G, Menaker R, Canadian Paediatric Surgical Wait Times Study Group (Fitzgerald P - member). Waiting for children’s surgery in Canada: the Canadian Paediatric Surgical wait Time project. CMAJ. 2011; 183 (9):  E559-E564. 
  • Wright G, Li K, Seguin C, Booth M, Fitzgerald P, Jones S, Leitch K, Willis B. Development of pediatric wait time access targets. Can J Surg. 2011; 54 (2): 107-110. 


  • BA (Honours), University of Ottawa
  • MA, University of Ottawa
  • MD, McMaster University
  • General Surgery Residency, McMaster University
  • Pediatric General Surgery Fellowship, Dalhousie University 



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