Mehul V Raval

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Research Interests

Dr. Raval is a board certified pediatric surgeon and cares for children of all ages from premature newborns though young adulthood. He practices general pediatric surgery including general surgery, thoracic surgery, and surgical oncology. He has extensive experience in neonatal surgery for a variety of congenital conditions (gastroschisis, esophageal atresia, diaphragmatic hernia, etc), endocrine surgery (thyroid & parathyroid surgery), minimally invasive surgery (including robotic surgery), prenatal consultation, chest wall deformities (including pectus excavatum/carinatum), hepatobiliary surgery, gall bladder removal, splenectomy, colorectal surgery, endoscopy, thoracic surgery, Hirschsprung's disease, gastrointestinal surgery, and trauma surgery. Dr. Raval strives to care for his patients as he would want care for his own children. He is passionate about healing kids so that they can quickly recover and get back to living a fun-filled life.

As a physician scientist, Dr. Raval’s research focuses on improving the outcomes in children’s surgical care. A large portion of his research has revolved around quality improvement, patient safety, and value-based care. Dr. Raval has authored more than 100 peer-reviewed publications and over a dozen chapters. He has served as a co-investigator on a $3.5 million grant from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the development of pediatric devices and was awarded a $1.1 million R01 grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for the Agency of Healthcare Research and Quality, to research the added value of value of surgical procedures performed in a children’s hospital. He serves on national committees and has held leadership roles for the Association of Academic Surgery, American Pediatric Surgery Association, American College of Surgeons, and the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Mehul V. Raval, MD, MS grew up in a small town in North Carolina. From a young age he was mesmerized by science and medicine. Dr. Raval completed is undergraduate studies as the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and his medical education at Wake Forest University School of Medicine. During medical school he participated in a one-year Doris Duke Clinical Research Fellowship. Dr. Raval trained in General Surgery at Northwestern University where he completed a 2-year American College of Surgeons Clinical Scholar program during which he also earned a Masters of Science in Clinical Investigation from Northwestern University. After completing his general surgery training, he completed a 2-year pediatric surgery clinical fellowship at Nationwide Children's Hospital/The Ohio State University. From 2014-2018 Dr. Raval was an Assistant Professor of Surgery and Pediatrics at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta/Emory University where he served as the Division of Pediatric Surgery's Director of Research, Director of the Center for Outcomes Research and Public Health, and Co-Director of the Atlantic Pediatric Device Consortium. Dr. Raval joined the faculty at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital/Northwestern University in July of 2018.

Certifications and Licenses

General Surgery
Pediatric Surgery

Training Experience

2008Postdoctoral Fellowship, American College of Surgeons
2011Residency, Northwestern University, McGaw Medical Center
2014Fellowship, Nationwide Children’s Hospital, The Ohio State University

Education/Academic qualification

MS, Northwestern University

… → 2010

MD, Wake Forest University

… → 2005

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Grants 2018 2024

Clinical Trials
Pragmatic Clinical Trials
Delivery of Health Care
Ambulatory Care
Inflammatory Bowel Diseases
Ulcerative Colitis
Crohn Disease
Digestive System Surgical Procedures
Inflammatory Bowel Diseases
Length of Stay
Patient Participation
Hospital Costs
Patient Education
Costs and Cost Analysis
Health Care Sector
Delivery of Health Care
Insurance Carriers

Research Output 2004 2020

Diaphragmatic paralysis after phrenic nerve injury in newborns

Rizeq, Y. K., Many, B. T., Vacek, J. C., Reiter, A. J., Raval, M. V., Abdullah, F. & Goldstein, S. D., Feb 2020, In : Journal of pediatric surgery. 55, 2, p. 240-244 5 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Respiratory Paralysis
Phrenic Nerve
Newborn Infant

Systematic Review of Disparities in Care and Outcomes in Pediatric Appendectomy

Ingram, M. C. E., Calabro, K., Polites, S., McCracken, C., Aspelund, G., Rich, B. S., Ricca, R. L., Dasgupta, R., Rothstein, D. H. & Raval, M. V., May 2020, In : Journal of Surgical Research. 249, p. 42-49 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

Length of Stay
Diagnostic Errors

Comparison of Pediatric and Adult Solid Pseudopapillary Neoplasms of the Pancreas

CCDR Group, Oct 2019, In : Journal of Surgical Research. 242, p. 312-317 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Pancreatic Neoplasms

Decreased opioid prescribing in children using an enhanced recovery protocol

Baxter, K. J., Short, H. L., Wetzel, M., Steinberg, R. S., Heiss, K. F. & Raval, M. V., Jun 2019, In : Journal of pediatric surgery. 54, 6, p. 1104-1107 4 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Opioid Analgesics
Length of Stay
Inflammatory Bowel Diseases

Hospital-Level Factors Associated with Nonoperative Management in Common Pediatric Surgical Procedures

Ingram, M., Short, H. L., Sathya, C., Fevrier, H. & Raval, M. V., Jan 1 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Journal of pediatric surgery.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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