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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Research Output 2004 2019

Pediatric Surgical Risk Assessment Tools: A Systematic Review

Ji, D., Goudy, S. L., Raval, M. V. & Raol, N., Feb 1 2019, In : Journal of Surgical Research. 234, p. 277-282 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Surgical Specialties
Validation Studies
4 Citations

Appropriateness of a pediatric-specific enhanced recovery protocol using a modified Delphi process and multidisciplinary expert panel

Short, H. L., Taylor, N., Piper, K. & Raval, M. V., Apr 1 2018, In : Journal of pediatric surgery. 53, 4, p. 592-598 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Family Nursing
Patient Advocacy
Validation Studies
Expert Testimony
5 Citations

Association of health care utilization with rates of perforated appendicitis in children 18 years or younger

Baxter, K. J., Nguyen, H. T. M. H., Wulkan, M. L. & Raval, M. V., Jun 1 2018, In : JAMA surgery. 153, 6, p. 544-550 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Patient Acceptance of Health Care
International Classification of Diseases
Odds Ratio
4 Citations

A survey of pediatric surgeons' practices with enhanced recovery after children's surgery

Short, H. L., Taylor, N., Thakore, M., Piper, K., Baxter, K., Heiss, K. F. & Raval, M. V., Mar 1 2018, In : Journal of pediatric surgery. 53, 3, p. 418-430 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Surveys and Questionnaires
Colorectal Surgery

Attitudes and beliefs of pediatric surgical specialists on costs of care and high deductible health plans


Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Deductibles and Coinsurance
Costs and Cost Analysis
Health Expenditures