Professor & Surgeon in Chief, UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital
Chief, Division of Pediatric Surgery
Director, Fetal Treatment Center
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Dr. Shinjiro Hirose is an Assistant Professor of Surgery at the UCSF Division of Pediatric Surgery and Fetal Treatment Center. Dr. Hirose completed his undergraduate education in 1990 at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Massachusetts where he received a BS in Mechanical Engineering. Before enrolling in medical school, he performed robotics research in telerobotics at the SECOM Intelligent Systems laboratory and at the Charles Stark Draper Laboratories.
After realizing that his true interests were in medicine, Dr. Hirose then went on to obtain his medical degree from the New York Medical College in Valhalla, New York and matched in surgery at the UC Davis Medical Center where he completed three years of clinical training. Dr. Hirose then spent three years in the UCSF Fetal Treatment Center as a post-doctoral fellow investigating neural regeneration after spinal cord injury and its implications in fetal surgery for myelomeningocele.
After his post-doctoral fellowship, Dr. Hirose remained on and finished his clinical training at UCSF. After his general surgery residency, Dr. Hirose completed his specialty training in Pediatric Surgery at the Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital of New York at Columbia University in New York City. Dr. Hirose's interests and specialties include minimally invasive surgery, fetal and neonatal surgery, hepatobiliary surgery, bariatric surgery, robotics, and surgical education. His research interests include fetal surgery for disorders of twin gestations, congenital diaphragmatic hernia, myelomeningocele, and gastroschisis.
Surgeons at the UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital in San Francisco are using magnets to reshape the breastbones of children who suffer from Sunken Chest Syndrome. The technique is undergoing phase 3 clinical trials, but the doctors hope to prove that long term magnetic force is as effective and less painful than conventional surgery.
Justin is being treated at the UCSF Comprehensive Center for Chest Wall Deformities, a new interdisciplinary pediatric clinic at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital that offers a wide range of interventions for children with all types of chest wall deformities, from common to complex. Justin has the most common chest wall deformity called pectus excavatum, a congenital disorder which causes the chest to have a sunken or "caved in" appearance.
For years, surgeons have been seeking ways of operating on babies in the womb, reasoning that medical abnormalities are easier to address while the fetus is still developing. Now, for the first time, a large clinical trial has shown that fetal surgery can also benefit infants with non life-threatening conditions. The eight-year study reported in the New England Journal of Medicine, found that babies born with myelomeningocele, the most common form of spina bifida, a debilitating spinal abnormality, were twice as likely to walk and experienced fewer neurological problems with in utero repair versus standard post-natal repair.