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International Honor for Hopkins Children’s Surgeon

March 11, 2008
John Gearhart, M.D.

John Gearhart, M.D., Professor of Pediatrics and Director of Pediatric Urology at Johns Hopkins Children’s Center, has been awarded honorary membership in the Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons (FRCS). Gearhart was honored for helping children worldwide and for his basic science and clinical contributions in the treatment of major birth defects of the reproductive organs and the urinary system.  Gearhart will accept his honorary FRCS degree in Edinburgh, Scotland, in the fall.

“This is such a great honor for me both personally and professionally,” said Gearhart. “But I also see this as a tribute to my colleagues and all of the incredible things that happen every day at here Hopkins Children’s.”

Gearhart is known internationally for his surgical skill in the field of pediatric urology. He has both basic science and clinical interest in children born with major congenital birth defects including bladder exstrophy, disorders of sexual development (DSD), and childhood urinary cancers. Gearhart has an academic and clinical interest in the reconstruction of children who have undergone previously failed bladder exstrophy closures, and he travels worldwide to perform these surgeries.

Gearhart received his medical degree with honors from the University of Louisville School of Medicine. He completed residencies in urology and surgery at the Medical College of Georgia, where he was the Chief Surgical Resident, and he completed a fellowship in pediatric urology at Alder Hey Children's Hospital at the University of Liverpool School of Medicine.


The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh celebrated its quincentenary year in 2005. In continuous existence as a corporate body since 1505, it may claim to be one of the oldest surgical corporations in the world. Since then, the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh has been dedicated to the maintenance and promotion of the highest standards of surgical practice, through its keen interest in education, training and rigorous examination and through its liaison with external medical bodies. For more information, please visit: www.rcsed.ac.uk  

Founded in 1912 as the children's hospital at Johns Hopkins, the Johns Hopkins Children's Center offers one of the most comprehensive pediatric medical programs in the country, with more than 92,000 patient visits and nearly 9,000 admissions each year. The Johns Hopkins Children's Center is Maryland's largest children's hospital and the only state-designated Trauma Service and Burn Unit for pediatric patients. It has recognized Centers of Excellence in dozens of pediatric subspecialties, including allergy, cardiology, cystic fibrosis, gastroenterology, nephrology, neurology, neurosurgery, oncology, pulmonary, and transplant. For more information, visit www.hopkinschildrens.org.