UCSF Fetal Surgeon to Head International Organization

May 07, 2002
Contact: Laurie Itow (415) 353-4916

Dr. Craig T. Albanese, co-director of the Fetal Treatment Center at UCSF Children's Hospital, has been named president-elect of the International Pediatric Endosurgery Group (IPEG), an association of surgeons who practice minimally invasive surgery for children and adolescents.

Albanese, a specialist in fetal surgery to treat life-threatening birth defects, will become president of the organization in 2003. His areas of expertise include fetal stem cell transplantation, fetal surgery, fetal lung development, minimally invasive pediatric and fetal surgery and children's cancer therapy.

Albanese is an associate professor of surgery and pediatrics in the School of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. He teaches at the UCSF Videoscopic Training Center and participates in national cancer research of the federally funded Children's Cancer Group.

Albanese graduated summa cum laude from Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Va. and cum laude from State University of New York (SUNY) Health Science Center Medical School in Brooklyn, N.Y. He completed his general surgery internship and residency training at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York and a pediatric surgery fellowship at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh. He is board certified in general and pediatric surgery.

The mission of the International Pediatric Endosurgery Group is to support excellence in pediatric minimally invasive surgery and endoscopy through education and research, provide a forum for the exchange of ideas in the fields and to encourage and support development of standards of training and practice. Endosurgery is performed with an endoscope, an instrument that allows doctors to view the interior of an organ such as the colon, bladder or stomach. The endoscope's camera is inserted into the body and an image is projected onto a monitor to guide the physician during surgery.