Samir Gadepalli, MD, MBA

Clinical Lecturer
Co-Director, Pediatric Surgical Critical Care
Associate Program Director, Surgical Critical Care


Originally from the northeast, Dr. Gadepalli has found a home in Ann Arbor. He completed his undergraduate education at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY and medical school at Albany Medical College in Albany, NY. His general surgical residency was at Morristown Memorial Hospital in Morristown, NJ. While in training, he obtained an MBA through the University of Phoenix Online program concentrating on Health Care Management. His educational accolades included Resident Teacher of the Year awards twice during residency, culminating in being a Finalist for the Resident Award for Exemplary Teaching, in 2007, given by the American College of Surgeons.

With interests in critical care and pediatric surgery, Dr. Gadepalli completed fellowships in both Surgical Critical Care and Pediatric Surgery at University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He is board certified in General Surgery, Critical Care and Pediatric Surgery. His practice encompasses all aspects of pediatric surgery, including minimally invasive surgery, non-cardiac thoracic surgery, neonatal surgery, hepatobiliary and pancreatic surgery, surgical oncology, abdominal, colorectal and genitourinary abnormalities, trauma and critical care. His unique background allows expertise in the critical care needs of the surgical neonatal and pediatric populations, including the use of extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) in children.

After his fellowship, he obtained a Masters in Health and Health Care Research at the Institute for Health Policy and Innovation, in the North Campus Research Center. He is currently a researcher at The Child Health Evaluation and Research Center (CHEAR). His research interests are in health care delivery and improving disparities, health care financing and cost-effectiveness of surgical interventions, and improving outcomes through quality consortiums, evidence-based guidelines and policy.

He is a member of the following professional societies: American Pediatric Surgical Association (APSA), Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM), American Heart Association (AHA), American College of Surgeons (ACS), American Medical Association (AMA), Association for Academic Surgery (AAS) and American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (ASPEN) . He is certified in Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), Adult and Pediatric Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) and Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS).


CER-1507-31325: Multi-Institutional Trial of Non-Operative Management of Uncomplicated Pediatric Appendicitis. Patient-Centered Outcomes Rese through a consortium with The Research Institute at Nati- 16-PAF02618 Gadepalli, Samir Kumar, Non-Faculty PI. 08/2016-07/2017. $62,404 ($62,404)

82143716: Multi-Institutional Trial of Non-Operative Management of Pediatric Appendicitis (MWPSC). Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) Minneci, Peter, Co-PI. 08/2016-07/2017. $2,785,554

1517-NEC: Necrotizing Enterocolitis Symposium: A Transdisciplinary Approach to Improved NEC Outcomes. Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (pcori) Co-I (Principal Investigator: Jennifer Canvasser) 09/2015-08/2017. $57,850 ($9,250)

Published Articles or Reviews

Gadepalli SK, Hirschl RB. Extracorporeal life support: updates and controversies.  Semin Pediatr Surg. 2015 Feb;24(1):8-11. doi: 10.1053/j.sempedsurg.2014.11.002. Epub 2014 Nov 7. PMID: 25639803

Freeman JJ, Gadepalli SK, Siddiqui SM, Jarboe MD, Hirschl RB. Improving central line infection rates in the neonatal intensive care unit: Effect of hospital location, site of insertion, and implementation of catheter-associated bloodstream infection protocols. J Pediatr Surg. 2015 May;50(5):860-3. doi: 10.1016/j.jpedsurg.2015.02.001. Epub 2015 Feb 7. PMID: 25783394

Gadepalli SK, Downard CD, Thatch KA, Islam S, Azarow KS, Chen MK, Lillehei CW, Puligandla PS, Reynolds M, Waldhausen JH, Oldham KT, Langham MR Jr, Tracy TF Jr, Hirschl RB; Association of Pediatric Surgery Training Program Directors. The effort and outcomes of the Pediatric Surgery match process: Are we interviewing too many? J Pediatr Surg. 2015 Nov;50(11):1954-7. doi: 10.1016/j.jpedsurg.2015.06.008. Epub 2015 Jun 20. PMID: 26165158

Dillman JR, Gadepalli S, Sroufe NS, Davenport MS, Smith EA, Chong ST, Mazza MB, Strouse PJ. Equivocal Pediatric Appendicitis: Unenhanced MR Imaging Protocol for Nonsedated Children-A Clinical Effectiveness Study. Radiology. 2016 Apr;279(1):216-25. doi: 10.1148/radiol.2015150941. Epub 2015 Oct 9. PMID: 26458209

Coughlin MA, Werner NL, Gajarski R, Gadepalli S, Hirschl R, Barks J, Treadwell MC, Ladino-Torres M, Kreutzman J, Mychaliska GB. Prenatally diagnosed severe CDH: mortality and morbidity remain high. J Pediatr Surg. 2016 Jul;51(7):1091-5. doi: 10.1016/j.jpedsurg.2015.10.082. Epub 2015 Nov 10. PMID: 26655216

Singer AA, Gadepalli SK, Eder SJ, Adler J. Fistulizing Crohn's Disease Presenting After Surgery on a Perianal Lesion. Pediatrics. 2016 Mar;137(3):e20152878. doi: 10.1542/peds.2015-2878. Epub 2016 Feb 9. PMID: 26908665

Gish J, Wright T, Gadepalli S, Jarboe M. Avoiding postoperative malposition of upper body tunneled central venous catheters in children: Evaluating technique and depth of placement. J Pediatr Surg. 2016 Aug;51(8):1336-40. doi: 10.1016/j.jpedsurg.2016.01.010. Epub 2016 Feb 10. PMID: 26926208

Demehri FR, Simha S, Herrman E, Jarboe MD, Geiger JD, Teitelbaum DH, Gadepalli SK. Analysis of risk factors contributing to morbidity from gastrojejunostomy feeding tubes in children. J Pediatr Surg. 2016 Jun;51(6):1005-9. doi: 10.1016/j.jpedsurg.2016.02.072. Epub 2016 Mar 2. PMID: 27001458

Abdullah F, Salazar JH, Gause CD, Gadepalli S, Biester TW, Azarow KS, Brandt ML, Chung DH, Lund DP, Rescorla FJ, Waldhausen JH, Tracy TF, Fallat ME, Klein MD, Lewis FR, Hirschl RB. Understanding the Operative Experience of the Practicing Pediatric Surgeon: Implications for Training and Maintaining Competency. JAMA Surg. 2016 Aug 1;151(8):735-41. doi: 10.1001/jamasurg.2016.0261. PMID: 27027471

Ives GC, Demehri FR, Sanchez R, Barrett M, Gadepalli S, Teitelbaum DH. Small Bowel Diameter in Short Bowel Syndrome as a Predictive Factor for Achieving Enteral Autonomy. J Pediatr. 2016 Nov;178:275-277.e1. doi: 10.1016/j.jpeds.2016.08.007. Epub 2016 Aug 29. PMID: 27587075

Church JT, Gadepalli SK, Talishinsky T, Teitelbaum DH, Jarboe MD. Ultrasound-guided intrasphincteric botulinum toxin injection relieves obstructive defecation due to Hirschsprung's disease and internal anal sphincter achalasia. J Pediatr Surg. 2017 Jan;52(1):74-78. doi: 10.1016/j.jpedsurg.2016.10.023. Epub 2016 Oct 27. PMID: 27836361

Lal DR, Gadepalli SK, Downard CD, Ostlie DJ, Minneci PC, Swedler RM, Chelius T, Cassidy L, Rapp CT, Deans KJ, Fallat ME, Finnell SM, Helmrath MA, Hirschl RB, Kabre RS, Leys CM, Mak G, Raque J, Rescorla FJ, Saito JM, St Peter SD, von Allmen D, Warner BW, Sato TT; Midwest Pediatric Surgery Consortium.

Perioperative management and outcomes of esophageal atresia and tracheoesophageal fistula. J Pediatr Surg. 2016 Dec 5. pii: S0022-3468(16)30597-8. doi: 10.1016/j.jpedsurg.2016.11.046. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 27993359

Kuo KW, Barbaro RP, Gadepalli SK, Davis MM, Bartlett RH, Odetola FO. Should Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation Be Offered? An International Survey. J Pediatr. 2017 Mar;182:107-113. doi: 10.1016/j.jpeds.2016.12.025. Epub 2016 Dec 30. PMID: 28041665

Hirschl RB, Minneci P, Gadepalli S, Saito JM, Askegard-Giesmann J, Deans K, Downard C, Fallat M, Finnell M, Helmrath M, Kabre R, Lal D, Leys C, Mak G, Ostlie D, Rescorla F, Sato T, St Peter S, von Allmen D, Warner B; MidWest Pediatric Surgery Consortium (MWPSC). Development of a multi-institutional clinical research consortium for pediatric surgery. J Pediatr Surg. 2016 Dec 27. pii: S0022-3468(16)30593-0. doi: 10.1016/j.jpedsurg.2016.11.042. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 28081853

Church JT, Antunez AG, Dean A, Matusko N, Deatrick KB, Attar MA, Gadepalli SK. Evidence-based management of chylothorax in infants. J Pediatr Surg. 2017 Mar 16. pii: S0022-3468(17)30159-8. doi: 10.1016/j.jpedsurg.2017.03.010. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 28342580