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Jeffrey S. Upperman, MD
Associate Professor of Surgery
Associate Dean For Faculty Diversity
CHL MailStop72 Off Campus Los Angeles
+1 323 361 7078


I chose to work in pediatric surgery because...

I developed a love of surgery during my medical training and pediatric surgery became a perfect match between my love of children and my enjoyment of performing surgery. If I were to point to a specific point in my life where I made the decision to become a pediatric surgeon it was during assisting a more senior surgeon on one of my first procedures to correct a congenital anomaly in an infant. I accompanied the senior surgeon out to see the family after the procedure. Watching him be able to go up to this family and say the words, "Your baby is going to be OK" and see the joy spread over that family really typified for me what we refer to around here as providing the "80-year cure."

I joined Childrens Hospital Los Angeles because...

I decided to come to Los Angeles to be a part of a state-of-the-science, tertiary care, healthcare center that was a leader in pediatric disease and treatment. I had experience working for the Childrens Hospital of Pittsburgh and had recently been deployed from my military obligation as a Major in the United States Army Medical Corps serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom 2 and was looking for other challenges. I decided to explore potential opportunities in Southern California and was recruited to work at Childrens Hospital Los Angeles.

I come to work every day because...

I view what I do as the ultimate community service. Coming to work every day, of course, pays the bills, but I am the kind of person who wants to be of service to the largest group of people possible.

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