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Christopher A. Gitzelmann, M.D.

Contact Information

Phone Numbers

Appointment: (585) 273-5543

Office: (585) 273-5543

Fax: (585) 276-2370

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Patient Care Settings

Cancer, Pediatrics, Surgery


Professional Background

Dr. Christopher Gitzelmann was awarded his medical degree from the University of Zurich Medical School in 1991. From there he successfully completed his residency in general surgery at the University Hospital of Zurich. Following this training, Dr. Gitzelmann pursued a post doctoral research fellowship at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, MD, where he focused on the immunological benefits of laparoscopic surgery versus open surgery. He then went on to complete his Pediatric Surgery fellowship at the University Children's Hospital of Zurich.

Dr. Gitzelmann later held the faculty positions of Attending pediatric surgeon, Director of Minimally Invasive Surgery, Co-Director of Neonatal, Abdominal and Thoracic surgery. In addition he acted as a consultant within the Department of Intensive Care and Neonatology at the University Children's Hospital of Zurich.

Dr. Gitzelmann joined the Golisano Children's Hospital and the University of Rochester in early 2010 bringing with him an expertise in highly specialized pediatric laparoscopic surgical cases. Specifically, he specializes on minimally invasive laparoscopic treatment of anorectal malformations such as Hirschsprung's disease, where a section of the intestines does not work properly or for newborns with high imperforate anus. In addition to these sub-specialized procedures, Dr. Gitzelmann accepts and treats all pediatric general surgery diseases.



| University of Stockholm
Institute of Psychology

MD | University School of Medicine

Post-doctoral Training & Residency

08/01/1997 - 12/17/2002
Fellowship in Pediatric Surgery at University Children's Hospital Zurich

07/01/1995 - 07/31/1997
Fellowship in Pediatric Surgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital - GME Office

10/01/1993 - 09/30/1994
Residency in Surgery at Regional Hospital Uster

01/01/1992 - 09/30/1993
Residency in Surgery at University of Zurich

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2016 - 2017
Clinical Adjunct Faculty
Location: Rochester Institue Technology (RIT)

Top Doctor
Sponsor: Worldwide Registry

"Top Ten" Research Contributions
Sponsor: The American College of Surgeons

Research Fellowship Grant
Sponsor: Swiss National Science Foundation

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Journal Articles

Nicole A. Wilson, Walter Pegoli, Jr., Christopher A. Gitzelmann, Theresa Foito, John J. Faria, Derek Wakeman. ""Esophageal Atresia with Tracheoesophageal Fistula: A Rare Variant and Cautionary Tale"." Journal of Pediatric Surgery. 2017; 24: 21-24.

. "Peritoneal Drainage Does Not Stabilize Extremely Low Birth Weight Infants With perforated Bowel: data from the NET Trial". J Pediatr Surgery. 2010; 324-8(45 (2)): 328-9.

Böttcher-Haberzeth S, Dullenkopf A, Gitzelmann CA, Weiss M. "Tracheal tube tip displacement during laparoscopy in children*." Anaesthesia.. 2007 Feb 0; 62(2):131-4.

Books & Chapters

Chapter Title: Congenital Disorders of the Esophagus
Book Title: Shackelford's Surgery of the Alimentary Tract
Author List: Yi-Horng Lee, Christopher A. Gitzelmann, Walter Pegoli Jr.
Published By: Elsevier Saunders 2012 in Philadelphia




Pediatric Appendicitis Scoring