Christopher A. Gitzelmann, M.D.

Christopher A. Gitzelmann, M.D.

Contact Information

University of Rochester Medical Center
School of Medicine and Dentistry
601 Elmwood Ave, Box SURG
Rochester, NY 14642

Office: (585) 273-5543
Fax: (585) 276-2370

Professional Bio

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.

Awards & Honors (Local)

Top Doctor | Worldwide Registry 2015
"Top Ten" Research Contributions | The American College of Surgeons 1996
Research Fellowship Grant | Swiss National Science Foundation 1995

Recent Journal Articles

. "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.
2007 Feb
Böttcher-Haberzeth S, Dullenkopf A, Gitzelmann CA, Weiss M. "Tracheal tube tip displacement during laparoscopy in children*." Anaesthesia. 2007 Feb; 62(2):131-4.
2006 Oct
Moehrlen U, Ziegler U, Boneberg E, Reichmann E, Gitzelmann CA, Meuli M, Hamacher J. "Impact of carbon dioxide versus air pneumoperitoneum on peritoneal cell migration and cell fate." Surgical endoscopy. 2006 Oct; 20(10):1607-13. Epub 2006 Jul 03.

Current Appointments

Associate Professor - Department of Surgery, Pediatric Surgery (SMD) - Primary
Associate Professor - Department of Pediatrics (SMD)


Pediatric Surgery - American Board of Surgery
Surgery - American Board of Surgery


MD | Medicine | University School of Medicine1991
Institute of Psychology | University of Stockholm1984

Post-Doctoral Training & Residency

Fellowship in Pediatric Surgery at University Children's Hospital Zurich08/01/1997 - 12/17/2002
Fellowship in Pediatric Surgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital - GME Office07/01/1995 - 07/31/1997
Residency in Surgery at Regional Hospital Uster10/01/1993 - 09/30/1994
Residency in Surgery at University of Zurich01/01/1992 - 09/30/1993