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Catherine Hunter, MD

Pediatric Surgeon
  • Accepting New Patients
  • Member of OU Health Physicians
  • Position: Pediatric Surgeon
  • Primary Specialty: Pediatric Surgery
  • Languages Spoken: English
  • Gender: Female

About Catherine Hunter

Catherine J. Hunter, M.D., is the Vice Chief, Division of Pediatric Surgery and Program Director. Dr. Hunter also holds the Children’s Hospital Foundation Paula Milburn Miller Chair in Pediatric Surgery.

She graduated from Weill Cornell Medical College in New York and completed her General Surgery Residency at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in Torrance, California; followed by a Pediatric Surgery Fellowship and Research Fellowship at Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles, California.

Dr. Hunter is nationally recognized as an authority on the care of necrotizing entercolitis, has more than 70 publications, and is funded by the National Institutes of Health. She is board certified in both general surgery and pediatric surgery, specializing in chest wall deformities in children. Additional specialties include surgical oncology and pediatric trauma Surgery.

Prior to coming to Oklahoma, Dr. Hunter served as an Associate Professor in the Department of Pediatric Surgery at Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, IL.

Affiliations OU Health Physicians - Children's General & Plastic Surgery, Oklahoma Children's Hospital
  • Excellence in Teaching Award, Department of Surgery, 2015, Northwestern University, Chicago, IL
  • Research Scholar Award Recipient, 2014 American Gastroenterological Association
  • Claude H. Organ, Jr., MD, FACS, Traveling Fellowship Award, 2014-2015 American College of Surgeons, San Francisco, CA
  • Excellence in Teaching Award, Department of Surgery, 2016, Northwestern University, Chicago, IL
  • American College of Surgeons- MacLean Center Surgical Ethics Fellowship Award University of Chicago/ ACS, July 2017- June 2018
  • Excellence in Teaching Award, Department of Surgery, 2017-2018
  • FAME (Feinberg Academy of Medical Educators) award and membership, Northwestern University, 2018
  • FAME Excellence in Teaching and Mentorship Award, Northwestern University, 2019
  • American Pediatric Surgical Association, Jay Grosfeld, MD Research Scholar Award, 2018-2019
  • Children’s Hospital Foundation Paula Milburn Miller Chair in Pediatric Surgery, The University of Oklahoma, April 2020 - Current
Health Education
  • Medical School
  • Doctor of Medicine Cornell University
    New York City, NY
  • Internship
  • Surgery New York Presbyterian Hospital
    New York City, NY
  • Residency
  • General Surgery Harbor – UCLA Medical Center
    West Pearson, CA
  • Fellowship
  • Surgery Research Children's Hospital Los Angeles
    Los Angeles, CA
  • Pediatric Surgery Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
    Los Angeles, CA
  • American College of Surgeons - Fellowship in Clinical Medical Ethics MacLean Center, University of Chicago
    Chicago, IL
  • Board Certification
  • American Board of Surgery – General Surgery 2010
  • American Board of Surgery – Pediatric Surgery 2013
Medical Interests Areas of Interest:
  • General pediatric surgery of infants, children and teenagers
  • Double board-certified pediatric surgeon with expertise in the management and correction of chest wall 
  • Correction of congenital anomalies (gastroschisis, esophageal atersia, diaphragmatic hernia, anorectal malformations, etc.)
  • Pediatric hernia repair
  • Advanced minimally invasive techniques
  • Surgical oncology
  • Pediatric trauma
  • Necrotizing enterocolitis
  • Surgeon scientist
Star Ratings
4.8 out of 5
( 37 Ratings
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  • Dec 29, 2020
    Dr. Hunter was very intuitive to the needs of our son emotionally and physically. We are very pleased with the care that was provided. You all are amazing!! We can't even express our gratitude to our surgeon Dr. Hunter and her whole staff! Thank you!!!
  • Dec 18, 2020
    Wonderful patient care. She listened and was compassionate.
  • Nov 24, 2020
    Dr. Hunter was very nice, professional, and did a great job with my daughter's operation. My daughter had no pain after surgery and the healing went well. Dr. Hunter was able to answer all my questions. I would recommend her to anyone whose children need surgery.
  • Nov 17, 2020
    She is very polite and knows exactly what is going on.
  • Nov 17, 2020
    She was awesome! She was very assuring and understanding. She was straightforward and honest and gentle with my child.
  • Nov 3, 2020
    This provider is an excellent person. I will tell everyone I know how good she is.
  • Sep 22, 2020
    Dr. Hunter was very nice. She was kind to me and my daughter. She was also understanding that my daughter has autism. She examined my daughter and was able to describe to me what type of medicical issue she has, how she has to operate, and she told me percentages of recovery, which makes me feel more confident I found the right doctor. I would recommend her to any parents who's child needs to have surgery.
  • Aug 25, 2020
    She was friendly, knowledgeable and kind
  • Aug 21, 2020
    Very pleased with our first appointment with Dr. Hunter. She gave me enough information but did not overwhelm me with information about my daughter's PE. She explained things clearly and answered each of my questions patiently.
  • Jul 28, 2020
    Our experience was a very good one I would trust them with my entire family
  • Jul 17, 2020
    We are so grateful for Dr Hunter. She took action quickly and confidently which gave us peace of mind. We knew we were in good hands.
  • Jul 14, 2020
    Very kind and good with kids
  • Jun 23, 2020
    Very professional and caring. Answered all our questions.
  • Jun 16, 2020
    She was very good with my child and us. Made us feel very comfortable with her.
  • Jun 16, 2020
    Our provider was phenomenal, listened to us, ensured we understood everything, and treated our daughter with respect. I would trust my daughter's care with our provider every time.
  • Jun 9, 2020
    The only issue with scheduling the appointment was that she didn't see patients on my day off. I had to take the day off to get my daughter seen. Dr. Hunter is a great surgeon.
  • May 5, 2020
    She was very polite and knowledgeable about what he needed
  • Apr 28, 2020
    We could tell instantly that she was the doctor for our baby. Her knowledge about our baby's condition, surgical experience, and giving us all the possible outcomes to better prepare us made us extremely comfortable with her.