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Catherine Hunter, MD

Pediatric Surgeon
  • 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
Awards
  • 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
    2003
  • Internship
  • Surgery New York Presbyterian Hospital
    New York City, NY
    2004
  • Fellowship
  • Surgery Research Children's Hospital Los Angeles
    Los Angeles, CA
    2008
  • Residency
  • General Surgery Harbor – UCLA Medical Center
    Torrance, CA
    2010
  • Fellowship
  • Pediatric Surgery Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
    Los Angeles, CA
    2012
  • American College of Surgeons - Fellowship in Clinical Medical Ethics MacLean Center, University of Chicago
    Chicago, IL
    2018
  • Board Certification
  • American Board of Surgery – General Surgery 2010
  • American Board of Surgery – Pediatric Surgery 2013
Medical Interests Areas of Interest:
  • Advanced minimally invasive techniques
  • Correction of congenital anomalies (gastroschisis, esophageal atersia, diaphragmatic hernia, anorectal malformations, etc.)
  • Double board-certified pediatric surgeon with expertise in the management and correction of chest wall 
  • General pediatric surgery of infants, children and teenagers
  • Necrotizing enterocolitis
  • Pediatric hernia repair
  • Pediatric trauma
  • Surgical oncology
  • Surgeon scientist
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