Surgery Chief Paul Colombani New Chair of Surgery at All Children’s

To hold both posts for foreseeable future


Paul Colombani, M.D., M.B.A.

Director of Pediatric Surgery at Johns Hopkins Children’s Center Paul Colombani has been appointed chairman of pediatric surgery at All Children’s Hospital in Florida, a member of Johns Hopkins Medicine. He will hold both positions for the foreseeable future. 

Announced in December 2012 by All Children’s President and Physician-in-Chief Jonathan Ellen, Colombani will work closely with All Children’s Office of Medical Education and administration to enhance All Children’s research and teaching program, including its new pediatric residency program, which begins taking applications Sept. 1, 2013. 

All Children’s has also announced the appointment of neonatologist Anthony Napolitano as chairman of pediatric medicine at the hospital. Both Napolitano and Colombani will report to the hospital’s vice dean/physician-in-chief.

“These outstanding physician leaders were selected by a search committee that included representation from the medical staff, All Children's Specialty Physicians, the hospital, and Johns Hopkins University faculty,” says Ellen. “I am thrilled with the appointment of our two chairs and look forward to their leadership in the growth of clinical programs, research and education and the full integration of these three arms of our mission.”

At Johns Hopkins, Colombani is the Robert Garrett Professor of Pediatric Surgery and Professor of Surgery, Oncology and Pediatrics, as well as vice-chair of the Department of Surgery. A graduate of the University of Kentucky College of Medicine, he completed a general surgery residency at George Washington University Hospital in Washington, D.C., and then a pediatric surgery residency at Johns Hopkins, before joining its faculty in 1983. Colombani holds an M.B.A. from Johns Hopkins University. His research interests focus on transplant pharmacology and immunology, chest wall reconstruction and hepatobiliary surgery.

Throughout 2012, Colombani worked with members of All Children’s pediatric surgical staff on the development of clinical research and teaching programs.

Napolitano joined the neonatology program at All Children's in 1988. For the past 23 years he has been medical director of its Neonatal and Pediatric Critical Care Transport Team.

All Children’s is the first U.S. hospital outside of the Baltimore/Washington, D.C., region to become integrated with Johns Hopkins Medicine, which includes the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and The Johns Hopkins Hospital and Health System. It joined the Johns Hopkins Health System (JHHS) in the spring of 2011, at which time it became a fully integrated member of Johns Hopkins Medicine (JHM).