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Rebecka L. Meyers, M.D.

Specialties

Languages

  • English

Clinical Details

Locations

Schedule An Appointment Clinical Office Address
(801) 662-2950 PCH Outpatient Services at Riverton
3773 West 12600 South
Riverton, UT 84065
(801) 662-2950 Primary Children's Hospital
Pediatric Surgery
100 N Mario Capecchi Drive , Suite 2600
Salt Lake City, UT 84113
(801) 662-2950 Utah Valley Regional Medical Center
1034 North 500 West
Provo, UT 84604

Bio

Dr. Rebecka Meyers, an international expert in hepatoblastoma and liver tumors, clinically specializes in pediatric surgical oncology, pectus excavatum, and conjoined twins. She served as Chief of the Division of Pediatric Surgery from 2001-2011 and is a recognized leader in the field of pediatric surgery.

Dr. Meyers was a driving force establishing the Pediatric Liver Transplant program at Primary Children’s in 1997 and served as the Pediatric Surgical Director of the Liver Transplant Program from 1997 to 2009. She combines her expertise in pediatric liver transplantation with her passion for treating children’s cancer with a career focus on the treatment of complex liver tumors in children. She has served as chair of the national Children’s Oncology Group (COG) Liver Committee since 2008 and has led multiple national and international research investigations in the study of liver tumors in children.

Dr. Meyers other special interests include complex surgical resection and reconstruction in the treatment of all types of children’s solid tumors and cancers, congenital disorders of the liver and biliary atresia, neonatal birth defects, conjoined twins, and especially pectus chest wall deformities. In 2001 she was chief surgeon on a surgical team that emergently separated thoraco-omphalopagus twins joined at the chest, heart, liver, biliary tree and intestine. In 2006 she led a team of nine surgeons in the separation of thoraco-omphalo-ischiopagus tripus conjoined twins with only one kidney necessitating live saving kidney transplant in one of the twins. Her interest in pectus chest wall deformities has grown over the years since she introduced the minimally invasive Nuss procedure to Utah in 1999. She has since reconstructed hundreds of children and young adults with complex chest wall deformity and treats patients from all over the intermountain west with this and other complex deformities.

Dr. Meyers clinical interests also include the following conditions: Inguinal hernia, Umbilical hernia, Undescended testicle, Hydrocele, Cholecystectomy (removal of the gallbladder), Gastrostomy (placement of a stomach tube), Appendectomy (removal of the appendix), Vascular access (ports and central lines), Ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease, Gastroesophageal reflux disease, Chest wall deformities (pectus excavatum and pectus carinatum), Pediatric endocrine surgery (thyroid and adrenal tumors/pancreas surgery)

Board Certification and Academic Information

Academic Departments Surgery - Professor
Pediatrics - Adjunct Professor
Academic Divisions Pediatric Administration
Pediatric Surgery
Board Certification American Board of Surgery (General Surgery)
American Board of Surgery (Sub: Pediatric Surgery)

Academic Profile

Research Interests

  • Hepatoblastoma
  • Thoracic Surgery, Video-Assisted
  • Clostridium Difficile Enterocolitis
  • Pleural Effusion
  • Empyema, Pleural

Board Certification and Academic Information

Academic Departments Surgery - Professor
Pediatrics - Adjunct Professor
Academic Divisions Pediatric Administration
Pediatric Surgery
Board Certification American Board of Surgery (General Surgery)
American Board of Surgery (Sub: Pediatric Surgery)

Academic Office Locations

Academic Office Phone Number Academic Office Address
(801) 662-2950 Primary Children's Hospital
Pediatric Surgery
100 N Mario Capecchi Drive
Salt Lake City, UT 84113

Academic Bio

Dr. Rebecka Meyers has served as Chief of the Division of Pediatric Surgery, Department of Surgery University of Utah; Chair of Surgery, Primary Children’s Medical Center; and Surgical Director of the Liver Transplant Program at Primary Children’s Medical Center. Her current passion focuses on national and international multidisciplinary research of complex liver tumors in children.

Dr. Meyers was appointed Chair of the Children’s Oncology Group (COG) Liver Committee in 2008 and serves as surgical chair and principle investigator on multiple national and international research investigations in the study of liver tumors in children including: COG AHEP- 0731 “Treatment of children with all stages hepatoblastoma”; Children’s Hepatic tumor International Collaboration (CHIC); and Pediatric Liver unresectable Transplant Observatory (PLUTO). She serves on the executive committees of both the COG Rare Tumors and COG Surgical Discipline committees.

In addition to her role as reviewer for more than a dozen medical journals, Dr. Meyers serves on the Editorial Board of Pediatrics, the official journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the Journal of Pediatric Surgery. She is an active leader in many pediatric surgical academic societies and has served as Program Chair and Publications Chair for multiple national and international meetings including the American Pediatric Surgical Association (APSA), Pacific Association of Pediatric Surgery (PAPS), American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Section on Surgery, and International Pediatric Surgical Oncology (IPSO). In 2012 she was appointed to the Executive Committee of the American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Surgery.

Education

Education History

Type School Degree
Fellowship St. Christopher's Hospital for Children
Pediatric Surgery/Pediatric Liver Transplant
Fellow
Residency University of California, San Francisco
General Surgery
Resident
Research Fellow UCSF - Cardiovascular Research Institute
Fetal Cardiovascular Research
Research Fellow
Internship University of California, San Francisco
Surgery
Intern
Professional Medical Oregon Health Sciences University Medical School
Medicine
M.D.
Undergraduate Stanford University
Human Biology and Philosophy
B.A.

Publications

Selected Provider Publications

Journal Article

  1. Meyers RL, Tiao GM, Dunn SP, Langham MR J(2012)Liver transplantation in the management of unresectable hepatoblastoma in children.  Frontiers in Bioscience (Elite edition), 41293-302
  2. Malogolowkin MH, Katzenstein HM, Krailo M, Meyers R(2012)Treatment of hepatoblastoma: the North American cooperative group experience.  Frontiers in Bioscience (Elite edition), 41717-23
  3. Meyers RL, Czauderna P, Otte J(2012)Surgical treatment of hepatoblastoma.  Pediatric Blood & Cancer, 59(5),800-8
  4. Malogolowkin MH, Katzenstein HM, Meyers RL, Krailo MD, Rowland JM, Haas J, Finegold M(2011)Complete Surgical Resection Is Curative for Children With Hepatoblastoma With Pure Fetal Histology: A Report From the Children's Oncology Group.  Journal of Clinical Oncology,
  5. Otte JB, Meyers (2010)PLUTO first report.  Pediatric Transplantation, 14(7),830-5
  6. Pearson EG, Downey EC, Barnhart DC, Scaife ER, Rollins MD, Black RE, Matlak ME, Johnson DG, Meyers R(2010)Reflux esophageal stricture-a review of 30 years' experience in children.  Journal of Pediatric Surgery, 45(12),2356-60
  7. Meyers RL, Rowland JR, Krailo M, Chen Z, Katzenstein HM, Malogolowkin M(2009)Predictive power of pretreatment prognostic factors in children with hepatoblastoma: a report from the Children's Oncology Group.  Pediatric Blood & Cancer, 53(6),1016-22

Book Chapter

  1. Meyers RL, Aronson D, Zimmerman (2012)Chapter 33: Malignant Liver Tumors  , Vol 1463-482
  2. Gupta AA, Gerstle JT, Ng V, Wong A, Fecteau A, Malogolowkin MH, Meyers RL, Grant D, Grant R(2011)Critical review of controversial issues in the management of advanced pediatric liver tumors.  , 56(7),1013-8
  3. Meyers RL and Otte J(2011)Chapter 11: Liver Transplantation for Unresectable Liver Tumors in Children  , 133-152
  4. Meyers RL, Aronson DC, Von Schweinitz D, Zimmerman A, Malogolowkin M(2010)Chapter 28: Pediatric Liver Tumors  , 838-860

Letter

  1. Meyers RL, Tiao GM, Dunn SP, McGahren ED 3rd, Langham MR J(2012)Surgical management of children with locally advanced hepatoblastoma.  Cancer, 118(16),4090-4091

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