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Rebecka L. Meyers, M.D.

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Languages

  • English

Clinical Details

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(801) 357-1700 Rock Canyon Pediatric Specialists - Intermountain Clinics
3773 West 12600 South , Suite 300
Provo, UT
(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

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. Lopez-Terrada D, Alaggio R, de Davila MT, Czauderna P, Hiyama E, Katzenstein H, Leuschner I, Malogolowkin M, Meyers R, Ranganathan S, Tanaka Y, Tomlinson G, Fabre M, Zimmermann A, Finegold MJ (2014). Towards an international pediatric liver tumor consensus classification: proceedings of the Los Angeles COG liver tumors symposium. Mod Pathol, 27(3), 472-91.
  2. Russell KW, Rollins MD, Barnhart DC, Mone MC, Meyers RL, Skarda DE, Soukup ES, Black RE, Molitor MS, Stoddard GJ, Scaife ER (2014). Charge Awareness Affects Treatment Choice: Prospective Randomized Trial in Pediatric Appendectomy. Ann Surg.
  3. Rodriguez-Galindo C, Krailo M, Frazier L, Chintagumpala M, Amatruda J, Katzenstein H, Malogolowkin M, Spector L, Pashankar F, Meyers R, Tomlinson G (2013). Children's Oncology Group's 2013 blueprint for research: Rare tumors. Pediatr Blood Cancer, 60(6), 1016-21.
  4. Russell KW, Barnhart DC, Madden J, Leeflang E, Jackson WD, Feola GP, Meyers RL, Scaife ER, Rollins MD (2013). Non-operative treatment versus percutaneous drainage of pancreatic pseudocysts in children. Pediatr Surg Int, 29(3), 305-10.
  5. Workman JK, Myrick CW, Meyers RL, Bratton SL, Nakagawa TA (2013). Pediatric Organ Donation and Transplantation. Pediatrics.
  6. Trobaugh-Lotrario AD, Chaiyachati BH, Meyers RL, Haberle B, Tomlinson GE, Katzenstein HM, Malogolowkin MH, von Schweinitz D, Krailo M, Feusner JH (2013). Outcomes for patients with congenital hepatoblastoma.LID - 10.1002/pbc.24655 [doi]. Pediatr Blood Cancer.
  7. Scaife ER, Rollins MD, Barnhart DC, Downey EC, Black RE, Meyers RL, Stevens MH, Gordon S, Prince JS, Battaglia D, Fenton SJ, Plumb J, Metzger RR (2013). The role of focused abdominal sonography for trauma (FAST) in pediatric trauma evaluation. J Pediatr Surg, 48(6), 1377-83.
  8. Meyers RL, Tiao GM, Dunn SP, Langham MR Jr (2012). Liver transplantation in the management of unresectable hepatoblastoma in children. Front Biosci (Elite Ed), 4, 1293-302.
  9. Malogolowkin MH, Katzenstein HM, Krailo M, Meyers RL (2012). Treatment of hepatoblastoma: the North American cooperative group experience. Front Biosci (Elite Ed), 4, 1717-23.
  10. Meyers RL, Czauderna P, Otte JB (2012). Surgical treatment of hepatoblastoma. Pediatr Blood Cancer, 59(5), 800-8.
  11. Malogolowkin MH, Katzenstein HM, Meyers RL, Krailo MD, Rowland JM, Haas J, Finegold MJ (2011). Complete Surgical Resection Is Curative for Children With Hepatoblastoma With Pure Fetal Histology: A Report From the Children's Oncology Group. J Clin Oncol.
  12. Otte JB, Meyers R (2010). PLUTO first report. Pediatr Transplant, 14(7), 830-5.
  13. Pearson EG, Downey EC, Barnhart DC, Scaife ER, Rollins MD, Black RE, Matlak ME, Johnson DG, Meyers RL (2010). Reflux esophageal stricture-a review of 30 years' experience in children. J Pediatr Surg, 45(12), 2356-60.
  14. Meyers RL, Rowland JR, Krailo M, Chen Z, Katzenstein HM, Malogolowkin MH (2009). Predictive power of pretreatment prognostic factors in children with hepatoblastoma: a report from the Children's Oncology Group. Pediatr Blood Cancer, 53(6), 1016-22.

Book Chapter

  1. Meyers RL (2014). Chapter 103: Hepatic Tumors. In Ziegler MM, Azizhan RG, von Allmen D, Weber T, (Ed.), Operative Pediatric Surgery (2nd, pp. 1213-1226). McGraw-Hill Companies.
  2. Meyers RL, Aronson D, Zimmerman A (Feb 2012). Chapter 33: Malignant Liver Tumors. In Coran, Adzick, Krummel, Laberge, Shamberger, caldamone (Ed.), Pediatric Surgery (7th Edition, Vol 1, pp. 463-482). Philadelphia: Elsevier.
  3. Gupta AA, Gerstle JT, Ng V, Wong A, Fecteau A, Malogolowkin MH, Meyers RL, Grant D, Grant RM (2011). Critical review of controversial issues in the management of advanced pediatric liver tumors. In Pediatr Blood Cancer (56, pp. 1013-8). United States.
  4. Meyers RL and Otte JB (2011). Chapter 11: Liver Transplantation for Unresectable Liver Tumors in Children. In Zimmerman A, Perilongo G, Malogolowkin M, von Schweinitz D (Ed.), Pediatric Liver Tumors (1st, pp. 133-152). Berlin Heidelberg: Springer-Verlag.
  5. Meyers RL, Aronson DC, Von Schweinitz D, Zimmerman A, Malogolowkin MH (2010). Chapter 28: Pediatric Liver Tumors. In Pizzo PA and Poplack DG (Ed.), Principles and Practices of Pediatric Oncology (Sixth Edition, pp. 838-860). Phhiladelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.

Editorial

  1. Otte JB, Meyers RL, de Ville de Goyet J (2013). Transplantation for liver tumors in children: time to (re)set the guidelines? Pediatr Transplant, 17(8), 710-2.

Letter

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

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