“Children’s health systems can and should be the stewards of children’s health, working to create a healthier future for our country’s children.”
R. Lawrence Moss, MD, FACS, FAAP is president and CEO of The Nemours Foundation. Nemours Children’s Health System operates locations in five states serving children from across the U.S. and internationally. Nemours is one of the largest integrated children’s health systems in the country, with two freestanding state-of-the-art children’s hospitals — Nemours Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Del., Nemours Children’s Hospital in Orlando.
With more than 1.7 million patient encounters annually, Nemours provides medical care in five states with more than 80 primary- urgent- and specialty care practices serving children in Delaware, Florida, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Georgia. More than 40 hospitalists serve 18 affiliated hospitals, helping keep the best possible care for children local, and Nemours CareConnect provides parents peace of mind 24/7 with telehealth services delivered by board certified pediatricians.
Dr. Moss is a renowned pediatric surgeon, biomedical researcher, educator and health system executive. He is internationally recognized for leadership in healthcare quality and safety, including service as a founding director for developing quality standards for pediatric surgery nationally. He is known for tremendous achievements in academic health centers, national hospital associations and government organizations accountable to the public. He is also an accomplished research scientist with a track record of federal funding, high-impact peer reviewed publications, and creating and leading successful research centers of excellence.
He joined Nemours on Oct. 1, 2018, after serving seven years as Surgeon-in-Chief at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, and the E. Thomas Boles Jr., Professor of Surgery at The Ohio State University College of Medicine. A pediatric surgeon for more than 26 years, Dr. Moss was an integral part of the Nationwide team that transformed its surgery program into an academic powerhouse influencing children’s surgery worldwide and consistently ranked as one of the elite programs in the world.
Under his leadership, the program developed the first FDA approved studies in Tissue Engineering for congenital heart disease, internationally renowned centers in colorectal and craniofacial care, and more than a dozen federally funded surgical research programs. He is internationally known for the application of clinical trials and evidence-based techniques in children's surgery. Dr. Moss, while growing and supporting 12 departments, also initiated, designed, and executed the first ever multicenter clinical trial in children’s surgery, funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and published in The New England Journal of Medicine.
He previously served as the Robert Pritzker Professor and Chief of Children’s Surgery at Yale University and as a faculty member at Stanford University School of Medicine. Dr. Moss has a longstanding interest in clinical trials, assessment of surgical outcomes and quality improvement. He has authored over 150 research publications, edited textbooks and presented his work nationally and internationally. He has successfully competed for and received more than 15 years of continuous research funding from multiple sources including the NIH, FDA and private foundations, including the Robert Woods Johnson Foundation. He is also known for his interest in necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC) and other life threatening problems in infants and has led a multicenter consortium investigating biologic predictors of outcomes and novel therapies for NEC.
Dr. Moss attended medical school at the University of California, San Diego, and completed General Surgery Residency at Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle. He then moved to Chicago and completed Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation/Critical Care and Pediatric Surgery fellowships at Northwestern University. Dr. Moss holds numerous leadership positions in surgical societies nationally, and is a founding member of the American College of Surgeons Pediatric National Surgical Quality Improvement Program. He has served as the Director of Quality Improvement programs in both pediatric and adult academic medical centers and has held leadership and advisory roles in health quality for the American Academy of Pediatrics, FDA, and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.
He is past Chairperson of the Surgical Section of the American Academy Pediatrics and is currently the President of the Children’s Hospital Association Surgeons-in-Chief Forum. Dr. Moss is serving in a founding leadership role in the American College of Surgeons Children's Surgery Verification program. This group is developing verification standards for centers performing children’s surgery in the United States. He was selected to serve on the National Quality Forum Surgical Standing Committee. He also serves in leadership positions in Quality Improvement in the Children’s Hospital Association, American Pediatric Surgical Association and the American Academy of Pediatrics. Dr. Moss has been listed in Best Doctors in the United States continually since 2004.
Dr. Moss also serves the interests of children through volunteer service to Handshake America, and serves on the Boards of Children’s Chance and Morgan Leary Vaughan Fund, Inc.