Kirk W. Reichard, MD


Primary Office

Nemours Children's Hospital, Delaware Nemours Children's Hospital, Delaware 1600 Rockland Road Wilmington, DE 19803 Appointment: (800) 416-4441

Other Offices

Get to Know Me

Dr. Kirk W. Reichard is the clinical director, Div. of General Surgery; Surgical Director, O.R. and the Bariatric Surgery Program; Med. Director, Nemours Partners for Perinatal Management; fellow, American College of Surgeons and American Academy of Pediatrics; member Children’s Oncology Group and American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery.

Why I Treat Children

My grandfather was a physician, so I was inspired to go into medicine at an early age. I’ve always liked children, and often relate to them better than many adults. As a doctor, I feel I can really make a difference in the lives of children because they have so much ahead of them. One of my top priorities is to help children and their families learn how to lead healthier, happier lives.

How I Try to Make A Difference

Today, in addition to treating children, I’m the director of the Chest Wall program and the Surgical Weight Management program. I feel strongly that these and other programs can have a powerful effect on the lives of many kids who come here for help.

Education & Training


  • Pediatric Surgery - St. Christophers Hospital for Children, 1997

Internship Residency

  • General Surgery - University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chic, 1995

Medical/Dental School

  • MD - University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, 1988

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Surgery/General Surgery
  • American Board of Surgery/Pediatric Surgery

Awards & Recognition

  • 2014 Best Doctors in America
  • 2013 Best Doctors in America
  • 2012 Best Doctors in America
  • 2011 Best Doctors in America
  • 2010 America’s Top Surgeons
  • 2010 Best Doctors in America
  • 2009 Best Doctors in America
  • 2008 Best Doctors in America
  • 2007 Best Doctors in America
  • 2004 “Great Docs for Kids 2004” — Pediatric Surgery, Main Line Today Magazine
  • 2003 Baltimore’s “Top Docs for Kids” — Pediatric Surgery, Baltimore Magazine

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna Better Health FL Medicaid and Healthy Kids
  • Aetna Better Health PA Kids HMO
  • Aetna HMO
  • Aetna PPO/POS/EPO
  • Amerihealth Caritas Delaware
  • AmeriHealth Caritas Florida (FKA Prestige Health Choice)
  • AvMed
  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield HMO
  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield Non HMO
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield Florida Blue Select
  • Carefirst MD Community Health Plan Mcaid
  • Cigna & Great West HMO/POS Open Access
  • Cigna & Great West PPO/EPO
  • Cigna/Great West HMO EPO POS
  • Cigna/Great West PPO
  • Community Care Plan Medicaid
  • Delaware First Health
  • Delaware Medicaid/Diamond State
  • Delaware Medicare
  • Devon Health Services
  • Employers Health Network PPO
  • Fidelis Care NJ Medicaid HMO
  • First Health Aetna PPO/EPO
  • First Health/Affordable PPO
  • Florida Medicaid
  • Florida Medicare
  • Geisinger Health Plan Commercial
  • Global Medical Managment DE/PA
  • Health First Health Plans
  • Health Partners Medicaid/Kidz Partner HMO
  • HealthSmart Health Plans PPO
  • Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield of Delaware
  • Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield of Delaware *PA Loc Contiguous to DE*
  • Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield of Delaware *PA Loc NONContiguous to DE*
  • Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield of Pennsylvania
  • Highmark Medicaid Health Options
  • Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey
  • Humana HMO/POS
  • Humana PPO/EPO
  • Independance Blue Cross/Amerihealth/Keystone Health Plan
  • Insurance Administrators of America
  • INTEGRA Administrative Group (ClaimsBridge)
  • Interlink Transplant
  • Keystone First Medicaid HMO
  • Lifetrac Transplant
  • Maryland Medicaid
  • Molina Healthcare Medicaid
  • Multiplan PPO
  • National Transplant (Humana)
  • New Jersey Medicaid
  • Olympus Managed Healthcare PPO ORL
  • Pennsylvania Medicaid
  • Plan Vista/NPPN PPO
  • Preferred Healthcare PPO
  • Prime Health Services PPO Specialty Florida
  • Private Health Care Systems (PHCS)
  • Qualcare HMO/POS/PPO
  • Simply Healthcare Healthy Kids
  • Simply Healthcare Medicaid HMO
  • Star Healthcare Network
  • Sunshine SMI/CMS 19 & 21
  • Sunshine State Health Plan Medicaid
  • Three Rivers Provider Network
  • Tricare/Humana Military Health Services
  • United Healthcare Commercial Products
  • United Healthcare Community Plan Medicaid
  • United Healthcare of the Mid-Atlantic
  • Volusia Health Network PPO/EPO
  • Wellpoint Maryland Medcaid

  • Abdominal Masses
  • Anti-Reflux Surgery
  • Breast Disorders
  • Burn Care
  • Chest Wall Disorders
  • Gall Bladder Disease
  • Hernias and Hydroceles
  • Wound Care

Research Activities

I’m focused on research into continuous quality improvement and finding ways of delivering better care, more safely for children. This includes bariatric surgery and ways to help children develop healthy habits early in life.

Medical Interests

  • Chest wall deformities
  • Childhood obesity
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Minimally invasive surgery
  • Pediatric surgical oncology
  • Weight loss surgery

  • Dixit, D., Choudhry, D. K., & Reichard, K. (2021). Continuous Local Anesthetic Infusion via Chest Wall Catheter for Analgesia After Thoracic Surgery in Neonates: A Case Series. A&A practice, 15(10), e01540. doi:10.1213/XAA.0000000000001540

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  • McTigue, K. M., Wellman, R., Nauman, E., Anau, J., Coley, R. Y., Odor, A., & Cook, A. J. (2020). Comparing the 5-year diabetes outcomes of sleeve gastrectomy and gastric bypass the national patient-centered clinical research network (PCORNet) bariatric study. JAMA Surgery, 155(5). doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2020.0087

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  • Devin, C. L., Linden, A. F., Sagalow, E., Reichard, K. W., Vinocur, C. D., Miller, J. M., & Berman, L. (2020). Standardized pathway for feeding tube placement reduces unnecessary surgery and improves value of care. Journal of Pediatric Surgery, 55(6), 1013-1022. doi:10.1016/j.jpedsurg.2020.02.033

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  • Phillips, M. R., English, S. L., Reichard, K., Vinocur, C., & Berman, L. (2020). The safety and efficacy of using negative pressure incisional wound VACs in pediatric and neonatal patients. Journal of Pediatric Surgery, 55(8), 1470-1474. doi:10.1016/j.jpedsurg.2019.10.011

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  • Devin, C. L., D'Cruz, R., Linden, A. F., English, S., Vinocur, C. D., Reichard, K. W., & Berman, L. (2020). Reducing resource utilization for patients with uncomplicated appendicitis through use of same-day discharge and elimination of postoperative antibiotics. Journal of Pediatric Surgery, 55(12), 2591-2595. doi:10.1016/j.jpedsurg.2020.04.003

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  • Armstrong, S. C., Bolling, C. F., Michalsky, M. P., & Reichard, K. W. (2019). Pediatric metabolic and bariatric surgery: Evidence, barriers, and best practices. Pediatrics, 144(6). doi:10.1542/peds.2019-3223

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  • Bolling, C. F., Armstrong, S. C., Reichard, K. W., & Michalsky, M. P. (2019). Metabolic and bariatric surgery for pediatric patients with severe obesity. Pediatrics, 144(6). doi:10.1542/peds.2019-3224

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  • Pratt, J. S. A., Browne, A., Browne, N. T., Bruzoni, M., Cohen, M., Desai, A., & Zitsman, J. (2018). ASMBS pediatric metabolic and bariatric surgery guidelines, 2018. Surgery for Obesity and Related Diseases, 14(7), 882-901. doi:10.1016/j.soard.2018.03.019

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  • Cohen, M. J., Curran, J. L., Phan, T.-L. T., Reichard, K., & Datto, G. A. (2017). Psychological contributors to noncompletion of an adolescent preoperative bariatric surgery program. Surgery for Obesity and Related Diseases, 13(1), 58-64. doi:10.1016/j.soard.2016.08.020

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  • Choudhry, D. K., Brenn, B. R., Sacks, K., Reichard, K., & Lonnqvist, P.-A. (2016). Continuous chest wall ropivacaine infusion for analgesia in children undergoing Nuss procedure: A comparison with thoracic epidural. Paediatric Anaesthesia, 26(6), 582-589. doi:10.1111/pan.12904

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  • Reichard, K. W. (2016). Ovarian tumors. In Fundamentals of Pediatric Surgery, Second Edition (bll 811-817). doi:10.1007/978-3-319-27443-0_102

  • Theroux, M. C., Olivant Fisher, A., Rodriguez, M., Brislin, R. P., Reichard, K. W., Shah, S. A., & Brown, M. (2015). Response to comments by Yibo et al. regarding our manuscript: Prophylactic methylprednisolone to reduce inflammation and improve outcomes from one lung ventilation in children: A randomized clinical trial. Paediatric Anaesthesia, 25(10), 1066-1067. doi:10.1111/pan.12725

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  • Theroux, M. C., Fisher, A. O., Rodriguez, M. E., Brislin, R. P., Reichard, K. W., Shah, S. A., & Shaffer, T. H. (2015). Prophylactic methylprednisolone to reduce inflammation and improve outcomes from one lung ventilation in children: A randomized clinical trial. Paediatric Anaesthesia, 25(6), 587-594. doi:10.1111/pan.12601

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