Dr. André Hebra returned toCharleston,SC, in 2007 as the Chief of the Division of Pediatric Surgery. After leaving MUSC in 2001, Dr. Hebra was given the opportunity to develop a state-of-the-art minimally invasive program for children inFlorida, an endeavor in which he was extremely successful. Dr. Hebra is a pioneer in the field of minimal access pediatric surgery and he focuses his practice in delivering excellence in patient care.
Prior to returning to MUSC in 2007, Dr. Hebra was the Director of the Minimally Invasive Pediatric Surgery Program and lead surgeon for the center of Robotic & Minimally Invasive Pediatric Surgery at All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg, FL. During that time, he also served as Clinical Associate Professor of Surgery with the University of South Florida in Tampa, and he designed & developed numerous prospective outcomes studies related to Minimal Access Surgery in children.
Dr. Hebra received his M.D. degree in 1987 from the Medical University of South Carolina where he also completed his internship and residency in General Surgery. During his training in general surgery, Dr. Hebra was exposed to the early development of laparoscopic surgical techniques and developed a special interest in the field of Minimal Access Surgery. He subsequently spent four years at the Children’sHospital ofPhiladelphia where he obtained additional training in Pediatric Surgery and Critical Care. He is board certified in General Surgery, Pediatric Surgery, and Surgical Critical Care. His first faculty appointment was in 1995 at the Medical University of South Carolina.
Dr. Hebra has received numerous awards and honors in his career, including a medal from the U.S. Navy for Meritorious Civilian Service. He has received several awards for excellence in teaching of medical students and residents. He received the Gold Apple Award from the students of the Collegeof Medicineat MUSC. As a student, he was an invited guest of the AmericanCollegeof Surgeons and also became a member of the Alpha-Omega-Alpha honorary society. He has received awards for original basic science and clinical research. He recently received an award for best scientific presentation from the Society of Laparoendsocopic Surgeons. He has had more than 80 publications of peer-reviewed scientific articles and book chapters. He is a member of numerous medical societies, including the American Pediatric Surgical Association,AmericanAcademy of Pediatrics,AmericanCollege of Surgeons, and Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons. He has been a guest speaker to numerous scientific organizations nationally and abroad.
In 2011, Dr. Hebra received the H. Biemann Othersen endowed chair in Pediatric Surgery from the Medical University of South Carolina. He also serves as the Chief of Surgery for the MUSC Children's Hospital.
Dr. Hebra has devoted his professional career to the care of children with great emphasis on the use of advanced minimally invasive techniques, including robotic surgery. He has been a pioneer in the development and improvement of minimal access surgical techniques, particularly for the treatment of congenital chest anomalies such as pectus excavatum and carinatum. MUSC Children’s Hospital was recently designated as a center of excellence for pectus surgery, thanks to Dr. Hebra’s contributions in the field. Dr. Hebra has always demonstrated a great commitment to excellence in patient care and dedication to teaching residents and medical students. The Medical University of South Carolina is proud to have Dr. Hebra as one of its leaders as it advances the frontiers of medicine in this challenging new century.