Abington Memorial Hospital Expands Pediatric Surgical Program in Parternship with Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

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Suburban Philadelphia location provides around-the-clock coverage and convenient access to CHOP physicians.

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Abington Memorial Hospital has recently expanded its partnership with Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) offering around-the-clock surgical coverage and convenient access to CHOP’s newly expanded and relocated Specialty Care Center located on Abington Memorial Hospital’s campus.

In addition to providing pediatric surgical services, Abington physician and director of Pediatric Surgical Services, Ala Frey, M.D., now also sees patients in the CHOP Specialty Care Center at Abington located at Abington Memorial Hospital. Joining Frey and the Abington medical staff is Pablo Laje, M.D. Both surgeons will perform surgical procedures at Abington Memorial Hospital and CHOP, providing full coverage for pediatric surgical care.

Frey graduated from Pennsylvania State University with a bachelor of science degree in Biology, and later received her doctor of medicine from the Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine. She went on to complete her surgical residency at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and a pediatric surgery research fellowship at the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. Frey completed a fellowship in pediatric surgery at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. She is board certified by the American Board of Surgery in pediatric surgery, as well as adult general and thoracic surgery.

As a notable pediatric surgeon, Frey has co-authored various scientific studies presented before the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Pediatric Surgical Association. She has also been the co-author of papers published in the Journal of Pediatric Surgery and Archives of Pediatric Adolescent Medicine, among others.

Frey has received numerous awards, and was most recently appointed as a Senior Fellow of the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics of the University of Pennsylvania, for her emerging work on health disparities in the pediatric surgical patient. Additionally she received the National Congress of Black Women-Shirley Chisholm Award. The City of Philadelphia “The Next Generation of Women Leadership Award.” “Top 10 Under 40” Most Influential African Americans by the Philadelphia Tribune, along with a “Top 40 under 40 Award” by the Philadelphia Business Journal.

Laje is a fellowship trained pediatric surgeon from The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. He completed his medical degree at the University of Buenos Aires and residency in pediatric surgery at J.P. Garrahan National Pediatric Hospital in Buenos Aires.

Laje worked on an International Pediatric Endosurgery Group research grant for two years on the impact of pneumoperitoneum on livers with biliary atresia: an oxidative stress study. He has contributed to multiple international articles and presentations, and is fluent in English, Spanish and Portuguese.

The CHOP Specialty Care Center at Abington is a 4,600-square-foot, state-of-the-art facility specially designed to meet the needs of children, with eight exam rooms, two physician consult rooms and laboratory space, which opened in spring 2011. The new office consolidates pediatric specialists in cardiology, gastroenterology, endocrinology, pulmonary medicine and surgery into one location on the Abington campus.

Electrocardiograms (EKGs), as well as laboratory, breath and other diagnostic tests are also available at this location. The office is at 1245 Highland Avenue, Suite 204, Price Medical Office Building at Abington Memorial Hospital.

The partnership between The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and Abington Health has been ongoing for more than 20 years in which pediatric hospitalists provide inpatient medical care for children in a 15-bed facility, as well as consultation to the emergency department.

About Abington Memorial Hospital
Abington Memorial Hospital is a 665-bed, acute care teaching hospital with a medical staff of more than 900 physicians and more than 5,600 employees. These professionals provide medical care and health services to residents of Bucks, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties.
A regional provider, Abington Memorial Hospital has the only Level II accredited trauma center in Montgomery County and offers highly specialized services in cardiac care, cancer care, neurosciences, orthopaedics and maternal/child health. Visit us at http://www.amh.org.

About The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia was founded in 1855 as the nation's first pediatric hospital. Through its long-standing commitment to providing exceptional patient care, training new generations of pediatric healthcare professionals and pioneering major research initiatives, Children’s Hospital has fostered many discoveries that have benefited children worldwide. Its pediatric research program is among the largest in the country, ranking third in National Institutes of Health funding. In addition, its unique family-centered care and public service programs have brought the 516-bed hospital recognition as a leading advocate for children and adolescents. For more information, visit http://www.chop.edu.

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