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Dr. David Kays

Pediatric surgeon David Kays, M.D., is the medical director of the Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia Program. Dr. Kays also serves as director of the ECMO (extracorporeal membrane oxygenation) Program and is the co-director of the Fetal Diagnosis/Treatment Program.

Dr. Kays brings more than two decades of clinical and research leadership in the treatment of congenital diaphragmatic hernia, a life-threatening birth defect, to the Department of Surgery and the Johns Hopkins All Children’s Maternal, Fetal & Neonatal Institute.  His research focuses on defining the best treatment strategies for this challenging neonatal diagnosis. His work also contributes to significant advances in surgical repair. Dr. Kays and his team have a 90 percent survival rate for surgical repair of congenital diaphragmatic hernia over a 20-year period.