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Rebecka L. Meyers, M.D.

Languages spoken: English

Academic Information

Departments: Surgery - Professor, Pediatrics - Adjunct Professor

Divisions: Pediatric Administration, Pediatric Surgery

Academic Office Information

rebecka.meyers@hsc.utah.edu

Board Certification

  • American Board of Surgery (Sub: General Surgery)
  • American Board of Surgery (Sub: Pediatric Surgery)

Research Interests

  • Hepatoblastoma
  • Pleural Effusion
  • Empyema, Pleural
  • Thoracic Surgery, Video-Assisted
  • Clostridium Difficile Enterocolitis
Dr. Rebecka Meyers, an international expert in hepatoblastoma and liver tumors, clinically specializes in pediatric surgical oncology, pectus excavatum, and conjoined twins. She served as Chief of the Division of Pediatric Surgery from 2001-2011 and is a recognized leader in the field of pediatric surgery.

Dr. Meyers was a driving force establishing the Pediatric Liver Transplant program at Primary Children’s in 1997 and served as the Pediatric Surgical Director of the Liver Transplant Program from 1997 to 2009. She combines her expertise in pediatric liver transplantation with her passion for treating children’s cancer with a career focus on the treatment of complex liver tumors in children. She has served as chair of the national Children’s Oncology Group (COG) Liver Committee since 2008 and has led multiple national and international research investigations in the study of liver tumors in children.

Dr. Meyers other special interests include complex surgical resection and reconstruction in the treatment of all types of children’s solid tumors and cancers, congenital disorders of the liver and biliary atresia, neonatal birth defects, conjoined twins, and especially pectus chest wall deformities. In 2001 she was chief surgeon on a surgical team that emergently separated thoraco-omphalopagus twins joined at the chest, heart, liver, biliary tree and intestine. In 2006 she led a team of nine surgeons in the separation of thoraco-omphalo-ischiopagus tripus conjoined twins with only one kidney necessitating live saving kidney transplant in one of the twins. Her interest in pectus chest wall deformities has grown over the years since she introduced the minimally invasive Nuss procedure to Utah in 1999. She has since reconstructed hundreds of children and young adults with complex chest wall deformity and treats patients from all over the intermountain west with this and other complex deformities.

Dr. Meyers clinical interests also include the following conditions: Inguinal hernia, Umbilical hernia, Undescended testicle, Hydrocele, Cholecystectomy (removal of the gallbladder), Gastrostomy (placement of a stomach tube), Appendectomy (removal of the appendix), Vascular access (ports and central lines), Ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease, Gastroesophageal reflux disease, Chest wall deformities (pectus excavatum and pectus carinatum), Pediatric endocrine surgery (thyroid and adrenal tumors/pancreas surgery)

Education History

Fellowship St. Christopher's Hospital for Children
Pediatric Surgery/Pediatric Liver Transplant
Fellow
Residency University of California, San Francisco
General Surgery
Resident
Research Fellow UCSF - Cardiovascular Research Institute
Fetal Cardiovascular Research
Research Fellow
Internship University of California, San Francisco
Surgery
Intern
Professional Medical Oregon Health Sciences University Medical School
Medicine
M.D.
Undergraduate Stanford University
Human Biology and Philosophy
B.A.