Richard H. Pearl, MD
Pediatrics - Surgery
Title(s): Surgeon-in-Chief & Director of Pediatric Trauma - OSF Saint Francis Medical Center, Professor of Surgery & Pediatrics - University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria
Medical Education: Wright State University (Dayton, OH)
Residency: New England Deaconess Hospital (Boston, MA)
Fellowship(s): Pediatric Surgery - Hospital for Sick Children (Toronto, Canada)
Board Certification(s): General Surgery - American Board of Surgery, Pediatric Surgery - American Board of Surgery, Surgical Critical Care - American Board of Surgery, General Surgery - Royal College of Surgeons (Canada)
Clinical Interests: Bronchoscopy, Complex Airway Surgery, General Pediatric Surgery, Laparoscopic Pyloric Stenosis Repair, NUSS Procedure, Pediatric Trauma, Pediatric Laparoscopy, Neonatal Surgery, Pediatric Thoracic Surgery, Surgical Oncology
Awards & Recognition: Military Honors & Awards (1966-1994): Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal, Kuwait Liberation Medal, Order of Military Medical Merit, 1st Air Cavalry Division Combat Patch, 44th Medical Brigade Combat Patch, Aviator Wings, Parachute Wings, Surgeon Generals “A” Proficiency Designator
Philosophy of Care: Treat every child as if they were your own.
Why did you choose to specialize in pediatric surgery?
To be able to operate on a child and give them a better life.
What do you enjoy most about being a physician at the Children’s Hospital of Illinois?
All patients are treated the same regardless of their ability to pay.
Tell us something interesting about yourself.
Was a colonel in the U.S. military, helicopter pilot during two wars - Vietnam and Desert Storm.
Do you have any hobbies or interests outside of medicine?
Golf, sports cars and history