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Chen Named Chief of Surgery
BIRMINGHAM — Children’s of Alabama has named Mike Chen, M.D., chief of surgery.

As chief of surgery, Chen will lead one of the largest pediatric surgical services in the country. He said he wants to continue to improve the quality of care and expand the scope of surgical services, and he looks forward to improving the patient care experience for children and families who need surgical services at Children's of Alabama.

Chen is the Joseph M. Farley Chair in Pediatric Surgery at Children’s and also a professor of pediatric surgery at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). He received his medical degree from the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston. Chen completed his residency in general surgery and a transplantation fellowship at the University of Florida. He then completed a fellowship in pediatric surgery at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital in Memphis.

Chen joined the UAB faculty in 2009 and has been the chief of pediatric surgery there since 2010. Prior to that, he was on the faculty at the University of Florida and was the founding program director of the pediatric surgery fellowship. He currently serves as the program director of the pediatric surgery fellowship at Children’s of Alabama.

He has served in the U.S. Army Reserve Medical Corps, Operation Noble Eagle and Operation Enduring Freedom. Chen received several awards including an Army Achievement Medal. He is a native of Taiwan and lives in Birmingham.

Since 1911, Children’s of Alabama has provided specialized medical care for ill and injured children, offering inpatient and outpatient services throughout central Alabama. Ranked among the best pediatric medical centers in the nation by US News & World Report, Children’s provided care for youngsters from every county in Alabama, 41 other states and eight foreign countries last year, representing more than 677,000 outpatient visits and more than 15,000 inpatient admissions. With more than 2 million square feet, Children’s is the third largest pediatric medical facility in the U.S. More information is available at