Michael P. La Quaglia, MD, FACS, FRCS

Chief, Pediatric Surgical Service; Joseph H. Burchenal Chair in Pediatrics

I am a pediatric surgeon who is committed to the treatment of children and adolescents with cancer, and I am rewarded every day by my experiences with my patients and their families. I take care of children with Wilms' tumors, neuroblastoma, liver tumors, desmoplastic small round cell tumors, sarcomas, melanomas and thyroid tumors.

As Chief of the Pediatric Surgical Service at Memorial Sloan Kettering, I am proud to be part of a team that performs more pediatric cancer surgeries than any other institution in the world; more than 500 procedures each year, in patients as young as newborn to young adults. We have special expertise in performing large, complicated surgeries, with exceptional experience in surgery for neuroblastoma and desmoplastic small round cell tumors as well as complex liver surgery and thyroid surgery.

Appointments for New Patients
Clinical Expertise

Pediatric Surgical Oncology; Wilms’ Tumor; Neuroblastoma; Sarcomas; Neuroectodermal Tumors; Rhabdomyosarcoma; Thyroid Cancer; Genitourinary Malignancies; Ovarian and Testicular Tumors; Kidney Cancers in Children; Venous Access; Hepatic Tumors; Congenital Anomalies; General Pediatric Surgery, laparoscopy

Languages Spoken

MD, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey


Massachusetts General Hospital; Children’s Hospital Medical Center (Boston); Broadgreen Regional Chest Center (Liverpool, U.K.)


Massachusetts General Hospital; Children’s Hospital Medical Center (Boston)

Board Certifications

Surgery; Pediatric Surgery

Publications by Michael P. La Quaglia

Selected Book Chapters
“Childhood tumors.” La Quaglia MP. In: Greenfield's Surgery: Scientific Principles and Practice. Mulholland MW, Lillemoe KD, Doherty GM, Maier RV, Upchurch GR Jr, eds. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins; 2006: 1956-1981.

“Neuroblastoma and other adrenal tumors.” La Quaglia MP, Rutigliano DN. Carachi R, Grosfeld JL, Azmy AF, eds. In: The Surgery of Childhood Tumors. 2nd ed. Heidelberg: Springer-Verlag; 2008: 201-226.

“Peripheral neuroectodermal tumors.” La Quaglia MP. In: Reoperative Pediatric Surgery. Teich S, Caniano DA, eds. Totowa, NJ: Humana Press; 2008:427-434.

“Surgical management of pediatric tumors.” La Quaglia MP. In: Cancer in Children and Adolescents. Carroll W, Finlay J, eds. Boston: Jones and Bartlett Publishers; 2009: 113-122.

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