Todd E. Heaton, MD

About Me

I am a pediatric surgeon with special training in surgical oncology and minimally invasive procedures. I am dedicated to the treatment of children with cancer, and I cannot imagine a more rewarding career. While I have the experience and training to treat children with any malignancy, my primary areas of interest are renal tumors, liver tumors, neuroblastoma, sarcomas, thyroid cancers, and the management of inherited colon cancer syndromes. When necessary and appropriate, I hope to expand the use of minimally invasive surgery and surgical navigation techniques in our patients.

I am very fortunate and proud to be a part of the multidisciplinary pediatric oncology team here at Memorial Sloan Kettering. Our pediatric surgeons perform more pediatric cancer surgeries than any other center in the world. As a team we have a wealth of experience in the medical and surgical management of any pediatric malignancy, including large, complicated solid tumors in children.

My previous research involved hematopoietic stem cell transplantation. My current research concentrates on clinical and outcomes research in pediatric surgical oncology. In addition to my clinical research I am collaborating with my colleagues here to develop highly targeted drugs for treatment and imaging in pediatric malignancy. I also participate in all the active surgical clinical trials and the tumor banking initiative here at MSK.

On the national level, I participate in the development and management of national pediatric oncology trials for liver tumors and sarcomas through the Children’s Oncology Group.

Nothing makes my day better than interacting with the children I care for, and there can be no greater joy than seeing one of them recover from their surgery and beat a cancer that so many others thought they could not or would not survive. I treat each patient as if he or she were a part of my own family, and I hope that if your child is diagnosed with cancer my colleagues and I can help guide you through your child’s advanced, multidisciplinary care here at MSK.

  • Clinical Expertise: Pediatric Surgical Oncology; Pediatric Minimally Invasive Surgery; Surgical Management of Metastatic Childhood Cancer; Pediatric Renal Tumors; Pediatric Endoscopy and Colorectal Surgery
  • Languages Spoken: English
  • Education: MD, University of Virginia School of Medicine
  • Residencies: General Surgery - Emory University School of Medicine; General Surgery - University of Michigan School of Medicine; Pediatric Surgery - University of Michigan School of Medicine
  • Fellowships: Pediatric Surgery, C.S. Mott Children's Hospital, University of Michigan Medical Center; Research Fellowship, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
  • Board Certifications: General Surgery; Pediatric Surgery


Selected Publications

Hathout L, Cohn J, Voros L, Kim SH, Heaton T, Wolden S. High-dose-rate brachytherapy for vaginal rhabdomyosarcoma using a personalized mold in a 20-month old patient. Pediatr Blood Cancer. 2015 Mar;62(3):531-2. doi: 10.1002/pbc.25252. Epub 2014 Oct 4.

Lim II, Honeyman JN, Fialkowski EA, Murphy JM, Price AP, Abramson SJ, Quaglia MP, Heaton TEExperience with retroperitoneal partial nephrectomy in bilateral Wilms’ tumor. Eur J Pediatr Surg. 2015 Feb;25(1):113-7. doi: 10.1055/s-0034-1387944. Epub 2014 Sep 2.

Heaton TE, Liechty KW. Postnatal management of prenatally diagnosed abdominal masses and anomalies. Prenat Diagn. 2008 Jul;28(7):656-66. doi: 10.1002/pd.1933. Review.

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Clinical Trials

As home to one of the world’s top cancer research centers, Memorial Sloan Kettering is typically involved in more than 900 clinical trials at a given time. Currently, clinical trials focused on the conditions I treat are enrolling new patients. If you’re interested in joining a clinical trial, click to learn about the trial’s purpose, eligibility criteria, and how to get more information.

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