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 in our patients.

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I am very fortunate and proud to be a part of the multidisciplinary pediatric oncology team here at Memorial Sloan Kettering. Our pediatric surgeons, led by Dr. Michael La Quaglia, 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 Memorial Sloan Kettering.

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 Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

  • Clinical Expertise: Pediatric Surgical Oncology; Pediatric Renal Tumors; Pediatric Minimally Invasive Surgery; Pediatric Endoscopy and Colorectal Surgery
  • Languages Spoken: English
  • Education: MD, University of Virginia School of Medicine
  • Residencies: Pediatrics -- Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Surgery -- University of Pennsylvania Medical Center, Emory University Hospital, University of Michigan Medical Center
  • 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

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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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