Dr. André Hebra is the Chief of the Division of Pediatric Surgery and Surgeon-in-Chief of the MUSC-Children's Hospital in Charleston, South Carolina.
Prior to returning to MUSC in 2007, Dr. Hebra was responsible for the development of a state-of-the-art minimally invasive surgery program for children at All Children's Hospital in Florida. He is considered a pioneer in the field of minimal access pediatric surgery and his dynamic leadership combined with excellence in patient care culminated with his recruitment to return to Charleston (MUSC) in 2007. He has been a leader in promoting and developing the pediatric surgical services at the Children's Hospital, including the introduction of robotic surgery to MUSC.
Dr. Hebra received his M.D. degree in 1987 from the Medical University of South Carolina where he also completed his internship and residency in General Surgery. Dr. Hebra’s undergraduate & graduate education was completed in Brazil where he also obtained a medical degree as well as post graduate education in surgery. He elected to repeat his medical education and surgical training after moving to the United States. During his training in general surgery, Dr. Hebra was exposed to the early development of laparoscopic surgical techniques and developed a special interest in the field of Minimal Access Surgery. He subsequently spent four years at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia where he obtained additional training in Pediatric Surgery and Critical Care. He is board certified in General Surgery, Pediatric Surgery, and Surgical Critical Care. His first faculty appointment was in 1995 at the Medical University of South Carolina. He was Associate Professor of Surgery at MUSC from 1995-2001. He was Clinical Associate Professor of Surgery with the University of South Florida in Tampa from 2001-2007. He designed & developed numerous retrospective & prospective outcomes studies related to Minimal Access Surgery in children.
Dr. Hebra has received numerous awards and honors in his career, including the Medal of honorary civilian service from the U.S. Navy for work during hurricane Hugo in 1989. He has received several awards for excellence in teaching of medical students and residents. He has also received the Golden Apple Award from the students of the College of Medicine at MUSC. As a student, he was an invited guest of the American College of Surgeons and also became a member of the Alpha-Omega-Alpha honorary society. He has received awards for original basic science and clinical research. He is still active in grant supported research projects. He has had more than 90 publications of peer-reviewed scientific articles and book chapters. He is a member of numerous medical societies, including the American Pediatric Surgical Association, American Academy of Pediatrics, American College of Surgeons, and Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons. He has been a guest speaker to numerous scientific organizations nationally and abroad.
Dr. Hebra has devoted his professional career to the care of children with great emphasis on the use of advanced minimally invasive techniques, including robotic surgery. He has been a pioneer in the development and improvement of minimal access surgical techniques, particularly for the treatment of congenital chest anomalies such as pectus excavatum and carinatum. MUSC Children's Hospital was recently designated as a destination center for pectus surgery, thanks to Dr. Hebra's contributions in the field. Dr. Hebra has always demonstrated a great commitment to excellence in patient care and dedication to teaching residents and medical students.
As the leader of the pediatric surgical services at MUSC, the children’s service line has reached the highest level of recognition by patient survey analysis. The pediatric surgical service at MUSC is the only program certified as a Level 1 pediatric burn & trauma center in the state of South Carolina. Under the leadership of Dr. Hebra, the MUSC Children’s Hospital became involved in major initiatives to promote quality care, including the National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (NSQIP-Peds), for which Dr. Hebra is a surgeon-champion.