David Bliss, MD, FACS, FAAP

Director, Pediatric Surgery

David W. Bliss, MD, FACS, FAAP is Director of Pediatric Surgery at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.

Dr. Bliss has extensive experience in a broad range of procedures ranging from laparoscopic appendectomies to thorascopic repairs of congenital diaphragmatic hernias in infants and children.  His research interests include comparing the outcomes of open versus endoscopic operations, pediatric trauma and critical care, and extracorporeal life support.

Dr. Bliss has authored numerous articles for peer-reviewed and other publications, including Journal of Pediatric Surgery, the World Journal of Surgery, the Association for Artificial Internal Organs, Journal of Laparoendoscopic and Advanced Surgical Techniques, Journal of Trauma and Pediatric Surgery International.  He has co-authored chapters on pediatric thoracic trauma in Critical Care Medicine 2002 and biliatry atresia in Pediatrics in Review.

Dr. Bliss is a member of several professional societies including the American Pediatric Surgical Association, American Academy of Pediatrics, the Pacific Association of Pediatric Surgeons, American College of Surgeons, International Pediatric Endoscopy Group and the Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons. He is board certified by the American College of Surgeons in Pediatric Surgery, Critical Care, and General Surgery.

Dr. Bliss earned his bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from Harvard College (cum laude). He earned his medical degree from the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, and performed a pediatric residency at Children's Hospital Los Angeles. He completed his general surgery residency, extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) and critical care fellowships at the University of Michigan Medical Center.

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