Ronald B. Hirschl, M.D., is the Arnold G. Coran Professor of Surgery and Head of the Section of Pediatric Surgery at the University of Michigan. He trained in Pediatric Surgery at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and joined the staff at the University of Michigan in 1991. Dr. Hirschl is board certified in General Surgery, Pediatric Surgery and Surgical Critical Care and has his Master’s in Clinical Research Design and Statistical Analysis. His research and clinical areas of interest and expertise are in the management of respiratory failure, especially with extracorporeal support (ECLS, EMCO), the implantable artificial lung, and liquid ventilation with perfluorocarbons. He is a general pediatric surgeon with specific interests in chest surgery. Dr. Hirschl also has expertise in applied informatics and was the Chief Medical Information Officer for the University of Michigan Health System. He currently is the President of the American Pediatric Surgical Association (APSA). He was a Director on the American Board of Surgery, Chair of the Pediatric Surgery Board, and a member of the Residency Review Committee (RRC) for Surgery. He also is currently a member of the University of Michigan Medical Group Board.