Fred Rescorla, MD

Lafayette L. Page Professor of Surgery
Division Chief of Pediatric Surgery
Surgeon-in-Chief, Riley Hospital for Children

Specialty: Pediatric Surgery
Residency: Indiana University
Fellowship: Riley Hospital for Children


Frederick J. Rescorla, M.D. joined the faculty at Indiana University School of Medicine in July 1988 as an Assistant Professor of Surgery.  He received his M.D. degree from the University of Wisconsin and then completed his general surgery training at Indiana University School of Medicine.  Upon completion of his general surgery training he entered a two year pediatric surgery residency training program at Riley Hospital for Children and Indiana University School of Medicine.  Dr. Rescorla has developed an active clinical practice focused on minimally invasive surgery and surgical oncology.  He was promoted to Associate Professor in 1993 and Professor in 2000.  In 2005 he was named Division Director of Pediatric Surgery and Surgeon-in-Chief of Riley Hospital for Children.  He is certified by the American Board of Surgery in General Surgery, Pediatric Surgery and Surgical Critical Care.  He has been active in clinical research in the Children’s Oncology Group focused on germ cell tumors.  He is a fellow of the American College of Surgeon and the American Academy of Pediatrics.  He is a member to the American Pediatric Surgical Association and has served as a governor of this organization and is also a member of several other major surgical organizations.  He has published over 150 articles in peer reviewed journals and over 40 book chapters.  He has been recognized by the medical students as an outstanding Professor of Surgery for teaching on 10 occasions and received the Faculty Award from the University for teaching excellence in 2007.  He has been active in advancing pediatric surgical care in third world countries including lecturing and teaching pediatric surgical techniques in several countries in Africa.


IU Health Physicians
Riley Physicians


IU Health Arnett
IU Health Methodist/IU Health University
IU Health North
Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health

Location Information

IU Health West

1115 N. Ronald Reagan Pkwy., Ste 141

Avon, IN 46123

Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health

705 Riley Hospital Dr., Ste 2500

Indianapolis, IN 46202

IU Health Arnett Medical Offices

2600 Greenbush St.

Lafayette, IN 47904

IU Health North

11725 N. Illinois St., Ste 450

Carmel, IN 46032

Clinical Interests


Accepting New Patients

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Clinical Research Interests: Minimally invasive pediatric surgery, pediatric surgical oncology, neonatal surgery

  1. Rescorla FJ, Grosfeld JL:  Inguinal Hernia Repair in the Perinatal Period and Early Infancy. Clinical Considerations.  J Pediatr Surg 19:832?837, 1984.*
  2. Rescorla FJ, Grosfeld JL:  Intestinal Atresia and Stenosis:  Analysis of 120 Cases.  Surgery 98:668, 1985.*
  3. Brown JW, Halpin MP, Rescorla FJ, VanNatta BW, Fiore AC, Shipley GD, Bizunch M, Bills R, Waller B:  Externally stented polytetraflouroethylene valved conduits for right heart reconstruction.  J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg 90:833?841, 1985.*
  4. Grosfeld JL, Rescorla FJ, West KW:  Short Bowel Syndrome in Infancy and Childhood:  Analysis of Survival in 60 Cases.  Am J Surg 151:41?46, 1986.*
  5. Grosfeld JL, Rescorla FJ:  Current Management of Short Bowel Syndrome in Children.  J Arkansas Med Soc 84:243?249, 1987.*
  6. Shiffler M, Rescorla FJ, Fitzgerald J, Grosfeld JL:  Obstructive Jaundice:  An Unusual Delayed Presentation of Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia.  Arch Surg 123:780?781, 1988.*
  7. Grosfeld JL, Rescorla FJ, West KW, Vane DW, DeRosa GP, Provisor AJ, Weetman R:  Chest Wall Resection and Reconstruction for Malignant Conditions in Childhood.  J Pediatr Surg 23:667?673, 1988.*
  8. Rescorla FJ, Vane DW, Fitzgerald JK, West KW, Grosfeld JL:  VIP?Secreting Ganglioneuromata Affecting the Entire Colon and Rectum.  J Pediatr Surg 23:635?637, 1988.*
  9. West KW, Stephens B, Rescorla FJ, Vane DW, Grosfeld JL:  Postoperative Intussusception:  Experience with 36 Cases in Children.  Surgery 104:781?787, 1988.*
  10. Rescorla FJ, Grosfeld JL:  Duodenal Atresia in Infancy and Childhood:  Improved Survival and Longterm Follow?up.  Contemp Surg 33:22?28, 1988.*
  11. Rescorla FJ, Grosfeld JL, West KW, Vane DW:  Changing Patterns of Treatment and Survival in Infants with Meconium Ileus.  Arch Surg 124:837?840, 1989.
  12. Grosfeld JL, Rescorla FJ, West KW, Vane DW:  Gastrointestinal Injuries in Childhood:  Analysis of 53 Patients.  J Pediatr Surg 24:580?583, 1989.*
  13. Rescorla FJ, Grosfeld JL:  Splenic and Liver Trauma in Children:  Current Concepts of Management.  Ind Med 82:516?520, 1989.
  14. Papaila J, Wilmont D, Rescorla FJ, West KW, Vane DW, Grosfeld JL:  Increased Incidence of Delayed Gastric Emptying in Children with Gastroesophageal Reflux:  A Prospective Evaluation.  Arch Surg 124:933?936, 1989.*
  15. Rescorla FJ, Yoder MC, West KW, Grosfeld JL:  Delayed Onset Diaphragmatic Hernia with Group B Streptococcal Sepsis:  Two Case Reports and A Review of the Literature.  Arch Surg, 124:1083?1086, 1989.*
  16. Vane DW, Grosfeld JL, West KW, Rescorla FJ:  Pancreatic Disorders in Infancy and Childhood:  Experience with 92 Cases.  J Pediatr Surg 24:771?776, 1989.*
  17. West KW, Rescorla FJ, Vane DW, Grosfeld JL:  Pneumatosis Intestinalis in Children Beyond the Neonatal Period.  J Pediatr Surg, 24:818?822, 1989.*
  18. Grosfeld JL, Fitzgerald JF, Predaina R, Rescorla FJ, West KW, Vane DW:  Efficacy of Portoenterostomy in Biliary Atresia:  66 Cases.  Surgery, 106:692?701, 1989.*
  19. West KW, Grosfeld JL, Rescorla FJ, Vane DW: Acquired Aganglionosis:  A Rare Occurrence Following Pull?Through Procedures for Hirschsprung's Disease.  J Pediatr Surg 5:104?109, 1990.*
  20. Matthews DE, West KW, Rescorla FJ, Vane DW, Grosfeld JL, Wappner RS, Bergstein J, Andreoli S:  Peritoneal Dialysis in the First 60 Days of Life.  J Pediatr Surg 5:110?116, 1990.*
  21. Vane DW, Ong B, Rescorla FJ, West KW, Grosfeld JL:  Complications of Central Venous Access in Children.  A Review of 2,281 Catheter Insertions.  Pediatr Surg Intl 5:174?178, 1990.*
  22. Vane DW, Shedd FG, Grosfeld JL, Franiak RJ, Ulrich JC, West KW, Rescorla FJ:  An Analysis of Pediatric Trauma Deaths in Indiana.  J Pediatr Surg 25:955?960, 1990.*
  23. Rescorla FJ, Shedd FJ, Grosfeld JL, Vane DW, West KW:  Anomalies of Intestinal Rotation in Childhood:  Analysis of 447 Cases.  Surgery 108:710?716, 1990.*
  24. Rescorla FJ, Cory D, Vane DW, West KW, Grosfeld JL:  Failure of Percutaneous Drainage in Children With Traumatic Pancreatic Pseudocysts.  J Pediatr Surg 25:1038?1042, 1990.*
  25. Rescorla FJ, West KW, Vane DW, Engle W, Grosfeld JL:  Pulmonary Hypertension in Neonatal Cystic Lung Disease:  Survival Following Lobectomy and ECMO in Two Cases.  J Pediatr Surg 25:1054?1056, 1990.*
  26. Grosfeld JL, Vane DW, Rescorla FJ, McGuire W, West KW:  Pancreatic Tumors in Childhood:  Analysis of 13 Cases.  J Pediatr Surg 25:2054?1056, 1990.*
  27. Hardacre J, West KW, Rescorla FJ, Vane DW, Grosfeld JL:  Delayed Onset of Intestinal Obstruction in Children After Unrecognized Seat Belt Injury.  J Pediatr Surg, 25:967?969, 1990.*
  28. Rescorla FJ, Yang R, Reilly CR, Sanghvi NT, Fry FJ, Franklin TD, Lumeng L, Grosfeld JL:  Evaluation of High Intensity Focused Ultrasound in the Treatment of Murine Neuroblastoma.  Surgical Forum 41:581?583, 1990.*
  29. Means LJ, Rescorla FJ, Grosfeld JL:  Iodine Toxicity:  An Unusual Cause of Cardiovascular Collapse During Anesthesia in an Infant With Hirschsprung's Disease. J Pediatr Surg 25:1278?1279, 1990.*
  30. Grosfeld JL, Minnick K, Shedd FJ, West KW, Rescorla FJ, Vane DW:  Inguinal Hernia in Children:  Factors Affecting Recurrence in 62 Cases.  J Pediatr Surg 26:283?287, 1991.*
  31. Yang R, Reilly CR, Rescorla FJ, Faught PF, Sanghvi NT, Fry J, Franklin TD, Jr, Lumeng L, Grosfeld JL:  High Intensity Focused Ultrasound in the Treatment of Experimental Liver Cancer.  Arch Surg 126:1002?1010, 1991.*
  32. Seekri IK, Rescorla FJ, Canal DF, Zollinger TW, Saywell R, Jr., Grosfeld JL:  Lesser Curvature Gastrostomy Reduces the Incidence of Postoperative Gastroesophageal Reflux.  J Pediatr Surg 26:982?985, 1991.*
  33. Seekri IK, Rescorla FJ, Katz S, Vane DW, Grosfeld JL:  Growth, Myoelectric Function and Enzymatic Activity of Fetal Intestinal Transplants Placed in Continuity with Normal Bowel.  Surgical Forum, 42:577?579, 1991.*
  34. Grosfeld JL, Cheu H, Schlatter M, West KW, Rescorla FJ:  Changing Trends in Necrotizing Enterocolitis:  Experience with 302 Cases in Two Decades.  Ann Surg 214:300?307, 1991.*
  35. Yang R, Reilly CR, Rescorla FJ, Sanghvi NT, Fry FJ, Franklin, Jr. TD, Grosfeld JL: Effects of High?Intensity Focused Ultrasound in the Treatment of Experimental Neuroblastoma.  J Pediatr Surg 27:246?251, 1992.*
  36. Cheu, HW, Grosfeld JL, Heifetz SA, Fitzgerald J, Rescorla FJ, West KW:  Persistence of Barrett's Esophagus in Children after Antireflux Surgery:  Influence on Follow?up Care.  J Pediatr Surg 27:260?266, 1992.*
  37. Yang R, Rescorla FJ, Reilly CR, Faught PT, Sanghvi NT, Lumeng L, Franklin TD, Jr., Grosfeld JL:  A Reproducible Rat Liver Cancer Model for Experimental Therapy:  Introducing a Technique of Intrahepatic Tumor Implantation.  J Surg Research 52:193?198, 1992.*
  38. Rescorla FJ, Grosfeld JL:  Cholecystitis and Cholelithiasis in Children.  Sem Pediatr Surg 1:98?106, 1992.
  39. Rescorla FJ, Grosfeld, JL:  Anomalies of Rotation and Fixation:  Anatomy and Complications.  Surgical Rounds 15:405?412, 1992.
  40. Rescorla FJ, Morrison AM, Engles D, West KW, Grosfeld JL:  Hirschsprung's Disease:  Evaluation of Mortality and Long?Term Function in 260 Cases. Arch Surg 127:934?942, 1992.*
  41. Don S, Cohen MD, Wells LJ, Rescorla FJ:  Air Reduction of an Intussusception caused by a Pathologic Lead Point in an Infant.  Pediatr Radiol 22:326?327, 1992.*
  42. Yang R, Sanghvi NT, Rescorla FJ:  Extracorporeal Liver Ablation Using Sonography?Guided High?Intensity Focused Ultrasound.  Investig Radiol 27:796?803,1992.*
  43. Rescorla FJ, Merkel GJ, Folkening W, Gankiewicz E, Rosenthal R, Grosfeld JL:  Effects of Immunosuppression on Organ Localization and Growth of Blood?Borne Yeasts.  Surg Forum 43:601?603, 1992.*
  44. Yang R, Galliani CA, Rescorla FJ, Grosfeld JL:  Comparison of Various Hepatic Devascularization Methods in the Treatment of Liver Cancer.  Surg Forum 43:443?447, 1992.*
  45. West KW, Bengston K, Rescorla FJ, Engle WA, Grosfeld JL:  Delayed Surgical Repair and ECMO Improves Survival in Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia.  Annals Surg 216:454?462, 1992.*
  46. Grosfeld JL, Rescorla FJ, West KW, Goldman J:  Neuroblastoma in the First Year of Life:  Clinical and Biologic Factors Influencing Outcome.  Sem Pediatr Surg 2:37?46, 1993.
  47. Yang R, Kopecky KK, Rescorla FJ, Galliani CA, Grosfeld JL:  Changes of Hepatoma Echo Patterns with Tumor Growth:  A study of the Microanatomic Basis in a Rat Model.  Investg Radiol 28:507?512, 1993.*
  48. Yang R, Sanghvi NT, Rescorla FJ, Kopecky KK, Grosfeld JL:  Liver Cancer Ablation with Extracorporeal High?Intensity Focused Ultrasound.  Eur Urol 23(Suppl 1):17?22, 1993.*
  49. Rescorla FJ, Grosfeld JL:  Contemporary Management of Meconium Ileus.  World J Surg 17:318?325, 1993.
  50. Grosfeld JL, Rescorla FJ:  Duodenal Atresia and Stenosis:  Reassessment of Treatment and Outcome Based on Antenatal Diagnosis, Pathologic Variance, and Long?Term Follow?up.  World J Surg 17:301?309, 1993.

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