As Associate Chief Surgical Officer and Director of Pediatric Surgery at Texas Children’s Hospital – North Austin, Dr. Matias Bruzoni looks forward to building a pediatric surgery division in a brand-new hospital, from the ground up, and in one of the fastest growing cities in America.
During his tenure at Stanford and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, Dr. Bruzoni made countless clinical contributions, provided outstanding care to patients and served as an inspiring mentor to students, residents and fellows. Learn more in Stanford Medicine’s May 2023 article about Dr. Bruzoni.
Tell us more about your background and how you got started in pediatric surgery.
I was born and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where I attended medical school and completed my general surgery residency, then continued my training as a transplant fellow in Omaha, Nebraska. After being involved in many pediatric transplants, I realized I wanted to become a pediatric surgeon, so I continued my training at The University of Nebraska Medical Center and became the first pediatric surgery fellow at Stanford University in 2009. I was fortunate to be part of the Stanford faculty until August 2023. During my time there, I participated in the development of the minimally invasive and bariatric surgery programs, as well as surgical oncology and inflammatory bowel disease. I was the program director for the pediatric surgery fellowship program and absolutely enjoyed training the next generation of pediatric surgeons.
What comes to mind as we approach opening the North Austin Campus?
I am very excited about the recruitment of top talent, not only in my division, but also in the other specialties, in order to build state-of-the-art clinical programs and provide outstanding care to the children and women in Austin and surrounding areas.
What inspired you to pursue pediatric surgery?
We had our first child during one of my pediatric surgery rotations. Taking care of children and their families during that time was very inspiring to me. In addition, I had amazing mentors in pediatric surgery, which sealed the deal. There is nothing more rewarding than making a significant impact on the life of a child and the dynamic of a family. I believe being a pediatric surgeon is a true privilege since it allows you to be part of such an impact.
What makes Austin a great place to live and work?
What I love most about Austin is its people and beautiful landscape. The restaurants and music scene are also outstanding. The combination of a vibrant downtown, hills, lakes, and friendly residential neighborhoods make it an extremely desirable place to live and work.
What do you like to do outside of work? How does it help you unwind and recharge?
I like to spend time with my wife and three children. We travel together to visit Argentina every year. One of the things I enjoy most is watching my kids play competitive sports. I do my best to stay fit and healthy by playing tennis and golf whenever possible. I also find playing piano and guitar is a great way to recharge my battery. Sports and music also help me connect with other people and with myself. They are great tools to vent and unwind, especially after a tough day at the hospital.
Texas Children’s has one of the largest and most experienced pediatric surgery programs in the world, offering comprehensive surgical services for a broad range of diagnoses from routine to highly complex. If you see yourself making an impact in this or another program in Austin or Houston, connect with us today at TexasChildrensPeople.org.