Kaleida Health is pleased to announce Veetai Li, M.D., as the interim chief of service for Pediatric Surgery at the Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo, and Kathryn D. Bass, M.D., F.A.C.S., F.A.A.P., as medical director of Pediatric Surgery, effective immediately.
Dr. Li, who also serves as medical director of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Women & Children’s Hospital and clinical associate professor of Neurosurgery at the University at Buffalo, is responsible for overseeing pediatric general surgery and the pediatric surgery subspecialties.
As medical director of Pediatric Surgery, Dr. Bass is responsible for departmental strategic planning, quality, and day-to-day physician operations issues such as scheduling, physician assignments and compliance with standards of practice. Dr. Bass also serves as director of trauma at Women & Children’s Hospital and as clinical associate professor of Surgery and Pediatrics through the University at Buffalo.
A graduate of Albany Medical College, Dr. Li received his residency training in neurosurgery at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and his fellowship training in pediatric neurosurgery at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. He is board certified by the American Board of Neurological Surgery and by the American Board of Pediatric Neurological Surgery and is a member of the American Society of Pediatric Neurosurgeons, the Joint Section of Pediatric Neurosurgery and the Children’s Oncology Group.
Dr. Bass completed her general surgery training at New England Medical Center and her pediatric surgery training at The Children’s Hospital in Denver. She is board certified in General and Pediatric Surgery and a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics, American Pediatric Surgical Association and the American Association for the Surgery of Trauma, among many others.
The Department of Pediatric Surgery at Women & Children’s Hospital was established in 1957 and specializes in general and thoracic surgery for the care of fetuses, infants, toddlers, children, adolescents and young adults. This training program in Pediatric Surgery is one of the original nine training programs in Pediatric Surgery in the United States.
The department is committed to excellence in teaching, cutting-edge research programs and providing the highest quality of care for the surgical needs of the children of Western New York and the surrounding regions. These efforts make the Division of Pediatric Surgery a nationally/internationally recognized academic unit of Women & Children's Hospital of Buffalo and the preferred place for a child to receive care in this region and beyond.
Women & Children’s Hospital remains the only hospital in the region to have all pediatric surgical sub-specialists for neurosurgery, general surgery, ophthalmology, orthopedics, otolaryngology, dental and urology. The team of board certified pediatric anesthesiologists also receive training to meet the special needs of children and are among the few nationally who specialize in pediatrics.
Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo, a Kaleida Health facility and teaching hospital for the University at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, is the regional center for comprehensive and state-of-the-art pediatric, neonatal, perinatal and obstetrical services in Western New York and beyond.
Women & Children's Hospital of Buffalo is ranked by US News & World Report in its special edition of "Best Children's Hospitals". As two of the specialty areas within children's hospitals ranked nationally in this publication, Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo is among the best children's hospitals in Neurology/Neurosurgery and Cancer care.