Alan Flake, MD is the Ruth and Tristram C. Colket, Jr. Chair in Pediatric Surgery, and Director of the Children's Center for Fetal Research, at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. He is a Professor of Surgery and Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He received his medical degree from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock. He subsequently completed a General Surgery residency program and Research Fellowship in Fetal Biology and Therapy in the laboratory of Michael R. Harrison at the University of California, San Francisco. He then went on to complete a Pediatric surgery Fellowship at the Children’s Hospital Medical Center in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Dr Flake has led an NIH funded research laboratory directed toward surgical correction of fetal anomalies and fetal stem cell and gene therapy for over 20 years. He has published extensively with authorship of over 300 peer reviewed publications and over 100 review articles and book chapters. He is on the editorial board of numerous hematology, surgery, and stem cell related journals, and is a frequent invited member of NIH study sections and reviewer for the California Institute of Regenerative Medicine.
Clinically, Dr. Flake actively participates as a Fetal Surgeon in the Fetal Diagnosis and Treatment Program at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia with long term interests in fetal diagnosis and therapy, in utero stem cell transplantation and gene therapy. He is also an active member of the Division of General and Thoracic Surgery and treats the spectrum of pediatric surgical disease with special interests in hepatobiliary, neonatal, and advanced minimally invasive surgery.