Dr. Michael P. LaQuaglia is the Chief of the Pediatric Surgical Service at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and a Professor of Surgery at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York, New York. He specializes in the treatment of cancer in children and adolescents, with a particular interest in neuroblastoma, gastrointestinal stromal tumor, Wilms’ tumor, hepatocellular carcinoma and other pediatric liver tumors, as well as thyroid tumors, desmoplastic small round cell tumor, and childhood sarcomas. Dr. LaQuaglia is actively involved in surgical and translational oncologic research into the pathologic and genetic mechanisms of the diseases affecting his patients. As a member of the faculty of both Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and Weill Cornell Medical College, he has been a committed medical educator for decades, training scores of pediatric surgeons who now practice across the US and internationally.
Dr. LaQuaglia earned his M.D. degree from the Rutgers School of Medicine in New Jersey in 1976 and completed his postgraduate training at Massachusetts General Hospital and Children’s Hospital Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts, and at Broadgreen Regional Chest Center in Liverpool, England. He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, the Royal College of Surgeons in Edinburgh, and the Royal College of Surgeons of England. He is also a member of the American Surgical Association. Dr. LaQuaglia holds leadership positions in several professional societies, including Chair of the Cancer Committee of the American Pediatric Surgical Association and for more than ten years served as the Surgical Committee Chairperson of the Children’s Oncology Group. Dr. LaQuaglia has authored over 230 articles in peer-reviewed journals and has contributed chapters to numerous medical textbooks.