Anthony Sandler, MD Senior Vice President and Surgeon-in-Chief | Joseph E. Robert, Jr., Center for Surgical Care

Awards and Recognition:
    Top Doctors
    (2015, 2016, 2017)
    No. Va. Magazine
    (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018)


Languages Spoken

  • English


Board Certifications

  • American Board of Surgery
  • American Board of Surgery/Pediatric Surgery

National Provider ID: 1427059591

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Outside Interests

  •  MedImmune 



Anthony Sandler is the Senior Vice President & Surgeon-in-Chief of the Joseph E. Robert Jr. Center for Surgical Care at Children’s National Health System in Washington D.C. He is the Diane and Norman Bernstein Chair in Pediatric Surgery and is a Professor of Surgery and Pediatrics at George Washington University. He is also principal investigator in the Immunology Initiative of the Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation.

Dr. Sandler's research interests include tumor immunology and tumor vaccine therapy, as well as the application of novel devices and technologies in surgical practice. Dr. Sandler is internationally known for his work on childhood solid tumors and operative repair of certain congenital anomalies. He has served on multiple committees for the American Association of Pediatric Surgery and has also served on several committees of the Children’s Oncology Group.

He is currently on the Board of Examiners for the Pediatric Surgery Qualifying examination. Dr. Sandler’s research interests focus on solid tumors of childhood, in which his current research in tumor immunology investigates immunotherapeutic vaccine strategies. He has co-developed a surgical polymer sealant that is funded by the NIH and is currently in pre-clinical trials. Dr. Sandler has over 100 peer reviewed publications in clinical and scientific medical journals.

Education & Training

Education & Training

  • Residency Program, Pediatric Surgery, 1996
    Hospital for Sick Children-Toronto
  • MBCHB, 1994
    University of Pretoria
  • Residency Program, General Surgery, 1994
    University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics
Patient Stories

Patient Stories: Anthony Sandler

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Jeremiah's Story

"Through the ups and downs and the uncertainty of what was to come, I asked questions. The surgical team was available to personally answer my questions."



Research & Publications

Research & Publications

A Plastic Sutureless Abdominal Wall Closure In Gastroschisis

(2004) Journal of Pediatric Surgery

Induction and Regulation of TRAILInduced Apoptosis in Renal Cell Carcinoma

(2002) Cancer Research

Inflammatory Bowel Disease in the Pediatric Patient

(2007) Surgical Clinics of North America

NonAnatomic Hepatic Resection with a Pledgetted Suturing Technique

(2001) Journal of Pediatric Surgery

OverExpression of FasLigand by Neuroblastoma A Novel Mechanism of Tumor Cell Killing

(2000) Journal of Pediatric Surgery

Surgical Endoscopy

(2008) Pediatric Robotic Surgery: A Retrospective Review of a Single Institutional Experience of 100 Cases

Surviving mRNA Levels are Associated with Biology of Disease and Patient Survival in Neuroblastoma A Report from the Childrens Oncology Group

(2006) Journal of Pediatric Hematology & Oncology

The Inhibitor of Apoptosis Protein Survivin is Associated with High Risk Behavior of Neuroblastoma

(2001) Journal of Pediatric Surgery

The SurvivinFas Ratio in Pediatric Renal Tumors

(2001) Journal of Pediatric Surgery

Use of Autogenous Saphenous Vein as a Conduit for MesentericoLeft Portal Vein Bypass

(2007) Journal of Pediatric Surgery

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