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Education & Training

  • Residency, Pediatric Surgery, 1996
    Hospital For Sick Children-Toronto
  • MD, 1994
    University Of Pretoria
  • Residency, Surgery (General Surgery), 1994
    University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Surgery/Pediatric Surgery

Awards & Recognition

  • Top Doctors Washingtonian (2022, 2021, 2020)
  • Top Doctors No Va Magazine (2023, 2022, 2021)

National Provider ID: 1427059591


Anthony Sandler, M.D., is the Senior Vice President and Surgeon-in-Chief of the Joseph E. Robert Jr., Center for Surgical Care at Children’s National Hospital in Washington, D.C. He is the Diane and Norman Bernstein Chair in Pediatric Surgery and 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.

This faculty member (or a member of their immediate family) has a working relationship (i.e. consulting, research, and/or educational services) with the companies listed below. These relations have been reported to the health system leadership and, when appropriate, management plans are in place to address potential conflicts.

Outside Interests

  • MedImmune

Research & Publications

A Plastic Sutureless Abdominal Wall Closure In Gastroschisis

(2004) Journal of Pediatric Surgery

Induction and Regulation of TRAIL-Induced Apoptosis in Renal Cell Carcinoma

(2002) Cancer Research

Inflammatory Bowel Disease in the Pediatric Patient

(2007) Surgical Clinics of North America

Non-Anatomic Hepatic Resection with a Pledgetted Suturing Technique

(2001) Journal of Pediatric Surgery

Over Expression of Fas Ligand 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 Children's 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 Survivin-Fas Ratio in Pediatric Renal Tumors

(2001) Journal of Pediatric Surgery

Use of Autogenous Saphenous Vein as a Conduit for Mesenterico-Left Portal Vein Bypass

(2007) Journal of Pediatric Surgery