Meet the Team

There are four full-time faculty members in the division of pediatric surgery. Each is board-certified in pediatric surgery, and is a member of University Surgical Associates. In addition, there are two nurse practitioners and a fellow in pediatric surgery.

Hasbro Children's Hospital also includes pediatric plastic surgeons who are board certified in plastic surgery. See the full team list.

The division has a major teaching role within the department of surgery at Rhode Island Hospital and The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. Our mission is to utilize the academic environment to optimally serve our patients. For more information, please call 401-421-1939.

Interim Pediatric Surgeon-in-Chief and Interim Divison Chief, Pediatric Surgery, Hasbro

Francois Luks, MD, PhD is interim pediatric surgeon-in-chief and interim division chief of pediatric surgery at Hasbro Children’s Hospital. 

Dr. Luks earned his bachelor’s degree from Rijksuniversitair Centrum Antwerpen, his medical degree from Universitaire Instelling Antwerpen, and his PhD in medical sciences from Catholic University Leuven, all in his native Belgium. He completed his residency in general surgery at Catholic Medical Center of Brooklyn and Queens (NY), then a residency in pediatric surgery at Hospital Ste-Justine in Montreal. He spent two years on a research fellowship through Catholic University of Leuven before joining both Hasbro and Women & Infants as Attending Surgeon in 1994. 

Dr. Luks has taken on progressively senior management roles at Hasbro, serving as director for trauma in the PICU for 15 years from 1995 to 2010, then subsequently director of trauma for the whole of Hasbro Children’s Hospital. He has served on and led more than a dozen standing and ad hoc committees at the hospital, from those in his specialty like the Pediatric Trauma Patient Care Committee, which he chaired, to those addressing issues in the broader hospital community, such as the Rhode Island Hospital Strategic Planning Committee. He has also continued to serve concurrently as attending surgeon at Women & Infants, and for several years each as attending surgeon at Morton Hospital (Taunton, MA) and New England Medical Center (Boston, MA). 

His research interests include fetal development and fetal surgery, and in particular the etiology of twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome. He was the site principal investigator for the first randomized study on endoscopic fetal surgery for this syndrome; the Brown Fetal Treatment Program was the only North American center participating in the study. The program is a founding member of the North American Fetal Treatment Network (NAFTNet); Dr. Luks has been a member of its Executive Committee since 2007.

Dr. Luks has published and presented widely, with more than 120 peer-reviewed publications and book chapters and more than 100 abstracts. He has served The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University for his entire 22 years in Providence, currently as director of the Program in Fetal Medicine, and professor of surgery, pediatrics and obstetrics & gynecology. Throughout the course of his time at Brown he has served as independent course director, faculty sponsor and thesis director to numerous promising medical students.

Medical Director, ECMO Program

Christopher Muratore, MD is a pediatric surgeon and director of the Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) Program at Rhode Island Hospital and its Hasbro Children's Hospital. He attended medical school at Georgetown University and completed general surgical residency training at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and pediatric surgery residency at Children's Hospital Boston. During general surgery training, he spent an additional year of study at Children's Hospital as the ICU/ECMO fellow, followed by two additional years of training in the pediatric surgical research laboratories investigating the treatment of congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH).

Dr. Muratore maintains an active interest in the outcomes of patients with CDH, pulmonary hypertension and adults with acute respiratory distress syndrome who require ECMO. ECMO is a form of long-term cardiopulmonary bypass used to treat infants, children and adults with reversible respiratory and/or cardiac failure.

ECMO is a high-risk endeavor requiring sophisticated interdisciplinary coordination. The ECMO program has developed a simulation curriculum to improve interdisciplinary team performance and protect patient outcomes. These novel ECMO simulation scenarios, which complement individual and team ECMO training, combine the current life-like medical simulation models with the ultra-specialized circumstances of extracorporeal life support. This project demonstrates ECMO simulation's potential to improve team performance and patient outcomes.

Neil Ead, CPNP, MSN
Nurse Practitioner
Director, Pediatric Trauma Program, Hasbro Children's Hospital
Hillary Lorenco, RN, CPNP
Britta Renzulli
Physician's Assistant
Andrew McCarthy
Nurse Practitioner
Debra Watson-Smith
Fetal Treatment Coordinator