Dr. Luks named pediatric surgeon-in-chief, chief of pediatric surgery
Francois Luks, M.D., has been appointed pediatric surgeon-in-chief and division chief of pediatric surgery at Hasbro Children’s Hospital, the pediatric division of Rhode Island Hospital, effective July 1, 2017. He has served as interim pediatric surgeon-in-chief and division chief of pediatric surgery since June, 2016.
“Dr. Luks has been an esteemed member of the surgical staff at Hasbro Children’s Hospital for more than 20 years and we are very pleased and fortunate to have him permanently fill these two vital roles,” said Margaret M. Van Bree, MHA, DrPH, president, Rhode Island Hospital and Hasbro Children’s Hospital.
Luks served as director for trauma in Hasbro Children’s pediatric intensive care unit from 1995 to 2010 and subsequently as director of trauma for the hospital. He has served on and led more than a dozen standing and ad-hoc committees at Hasbro Children’s, ranging from chairing the pediatric trauma patient care committee to participation in those addressing broader hospital community issues, such as the medical executive committee at Rhode Island Hospital and the Hasbro Children’s Hospital advisory committee. Luks has also served as attending surgeon at Morton Hospital in Taunton and Boston’s New England Medical Center, now called Tufts Medical Center, and most recently at St. Anne’s Hospital in Fall River.
Luks succeeds Thomas F. Tracy, Jr., M.D., who served as Hasbro Children’s Hospital pediatric surgeon-in-chief in addition to his role as senior vice president of medical affairs at The Miriam Hospital.
“Dr. Luks’ skill and experience is only surpassed by his tremendous passion both for surgery and working with and helping children. We are indeed fortunate to have him continue to lead Hasbro Children’s in this role,” said William G. Cioffi, M.D., FACS, surgeon-in-chief, Rhode Island Hospital and The Miriam Hospital.
Luks earned his bachelor’s degree from Rijksuniversitair Centrum Antwerpen, his medical degree from Universitaire Instelling Antwerpen, and his Ph.D. 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, 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 Hasbro Children’s as an attending surgeon in 1994.
Among Luks’ research interests are fetal development and fetal surgery, including twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome (TTTS), a disease affecting unborn identical twins causing one to have decreased blood volume. Under his leadership, the first center of fetal surgery in New England was established in 2000. He was the site principal investigator for the first randomized study on endoscopic fetal surgery for TTTS; 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), of which Luks has been an executive committee member since 2007. He was elected president of the International Fetal Medicine and Surgery Society in 2014.
Luks has more than 120 peer-reviewed publications and book chapters and nearly 200 abstracts. He is associate editor of the journal Fetal Diagnosis & Therapy. He has served the Alpert Medical School of Brown University for his entire 20-plus years in Providence, currently as director of the program in fetal medicine, and professor of surgery, pediatrics and obstetrics and gynecology.