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David P. Mooney | Education

Undergraduate School

St. Louis University

1980, St. Louis, MO

Graduate School

Harvard School of Public Health

2006, Boston, MA

Medical School

St. Louis University School of Medicine

1985, St. Louis, MO


Medical Center Hospital of Vermont

1986, Burlington, VT


Medical Center Hospital of Vermont

1991, Burlington, VT


Children's Mercy Hospital

1993, Kansas City, MO

David P. Mooney | Certifications

  • American Board of Surgery (General)
  • American Board of Surgery (Pediatric Surgery)

David P. Mooney | Professional History

David P. Mooney, MD, MPH is Associate Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School. He obtained his medical degree from St. Louis University School of Medicine and completed a general surgical residency at the University of Vermont, where he completed research fellowship in surgical immunology. He completed a pediatric surgery fellowship at the Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri and obtained his Masters in Public Health from the Harvard School of Public Health in 2006.

Dr. Mooney created the Pediatric Trauma Program at the Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth, and is currently the Director of the Trauma Center at Boston Children’s Hospital. He has been active on a variety of national committees including the American College of Surgeons, the American Pediatric Surgical Association, and the Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma. In addition, he was the Founding President of the Pediatric Trauma Society. He has served in several consultative and leadership positions for a variety of organizations, including the American College of Emergency Physicians, the Maternal Child Health Bureau’s Emergency Medical Services for Children, and the Massachusetts State Trauma Committee. He has conducted over 100 reviews of pediatric trauma centers in the United States and was instrumental in the development of pediatric trauma care systems in New Hampshire, New Mexico and Tuscany, Italy.

He is a reviewer for 16 journals, including the New England Journal of Medicine and the Journal of Trauma. He has published over 100 peer-reviewed articles and 12 book chapters, and has given over 300 lectures in a variety of settings. He has had continuous research funding for the past 12 years and has several active clinical research projects directed toward improving pediatric injury care. He has mentored over 35 surgical residents, many of whom have gone on to distinguished careers.

He is a retired Major in the US Army Medical Reserves and a former member of the National Disaster Medical Team that was the first US team to deploy in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake. He remains active in global surgical efforts. He played a pivotal role in the care of children injured after the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing. Other active clinic efforts include the investigation and amelioration of chronic abdominal wall pain and pilonidal disease.

Personally, he is happily married and has four adult children but no grandchildren, yet. He is an avid athlete who has run 5 marathons and is a black belt in martial arts. He prides himself on doing the bulk of his own home maintenance.

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We all have medical problems and I try to speak to families and care for their children in the ways that I want to be spoken to and have my children treated.