Richard Pearl, MD

Co-Principal Investigator, Injury Free Coalition for Kids of Peoria

Richard H. Pearl, M.D. FACS, FAAP, FRCS(C)

Richard H. Pearl is Professor of Surgery and Pediatrics at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria. He is currently Director of Pediatric Trauma and Surgeon-in-Chief at the Children’s Hospital of Illinois and Director of the Pediatric Surgery Center.

Dr. Pearl is a 1975 graduate of Kent State University where he received his Bachelor of Science degree in Aeronautical Engineering. He went on to Wright State University, receiving his Medical Degree in 1980, and completed his Surgical Internship at Madigan Army Medical Center one year later. He completed his surgical residency at Harvard Surgical Service; New England Deaconess Hospital in Boston Massachusetts followed by Pediatric Surgery Residency at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Canada.

In conjunction with his medical training and service, Dr. Pearl is a retired Colonel in the U.S. Army, with a distinguished career spanning from 1966-1994. He served his country first as an infantry officer and helicopter pilot in Germany and Vietnam and then as a surgeon in Saudi Arabia and Iraq in Operation Desert Storm. From 1988-1994 he was Chief, Pediatric Surgical Service at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and has received numerous Military Honors and awards including the Bronze Star and Legion of Merit . From 1994-1998 Dr. Pearl was the Chief of Pediatric Surgery at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto.

Dr. Pearl and his wife Lauretta made their home in Peoria in July 1998. He is the father of three daughters, with the youngest arriving in February 2000.

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Pediatric Surgery Center
420 NE Glen Oak Suite 201
Peoria, IL 61603

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