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James D. Geiger, M.D.
James D. Geiger, M.D.
Professor of Surgery
Executive Director, Medical Innovation Center

C.S. Mott Children's Hospital
St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center

Dr. Geiger, Professor of Surgery at the University of Michigan, serves as a pediatric surgeon at C.S. Mott Children's Hospital and is recognized as a world's expert in the area of advanced laparoscopic surgery and robotic surgery techniques. In addition, Dr. Geiger directs the CS Mott Children's Minimally Invasive Surgery Program and is Surgical Director of the Pediatric Comprehensive Weight Management Center. He is developing and commercializing a number of medical devices. He has completed multiple clinical trials in pediatric cancer immunotherapy. Dr. Geiger earned his undergraduate degree from University of Michigan and his medical degree from Case Western Reserve University school of Medicine. He completed his General Surgery residency, a Surgical Critical Care fellowship, and a Pediatric Surgery Fellowship at University of Michigan Health System in Ann Arbor. In addition to his appointments at the University of Michigan, Dr. Geiger serves as Chairmen of the St. Vincent's Mercy Children's Hospital in Toledo, Ohio. He is board certified in pediatric surgery, general surgery, and surgical critical care. Dr. Geiger is also the founder and Executive Director of the University of Michigan Medical Innovation Center


  • 1980-1983 – University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI; B.S.
  • 1983-1987 – Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH; M.D.

Postdoctoral Training

  • 1987-1988 – Surgical Internship, University of Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor, MI
  • 1988-1992 – Surgical Residency, University of Michigan Health System, Ann Arbor, MI
  • 1990-1991 – Surgical Critical Care Fellowship, University of Michigan Health System, Ann Arbor, MI
  • 1990-1991 – Research Fellow, Tumor Immunology Program, University of Michigan Health System, Ann Arbor, MI
  • 1993-1995 – Pediatric Surgery Fellowship, University of Michigan Health System, Ann Arbor, MI
  • 1994 – Pediatric Surgery Visiting Fellow, Great Ormond Street Hospital, London, England
  • 1994 – Pediatric Surgery Visiting Fellow, Kinderspital, Luzern, Switzerland

Certification and Licensure

  • 1987 – Ohio State Medical License
  • 1990 – Michigan State Medical License
  • 1990 – Advanced Trauma Life Support Instructor
  • 2001-2024 – American Board of Surgery, General Surgery Certification
  • 2003-2016 – American Board of Surgery, Pediatric Surgery Certification
  • 2003-2015 – American Board of Surgery, Surgical Critical Care Certification