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Erica M. Fallon, MD

Director, Pediatric Surgical Oncology


Minimally Invasive Pediatric Surgery
Neonatal Surgery
Pediatric Cancer
Pediatric Short Bowel Syndrome
Pediatric Solid Tumors
Pediatric Surgery
Vascular Anomaly
Vascular Malformation


Dr. Erica M. Fallon joins the faculty at the Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons at Columbia University and Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital of New York-Presbyterian within the Division of Pediatric Surgery, as Assistant Professor of Surgery. She received her undergraduate degree from Georgetown University. Following graduation, she accepted an Intramural Research Training Award at the National Institutes of Health and spent two years involved in clinical pediatric obesity research. She subsequently received her medical degree from the Medical College of Wisconsin. She completed her residency training in General Surgery at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, in affiliation with Harvard Medical School. During residency, she spent three years as a research fellow in the Department of Surgery at Boston Children’s Hospital studying the effects of omega-3 fatty acids on parenteral nutrition-associated liver disease, and the prevention of postoperative abdominopelvic adhesions. She then completed a clinical fellowship in Pediatric Surgery at the Hospital for Sick Children, followed by a clinical subspecialty fellowship in Pediatric Surgical Oncology at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

Dr. Fallon was named the Joshua Ryan Rappaport Research Fellow at Boston Children’s Hospital, and received independent funding from the National Institutes of Health as the recipient of a Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award. She has been an invited speaker at academic forums and scientific conferences, and the recipient of numerous research awards. In addition, she has published several scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals, and authored pediatric book chapters and clinical management guidelines. She is passionate about scientific pursuit and plans to continue research at MSCHONY.

Dr. Fallon has also received recognition for excellence in teaching, and has served on the Graduate Medical Education and Surgical Resident Education committees during her clinical training years. She is a member of several professional organizations, including the American Pediatric Surgical Association, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the American College of Surgeons.

Dr. Fallon is committed to the compassionate, collaborative, and meticulous surgical care of infants, children, and their families. She has particular interest in neonatal and congenital diseases, pediatric surgical oncology, gastrointestinal diseases, and minimally invasive techniques in addition to patient safety and quality improvement within the field of pediatric surgery.


Folkman Research Day Award, Dr. M. Judah Folkman Research Day, Boston Children’s Hospital, 2012

Clinical Research Award, 1st Place, George H.A.Clowes Research Symposium, 2012

Basic Science Award, 1st Place, Resident Research Day, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, 2012

Clinical Research Award, 2nd Place, New England Surgical Society Research Day, 2012

Young Investigator Award, from the Journal of Fertility and Sterility for an exceptional contribution, 2012

Department of Surgery Research Award, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, 2011

Recipient, F32 Award, NIDDK, 2010-2012

Joshua Ryan Rappaport Research Fellow, Department of Surgery, Boston Children’s Hospital, 2010

Medical Student Teaching Award, Harvard Medical School, 2007

Intramural Research Training Award (IRTA), NICHD, 2001-2003


Fung SW, Lapidus-Krol E, Chiang M, Fallon EM, Haliburton B, Propst EJ, Chiu PP. Vocal cord dysfunction following esophageal atresia and tracheoesophageal fistula (EA/TEF) repair. J Pediatr Surg. 2018 Sept; In Press.

Wala SJ, Fallon EM, Forlenza CJ, Shukla N, LaQuaglia MP. Unicentric Castleman Disease in the mediastinum. JPS Case Reports, 2018 Jul; 34: 51-53.

Loung RP, Cooney M, Fallon EM, Langer JC, Katzman DK. Pneumothorax in a young man with anorexia nervosa. Int J Eat Disord. 2016 Sep; 49(9): 895-898. PMID: 27196534

Fallon EM, Mitchell PD, Nehra D, Potemkin AK, OLoughlin AA, Gura KM, Puder M. Neonates with short bowel syndrome: an optimistic future for parenteral nutrition independence. JAMA Surgery. 2014 Jul; 149(7): 663-70. PMID: 24827450

Fallon EM, Nazarian A, Nehra D, Pan AH, OLoughlin AA, Nose V, Puder M. The effect of docosahexanenoic acid on bone microstructure in young mice and bone fracture in neonates. J Surg Res. 2014 Sept; 191(1): 148-55. PMID: 24793452

Nehra D, Pan AH, Le HD, Fallon EM, Carlson SJ, Kalish BT, Puder M. Docosahexaenoic acid, G protein-coupled receptors, and melanoma: is G protein-coupled receptor 40 a potential therapeutic target? J Surg Res. 2014 May 15;188(2):451-8. PMID: 24576779

Fallon EM, Nehra D, Carlson SJ, Brown DW, Nedder AP, Rueda BR, Puder M. Evaluation of anastomotic strength and drug safety after short-term sunitinib administration in rabbits. J Surg Res. 2014 Mar;187(1): 101-6. PMID: 24189178

Nehra D, Fallon EM, Potemkin AK, Voss SD, Mitchell PD, Valim C, Belfort MB, Bellinger DC, Duggan C, Gura KM, Puder M. A Comparison of 2 intravenous lipid emulsions: Interim analysis of a randomized controlled trial. J Parenter Enteral Nutr. 2013 Jun 14;38(6):693-701. PMID: 23770843

Nehra D, Fallon EM, Carlson, SJ, Potemkin AK, Hevelone N, Mitchell PD, Gura KM, Puder M. Provision of a soy-based intravenous lipid emulsion at 1g/kg/d does not prevent cholestasis in neonates. J Parenter Enteral Nutr. 2013 Jul;37(4):498-505. PMID: 22767698

Fallon EM*, Le HD*, Kalish BT, de Meijer VE, Meisel JA, Gura KM, Nose V, Pan AH, Bistrian BR, Puder M. The effect of varying ratios of docosahexaenoic acid and arachidonic acid in the prevention and reversal of biochemical essential fatty acid deficiency in a murine model. *Co-first authors. Metabolism. 2013 Apr; 62(4);499-508. PMID: 23151438

Nehra D, Le HD, Fallon EM, Carlson SJ, Woods D, White YA, Pan AH, Guo L, Rodig SJ, Tilly JL, Rueda BR, Puder M. Prolonging the female reproductive lifespan and improving egg quality with dietary omega-3 fatty acids. Aging Cell. 2012 Dec;11(6); 1046-54. PMID: 22978268

Fallon EM, Nehra D, Carlson SJ, Potemkin AK, Mitchell PD, Nedder AP, Rueda BR, Puder M. Sunitinib reduces recurrent pelvic adhesions in a rabbit model. J Surg Res. 2012 Dec; 178(2): 860-5. PMID: 22884447

Fallon EM, Nehra D, Le HD, Nedder AP, Guo L, Mitchell PD, Rueda BR, Puder M. The effect of sunitinib on functional reproductive outcome in a rabbit model. Fertil Steril. 2012 Aug;98(2):496-502. PMID: 22698641

Fallon EM, Mitchell PD, Potemkin AK, Nehra D, Arsenault DA, Robinson EM, Zurakowski D, Brenn M, Meisel JA, Puder M. Cholestasis and growth in neonates with gastroschisis. J Pediatr Surg. 2012 Aug;47(8):1529-36. PMID: 22901912

Barnes CM, Prox D, Christison-Lagay EA, Le HD, Short S, Cassiola F, Panigraphy D, Chaponis D, Butterfield C, Nehra D, Fallon EM, Kiernan M, Folkman J, Puder M. Inhibition of neuroblastoma cell proliferation with fatty acids and treatment of a murine model of human SK-NSH neuroblastoma using a highly enriched omega-3 fatty acid diet in combination with sunitinib. Pediatr Res. 2012 Feb;71(2):168-78. PMID: 22258128

Fuchs J, Fallon EM, Gura KG, Puder M. Use of an omega-3 fatty acid-based emulsion in the treatment of parenteral nutrition induced cholestasis in patients with microvillous inclusion disease. J Pediatr Surg. 2011 Dec;46(12):2376-82. PMID: 22152886

Le HD, Meisel JA, deMeijer VE, Fallon EM, Gura KM, Nose V, Bistrian BR, Puder M. Docosahexaenoic acid and arachidonic acid prevent essential fatty acid deficiency and hepatic steatosis. J Parenter Enteral Nutr. 2012 Jul;36(4):431-41.PMID: 22038210

Le HD, de Meijer VE, Robinson EM, Zurakowski D, Potemkin AK, Arsenault DA, Fallon EM, Malkan A, Bistrian BR, Gura KM, Puder M. Parenteral fish oil-based lipid emulsion improves fatty acid profiles and lipids in parenteral nutrition-dependent children. Am J Clin Nutr. 2011 Sep;94(3):749-58. PMID: 21775562

Fallon EM*, Meisel JA*, Le HD, Nehra D, de Meijer VE, Rodig SJ, Puder M. Sunitinib inhibits postoperative adhesions in a rabbit model. Surgery. 2011 Jul;150(1):32-8. *Co-first authors. PMID: 21507447

Arsenault DA, Potemkin AK, Robinson EM, Fallon EM, Ozonoff A, de Meijer VE, Puder M. Surgical intervention in the setting of parenteral nutrition-associated cholestasis may exacerbate liver injury. J Pediatr Surg. 2011 Jan;46(1):122-7. PMID: 21238652

Fallon EM, Tanofsky-Kraff M, Norman AC, McDuffie JR, Taylor ED, Cohen ML, Young-Hyman D, Keil M, Kolotkin RL, Yanovski JA. Health-related quality of life in overweight and nonoverweight black and white adolescents. J Pediatr. 2005 Oct;147(4):443-50. PMID: 16227028

McDuffie JR, Adler-Wailes DC, Elberg J, Steinberg EN, Fallon EM, Tershakovec AM, Arslanian SA, Delany JP, Bray GA, Yanovski JA. Prediction equations for resting energy expenditure in overweight and normal-weight black and white children. Am J Clin Nutr. 2004 Aug;80(2):365-73. PMID: 15277157

McDuffie JR, Calis KA, Uwaifo GI, Sebring NG, Fallon EM, Frazer TE, Van Hubbard S, Yanovski JA. Efficacy of orlistat as an adjunct to behavioral treatment in overweight African American and Caucasian adolescents with obesity-related co-morbid conditions. J Pediatr Endocrinol Metab. 2004 Mar;17(3):307-19. PMID: 15112907

Uwaifo GI, Fallon EM, Calis KA, Drinkard B, McDuffie JR, Yanovski JA. Improvement in hypertrophic cardiomyopathy after significant weight loss: case report. South Med J. 2003 Jun;96(6):626-31. PMID: 12938797

Field AE, Laird N, Steinberg E, Fallon E, Semega-Janneh M, Yanovski JA. Which metric of relative weight best captures body fatness in children? Obes Res. 2003 Nov;11(11):1345-52. PMID: 14627755

Feng N, Adler-Wailes D, Elberg J, Chin JY, Fallon E, Carr A, Frazer T, Yanovski JA. Sequence variants of the POMC gene and their associations with body composition in children. Obes Res. 2003 May;11(5):619-24. PMID: 12740451

Uwaifo GI, Fallon EM, Chin J, Elberg J, Parikh SJ, Yanovski JA. Indices of insulin action, disposal, and secretion derived from fasting samples and clamps in normal glucose-tolerant black and white children. Diabetes Care. 2002 Nov;25(11):2081-7. PMID: 12938797

McDuffie JR, Calis KA, Uwaifo GI, Sebring NG, Fallon EM, Hubbard VS, Yanovski JA. Three-month tolerability of orlistat in adolescents with obesity-related comorbid conditions. Obes Res. 2002 Jul;10(7):642-50. PMID: 12105286

Chapters, Reviews, and Clinical Guidelines Nehra D, Carlson SJ, Fallon EM, Kalish B, Potemkin AK, Gura KM, Simpser E, Compher C, Puder M. American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (A.S.P.E.N.) clinical guidelines: nutrition support of neonatal patients at risk for metabolic bone disease. J Parenter Enteral Nutr. 2013 Sept;37(5):570-98. PMID: 23685349

Carlson SJ, Fallon EM, Kalish BT, Gura KM, Puder M. The role of the omega-3 fatty acid DHA in the human life cycle. J Parenter Enteral Nutr. 2013 Jan;37(1):15-22. PMID: 23192455

Fallon EM, Nehra D, Potemkin AK, Gura KM, Simpser E, Compher C, Puder M. American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (A.S.P.E.N.) clinical guidelines: nutrition support of neonatal patients at risk for necrotizing enterocolitis. J Parenter Enteral Nutr. 2012 Sept;36(5): 506-23. PMID: 22753618

Kalish BT, Fallon EM, Puder M. A tutorial on fatty acid biology. J Parenter Enteral Nutr. 2012 Jul;36(4):380-8. PMID: 22635607

Fallon EM and Puder M. Use of parenteral fish oil in the management of IF-associated liver disease. In: Duggan CP, Gura KM, and Jaksic J (Editors), Clinical Management of Intestinal Failure. Boca Raton: Taylor and Francis Group; 2012: p 263-270

Nehra D, Fallon EM, Puder M. The prevention and treatment of intestinal failure associated liver disease in neonates and children. Surg Clin North Am. 2011 Jun;91(3):543-63. PMID: 21621695

Carlson SJ, Nehra D, Fallon EM, Puder M. Prevention and treatment of catheter-related bloodstream infections in infants and children with intestinal failure. In: Holcroft R (Editor), Treatment Strategies - Pediatrics. London: The Cambridge Research Centre; Vol 2, Iss 1, 2011: p 57 - 60

Le HD, Gura KM, Arsenault DA, Fallon EM, Potemkin AK, Puder M. Assessing portal fibrosis in parenteral nutrition-dependent patients treated with omega-3 fatty acid lipid emulsion. J Pediatr. 2010 Sep;157(3):517. PMID: 20584532

Fallon EM, Le HD, Puder M. Prevention of parenteral nutrition associated liver disease: role of omega-3 fish oil. Curr Opin Organ Transplant. 2010 Jun;15(3):334-40. PMID: 20503524

Le HD, Fallon EM, de Meijer VE, Malkan AD, Puder M, Gura KM. Innovative parenteral and enteral nutrition therapy for intestinal failure. Semin Pediatr Surg. 2010 Feb;19(1):27-34. PMID: 20123271

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