About the W. H. Hendren Education Foundation for Pediatric Surgery and Urology


The promise of better children's health is realized when expert medical knowledge is shared and can be widely accessed. The Foundation’s core mission is to deliver on this promise by advancing the understanding and teaching of solutions and techniques for children with general surgical and urological disease. The goal is to help surgeons to help children.

The W. H. Hendren Education Foundation for Pediatric Surgery and Urology is a nonprofit, 501(c)3. The initial work has been the creation of this innovative web-based education site that is intended to be an important resource for the global community for pediatric surgeons and urologists.

The site has been launched after careful planning and extensive development work. Part of Dr. Hendren’s vast collection of information from 60 years of work has formed the backbone of the initial effort, and contributions from experts in their fields is being added to rapidly build a rich, accessible, and continually updated compendium of information for those who care for children with surgical disease. The information on the website is accessible globally and through any device. The website is without charge and is available to all medical professionals and caregivers managing these challenging pediatric problems. The Foundation believes that this unique online source of information with universal access will make a significant contribution to improving the health and quality of lives for children everywhere.

W. Hardy Hendren, M.D., has been a prolific researcher, educator, and writer. During a career spanning more than 60 years, Hendren has been the author or co-author of more than 200 original scientific articles, 100 book chapters, and six monographs and books. He is also a medical photographer and filmmaker of note, having provided the photography for many of his articles and having created 20 medical teaching documentary videos that explain his innovative and foundational surgical techniques. Hendren’s career long philosophy is that knowledge and expertise gained should be widely shared, so that other health-care providers may learn and more patients can benefit. This philosophy is the cornerstone to the Foundation’s mission.

The W. H. Hendren Education Foundation for Pediatric Surgery and Urology will not only ensure that the body of work and those who shaped pediatric surgical and urological history are never forgotten, but that this medical information remains relevant and is combined with new content and inspires as many professionals as possible in the care of children around the world.

The Foundation, located in Duxbury, MA, was created in 2010 and is administered by a Board of Trustees. The Foundation can be contacted by email.