Just five days after an appendectomy, Diana went to her prom. Read about her revolutionary surgery.

The specialty of pediatric surgery is dedicated to the comprehensive surgical care of infants, children and adolescents. Pediatric surgeons spend more years training than almost every other specialty.

Here at Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego, world-class pediatric surgery is provided by the Pediatric Surgery Division of Rady Children’s Specialists of San Diego. All of our pediatric surgeons are trauma surgeons, and all have additional training or specialized expertise in cancer surgery, international health, solid organ transplantation, and advanced minimally invasive surgery. Additionally, the entire team is on the academic faculty of the Department of Surgery at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine.

From conditions as common as appendicitis and hernias to complex congenital conditions, traumatic injuries, and tumors, our team has the experience and training to care for your child. Our patients include infants in the neonatal intensive care unit, children with cancer, and children who have injuries from an accident or trauma. We perform simple and complex procedures in the abdomen, chest and neck and regularly perform minimally invasive abdominal and chest procedures. Liver and kidney transplants are also performed through Rady Children’s Solid Organ Transplant program.

Along with providing expert care, our Division focuses on research, education and innovation – all key components of our shared academic partnership between Rady Children’s and UC San Diego.

Division Achievements:

  • Among a select group of children’s hospitals performing single-port surgery for appendicitis (operating through the belly button), achieving minimal or no scarring. The single-port method is also used for other procedures, including thoracoscopy, cholecystectomy, nephrectomy, and colon resection.
  • A Center of Excellence for the Nuss procedure for pectus excavatum (sunken chest).
  • Only designated pediatric trauma center in San Diego and Imperial counties.
  • Stephen Bickler, M.D., is co-author of the book chapter “Global Burden of Surgical Conditions,” published in “Essential Surgery,” the first volume of the Disease Control Priorities, 3rd Edition (DCP3) series.
  • Stephen Bickler, M.D., is a consultant for the World Health Organization and travels internationally to teach and care for children with surgical disorders.

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