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Pediatric Surgery Overview

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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, all of our surgeons who treat pediatric patients are on the academic faculty of the Department of Surgery at the UC San Diego School of Medicine.

Expert Pediatric Surgical Care

From conditions as common as appendicitis and hernias to complex congenital conditions, traumatic injuries, and tumors, our pediatric surgery team has the experience and training to care for your child. Our pediatric patients include infants in the neonatal intensive care unit, children with cancer, and children who have injuries from an accident or trauma. Our pediatric surgeons perform simple and complex surgical procedures in the abdomen; colon and rectum; and chest and neck, and regularly perform minimally invasive abdominal and chest procedures. Kidney transplants are also performed by pediatric surgeons through Rady Children’s Kidney Transplant Program.

Along with providing expert pediatric surgical 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.

Video: Learn about our renowned Pediatric Surgery program

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 a consultant for the World Health Organization and travels internationally to teach and care for children with surgical disorders. He is also the 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.

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Forms for Your Child's Appointment

Please fill out the patient forms below and bring to your child’s appointment.