Our Unique Approach

Our pediatric surgeons have advanced training in general and thoracic surgery to treat a wide range of conditions on children from newborns to teens. Nearly half of all the operations performed at Children’s involve a pediatric general surgeon. Whatever your child’s needs, we will work together and with other specialists to provide safe, comprehensive surgical care.

Comprehensive, advanced surgical care

Our pediatric surgery team department offers surgical care to infants (including newborns), children and teens including:

  • Trauma surgery
  • Surgical critical care
  • Thoracic (chest) surgery
  • Abdominal surgery
  • Head and neck surgery
  • Hernia repair
  • Bariatric (weight loss) surgery
  • Neonatal/congenital malformations
  • Pediatric gynecology

Services We Offer

Our pediatric surgeons are experienced in caring for the wide variety of medical issues children may have, from hernias to appendicitis. We work with pediatric specialists across the Children’s system any time a child needs surgery to provide comprehensive, safe, child-friendly care for infants to young adults.

Illnesses, conditions and injuries treated include:

Abdominal surgeries

  • Abdominal trauma, from accidents or impact
  • Abdominal tumors, cancerous and noncancerous, including:
    • Kidney tumors, also known as renal tumors
    • Wilms tumors (nephroblastoma), cancerous tumor that starts in the kidneys
    • Liver tumors
    • Neuroblastoma, a type of cancer that forms in certain types of nerve tissue
    • Bile duct (biliary) and pancreatic tumors
    • Colon and small bowel tumors
    • Ovarian tumors, masses, cysts, lesions of the ovaries
  • Anal disease surgeries, such as hemorrhoids, fissures, polyps, bleeding, perianal abscess, fistula in ano, rectal prolapse
  • Appendicitis, painful swelling or infection of the appendix
  • Bariatric, for children with extreme weight issues, including serious health conditions caused by obesity; the Strong4Life Clinic also provides a comprehensive medical and bariatric surgery programs
  • Biliary atresia, a chronic, progressive liver problem that needs urgent surgical attention
  • Diaphragmatic abnormalities:
    • Congenital diaphragmatic hernia, a hole in the diaphragm (the muscle that separates the chest cavity from the abdominal cavity); can be a birth defect or from trauma
    • Diaphragmatic paralysis, diaphragmatic pacing and plication are performed
  • Atresias of the intestines:
    • Duodenal atresia/stenosis, congenital blockage or a complete closing of the duodenum (first part of the intestines), causing vomiting in a newborn
    • Small bowel, colonic or rectal atresia, congenital blocking of the intestines that causes a bowel blockage
  • Gallbladder disease, conditions of the gallbladder, a sac that stores fluid from the liver (bile), including cholelithiasis (gallstones), cholecystitis (infection), biliary dyskinesia (pain) Gastroesophageal reflux (GERD), backing up of the stomach’s contents into the esophagus
  • Hernia (umbilical or inguinal), holes in the abdominal wall or groin that cause bulging and pain
  • Hepatobiliary cysts/choledochal cysts, rare congenital dilations (enlargements) of the bile ducts (liver drainage system)
  • Hirschsprung disease, a birth defect where there is an absence of nerve cells at the anus and/or colon that cause constipation and difficulty stooling
  • Anorectal anomalies:
    • Imperforate anus, a birth defect resulting in a misplaced or absent anal opening
    • Cloacal abnormality, a birth defect in which the urinary tract, vagina and rectum form one exit out of the body
    • Vertebral defects, anal atresia, cardiac defects, tracheo-esophageal fistula, renal anomalies, and limb abnormalities (VACTERL) anomalies, associated anomalies of the spine, heart, kidneys, esophagus and limbs
    • Urogenital sinus, defect in females that occurs during fetal development
    • Anal stenosis, a narrowing of the anal canal that makes it difficult to pass stool, including Currarino triad, a rare congenital disease
  • Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), including ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease
  • Obstructions of the colon or large intestine, cancerous or noncancerous
  • Undescended testes, when one or more of the testes have not passed down into the scrotum
  • Intussusception, when one portion of the bowel slides into the next
  • Meckel's diverticulum, a congenital outpouching or bulge in the lower part of the small intestine
  • Pyloric stenosis, a narrowing of the opening between the stomach and the small intestine, which causes forceful vomiting that may lead to dehydration
  • Splenic surgery, partial or complete removal of the spleen, splenic cysts or masses
  • Vascular access, placement of central venous lines, ports, dialysis catheters for cancers, long-term feeding and dialysis
  • Peritoneal dialysis access, placing catheters in the abdomen to allow for peritoneal dialysis, a way to remove waste products from your blood when your kidneys can no longer do the job adequately

Neck surgeries

  • Thyroid disease, cancerous and noncancerous lesions of the thyroid
  • Lymph node disease, cancerous and noncancerous enlargements of lymph nodes
  • Brachial cleft abnormality, a mass of abnormally formed tissue in the neck
  • Thyroglossal duct cyst, painful cystic swelling in the neck
  • Cystic hygroma, a mass in the head or neck that results from an abnormal formation of lymphatic vessels that help carry tissue fluids to the lymph nodes and back to the bloodstream
  • Head and neck tumors, cancerous and noncancerous
  • Torticollis, occurs when an infant’s neck muscle is shortened, causing the neck to twist

Thoracic (chest) surgeries

  • Esophageal anomalies, including:
    • Esophageal atresia with or without tracheoesphageal fistula, a congenital lesion where the esophagus is interrupted and does not connect the mouth to the stomach; sometimes the esophagus is formed with a connection to the airway that can cause breathing difficulties
    • Esophageal stenosis, narrowing of the esophagus that can cause swallowing difficulties
    • Esophageal foreign bodies- coins and button batteries (and other small objects) are often swallowed and need to be removed
  • Pectus or chest wall deformities, structural problem of the chest requiring treatment, such as pectus excavatum, a condition in which a person's breastbone is sunken into his or her chest, or and pectus carinatum, an uncommon birth defect in which a child's breastbone protrudes outward abnormally
  • Lung and mediastinum:
    • Airway foreign bodies
    • Cancerous and noncancerous tumors of the chest and lungs
    • Congenital lung abnormalities:
      • Congenital pulmonary airway malformations (CPAM), a mass of abnormal fetal lung tissue that forms during pregnancy
      • Pulmonary sequestration, a cystic piece of abnormal lung tissue that doesn't function like normal lung tissue
      • Congenital lobar emphysema, a rare congenital abnormality characterized by over inflation of a pulmonary lobe
      • Foregut duplication cysts, benign malformations found along the esophagus or stomach
      • Bronchogenic cysts, congenital malformations of the bronchial tree

Genitourinary (genital and urinary organs) surgery

  • Circumcision, surgical removal of the skin covering the penis
  • Undescended testes, when one or more of the testes have not passed down into the scrotum
  • Inguinal hernias, congenital holes in the abdominal wall allowing swelling to occur in the groin
  • Urogenital sinus, congenital abnormality where the urinary and vaginal form into one opening
  • Ovarian tumors and torsion, cancerous and noncancerous tumors arising from the ovary, or when the ovary twists and causes pain
  • Testicular tumors and torsion, cancerous and noncancerous tumors arising from the testis, or when the testis twists and causes pain

Other surgeries

  • Sentinel lymph node biopsies, sampling of lymph nodes to detect lymphatic metastases in various cancers
  • Cellulitis, a deep bacterial infection of the skin
  • Soft tissue tumors, cancerous and noncancerous tumors, lesions or masses on any site in the body
  • Skin disorders, Spitz nevus, melanoma, other skin lesions
  • Ex utero intrapartum treatment (EXIT) procedures, assisting with delivery of babies who have a congenital airway obstruction; partnering with OB/GYN and otolaryngologists (ENTs) to ensure safe delivery of and emergent care for these newborns

A variety of clinics and programs

Our general surgeons also participate in the following multispecialty clinics and programs:

  • Aerodigestive Center: Provides evaluations and treatment for children with disorders involving the upper digestive tract, airway and respiratory systems.
  • Diaphragm Pacing Program: Our team provides the diaphragm pacing system for children with congenital central hypoventilation syndrome (CCHS). This unique treatment helps improve a child's breathing, possibly eliminating the need of a traditional ventilator either part-time or full-time.
  • Pelvic and Anorectal Care Program: Provides care for children with diseases that lead to constipation, soiling, poor motility and pain.
  • Strong4Life Clinic: Staffed by a team of doctors, nutritionists, psychologists and exercise physiologists who work with children and families to treat or prevent obesity. The clinic promotes an active lifestyle, healthy eating and other preventive measures, and also offers a surgical weight loss program.
  • Vascular Anomalies Clinic: One of the only centers in the country to offer specialized, coordinated care for children with vascular anomalies.
  • Fetal Care Center: Collaborates with obstetricians and perinatologists to assist women and families experiencing high-risk pregnancies in developing a comprehensive care plan, from evaluation and diagnosis to postnatal surgical intervention and care.

Meet the Team

At Children's, our team is 100 percent committed to kids. Our pediatric doctors and nurses understand that children’s medical and emotional needs are different from adults. That is why we use specialized equipment and techniques to provide the care kids need to thrive. Every member of our team has just one focus—help kids and teens get better faster.

Physician leadership

General surgeons and advanced practitioners

Egleston-based providers

  • Bridgette Cross, CPNP-PC
  • Kathleen Hoff, PA
  • Caitlin Sullivan, CPNP-PC
  • Charlotte Yarrow, CPNP-PC

Scottish Rite-based providers

  • Breck Ardrey, PA
  • Adam Ayer, CPNP
  • Ashley Daraei, NP
  • Angela East, CPNP
  • Theresa Kiblinger, CPNP
  • Larry Little, CPNP-PC
  • Holly Piper, PA
  • Jenny Robinson, CPNP
  • Kami Gudger, PA
  • Kara Hogan, CPNP

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