What We Treat

Our pediatric-trained general 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
  • Wilms tumor: or nephroblastoma, a cancerous tumor that starts in the kidneys
  • Anal fissure: cracks or tears in the anus or anal canal
  • Appendicitis: a 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 bariatric surgery program
  • Biliary atresia: a chronic, progressive liver problem
  • Diaphragmatic hernias: an opening in the diaphragm (the muscle that separates the chest cavity from the abdominal cavity)
  • Duodenal atresia: a condition that can cause blocking of the intestines
  • Duodenal stenosis: narrowing of the small intestine that can cause partial blocking
  • Gallbladder disease: a condition of the gallbladder, a sac that stores fluid from the liver (bile)
  • Gastroesophageal reflux (GERD): backing up of the stomach’s contents into the esophagus
  • Hernia (umbilical or inguinal): a section of the intestines that comes through the abdominal muscles
  • Hepatobiliary cysts: masses in the liver or bile ducts
  • Hepatobiliary tumors: cancerous or noncancerous tumors of the liver or bile ducts
  • Hirschsprung's disease: a condition of the nerve cells in the stomach that normally help move food forward 
  • Imperforate anus: a birth defect in which the anus is malformed
  • Inflammatory bowel disease: including ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease, inflammatory diseases of the bowels
  • Cloacal malformations: a birth defect in which the urinary tract, vagina and rectum to form a single common channel
  • Obstructions of the colon or large intestine
  • Perianal abscess: a collection of pus near the anus
  • Rectal prolapse: in which all or part of the rectum slides out of place
  • Undescended testes: when one or more of the testes have not passed down into the scrotum

Thoracic (chest) surgeries

  • Brachial cleft abnormality: a mass of abnormally formed tissue within 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.
  • Esophageal stenosis: a narrowing of the esophagus that can cause swallowing difficulties.
  • Head and neck tumors: cancerous and noncancerous.
  • Torticollis: when an infant’s neck muscle is shortened causing the neck to twist.
  • Chest wall deformities: a structural problem of the chest.
  • Lung and mediastinum malformations: defects of the lungs or the membrane between the lungs.
  • Pectus excavatum (sunken chest or funnel chest): in which the chest has a caved-in appearance.

Other surgeries

  • Neuroblastoma: cancer that begins in nerve cells in infants and young children
  • Cellulitis: a deep bacterial infection of the skin
  • Circumcision: surgical removal of the skin covering the penis

Services We Offer

Comprehensive, advanced surgical care

Our general and thoracic surgery team department offers comprehensive, advanced 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

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.
  • 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.

Our Unique Approach

Our pediatric general and thoracic surgeons have advanced training in 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.

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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
  • Larry Little, CPNP-PC
  • Caitlin Sullivan, CPNP-PC

Scottish Rite-based providers

  • Breck Ardrey, PA
  • Adam Ayer, CPNP
  • Angela East, CPNP
  • Ashley Foster, NP
  • Holly Piper, PA
  • Jenny Robinson, CPNP
  • Kami Gudger, PA
  • Kara Hogan, CPNP


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