Division of Pediatric General, Thoracic and Fetal Surgery

Your Child's Surgery

Use our guide to get the answers you need to prepare yourself and your child for the surgical experience.

General, Thoracic and Fetal Surgery

Welcome to the Division of Pediatric General, Thoracic and Fetal Surgery at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. We understand that "your child needs surgery" are some of the most frightening words any parent ever hears.

When faced with the prospect of your child's surgery, you need information. You want experienced surgeons. You want to know that your child is receiving the best and most compassionate care, and that the healthcare providers are working as a team.

At Children's Hospital, we have a long history of providing some of the finest, compassionate, multidisciplinary care in the nation. C. Everett Koop, MD, established the division in 1946 as the first pediatric surgical specialty in the city of Philadelphia, and the second such service in North America.

We now perform approximately 4,000 general and thoracic surgical procedures each year. Our surgical team consists of 10 pediatric general surgeons, four pediatric transplant surgeons and 13 advanced practice nurses skilled in the surgical and postoperative care of premature babies, neonates, children and adolescents. Our surgeons are also all faculty members at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.

We perform a wide variety of procedures, including:

We also provide support to patients and families following surgery for complex diseases, with programs such as the Pediatric Anorectal Continence Evaluation Program (PACE), the Pulmonary Hypoplasia Program (PHP) and the Surgical Reflux Clinic (SIX).

Our division works closely with divisions, programs and services throughout the Hospital — including Anesthesiology, Cardiac, Critical Care, Gastroenterology, Neonatology, Nursing, Oncology, Emergency Medicine and various surgical and medical subspecialties — to provide integrated care for your child.

We also have a patient-friendly day surgery program. We offer outpatient surgical consultations, diagnostic testing, day surgery and follow-up visits at five satellite facilities at our Pediatric & Adolescent Specialty Care Centers in:

We also have state-of-the-art ambulatory surgery centers for outpatient procedures at our Bucks County, Exton and Voorhees locations.

Our division staff members know that while they see hundreds of patients each year, this may be the first time your child has needed surgery. We will work with you, the parents, as well as your child, to reassure you and provide you with all the resources you need to successfully navigate your hospital experience. Please be sure to check out our Guide to Your Child's Surgery.

Thank you for trusting us with your child's care. Please let us know what we can do to help make this time less difficult for you.

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