Division of Pediatric General, Thoracic and Fetal Surgery

We understand that "your child needs surgery" can be very frightening words to hear. Here at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, your child will receive coordinated care from expert surgical teams who are experienced caring for children with a variety of conditions requiring surgery.

Our pediatric surgeons perform a wide variety of surgical procedures, from the routine to the rare. From tube placement (gastrostomy tubes and jejunostomy tubes), appendectomies, hernia repair and other abdominal and thoracic surgery, to the latest minimally invasive surgery techniques and specialized oncologic surgery, trauma surgery and fetal surgery, we are equipped to provide individualized care both before and after surgery.

Depending on the type of surgery your child needs, they may be able to have the procedure done at one of our Specialty Care and Ambulatory Surgery Centers, where outpatient surgical procedures are attended by full surgical teams, including advanced practice nurses and pediatric anesthesiologists.

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Why Choose Us?

When faced with the prospect of surgery, you want to know your child is receiving the best, most compassionate care available. At Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, our team of world-class pediatric surgeons and experienced staff take a multidisciplinary approach to the treatment and care of your child. This makes us uniquely capable of treating the most difficult cases. No matter what your child’s condition, they will have access to a full team of the nation’s top pediatric specialists, providing personalized treatment and care for everything from medical management and surgery to diet, nutrition and family support.

Our Team

Our world-class pediatric surgeons are experts in meeting children’s unique surgical needs. We perform approximately 4,000 general and thoracic surgical procedures each year, including minimally invasive options. Our extensive surgical team consists of pediatric general surgeons, pediatric transplant surgeons and advanced practice nurses skilled in the surgical and postoperative care of premature babies, neonates, children and adolescents.

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Why Choose Us for Your Child's Surgery

CHOP’s pediatric general surgeons are experts in the surgical and postoperative care of premature babies, neonates, children and adolescents.

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Your Child's Preoperative Visit

Find tips to prepare for your preoperative visit if your child is having surgery with one of our pediatric general surgeons.