New Textbook Offers Latest Expert Pediatric Surgery Techniques

Published on in CHOP News

May 25, 2011 — Physicians seeking a comprehensive reference book on the most current techniques in pediatric surgery have a new resource available — Fundamentals of Pediatric Surgery, edited by Peter Mattei, MD, an attending general pediatric surgeon at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

The 921-page textbook was published in Spring 2011 by Springer Science+Business Media, based in New York.

General and pediatric surgeons can benefit from most current techniques in pediatric surgery

“This textbook is aimed at practicing surgeons — both surgeons specializing in pediatric surgery and general surgeons who want current information on the specific needs and special considerations surrounding surgical care of children,” said Mattei. “We also offer a comprehensive, practical guide for surgical residents as they serve their rotation in pediatric surgery, and for surgical residents who choose a fellowship in pediatric surgery. Each chapter presents up-to-date, pertinent information, written by an experienced surgeon or clinician, on day-to-day care of children needing surgical care.”

The textbook contains 114 chapters, divided into 15 sections that cover discrete anatomical areas, as well as sections on perioperative care, trauma, critical care, pediatric surgical oncology and organ transplantation. Additional chapters address other specialized issues, such as fetal surgery, conjoined twins, and ventricular shunts for hydrocephalus.

Comprehensive roster of contributors

More than 140 contributors from dozens of children’s hospitals and other institutions contributed chapters to the textbook. Each chapter provides a concise overview of its topic, accompanied with photos and diagrams, highlighted tables of summary points, technical points, a list of studies and a “parental preparation” summary of information to present to the patient’s family members. A concluding “editor’s comment” offers additional analysis and perspective on the topic at hand.

About The Division of Pediatric General, Thoracic and Fetal Surgery at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

In 1946, C. Everett Koop, MD, ScD, established the Division of Surgery at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia — one of the first pediatric surgery services in North America. Today, the Division is one of the nation’s busiest, performing more than 4,000 surgical procedures each year on an inpatient and outpatient basis.

The Division offers a range of services including minimally invasive procedures, fetal surgery, oncologic surgery, trauma surgery and procedures to treat congenital disorders and malformations. CHOP’s extensive multidisciplinary surgical team consists of pediatric general and fetal surgeons, pediatric transplant surgeons and advanced practice nurses skilled in the surgical and postoperative care of fetuses, premature infants, neonates, children and adolescents. 


Ashley Moore, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, 267-426-6071,