Pediatric Surgery

doctor and little girl wearing surgical cap

At Children’s National Hospital, we provide the highest level of surgical innovation, expertise and care to infants, children and adolescents. We rank among the top pediatric hospitals in the United States for Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine, Neurosurgery, Gastroenterology and Urology, according to U.S. News & World Report.

International Leaders in Pediatric Surgery

At Children’s National, your child benefits not only from our team’s expertise and compassionate care, but also from their specialized training that focuses exclusively on children and protecting their future growth.

We offer your family:

  • Unparalleled expertise. Our Surgical Care Center is led by Anthony Sandler, M.D., who is internationally-renowned for his work on childhood solid tumors and intestinal anomalies. Dr. Sandler’s team consists of more than 90 pediatric surgery specialists, as well as fellowship-trained pediatric anesthesiologists.
  • Minimally-invasive pediatric surgery. We use the most sophisticated surgical technology in order to provide your child with a more effective, precise procedure. We use minimally-invasive approaches whenever possible to reduce pain, provide shorter hospitalizations and recovery times, and improve long-term health outcomes for children of all ages.
  • Pediatric surgical research. We are actively involved in research at the Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation. Our team investigates the latest devices and techniques for pediatric surgery that will create a more effective, less invasive surgical experience.

World Class Pediatric Surgical Programs

Our Surgical Care Center team provides a variety of specialized surgery services, including:

  • Bariatric Surgery

    Children’s National has one of the only programs in the United States dedicated to pediatric bariatric surgery. Led by Evan Nadler, M.D., we perform pediatric sleeve gastrectomy and LAP-BAND surgery on adolescents who meet certain criteria. We also have staff that can provide a range of support services in order to help your family achieve a healthier lifestyle.

  • Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery

    Our cardiac surgeons perform hundreds of procedures each year, the majority of which are on patients under the age of one. Our pediatric cardiology and cardiac surgery team is led by world-class surgeons Yves d’Udekem, M.D.Charles Berul, M.D., and Ricardo Munoz, M.D., who are experts in performing heart transplants and other life-saving cardiac procedures.

  • Chest Wall Defects Surgery

    Our Chest Wall Defects Program is led by Timothy Kane, M.D., and Mikael Petrosyan, M.D., who specialize in minimally invasive surgery in infants, children and adolescents. Our team often performs the Nuss and Ravitch Procedure to repair pediatric chest wall abnormalities. 

  • Colorectal and Pelvic Reconstructive Surgery

    Our program is led by world-renowned pediatric colorectal surgeon, Marc Levitt, M.D., who has expertise in treating the full spectrum of pediatric colorectal conditions and has performed over 10,000 surgeries—more than any other surgeon trained in pediatric colorectal surgery worldwide.

  • Ear, Nose and Throat (Otolaryngology)

    Our Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) division treats more than 20,000 patients each year and is led by George Zalzal, M.D., one of the leading experts on the pediatric airway and laryngotracheal reconstruction. Dr. Zalzal’s team performs a range of ENT surgeries, including ear malformation surgeries, endoscopic sinus surgery, esophageal surgery and cochlear implant surgery. 

  • Esophageal and Thoracic Surgery Program

    The Pediatric Esophageal and Thoracic Surgery Program was developed to streamline the care of children with diseases and disorders of the lungs, mediastinum and esophagus by using the latest diagnostic, surgical and medical techniques. Our team of renowned surgeons, including Timothy Kane, M.D., and Mikael Petrosyan, M.D., offer innovative and minimally invasive surgical treatments, as well as traditional surgical procedures. 

  • Gastroenterology

    U.S. News & World Report ranks our Gastroenterology division one of the best in the United States. Led by Ian Leibowitz, M.D., we offer specialized programs for gastrointestinal reconstruction, liver transplant and more.

  • Neurology and Neurosurgery

    Our Division of Neurology and Neurosurgery, led by William D. Gaillard, M.D. (Neurology) and Robert Keating, M.D. (Neurosurgery), is ranked number three in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. Our program features cutting-edge procedures like endoscopic brain surgery, MRI-guided laser ablation and deep brain stimulation, in order to make minimally invasive neurosurgery possible. 

  • Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine

    Ranked one of the top 10 American pediatric orthopaedics programs by U.S. News & World Report, our program is led by Matthew Oetgen, M.D., M.B.A., who created the Spinal Fusion Surgical Home, the first of its kind in the U.S. to focus on pediatric patients undergoing spine surgery. Our orthopaedic surgeons, Benjamin Martin, M.D., and Shannon Kelly, M.D., have vast expertise in using noninvasive surgical techniques, such as scoliosis traction and MAGEC spinal growing rods to improve the quality of life for children with spinal deformities.

  • Pediatric Gynecology Program

    Our program is dedicated to infants, children and teens with pediatric gynecological concerns. Led by Veronica Gomez-Lobo, M.D., our exceptional expertise in both pediatric gynecology and surgery allows us to provide treatment for rare conditions and anomalies, such as ovarian torsion, pelvic masses and vulvar lesions.

  • Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

    We are one of the only hospitals in the U.S. that has a dedicated pediatric plastic surgery program. This program, led by Gary Rogers, M.D., can help care for your child’s reconstructive needs. We treat a variety of conditions, including cleft lip and palate, through our specialized Cleft Lip and Palate Program, led by Albert Oh, M.D. In addition, our Craniofacial Program treats children with a range of craniofacial disorders, including deformational plagiocephaly and pediatric craniosynostosis. 

  • Surgical Oncology Program

    Our program offers treatment for various complex pediatric oncologic diseases. Our surgeons, Anthony Sandler, M.D., and Mikael Petrosyan, M.D., work together with our renowned oncology division to deliver outstanding surgical care utilizing cutting edge technology. 

  • Thyroid Nodule and Thyroid Cancer Clinic

    We offer comprehensive care to children and adolescents with thyroid nodules, as well as thyroid cancer. Led by Priya Vaidyanathan, M.D., our group of dedicated multispecialty providers will create a comprehensive treatment plan and coordinate your child's related surgical care.

Contact Our Global Services Team

If your child needs treatment and care, our global services team can help set up a consultation. 

We're here to support you on your international care journey. We have been caring for international patients and their families for more than 20 years and will serve as your dedicated partner as you travel for care – setting up your medical appointments, recommending travel accommodations and lodging, and ensuring that your cultural and religious needs are being met.

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