Department of Surgery Overview

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The Department of Pediatric Surgery at Boston Children's Hospital provides general and specialized surgical services to infants, children and adolescents suffering from a wide range of congenital and acquired conditions.

  • Caring for an average of 8,600 outpatient annually and performing more than 4,000 operative procedures each year, Boston Children's is one of the largest pediatric surgery programs in the world.

  • Our team listens to you and your child. We work collaboratively with you to design a plan of treatment appropriate to your child's condition and unique circumstances.

  • We're constantly engaged in clinical research designed to come up with new strategies for diagnosis and treatment.

Download our Surgery Fact Sheet with key highlights.

The Department of Pediatric Surgery strives to provide premier clinical care to children in both outpatient and inpatient settings.

Care is designed to restore children with routine to highly complex illnesses occurring from conception to adulthood.

Our pediatric surgeons and support team work in a learning environment of advocacy for the child. Together with Boston Children's highly-trained pediatric anesthesiologists, these teams approach each and every procedure with the unique consideration due to pediatric patients.

We continually seek to educate patients, families and peers, while committing to advance the knowledge of the future leaders of our field.

We support both the basic and clinical research of new strategies for diagnosis and treatment as well as the joy and fulfillment of discovery itself. We strive to be a team of faculty fulfilled by our development, thankful for our health and family, and rewarded by the opportunity to care for your child and your family.

Surgical Firsts

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Boston Children's Hospital has been at the forefront of child health for more than 130 years. Below are just a few of our surgical firsts:  

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  • successful surgical procedure to correct a congenital heart defect: ligation of a patent ductus arteriosis.   

  • successful infant lung transplant in New England.

  • use of the combination of a peripartum EXIT procedure and ECMO to treat an infant with critical airway obstruction.   

  • organized training program for trainees in pediatric surgery.    

  • published textbook in pediatric surgery in the Western world: Ladd and Gross, Abdominal Surgery of Childhood.  

  • definition of the research field of angiogenesis. 

  • successful application of angiogenesis inhibitors to treat a childhood tumor.    

  • description of tracheal occlusion to facilitate development of the "hypoplastic" lung.  

  •  to develop and use the serial transverse enteroplasty procedure (STEP) as treatment for Short Bowel Syndrome.   

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Surgical Critical Care

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The Surgical Critical Care Program provides daily care to surgical patients in the intensive care units at Boston Children's Hospital.

In addition to the care of children with acute respiratory failure who require specialized ventilator support and even extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO), additional expertise is applied to the nutritional and metabolic support of the critically ill child.

Working as a collaborative team with anesthesiology and neonatology, comprehensive critical care is provided to assure the optimal outcome for every child.

More About the Program

Although excellence and innovation in surgical critical care has been the hallmark of Boston Children's Department of Surgery for many years, the Surgical Critical Care Program was officially formalized in 2000.

The program is led by Dr. Jay Wilson, Director and Dr. Tom Jaksic, Associate Director. Drs. Wilson and Jaksic along with Dr. Craig Lillehei make up the critical care team of surgeons who oversee care of critically ill surgical patients in Boston Children's Medical/Surgical Intensive Care Unit (MSICU).

The program offers the latest in both invasive and non-invasive diagnostic techniques. Twice daily team rounds and care planning characterize the clinical service.

A component of the program in surgical critical care is the Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia Program. This program offers a multidisciplinary approach to the care and follow-up treatment of children with congenital diaphragmatic hernia, many of whom have also been treated with ECMO.

In addition to pediatric surgeons, specialists from Pulmonary Medicine, Child Development, and Nutrition staff the program. Audiologists are involved on a consultative basis. An outpatient clinic is held monthly to serve this needy patient population.

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