Why Choose Us

Deeply experienced, passionately innovative

Surgeons at Boston Children’s Hospital have been at the forefront of treating chest wall deformities for over 60 years.  Starting in 1958 at Boston Children’s Hospital, Dr. Kenneth Welch popularized an open technique to treat pectus excavatum – the “Welch Procedure.”  Dr. Robert Shamberger further refined this approach while making important discoveries about the effects of pectus excavatum on lung and heart function.  For nearly two decades, our team has been performing the minimally invasive repair for pectus excavatum – or Nuss procedure – for hundreds of patients.  Recently, we have been one of the first teams to offer an innovative non-surgical approach for pectus excavatum called the vacuum bell.  With experience in the full range of treatments, our team aims to find the right approach for each child’s unique anatomy.

Patient focused care

Our multidisciplinary team is focused on finding the right treatment for your child.  This means getting to know your child, what they enjoy doing, and how their chest wall might impact those activities.  Most importantly, we care about how the chest wall deformity makes you and your child feel.  This may include tests to understand your child’s anatomy, or simply a physical exam by an experienced surgeon.  With your input, we will design a treatment plan customized to your child’s unique needs.