Pediatric Surgery & Surgeons
Parents want the very best for their children and work hard to make good choices on a young one’s behalf. When choosing a pediatric surgeon, look no further than the pediatric surgery specialists at Nicklaus Children's Hospital, formerly Miami Children's Hospital, the region’s only licensed specialty hospital exclusively for children.
Pediatric Surgery Team
Nicklaus Children's pediatric surgeons and pediatric anesthesiologists are specially trained in the unique physiologic needs and responses of children. They understand the special risks associated with pediatric surgery and anesthesia, and have the expertise and knowledge to address complications should they arise. When your child needs surgery, insist on a pediatric surgeon and anesthesiologist who specialize in treating newborns, children and adolescents. Nicklaus Children's offers a full spectrum of pediatric surgery specialists and features 14 on-staff pediatric anesthesiologists. Together, these experts perform more than more than 2,000 major and 1,500 minor pediatric surgeries each year.
Our pediatric surgery team is comprised of attending surgeons, pediatric-specific nurses, nurse practioners, physician assistants, surgical fellows, medical residents, and medical students. Care of Nicklaus Children's Hospital patients is managed by an attending pediatric surgeon, who also supervises the care given by all team members. Our approach to medical care means better care for Nicklaus Children's Hospital patients as members of the surgical team are available 24 hours a day, every day.
Pediatric Surgical Expertise
The pediatric surgeons and pediatric anesthesiologists at Nicklaus Children's Hospital, formerly Miami Children's Hospital, have the specific expertise and knowledge to perform pediatric anesthesia and surgery on children of all ages. The physicians have years of experience that enables them to take appropriate measures should complications arise in either the operating room, recovery room or the ward.
Not only are our pediatric surgeons experts in the care of common conditions such as appendicitis or hernia repair, but our team is also renowned for treatment of more complex conditions such as neonatal congenital anomalies, childhood cancers, and traumas. We are also specialists in minimally invasive surgical techniques.
The Pediatric Surgery Department at Nicklaus Children's Hospital also offers emergency and continuing care to pediatric patients who are admitted to the hospital through our children’s trauma center and emergency department. Our emergency rooms provide care for more than 80,000 children per year.
Pediatric patients recover from anesthesia and surgery in recovery rooms staffed by nurses, doctors and technicians who are uniquely knowledgeable and dedicated to pediatric surgery patients. Should a child require intensive care, our critical care units are staffed by board-certified intensivists who work hand-in-hand with the pediatric surgeons in charge of the child’s care.
Pain is a major concern for children and their parents. All members of our pediatric anesthesiology and surgery team are acutely aware of pain issues in children and are available to respond to and treat pain concerns appropriately, as quickly as possible.
Our intensive care units also feature Extra Corporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) for patients who are suffering from severe illness or infection. ECMO is a life-saving technique that mimics the natural function of the heart and lungs, allowing an infant or child to rest while natural healing of the affected organs takes place. Nicklaus Children's Hospital, formerly Miami Children's Hospital, is the only pediatric care facility in the community to offer this unique ECMO service to its patients.
Our expertise in children allows for us to perform the majority of surgical procedures as same day surgery where the patient is sent home the same day to recover in a familiar setting. There are situations where the surgeon will decide to admit the child to the hospital overnight or as long as is necessary to provide the best care possible.
Pediatric anesthesia is one of three recognized postgraduate subspecialties of anesthesia. It requires an additional year of special training beyond that required for board certification in anesthesiology. Why is this an important consideration? The risks of anesthesia are greater in children than in adults. This is especially true for newborns, infants, and toddlers because they are more likely to develop complications during surgery. Children are at greater risk of having serious breathing problems and are less tolerant of blood loss. In addition, shock can be more difficult to recognize in children.
The pediatric anesthesiologist has the specific expertise and knowledge to take appropriate measures if complications arise from pediatric anesthesia, surgery, or in recovery. Nicklaus Children's Hospital, formerly Miami Children's Hospital, is one of only a select few hospitals nationwide to offer dedicated pediatric cardiac anesthesia.
Nicklaus Children's Hospital, formerly Miami Children's Hospital’s approach to pediatric care involves the patient and the patient’s family, the entire medical and nursing team, and an extensive support system including child life specialists, social workers, volunteers, ‘doctor’ clowns, dog therapy volunteers, magicians, and more. These invaluable team members help to make the experience as pleasant as possible for all surgical patients and their families. To read more about Nicklaus Children's dedication to family-centered care, click here.
Preparing the Patient and family
In order to ensure that the child and family are well prepared for the surgical procedure, the pediatric surgery team recommends that all surgical patients participate in a presurgical orientation, and visit: Planning for your hospital stay