Learn what to expect, and what to prepare for, when your child is scheduled for surgery at Children's.
When your child needs surgery, you need a healthcare facility dedicated to children, with experienced pediatric surgeons, advanced minimally invasive techniques and a child-friendly atmosphere. At Children’s National Hospital, our pediatric surgeons deliver excellent care with a compassionate touch. In addition, we are leaders in innovative and minimally invasive techniques to minimize pain and recovery time for children.
The Children’s National surgical team performs more pediatric surgeries than any other hospital in the Washington, D.C., area. This high volume translates to a superior level of expertise for our team. We provide the full range of surgical procedures, from routine hernia operations to complex tumor removals.
Features of our general and thoracic surgery program include:
Our pediatric surgical specialists perform general surgical procedures for the full spectrum of childhood illnesses and injuries. We collaborate closely with physicians and surgeons in other departments. Procedures we perform include:
Patients who had surgery for gastrointestinal conditions receive ongoing medical management through our Bowel Management Program. In the program, physicians and nurse practitioners help children with care throughout their life to maintain healthy bowel function.
Our goal is to maximize the quality of our patients’ lives and ease the stress on families. Children’s National provides many family-centered services because we understand that when a child is ill, it affects the entire family.
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If your child is an existing patient, you can schedule his or her appointments online through the MyChildrensNational patient portal. Please note that new patients must call to schedule their initial visit. For more information about online appointment scheduling, please contact your care team. Access the patient portal.
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Senior Vice President and Surgeon-in-Chief Joseph E. Robert Jr., Center for Surgical Care
Division Chief, General and Thoracic Surgery
Associate Chief, General and Thoracic Surgery Director of Pediatric Surgery FellowshipSurgeon
Director, Colorectal & Pelvic ReconstructionSurgeon
Division Chief, Trauma and Burn Surgery
Director, Positive Reevaluation of Urogenital Differences (PROUD) Clinic Director, Pediatric and Adolescent GynecologyPediatric and Adolescent Gynecologist
Chief, Division of Colorectal & Pelvic Reconstruction
Director, Bariatric Surgery Program Co-Director, Obesity Program
Surgical Director, Pediatric Kidney TransplantationPrimary Surgeon
Coordinator, Bariatric Surgery ProgramNurse Practitioner