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Esophageal and Thoracic Surgery Program

Contact number | 202 476-2151

For children who have disease and disorder of the lungs, mediastinum and esophagus, the Pediatric Esophageal and Thoracic Surgery Program at Children's National Hospital is dedicated to improving your child’s quality of life by using the latest diagnostic, surgical and medical techniques.

Why Should You Choose Children’s National for Pediatric Esophageal and Thoracic Surgery?

We are committed to providing the highest standard of care while delivering a treatment plan tailored to meet your child’s needs. In addition, we offer:

  • Expertise. We provide access to a renowned team of expert pediatric surgeons that offer innovative and minimally invasive surgical treatments, as well as traditional surgical procedures. Learn more.
  • Comprehensive care. We offer quicker and more precise diagnoses, which provides your family with more insight and helps us determine the most effective surgical treatments and more promising outcomes.
  • Family-centered care. We offer support for families to improve their child’s quality of life through a shared decision-making process.

Esophageal and Thoracic Surgery at Children’s National

The general and thoracic surgical experts at Children’s National Hospital have vast experience performing esophageal surgery for children. The types of surgery that we perform include:

  • Thoracic surgery. Surgery is performed on the chest wall and organs contained within the thoracic or chest cavity.
  • Foregut surgery. This surgery addresses conditions of the esophagus, stomach and proximal small intestine. The surgery can be performed traditionally or can be minimally invasive.
    • Peroral endoscopic myotomy (POEM). This is the newest technique of surgery that treats esophageal achalasia in children. During the surgery, only a single incision is done in the esophagus and no incision in the abdomen.
  • Gastric surgery. This procedure addresses conditions of the stomach and duodenum. 

Contact Information

For more information, to schedule an appointment or follow-up on a referral to the Pediatric Esophageal and Thoracic Surgery Program, please call 202 476-2151 or email us.

Esophageal and Thoracic Surgery Program Team

  • Timothy Kane

    Timothy Kane
    Division Chief, General and Thoracic Surgery

  • Children's National Hospital

    Mikael Petrosyan
    Associate Chief, General and Thoracic Surgery
    Director of Pediatric Surgery Fellowship
    Surgeon

  • Anthony Sandler

    Anthony Sandler
    Senior Vice President and Surgeon-in-Chief
    Joseph E. Robert Jr., Center for Surgical Care