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Joseph E. Robert Jr., Center for Surgical Care

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Comprehensive Pediatric Surgical Care

Our surgery team delivers excellent care with a compassionate touch before, during and after your child's surgical procedure.

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The Joseph E. Robert Jr., Center for Surgical Care at Children’s National Hospital provides the highest level of surgical innovation, expertise and care to infants, children and adolescents.

Our Center features many world-class specialty programs, including:

Choosing the Joseph E. Robert Jr., Center for Surgical Care

The Center for Surgical Care is dedicated to providing treatment that quickly addresses your child’s medical needs with minimal disruption of their lives.

Highlights of our program include:

  • Expertise. Our team consists of more than 90 pediatric surgery specialists that operate exclusively on children. In addition, we guarantee that a fellowship-trained pediatric anesthesiologist will be on your child’s care team, and available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, providing the safest environment for your child.
  • Minimally invasive techniques. When surgery is necessary, we strive to use the least invasive techniques possible. Minimally invasive surgery means less pain and a shorter recovery period for your child.
  • Nationally-ranked surgical care. Children’s National ranks among the top hospitals in the country for Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine, NeurosurgeryGastroenterology and Urology, according to U.S. News & World Report.
  • Family-centered environment. Our Center is designed with a focus on family-centered care and allows your child to go through all of the steps to prepare for surgery in one location. The Center has private and semi-private surgery preparation and recovery bays, as well as playrooms. The recovery center is spacious and each bay provides two adults and a child with comfort and privacy.
  • Support specialists. Our certified child life specialists work with your child in the hospital to help them understand and cope with illness, treatment and hospitalization. Child life specialists are available to provide consultations, assist with preparing your child for surgery and provide in-person support on the day of surgery. Learn more about Child Life Services.
  • Research. Our Center is complemented by the Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation at Children’s National. Through translational research initiatives, we are challenging the boundaries of traditional medicine and working every day to make surgery more precise, less invasive and pain-free.

Center for Surgical Care Team

  • Anthony Sandler

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

  • Randall Burd

    Randall Burd
    Division Chief, Trauma and Burn Surgery

  • Yves d'Udekem

    Yves d'Udekem
    Division Chief, Cardiac Surgery
    Co-Director, Children's National Heart Institute

  • Richard Jonas

    Richard Jonas
    Emeritus Chief, Cardiac Surgery
    Senior Investigator, Center for Neuroscience Research

  • Timothy Kane

    Timothy Kane
    Division Chief, General and Thoracic Surgery

  • Robert Keating

    Robert Keating
    Division Chief, Neurosurgery

  • Marc Levitt, M.D.

    Marc Levitt
    Chief, Division of Colorectal & Pelvic Reconstruction
    Program Director, Pediatric Colorectal Fellowship

  • Matthew Oetgen

    Matthew Oetgen
    Division Chief, Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine
    Spine, Hip and Orthopaedic Trauma Specialist

  • Gary Rogers

    Gary Rogers
    Division Chief, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

  • Shannon McClure-Kelly

    Shannon Kelly
    Associate Chief, Division of Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine
    Spine, Cerebral Palsy and Orthopaedic Trauma Specialist

  • Ben Martin

    Benjamin Martin
    Associate Chief, Division of Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine
    Spine, Hip and Orthopaedic Trauma Specialist

  • John Myseros, MD, Neurosurgeon

    John Myseros
    Vice Chief, Neurosurgery

  • Andrea Badillo

    Andrea Badillo
    Director, Colorectal & Pelvic Reconstruction
    Associate Program Director, Pediatric Colorectal Fellowship

  • Robert Henshaw

    Robert Henshaw
    Director, Orthopaedic Oncology
    Orthopaedic Surgeon
    Bone and Soft Tissue Tumor Specialist

  • Albert Oh

    Albert Oh
    Director, Cleft and Craniofacial Program
    Director, Plastic Surgery Fellowship
    Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon

  • Laura Tosi

    Laura Tosi
    Director, Bone Health Program
    Orthopaedic Surgeon
    Rare Bone Disease, Bone Health and Orthopaedic Trauma Specialist

  • Can Yerebakan

    Can Yerebakan
    Associate Chief, Cardiac Surgery
    Director, HLHS Hybrid Program
    Director, Cardiovascular Surgery Fellowship Program

  • Michael Boyajian

    Michael Boyajian
    Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon

  • Daniel Donoho

    Daniel Donoho

  • Christina Feng

    Christina Feng

  • Emily Hattwick

    Emily Hattwick
    Orthopaedic Surgeon
    Hand and Upper Extremity Specialist

  • Joe Letzelter

    Joseph Letzelter III
    Orthopaedic Surgeon
    Hand and Upper Extremity Specialist

  • Jeffrey Lukish M.D.

    Jeffrey Lukish

  • Louis Marmon

    Louis Marmon

  • Emily Niu

    Emily Niu
    Orthopaedic Surgeon
    Sports Medicine, Orthopaedic Trauma Specialist

  • Chima Oluigbo

    Chima Oluigbo
    Pediatric Neurosurgeon

  • Jeffrey Peck, M.D.

    Jeffrey Peck
    Orthopaedic Surgeon
    Hip, Spine and Orthopaedic Trauma Specialist

  • Jeffrey Shupp, M.D.

    Jeffrey Shupp

  • Sean Tabaie

    Sean Tabaie
    Medical Director, Sports Performance and Motion Analysis Lab
    Orthopaedic Surgeon
    Cerebral Palsy, Limb Lengthening and Deformity and Orthopaedic Trauma Specialist

  • Children's National Hospital

    Shawn Tejiram

  • Children's National Hospital

    Manuel Torres

  • Robert Wilson

    Robert Wilson
    Orthopaedic Surgeon
    Hand and Upper Extremity Specialist

  • Megan Young

    Megan Young
    Orthopaedic Surgeon
    Limb Lengthening and Deformity, Orthopaedic Trauma Specialist

  • Ian Leibowitz

    Ian Leibowitz
    Division Chief, Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition Services

  • Carmelo Cuffari

    Carmelo Cuffari

  • Anil Darbari

    Anil Darbari
    Director, Motility

  • Ali Bader

    Ali Bader

  • Chris Hayes

    Christopher Hayes

  • Jyoti Mani

    Jyoti Mani

  • Peter Lee

    Peter Lee JR

  • Otto Louis-Jaques

    Otto Louis-Jacques

  • Diana Moya Orjuela, M.D.

    Diana Moya Orjuela

  • Teena Sebastian

    Teena Sebastian

  • Sona Sehgal

    Sona Sehgal

  • Clarivet Torres

    Clarivet Torres
    Director, Intestinal Rehabilitation Program

  • Diego Preciado

    Diego Preciado
    Division Chief, Ear, Nose, and Throat (Otolaryngology)
    Co-Director, Cochlear Implant Program

  • Nancy Bauman

    Nancy Bauman
    Director, Aerodigestive Clinic
    Director, Vascular Anomalies Clinic

  • Pamela Mudd

    Pamela Mudd
    Director, Pediatric Voice Program

  • Maria Pena

    Maria Pena
    Director, Quality Improvement and Safety
    Co-Director, Complex Sinusitis Program

  • Rahul Shah

    Rahul Shah
    Senior Vice President, Children’s National Hospital-Based Specialties Center

  • George Zalzal

    George Zalzal
    Emeritus Chief, Ear, Nose, and Throat (Otolaryngology)

  • Alexandra Espinel

    Alexandra Espinel
    Director, Pediatric Otolaryngology Fellowship

  • Lyuba Gitman

    Lyuba Gitman

  • Claire Lawlor

    Claire Lawlor
    Co-Director, Advanced Sleep Apnea Program
    Associate Director, Pediatric Otolaryngology Fellowship

  • Brian Reilly

    Brian Reilly
    Co-Director of the Cochlear Implant Program

  • Habib Zalzal

    Habib Zalzal

  • William Madigan

    William Madigan JR
    Division Chief, Ophthalmology
    Chair, Pediatric Ophthalmology Fellowship Program

  • Marijean Miller

    Marijean Miller
    Vice-Chief, Ophthalmology

  • Marlet Bazemore

    Marlet Bazemore
    Director, Pediatric Ophthalmology Fellowship Program

  • Richard Birdsong

    Richard Birdsong
    Associate Chief, Specialty Care Locations

  • Heather DeBeaufort

    Heather De Beaufort
    Associate Chief for Clinical Operations

  • Jonathan Taylormoore

    Jonathan Taylormoore
    Medical Director, Ophthalmology, Pediatric Specialists of Virginia

  • Mohamad Jaafar, MD

    Mohamad Jaafar
    Chief Emeritus, Ophthalmology

  • Hans Pohl

    Hans Pohl
    Division Chief, Urology
    Co-director, Spina Bifida Program

  • Daniel Casella

    Daniel Casella
    Director, Urology Fellowship
    Medical Director, Informatics for Surgery

  • Christina Ho

    Christina Ho
    Co-Director, Spina Bifida Program

  • Nadia Kalloo

    Naida Kalloo
    Medical Unit Director, Prince George's County

  • Rachel Selekman

    Rachel Selekman
    Associate Director, Ambulatory Telemedicine

  • Briony Varda, M.D.

    Briony Varda
    Co-Director, Spina Bifida Program

  • Tanya Davis

    Tanya Davis

  • Michael Hsieh

    Michael Hsieh
    Director, Transitional Urology

  • Aaron Krill

    Aaron Krill
    Director, Kidney Stone Surgical Program

  • Harry Rushton

    Harry Rushton JR
    Emeritus Chair and Faculty, Urology

  • Lauren Damle

    Lauren Damle

  • Veronica Gomez-Lobo

    Veronica Gomez-Lobo
    Division Chief, Gynecology
    Director, Positive Reevaluation of Urogenital Differences (PROUD) Clinic
    Director, Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology
    Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecologist

  • Allison Mayhew

    Allison Mayhew
    Program Director Gynecology
    Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecologist