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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
    Neurosurgeon

  • Children's National Hospital

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

  • Andrea Badillo

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

  • Robert Henshaw

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

  • Evan Nadler

    Evan Nadler
    Director, Child and Adolescent Weight-loss Surgery Program
    Co-Director, Obesity Program

  • 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

  • Jennifer Verbesey, M.D.

    Jennifer Verbesey
    Surgical Director, Pediatric Kidney Transplantation
    Primary Surgeon

  • Can Yerebakan

    Can Yerebakan
    Director, HLHS Hybrid Program
    Director, Cardiovascular Surgery Fellowship Program

  • Michael Boyajian

    Michael Boyajian
    Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon

  • Daniel Donoho

    Daniel Donoho
    Neurosurgeon

  • Christina Feng

    Christina Feng
    Surgeon

  • Laura Johnson, M.D.

    Laura Johnson
    Surgeon

  • 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
    Surgeon

  • Louis Marmon

    Louis Marmon
    Surgeon

  • Emily Niu

    Emily Niu
    Orthopaedic Surgeon
    Sports Medicine, Orthopaedic Trauma Specialist

  • Chima Oluigbo

    Chima Oluigbo
    Epilepsy Neurosurgeon

  • Jeffrey Peck, M.D.

    Jeffrey Peck
    Orthopaedic Surgeon
    Hip, Spine and Orthopaedic Trauma Specialist

  • Syed Peer

    Syed Peer
    Cardiac Surgeon

  • Jeffrey Shupp, M.D.

    Jeffrey Shupp
    Surgeon

  • Sean Tabaie

    Sean Tabaie
    Orthopaedic Surgeon
    Cerebral Palsy, Limb Lengthening and Deformity and Orthopaedic Trauma Specialist

  • Children's National Hospital

    Shawn Tejiram
    Surgeon

  • Children's National Hospital

    Manuel Torres
    Surgeon

  • 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

  • Vahe Badalyan

    Vahe Badalyan
    Director, Celiac Disease Program
    Gastroenterologist

  • Children's National Hospital

    Carmelo Cuffari
    Gastroenterologist

  • Anil Darbari

    Anil Darbari
    Director, Motility
    Gastroenterologist

  • Ali Bader

    Ali Bader
    Gastroenterologist

  • Chris Hayes

    Christopher Hayes
    Gastroenterologist

  • Jyoti Mani

    Jyoti Mani
    Gastroenterologist

  • Peter Lee

    Peter Lee Jr.
    Gastroenterologist

  • Otto Louis-Jaques

    Otto Louis-Jacques
    Gastroenterologist

  • Diana Moya Orjuela, M.D.

    Diana Moya Orjuela
    Gastroenterologist

  • Teena Sebastian

    Teena Sebastian
    Gastroenterologist

  • Sona Sehgal

    Sona Sehgal
    Gastroenterologist

  • Clarivet Torres

    Clarivet Torres
    Director, Intestinal Rehabilitation Program
    Gastroenterologist

  • Children's National Hospital

    Bernadette Vitola
    Director, Hepatology
    Hepatologist

  • Jaime Wolfe

    Jaime Wolfe
    Gastroenterologist

  • Diego Preciado

    Diego Preciado
    Division Chief, Ear, Nose, and Throat (Otolaryngology)
    Director, Pediatric Otolaryngology Fellowship
    Co-Director of the Cochlear Implant Program
    Otolaryngologist

  • Nancy Bauman

    Nancy Bauman
    Director, Aerodigestive Clinic
    Director, Vascular Anomalies Clinic
    Otolaryngologist

  • Pamela Mudd

    Pamela Mudd
    Director, Pediatric Voice Program
    Otolaryngologist

  • Maria Pena

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

  • Rahul Shah

    Rahul Shah
    Senior Vice President for the Children’s National Hospital-Based Specialties Center
    Otolaryngologist

  • George Zalzal

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

  • Alexandra Espinel

    Alexandra Espinel
    Director, Pediatric Otolaryngology Fellowship
    Otolaryngologist

  • Lyuba Gitman

    Lyuba Gitman
    Otolaryngologist

  • Claire Lawlor

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

  • Brian Reilly

    Brian Reilly
    Co-Director of the Cochlear Implant Program
    Otolaryngologist

  • Habib Zalzal

    Habib Zalzal
    Otolaryngologist

  • 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
    Ophthalmologist

  • Richard Birdsong

    Richard Birdsong
    Associate Chief, Specialty Care Locations
    Ophthalmologist

  • Heather DeBeaufort

    Heather De Beaufort
    Associate Chief for Clinical Operations
    Ophthalmologist

  • Jonathan Taylormoore

    Jonathan Taylormoore
    Medical Director, Ophthalmology, Pediatric Specialists of Virginia

  • Mohamad Jaafar, MD

    Mohamad Jaafar
    Chief Emeritus, Ophthalmology
    Ophthalmologist

  • Bethany Karwoski

    Bethany Karwoski
    Residency Program Coordinator for Pediatric Ophthalmology
    Ophthalmologist

  • Hans Pohl

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

  • Daniel Casella

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

  • Christina Ho

    Christina Ho
    Co-Director, Spina Bifida Program
    Urologist

  • Nadia Kalloo

    Naida Kalloo
    Medical Unit Director, Prince George's County
    Urologist

  • Rachel Selekman

    Rachel Selekman
    Associate Director, Ambulatory Telemedicine
    Urologist

  • Briony Varda, M.D.

    Briony Varda
    Co-Director, Spina Bifida Program
    Urologist

  • Tanya Davis

    Tanya Davis
    Urologist

  • Michael Hsieh

    Michael Hsieh
    Director, Transitional Urology
    Urologist

  • Aaron Krill

    Aaron Krill
    Director, Kidney Stone Surgical Program
    Urologist

  • Harry Rushton

    Harry Rushton Jr.
    Emeritus Chair and Faculty, Urology
    Urologist

  • Lauren Damle

    Lauren Damle
    Surgeon
    Gynecologist

  • Veronica Gomez-Lobo

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

  • Allison Mayhew

    Allison Mayhew
    Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecologist