Pediatric Surgery Clinical Synopsis

pediatric surgeon in the OR

As members of Children's Physician Group, faculty surgeons of the Division of Pediatric Surgery provide a variety of general, thoracic, and minimally invasive surgery services to infants, children, and adolescents at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta (CHOA).

Minimally Invasive Surgical Services

Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston is located on the campus of Emory University. In addition to serving a large population of high acuity patients, the facility houses a highly respected pediatric minimally invasive service, originally established and currently led by Dr. Mark Wulkan.

Procedures available through the minimally invasive service include thoracoscopic repair of esophageal atresia with tracheo-esophageal fistula, laparoscopic repair of duodenal atresia, single site laparoscopic subtotal colectomy and J-pouch reconstructions, thoracoscopic congenital diaphragmatic hernia repairs, and thoracoscopic lobectomies. Division faculty also apply laparoscopic and thoracoscopic methods to such basic operations as appendectomy, cholecystectomy, fundoplication, hernia repair, pyloromyotomy, splenectomy, adrenalectomy, adolescent bariatric surgery, and lung biopsy.

Additional Surgical Specialties

Other surgical services available at CHOA include surgical oncology procedures for Wilms tumor, neuroblastoma, rhabdomyosarcoma, germ cell tumors, and hepatoblastoma; trauma surgery and surgical critical care services; various urologic procedures; treatment of such colorectal conditions as ulcerative colitis, Crohn's disease, and Hirschsprung's disease; and treatment of myriad congenital anomalies.

Emory's pediatric surgeons lead or participate in such multi-disciplinary CHOA services as its pelvic and anorectal clinic, intestinal rehabilitation program, vascular anomalies clinic, Strong4Life Program (evaluation and treatment of childhood obesity), and aerodigestive center. They also provide surgical consultations and/or interventions as part of the interdisciplinary teams that staff Egleston's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

Pediatric Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO)

CHOA's ECMO Center is one of the few pediatric ECMO centers in the Southeast. The service has been recognized as an ECMO Center of Excellence since 2007 by the Extracorporeal Life Support Organization (ELSO), the world's premier ECMO organization. CHOA has consistently received this award because of its significant experience in supporting large numbers of patients with ECMO, its extensive training programs in the use of the technology, constant review of its performance, and adherence to a team approach that includes several of our pediatric surgeons which has produced excellent outcomes.

More Information and Contact

For the most up-to-date and comprehensive clinical information involving Emory's pediatric surgery services as well appointment scheduling, please visit the CHOA website's surgery section.

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