The Division of Pediatric General Surgery is staffed by six board certified/eligible pediatric surgeons who provide a full service pediatric (neonatal through adolescence) surgical program including problems of the head and neck, chest (non-cardiac), abdomen, gastrointestinal tract, oncology, soft tissues of extremities, anus/rectum, endocrine glands, pediatric gynecology and genitourinary system (non-reconstructive), hernias/hydroceles/undescended testicles/circumcisions, Nuss procedure for pectus excavatum, Lap Band surgery for the morbidly obese, pediatric trauma, and newborn surgery. Emphasis is placed on using minimally invasive approaches when appropriate including laparoscopic surgery, thoracoscopic surgery, bronchoscopy and esophagoscopy, and robotic surgery.
Prenatal consultations are available and encouraged. Full service pediatric trauma care is provided through Connecticut Children’s which is an American College of Surgeons verified Level I trauma center. Transport, diagnostic and interventional services are available 24 hours/day.
Patients admitted to the pediatric general surgery service are cared for by a fellow (new program July 2011) and surgical residents from Uconn, Saint Mary’s, Waterbury and Hospital of Saint Raphael as well as midlevel practitioners, all under the close supervision of the attending staff. PICU and NICU surgical patients are cared for in a collaborative fashion. Consultations to the pediatric medical services and other services are provided. Pediatric residents are encouraged to spend time on the pediatric general surgery service (inpatient and/or outpatient, research - basic science/health services including injury prevention).
In addition to pediatric general surgery, orthopedic surgery and ophthalmology noted above, there is a full complement of pediatric subspecialty programs throughout the program. These include otolaryngology, urology, cardiovascular surgery and pediatric gynecology. Residents provide care for patients admitted to CCMC on these services and interact with them during other rotations and on electives. Residents may elect longitudinal or full block experiences in any of these areas, or they may elect a series of one-week experiences as part of a regular four-week block elective. The faculty in these surgical subspecialties welcome residents to participate in their scholarly pursuits.