If your child has an illness, injury, or disease that requires surgery, a Pediatric Surgeon has the qualifications and experience to treat your child. Surgical problems seen by pediatric surgeons are often quite different from those commonly seen by adult or general surgeons. Special training in pediatric surgery is important.

Pediatric surgeons are medical doctors who have had:

  • At least 4 years of medical school
  • Five additional years of general surgery training
  • Two additional years of residency training in pediatric surgery
  • Certification from the American College of Surgeons
  • Pediatric surgeons treat children from the newborn stage through late adolescence. They choose to make pediatric care the core of their surgical practice

Where can I find a pediatric surgeon?

Pediatric surgeons practice in a variety of medical institutions including children's hospitals, university medical centers, and large community hospitals.

Pediatric surgeons - the best care for children

Children are not just small adults. They cannot always say what is bothering them. They can not always answer medical questions, and are not always able to be patient and helpful during a medical examination. Pediatric surgeons know how to examine and treat children in a way that makes them relaxed and cooperative. In addition, pediatric surgeons use equipment and facilities specifically designed for children. Most pediatric surgical offices are arranged and decorated with children in mind. This includes the examination rooms and waiting rooms, which may have toys, videos, and reading materials for children. This helps create a comfortable and nonthreatening environment for your child.

If your pediatrician suggests that your child see a pediatric surgeon, you can be assured that he or she has the widest range of treatment options, the most extensive and complete training, and the greatest expertise in dealing with children and in treating surgical disorders.