Surgery (General, Thoracic and Fetal)

The Division of Pediatric General, Thoracic and Fetal Surgery at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia understands that "your child needs surgery" are some of the most frightening words any parent ever hears.

When families are faced with the prospect of a child's surgery, they need information and want to know their child will be in the hands of experienced surgeons. You want to know that your child is receiving the best and most compassionate care, and that the healthcare providers are working as a team.

At Children's Hospital, we have a long history of providing some of the finest, compassionate, multidisciplinary care in the nation. C. Everett Koop, MD, established the division in 1946 as the first pediatric surgical specialty in the city of Philadelphia, and the second such service in North America.

We now perform approximately 4,000 general and thoracic surgical procedures each year. CHOP’s surgical team consists of seven pediatric general surgeons, four pediatric transplant surgeons and 15 advanced practice nurses skilled in the surgical and postoperative care of premature babies, neonates, children and adolescents. Our surgeons are also all faculty members at the University of Pennsylvania.

We perform a wide variety of procedures, including:

  • Abdominal and thoracic surgery
  • Minimally invasive surgery
  • Fetal surgery
  • Oncologic surgery
  • Trauma surgery
  • Surgery to treat congenital disorders and malformations

We also provide support to patients and families following surgery for complex diseases, with programs such as the Pediatric Anorectal Continence Evaluation Program (PACE), the Pulmonary Hypoplasia Program (PHP) and the Surgical Reflux Clinic (SIX).

Our division works closely with divisions, programs and services throughout the Hospital — including Anesthesiology, Cardiology, Critical Care Medicine, Gastroenterology, Neonatology, Nursing, Oncology, Emergency Medicine and various surgical and medical subspecialties — to provide integrated care for your child.

Our staff members know that while they see hundreds of patients each year, this may be the first time your child has needed surgery. We will work with you, the parents, as well as your child, to reassure you and provide you with all the resources you need to successfully navigate your hospital experience.

Featured Faculty

N Scott Adzick, MD, MMMN. Scott Adzick, MD, MMM, FACS, FAAP
Surgeon-in-Chief, Department of Surgery
Chief, General, Thoracic and Fetal Surgery
Director, Center for Fetal Diagnosis and Treatment
C. Everett Koop Endowed Chair, Pediatric Surgery

Dr. Adzick is the C. Everett Koop Professor of Pediatric Surgery at CHOP and the founder and director of the Hospital’s Center for Fetal Diagnosis and Treatment. He also serves as CHOP’s Surgeon-in-Chief, Director of the Division of Pediatric General, Thoracic and Fetal Surgery, and Professor of Pediatrics, Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.

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