Children may require surgery for a wide array of digestive conditions, malformations and disorders, ranging from appendicitis to tumors and more complex problems of the esophagus, liver, pancreas, stomach, and intestines.
The Division of Pediatric Surgery at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell is a major referral center for complex and rare disorders in infants, children and adolescents, offering a full range of general and specialized surgical services. We provide our young patients with specialized expertise and a depth of experience in:
- neonatal anomalies
- pediatric thoracic and abdominal surgery
- pediatric head and neck surgery
- pediatric surgical oncology
- pediatric trauma
Using a multidisciplinary approach, the Division of Pediatric Surgery calls upon the skills and experience of specialists across all clinical disciplines. Our programs for children integrate the expertise of pediatric anesthesiologists, pediatric radiologists, pediatric gastroenterologists, neonatologists, perinatologists, and other surgical subspecialists to ensure complete and comprehensive care of complex and challenging problems.
We take particular pride in combining our pediatric surgical expertise with compassion and we strive to make every child and family's visit as easy and comfortable as possible.
Correction of Neonatal Anomalies
The Division of Pediatric Surgery works collaboratively with the Perinatal Center at Weill Cornell, providing the opportunity to counsel and plan the operative correction of the full spectrum of neonatal congenital anomalies in conjunction with perinatologists and neonatologists. Our team works closely with neonatologists in the 50-bed Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and critical care specialists in the Peter and Mary Kalikow Pediatric Critical Care Center.
The team has successfully performed surgical procedures on infants with the following GI anomalies:
- esophageal atresia and tracheoesophageal fistula
- intestinal atresias
- Hirschsprung's disease
- choledochal cysts
- necrotizing enterocolitis
- biliary atresia
- imperforate anus.
The Division's esophageal atresia registry is one of the busiest in the state with over 250 active patients being followed.
Correction of Anorectal Malformations
The Division of Pediatric Surgery has particular expertise in the correction of complex anorectal malformations. Our surgeons perform the posterior sagittal anorectoplasty procedure for imperforate anus and for primary repair of persistent cloacas, reoperation of cloacas primary pull-throughs, and transanal pull-through for Hirschsprung's disease eliminating the need for temporary diverting colostomies.
Surgical Treatment of Malignancies
The Pediatric Surgery team treats children with a variety of gastrointestinal and hepatic and biliary malignancies. Advances in diagnostics and treatments have dramatically improved the outlook for infants, children, and adolescents with cancer.
Focus on Minimally Invasive Techniques
Minimally invasive surgical procedures are a major focus of our pediatric surgical program, with an emphasis on pioneering Single Incision Pediatric Endosurgery (SIPES). The procedure enables our surgeons to offer patients virtually scarless surgery. Our surgical team is also skilled in laparoscopic techniques for complex neonatal and pediatric gastrointestinal, esophageal, and hepatobiliary conditions with essentially scarless surgery.
Avoiding larger incisions used in traditional surgery results in shorter hospitalizations, less scarring, and reduced post-operative pain
Current Clinical Research
Current clinical research initiatives in digestive disorders include:
- risk factors associated with the development of pan-necrosis in neonatal necrotizing enterocolitis