General Pediatric Surgery

Lurie Children’s Division of General Pediatric Surgery is the region's largest provider of pediatric general surgery, caring for children with conditions ranging from congenital anomalies to trauma and burns. The division is an area leader in minimally invasive procedures, including pediatric single-site laparoscopic surgery (SILS) and robotic surgery.

Experience

Trained as general surgeons, with two additional years of training in pediatric surgery, our division's attending physicians perform thousands of procedures each year. The team includes fellows in pediatric general surgery and fellows in pediatric surgery/critical care, as well as experienced advanced practice nurses who work closely with the surgeons.

Approach

We believe in family-centered care, which means we involve the whole family in a patient’s treatment plan. From bringing family members into care plan meetings, to providing support and distraction to a patient’s siblings, we do our best to help fit our care within your lifestyle.

In addition to expertise in general pediatric surgery, our surgeons oversee special programs:

Fizan Abdullah, MD, PhD, is Vice-Chair, Department of Surgery; Head, Division of Pediatric Surgery; Program Director, Fellowship in Pediatric Surgery; and Professor of Surgery at the Feinberg School. He is board-certified in general surgery and pediatric surgery.

Marleta Reynolds, MD, is Surgeon-in-Chief; Head, Department of Surgery; Director, Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation; Co-medical director, Institute for Fetal Health; and Lydia J. Fredrickson Professor of Pediatric Surgery at Lurie Children’s. Dr. Reynolds is also Professor of Surgery at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. She is board-certified in general surgery, pediatric surgery, cardiothoracic surgery and surgical critical care.

Lurie Children’s offers the country's second oldest pediatric surgery training program. For physicians that are interested in specializing in pediatric surgery, the division offers a two-year fellowship program

Dr. Orvar Swenson's Legacy

Orvar Swenson, MD, was responsible for discovering the absence of the ganglion cells in the rectum of patients with Hirschsprung’s disease in 1947. He performed the first successful “pull through” procedure in 1948.

He brought this knowledge and experience to Children’s Memorial Hospital (now known as Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago) and served as Chief of Surgery from 1960-1973.

Make an Appointment

If you’d like to request an appointment with one of our specialists, call 1.800.543.7362 (1.800.KIDS DOC®). You can also request an appointment online.

Philanthropy

Your support is important in helping us continue to make a difference in the lives of patients and families. Lurie Children’s relies on philanthropic funding to enhance its programs, services and research for children. To learn more, please contact the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago Foundation at foundation@luriechildrens.org, call 312.227.7500 or make a gift today.

Practice Makes Perfect through Surgical Simulation

"Whenever new surgical procedures are introduced, there’s a learning curve,” says Katherine Barsness, MD. “But that learning curve belongs in the simulation lab, not in the operating room."

We're training physicians for complex surgeries through surgical simulation and 3-D printing.

Learn more.




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​Transitioning to Home Care

Almost Home Kids (AHK), now part of the Lurie Children’s family, cares for children with complicated health needs by providing family training, respite care and short-term transitional care in a home-like setting. AHK is staffed with medical professionals and volunteers to make sure every child and their families are prepared for the return home. The Division of General Pediatric Surgery works closely with Almost Home Kids to make the care transition process as easy as possible.

Learn more about AHK.