From traumatic injuries to complex malformations and everything in between, the Division of General Pediatric Surgery at Lurie Children’s treats conditions common and rare, from before birth to adolescence. Our surgeons, many with subspeciality expertise in areas such as colorectal conditions, surgical oncology and chest wall deformities, perform more pediatric operations than any other pediatric hospital in the Chicago metropolitan area. Our clinical teams use the most advanced techniques and minimally invasive approaches that are unique in the region. We have offices throughout the Chicago area, including surgical sites in Northbrook and Westchester, making our team especially accessible and convenient.

Lurie Children’s has received recognition as a Level I Children’s Surgery Center, demonstrating proficiency in surgical care at all levels. Lurie Children’s was the first in Illinois to have this designation.  
 
Furthermore, our team is dedicated to Lurie Children’s academic and educational missions by participating in research and by training the next generation of pediatric surgeons through acclaimed residency and fellowship programs. 

Why Choose Lurie Children's? 

Lurie Children’s is ranked by U.S. News & World Report as the #1 children’s hospital in Illinois. Here, the focus is placed entirely on children and their comprehensive wellbeing. To that end, our surgeons collaborate with a wide range of specialists — radiology, cardiology, neurology, gastroenterology, neonatology, oncology and general pediatrics — to provide multidisciplinary, individualized care within the same hospital. Each child receives the safest, timeliest and most appropriate treatment, including radiation-free imaging alternatives, as well as low-dose radiation protocols for pediatric CT scans.

Our physician-surgeons are able to perform children’s routine procedures, such as gallbladder removal, and also provide coordinated, multidisciplinary care for children with more complex conditions, such as congenital anomalies, complex tumors and colorectal conditions.

We aim to treat the child with the disease, not the disease itself. To do so we address all aspects of a child’s hospital experience, through individualized, multidisciplinary and culturally appropriate care that involves the whole family. Our family-focused approach includes the services of a full-time language medical interpreters, social workers, nutritionists and a child life specialist. The child life specialist works with pediatric surgery to help normalize the hospital experience for children undergoing minor and complex surgeries through use of medical play and other techniques. We use pain and anxiety-reduction approaches for wound care and other surgical procedures.

Our team provides surgical care at its downtown location but also in Westchester and Northbrook, where some patients may find more convenient access to care with the same specialists and level of care at the downtown location. 


Nationally-Ranked Care

Lurie Children’s continues to be the #1 children's hospital in Illinois and is ranked in 9 specialties by U.S. News & World Report.

Our Pediatric Surgery Programs

While all members of the Division of Pediatric Surgery participate in the care of more routine procedures such as gallbladder and appendix removal, each of our surgeons also has unique specialty training to treat complex conditions in the most comprehensive way possible.

Browse our list of multidisciplinary programs to learn more about the expert-led initiatives that can help treat your child. 

Our Pediatric Surgeons

Our surgeons are established leaders and trailblazers in the field of pediatric surgery, providing the highest level of diagnostics, treatment and care. Children are not small adults – their growing bodies require special surgical approaches and in-depth understanding of child health. This is why all of our physicians receive two additional years of advanced training in pediatric surgery after training as general surgeons.

Our team includes 18 surgeons — all of whom have academic appointments at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine — two surgical fellows and 28 advanced practice nurses, all of whom are also trained in pediatric surgery.

Thomas H. Inge, MD, PhD, Lurie Children’s Surgeon-in-Chief and director of the Department of Surgery, is an internationally recognized surgeon-scientist. He has special training and expertise in weight loss surgery in children and teens, hernia repair, gastrointestinal surgery, and minimally invasive thoracic surgery. Dr. Inge’s research interests include investigating outcomes of surgical procedures in children and the health benefits of weight loss surgery performed in adolescence.

 

Thomas Inge, MD

Thomas H. Inge, MD, PhD

Surgeon-in-Chief; Chair, Department of Surgery; Director, Adolescent Bariatric Surgery Program; Lydia J. Fredrickson Board Designated Professorship in Pediatric Surgery

Mehul V. Raval, MD, MS, FACS, FAAP

Mehul V. Raval, MD, MS, FAAP, FACS

Division Head, Pediatric Surgery; Vice Chair of Quality and Safety, Department of Surgery; Orvar Swenson Founders’ Board Chair in Pediatric Surgery; Member, Lurie Children's Surgical Foundation

Fizan Abdullah, MD, PhD

Attending Physician, Pediatric Surgery

Amir Alhajjat, MD

Attending Physician, Pediatric Surgery, The Chicago Institute for Fetal Health

Guillermo J. Ares, MD

Attending Physician, Pediatric Surgery; Member, Lurie Children's Surgical Foundation

Anthony C. Chin, MD, MS, MBA

Anthony C. Chin, MD, MS, MBA

Attending Physician, Pediatric Surgery; Director, Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO); Vice Chair of Finance, Department of Surgery; Director, Surgical Critical Care; Member, Lurie Children's Surgical Foundation

Alexander Dzakovic, MD

Alexander Dzakovic, MD

Attending Physician, Pediatric Surgery, Transplant; Member, Lurie Children's Surgical Foundation

Seth D. Goldstein, MD, MPhil

Attending Physician, Pediatric Surgery; Director, Surgical Simulation Program; Program Director, Fellowship in Pediatric Surgery; Member, Lurie Children's Surgical Foundation

Julia E. Grabowski, MD, FAAP, FACS

Attending Physician, Pediatric Surgery; Member, Lurie Children's Surgical Foundation

Yue-Yung Hu, MD, MPH

Yue-Yung Hu, MD, MPH

Attending Physician, Pediatric Surgery; Member, Lurie Children's Surgical Foundation

Rashmi Kabre, MD

Rashmi Kabre, MD

Attending Physician, Pediatric Surgery; Director of Trauma Services; Member, Lurie Children's Surgical Foundation

Timothy B. Lautz, MD

Timothy B. Lautz, MD

Attending Physician, Pediatric Surgery; Director, Surgical Oncology; Member, Lurie Children's Surgical Foundation

Marybeth Lore, MD

Attending Physician, Gynecology

Erin E. Rowell, MD

Attending Physician, Pediatric Surgery; Medical Director, Fertility & Hormone Preservation & Restoration Program; Co-Director, Pediatric Surgery, The Chicago Institute for Fetal Health; Associate Director, Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO); Member, Lurie Children's Surgical Foundation

Aimen Shaaban, MD

Aimen F. Shaaban, MD

Director, The Chicago Institute for Fetal Health; Attending Physician, Pediatric Surgery; Member, Lurie Children's Surgical Foundation

Riccardo A. Superina, MD

Division Head, Transplant Surgery; Co-Director, Siragusa Transplantation Center; Surgical Director, Intestinal and Liver Transplant Programs; Robert E. Schneider Chair in Transplantation; Member, Lurie Children's Surgical Foundation

Kerri Baldwin, APN, MSN, FNP-BC, CWON

Kerri Baldwin, MSN, APRN, CPNP, CWOCN

Family Nurse Practitioner, General Pediatric Surgery

Kate Walsh, APN, CPNP-PC, MSN, BSN, CWON, RN

Kate Chapman, MS, APRN, CPNP, CWOCN

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner-Primary Care, Pediatric Surgery

Kelly Finkbeiner, APN, NP, MSN, CPNP-PC, AC/PC

Kelly Finkbeiner, APRN-NP, MSN, CPNP-PC, AC/PC

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Pediatric Surgery (General)

Miranda "Gracie" Foote, APRN-NP

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Pediatric Surgery

Monica Genslak, PA-C

Physician Assistant, Pediatric Surgery

Caitlin Gondek, APRN-NP

Nurse Practitioner, Pediatric Surgery

Julianne M. Iandoli, PA-C

Physician Assistant, Pediatric Surgery

Suzanne Kujawa, MS, APRN, CPNP

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Pediatric Surgery (General)

Barbara Lockart, DNP, APN/CNP-AC, PC, CPON

Barbara Lockart, DNP, APRN-NP, PC, CPON

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Hematology, Oncology, Neuro-Oncology & Stem Cell Transplantation, Pediatric Surgery

Sarah A. Martin, APRN-NP, MS, RN, CPNP, AC/PC, CCRN

Advanced Practice Nurse/Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, General Pediatric Surgery; Associate Editor, Journal of Pediatric Health Care

Jaclyn M. Novak, APRN-NP, FNP-C

Family Nurse Practitioner, General Pediatric Surgery

Allison O'Donnell, APRN-NP

Family Nurse Practitioner, Pediatric Surgery

Alison R. Osborne, APRN-NP, CWON

Advanced Practice Nurse/Certified Wound Ostomy Nurse, Pediatric Surgery

Abigail Palisin, APRN-NP, CPNP-PC

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Pediatric Surgery

Jessica Pech, MSN, APN, CPNP

Jessica Pech, MSN, APRN-NP, CPNP

Advanced Practice Nurse, Pediatric Surgery

Kristine A. Piraino, APRN-NP, PNP

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Pediatric Surgery

Alessandra Puleo, APRN-NP

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Pediatric Surgery

Lorena Reyes, DNP, CPNP-PC, CCRN

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Pediatric Surgery

Laurie Sands, APN, NP, CPNP-PC

Laurie Sands, MS, APRN, CPNP

Advanced Practice Nurse, Pediatric Surgery

Susan J. Shumaker, MSN, RN, CPNP-PC

Susan J. Shumaker, MSN, APRN-NP, RN, CPNP-PC

Advanced Practice Nurse/Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Pediatric Surgery

Christopher Speaker, APRN-NP, FNP

Family Nurse Practitioner, Pediatric Surgery

Teresa O. Veselik, PA-C

Physician Assistant, Pediatric Surgery

Sandra M. Weszelits, DNP, APRN-NP, CPNP, RNFA

Advanced Practice Nurse, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Pediatric General Surgery

Elissa Mikol, APN, PNP

Elissa Williams, APRN-NP, MSN, CPNP, RN

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Pediatric Surgery

Jacqueline Wirth, APRN-NP

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Pediatric Surgery

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Our Locations

Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago

225 E. Chicago Ave.
Chicago, Illinois 60611
312.227.4000

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Lurie Children's Hospital Outpatient Center in Northbrook

1131 Techny Road
Northbrook, Illinois 60062
312.227.7600

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Lurie Children's Hospital Outpatient Center in Lake Forest

Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital Campus
900 N. Westmoreland, Suite 110 (Bays Medical Office Building, 1st Floor)*
Lake Forest, Illinois 60045
312.227.1010

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Lurie Children's Hospital Outpatient Center in Westchester

Surgical Treatment Center
2301 Enterprise Drive
Westchester, Illinois 60154
312.227.7900

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Lurie Children's Hospital Outpatient Center in Arlington Heights

Busse Center for Specialty Medicine
880 W. Central Rd, Ste 6400
Arlington Heights, Illinois 60005
312.227.5410

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Lurie Children's Hospital Outpatient Center in New Lenox

1870 N. Silver Cross Blvd. (formerly Clinton Street)
Suite 100
New Lenox, Illinois 60451
312.227.3620

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Lurie Children's at Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital Pediatric Outpatient Center

25 N. Winfield Road
East Entrance
Winfield, Illinois 60190
630.933.6631

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Outpatient Center in Huntley

10350 Haligus Road
Northwestern Medicine, Huntley Hospital Medical Office, Suite 110
Huntley, Illinois 60142
312.227.8500

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Loyola University Medical Center

2160 S 1st Ave.
Maywood, Illinois 60153
708.327.3627

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Lurie Children’s Hospital Outpatient Center in Skokie

3722 W. Touhy Avenue
Skokie, Illinois 60076
312.227.5600

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Lurie Children's Hospital Outpatient Center in Lincoln Park

2515 N. Clark Street/467 W. Deming Place
Chicago, Illinois 60614-3393
1.800.543.7362

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Research

Drs. Timothy Lautz and Seth Goldstein lead the PEDIA-SURG Lab, conducting breakthrough clinical trials and investigating novel technologies to advance the field of pediatric surgery.

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Pediatric Surgery News & Stories

Transforming Lives Through Pediatric Bariatric Surgery with Thomas Inge, MD, PhD

Dr. Thomas Inge discusses his journey as a pioneer of pediatric bariatric surgery, which includes a more than 20-year commitment to providing surgical care for severely obese teenagers. 

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Enhanced Recovery After Surgery with Dr. Mehul Raval

Dr. Raval is an expert in general pediatric surgery and surgical oncology at Lurie Children's and discusses the ENRICH-US study as well as some of its preliminary findings. 

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Molly’s Story: “Enter Child Life, and everything got easier”

Erin and Jon felt time stop when their daughter, Molly, then six, was diagnosed with cancer in spring 2021.

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Brothers benefit from sunken chest correction surgery: the Nuss procedure

In the Nuss procedure, Dr. Abdullah implants a stainless-steel bar modified to fit the patient's chest cavity, which slowly opens up the narrow chest.

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Get to know Dr. Thomas Inge: Q&A with Lurie Children’s new Surgeon-in-Chief

Surgeon and scientist Thomas Inge, MD, PhD, took the helm of Lurie Children’s Department of Surgery as its Surgeon-in-Chief.

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Chicago's Top Doctors for Kids

Several Lurie Children's providers were recognized in Chicago magazine's Top Doctors for Kids list

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Philanthropy

Your support is vital for our mission of transforming pediatric medicine and health of all children. Lurie Children’s Division of Pediatric Surgery relies on philanthropic funding to enhance its programs, services and research that alters the lives of children in Chicago and beyond.

To learn more, please email the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago Foundation, at foundation@luriechildrens.org or call 312.227.7500