The Pediatric Surgery service at MassGeneral Hospital for Children is an international referral center for the complete spectrum of general and thoracic pediatric and neonatal surgical services.
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The Pediatric Surgery service at MassGeneral for Children (MGHfC) is an international referral center known for delivering high-quality surgical care for infants and children and for performing leading-edge scientific research that has greatly advanced our understanding of many diseases affecting childhood. Our pediatric surgeons provide the full spectrum of general and thoracic surgical care to all pediatric patients, from newborns to young adults. We provide expert care for many surgical conditions, whether it is a common problem, like a hernia or appendicitis, or a complex congenital condition of the abdomen or chest. MGHfC is also certified as a center of excellence for Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) and as a Level 1 Pediatric Trauma Center.
Mass General physicians Dr. Dan Ellis, anesthesiologist, left, and Dr. Allan Goldstein, pediatric surgeon, talk about the expansion of pediatric surgery at MassGeneral for Children and bringing care to the communities where patients live.
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The Department of Pediatric Surgery has an extensive program in basic research. Areas of focus include:
"It was like watching a well-oiled machine.
We were updated constantly and never felt like we were in the dark. Their attention to detail is amazing and they stayed the course the whole way through. You would think it's VIP treatment, but really, it's what they do for everyone." - Garret McAlpine, father of Grayson
"MGHfC was great at answering questions and they laid out their plans very well."
I appreciated how her care team would compliment her nails or eyes as an ice breaker instead of asking how she felt. It made Alaina feel valued as a person. It opened the conversation for her to share the name of the nail polish or what color she liked.” – Maeghan Silvestri, mother of Alaina