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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:

  • Congenital diaphragmatic hernia
  • Respiratory failure
  • The development of fetal inhibitors as anti-cancer agents
  • Intersex abnormalities and sexual differentiation
  • General fetal and embryologic development
  • Development of the intestine and the study of intestinal motility disorders, such as Hirschsprung's disease
  • Regenerative medicine
  • Tissue engineering
  • Stem cell biology

Grinning parents play with a giggly toddler sitting in his mother's lapIt 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 Pediatric Surgery patient Grayson