Overview The Division of Pediatric Surgery at Stony Brook Children’s provides general and specialized surgical services to infants, children, and adolescents who have a wide range of congenital and acquired conditions. With more than 3,000 outpatient visits and more than 1,000 surgeries annually, we have the largest pediatric surgery program in Nassau and Suffolk Counties. In addition, we also coordinate the Pediatric Trauma Service, which sees more than 300 admissions a year.
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Our Team When your child needs surgical consultation and/or treatment, you will want to consult with a surgeon who is qualified and experienced in operating on children. A pediatric surgeon has completed residency training in general surgery, plus a two-year fellowship in pediatric surgery, and is certified by the American Board of Surgery in both General Surgery and in Pediatric Surgery. These surgeons work closely with board-certified pediatric anesthesiologists to ensure safe and optimal outcomes. A pediatric surgery program, such as the one at Stony Brook Children's, also includes other team members who are experienced in caring for children and understand not only their physical needs but also their psychosocial development. Equally important is that the equipment, gowns and other medical supplies are kid-sized and age appropriate, and that the team delivers care not just to the child but to the entire family.
Our approach holds true whether the patient requires a minor procedure or a major operation. For children who need a major procedure Stony Brook Children's, as Suffolk County's only tertiary care hospital, offers expert support services, including a pediatric intensive care unit (PICU), pediatric cardiology, pediatric anesthesiology and many other pediatric subspecialties, which allows children from infancy to adolescence to receive uninterrupted, complex care in their own community.
Stony Brook offers pediatric surgery on an inpatient and outpatient basis. Our inpatient activities occur at Stony Brook Children's where we have world class support from physicians and nursing, along with advanced technology. We perform a wide range of diagnostics and treatment of congenital and acquired conditions in infants, children, and adolescents.
Despite that Stony Brook Children's has the expertise and support to treat the most complex cases, we also specialize in surgically treating the common "lumps and bumps" of childhood. We feel strongly that even minor procedures—especially in children under age six— should be performed by experienced pediatric specialists in an environment that supports children and families medically, emotionally and socially. Most of our ambulatory pediatric surgical procedures occur at The Stony Brook Ambulatory Surgery Center, which consistently receives some of the highest patient satisfaction ratings in the country.
Some of the more common pediatric conditions treated surgically at Stony Brook:
Minimally Invasive Interventions
Stony Brook Children's is the only hospital in Suffolk County that performs minimally invasive surgery on kids of all ages—important because, with the right specialty team in place, less invasive surgery typically results in fewer complications, shorter hospital stays and improved outcomes.
The surgical team uses laparoscopy for abdominal surgeries such as appendectomies and antireflux surgeries, and thoracoscopy for lung surgeries. Minimally invasive surgery employs three to four tiny incisions that generally heal with minimal visible scarring.
Even though we have the resources to treat the sickest and most severely injured children at Stony Brook, keeping kids out of the hospital altogether is our goal. We participate in Suffolk Safe Kids, which is a program that promotes automobile safety including appropriate car and booster seat usage. In conjunction with local agencies including emergency responders and law enforcement, our goal is to decrease teen driving injury by making presentations at schools, workplaces, libraries and religious organizations, and reaching out to parents.
Research As an academic medical center, research is core to Stony Brook's mission because it helps to advance the practice of medicine and raises the standard of care in the community. Presently our research has been focused in the area of Pediatric Trauma.
Education The Division of Pediatric Surgery is part of the general surgical residency program at Stony Brook. In addition, third and fourth year medical students participate in active clinical rotations through the department. For patients and families, this means that Stony Brook remains on the leading edge of medicine, continually invigorating its program with fresh viewpoints, a lively exchange of ideas, and the region's next generation of top doctors.
Accreditation Surgeons in the Division of Pediatric Surgery are board-certified by the American Board of Surgery. Our surgeons are fellows of the American College of Surgeons, members of the American Pediatric Surgical Association, and Surgery Specialty Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. They also are members of Children's Oncology Group (COG).