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Comprehensive Expertise Tailored to Children’s Special Needs

When your child needs surgery, there is tremendous peace of mind in knowing that you have close-to-home access to a trusted team of experts in pediatric surgery. And this is exactly what you’ll find at The Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital at Maine Medical Center.

With four fellowship-trained pediatric surgeons – the only Board certified pediatric surgeons in Maine – we provide a level of specialty care that is unmatched in the state. We perform procedures ranging from routine to the most cutting edge, including minimally invasive surgery of the chest and abdomen, bariatric surgery consultation, neonatal (newborn) surgery, and gastric and intestinal surgery. Each year, we see several thousand patients from throughout northern New England, and our patient outcomes are on a par with any major medical center in the nation.

We utilize the most advanced minimally invasive surgical techniques, which results in smaller incisions, less blood loss, less pain, a shorter hospital stay and faster recovery. It also means less time missed from school and, for working parents, less time off from their jobs. Most minimally invasive surgical procedures are performed with small telescopes and instruments placed through the abdominal wall (laparoscopy) or chest wall (thoracoscopy).

Our team is also skilled in vascular access surgery – inserting tiny catheters (a flexible, thin plastic tube)  into a blood vessel to provide a painless way of drawing blood or delivering drugs and nutrients into a child's bloodstream over a period of weeks, months or even years. The reasons for vascular access procedures in children include intravenous antibiotic treatment, chemotherapy, long term intravenous (IV) feeding for nutritional support, hemodialysis, blood transfusions, or if young patients have difficulty receiving a simple IV line.

While high-caliber surgical expertise is vital, we believe that a responsive and personalized approach to care is important, too. When your child is hospitalized, our surgeons visit you twice a  day, giving you the opportunity to ask questions and get answers in a timely manner. After your child goes home, a nurse will make a post-op follow-up call to check on your child’s condition. And we have developed pre- and post-op educational packets to ensure that you have all the information you need throughout the entire surgical process.

Our pediatric surgeons remain on the leading edge of their field through their involvement in education and research. We have presented  and/or published papers on minimally invasive surgery, vascular malformations, anesthetic techniques in chest surgery, new methods of pain control, and are involved in surgical outcome studies. And we continuously look at ways to improve our care to ensure optimal patient outcomes and patient satisfaction.

Members of our team also have been involved in community outreach through a trauma prevention initiative aimed high school students.