Pediatric Surgery

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(l to r) Pediatric nurse practitioner Michelle L. Ceo; pediatric surgeon Dr. Helen Hsieh; pediatric surgeon Dr. Charles V. Coren; pediatric surgeon Dr. Christopher S. Muratore, chief of pediatric surgery; pediatric surgeon Dr. Erica R. Gross; and pediatric surgeon Dr. Richard J. Scriven (not pictured is pediatric nurse practitioner Joanne M. Camarda). (Click on photo to enlarge.)

Our specially-trained pediatric surgeons provide general and specialized surgical services to babies in utero, infants, children, and adolescents who have a wide range of congenital and acquired conditions. All our surgeons are board certified in pediatric surgery, and meet all the rigorous standards — to the highest degree — of the American Academy of Pediatrics, as defined in its official policy statement.

We perform both conventional "open" operations and minimally invasive procedures using the latest technology. With the minimally invasive approach, our young patients experience smaller scars, reduced pain, and have an earlier return to normal diet. Best of all, hospital stays are generally shorter and children return to family, friends, and activities sooner.

From prenatal and fetal care, newborn surgical emergencies or routine conditions, from complicated pediatric tumors to life-saving critical care support, Stony Brook Children's Hospital provides the full range and highest level of surgical care for children.

We have more than 3,000 outpatient visits and do more than 1,000 surgeries annually. In addition, we coordinate the Pediatric Trauma Service, which sees more than 300 admissions a year. And to help keep kids safe and out of the emergency room, we take part in Stony Brook’s special efforts to educate the community on injury prevention.

The inpatient facilities available to our Pediatric Surgery Service include the only pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) on Suffolk County's north shore. We work closely with the pediatric critical care team to provide the most sophisticated care to critically injured children admitted to the PICU. And we also help coordinate all the other care needed to help injured children recover as fully as possible.

To ensure a good hospital experience for children and their families, we provide orientation tours and teach the children and their families about their operations, so that they feel comfortable about them. The Child Life Program offers an online pre-surgical tour for children and their families to give patients who are scheduled for surgery a chance to see and know what to expect.