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Pediatric Surgery Services

Disorders affecting infants at birth can be different and much more complex to treat than in older children or adults. Babies born prematurely can have problems due to incomplete or abnormal development in the womb.

This can result in functional problems that can involve the head, neck, chest, lungs, spine, abdomen, bowel, bladder and other areas. Correcting congenital abnormalities in the tiniest patients requires advanced surgical training and significant expertise.

At UC Irvine Medical Center, verified as a level II pediatric trauma center and home to one of the nation’s best high-risk maternal-fetal programs and top-level neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), highly skilled pediatric surgeons are ready to give our infant patients the best possible care.

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For more information, call us at 877-UCI-DOCS (877-824-3627).

Our expert neonatal surgeons are leaders in the treatment of the full range of congenital anomalies at or just after birth, including:
  • Tracheoesophageal fistula (TEF)
  • Congenital cystic adenomatoid malformation (CCAM)
  • Lobectomy for sequestration
  • Diaphragmatic hernia
  • Malrotation with midgut volvulus
  • Intestinal or duodenal atresia
  • Gastroschisis
  • Omphalocele
  • Imperforate anus
  • Hirschsprung’s disease
  • Endorectal pull-through
  • Premature bowel perforation
  • Necrotizing enterocolitis
  • Hernias of all types
They are skilled in repairing congenital anomalies in all body systems, including:
  • Head and neck
  • Esophagus
  • Lungs
  • Abdominal wall
  • Biliary and pancreatic systems
  • Gastrointestinal system
  • Anorectal, genitourinary and gynecological systems
  • Vascular systems
They also are called upon to perform the following procedures:
  • Tumor resections at or just after birth
  • Central line insertion
  • Feeding tube insertion
  • Circumcision

When surgery is required to correct congenital abnormalities in our tiniest patients, our pediatric surgeons work hand-in-hand with the neonatologists in our NICU, one of the few Level III intensive care units for premature babies in Orange County.

This designation means we meet the highest state standards in caring for newborns who are extremely sick, premature or require surgical intervention.


Our pediatric surgeons also collaborate with our multidisciplinary team of UC Irvine Health pediatric specialists in vascular disease, gastroenterology, pulmonary medicine, oncology and other fields to ensure that every infant receives the most comprehensive and expert care.


Our pediatric surgeons have pioneered several minimally-invasive procedures and techniques that have improved outcomes for our youngest patients at UC Irvine Medical Center, the only center in the region that has been verified by the American College of Surgeons as a level II pediatric trauma center. They were among the first in Orange County to perform such highly complex procedures as:

  • Thoracoscopic pulmonary lobectomy to remove a defective portion of a lung
  • Thoracoscopic repairs of congenital problems involving the esophagus, stomach and breathing tube
  • Video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS) to treatment infection
  • Laparoscopically and transanally assisted correction of a dysfunctional colon
  • Laparoscopic removal of the colon

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