Our pediatric surgeons have advanced training in general and thoracic surgery to treat a wide range of conditions in children, from newborns to young adults.
General and thoracic surgeons help with issues of the chest wall, esophagus, airway, diaphragm, abdomen and groin.
Nearly half of all the operations performed at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta involve a pediatric general surgeon. Whatever your child’s needs, we will work together with other specialists to provide safe, comprehensive surgical care.
What are the types of surgeries and procedures we perform?
Our team performs a wide breadth of surgeries and procedures to treat infants (including newborns), children and teens with a variety of conditions, including:
Our general and thoracic surgeons know that collaboration is important in caring for children and teens with medical conditions that affect different parts of their bodies. We work closely with other specialists to provide unique, specialized programs and clinics.
- Aerodigestive Center: Provides evaluations and treatment for children with disorders involving the upper digestive tract, airway and respiratory systems.
- Diaphragm Pacing Program: Provides the diaphragm pacing system for children with congenital central hypoventilation syndrome (CCHS). This unique treatment helps improve a child’s breathing, possibly eliminating the need for a traditional ventilator either part time or full time.
- ECMO Center: Provides cardiac and respiratory support to patients whose heart and lungs cannot work on their own.
- Pelvic and Anorectal Care Program: Provides complete surgical and medical care for infants and children born with anorectal malformations, Hirschsprung disease, constipation or fecal soiling.
- Strong4Life Clinic: Staffed by a team of doctors, nutritionists, psychologists and exercise physiologists who work with children and families to treat or prevent obesity. The clinic promotes an active lifestyle, healthy eating and other preventive measures and also offers a surgical weight loss program.
- Vascular Anomalies Clinic: One of the only centers in the country to offer specialized, coordinated care for children with vascular anomalies.
- Fetal Care Center: Collaborates with obstetricians and perinatologists to assist women and families experiencing high-risk pregnancies in developing a comprehensive care plan, from evaluation, and diagnosis to postnatal surgical intervention and care.
Caring for Children With Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia
We are equipped to treat these complex cases with our pediatric surgeons at the forefront of research.Learn More
Many surgical procedures can be done with minimally invasive surgery. We will talk to you about surgical options for your child.
What is microscopic surgery?
During minimally invasive surgery, our surgeons use a tube with a camera attached to go into a child’s body and send images to a TV monitor. The images guide the surgeon through the surgery. To perform the surgery, the surgeon uses small, thin tools that go through small incisions in a child’s body.
- In laparoscopic surgery, the tube is passed through the abdomen, usually the belly button.
- In thoracoscopic surgery, the tube is passed through a small incision in the chest.
Our surgeons are highly experienced in these methods and perform them every day.
What are some common minimally invasive surgeries?
As technology improves, we are able to perform more surgeries by minimally invasive methods. We most commonly perform:
- Appendectomy, removal of the appendix
- Cholecystectomy, removal of the gallbladder
- Fundoplication, surgery that strengthens the valve between the esophagus and the stomach to stop acid from backing up
- Hernia exploration, a procedure to determine if a child has a hernia
- Pyloromyotomy, to treat pyloric stenosis
- Splenectomy, removal of the spleen
Are there other innovative, minimally invasive treatments?
Some examples of the minimally invasive treatments we offer include:
- Intra-operative MRI (iMRI), which allows our surgeons to clearly and effectively navigate the digestive system. The imaging helps surgeons pinpoint the correct placement of new tissue to repair or replace.
- Single-site colectomy, to treat life-threatening ulcerative colitis, a disease that inflames the large intestine.
- For some conditions, your child may be able to wear a brace as a treatment. For example, our orthotics and prosthetics team can create a custom brace or compressive brace to treat a child with pectus carinatum, or pigeon chest, in which part of the sternum, or breastbone, protrudes.The custom brace consists of a front pad over the area of the protrusion and a back pad between the shoulder blades. Thin metal bars connect the two pads to apply pressure to the protrusion.
At Children’s, our team is 100% committed to kids. Our pediatric doctors and nurses understand that children’s medical and emotional needs are different from adults’. That is why we use specialized equipment and techniques to provide the care kids need to thrive. Every member of our team has just one focus—help kids and teens get better faster.
Children’s Physician Group–Pediatric Surgery
- Amina Bhatia, MD, MS, FACS, FAAP, Medical Director, Trauma Services, Egleston Hospital
- Matthew Clifton, MD FACS, FAAP, Division Chief of Pediatric Surgery
- Megan Durham, MD, FACS, Practice Director, Children’s Physician Group–Pediatric Surgery; Medical Director, Pelvic and Anorectal Care; Surgical Director, Intestinal Rehabilitation
- Allison Linden, MD, Medical Director, NICU and PICU, Egleston Hospital
- Matthew Santore, MD, FACS, FAAP, Medical Director, Surgical Quality; Surgical Director
- Alexis Smith, MD, Medical Director, Trauma Services, Children's Scottish Rite Hospital
General surgeons and advanced practitioners
Egleston Hospital-based providers
Contact us: 404-785-8787
- Hanna Alemayehu, MD
- Ross Beckman, MD
- Amina Bhatia, MD, MS, FACS, FAAP
- Alfred Chahine, MD, FACS, FAAP
- Matthew Clifton, MD, FACS, FAAP
- Megan Durham, MD, FACS
- Allison Linden, MD
- Jonathan Meisel, MD, FACS, FAAP
- Paul Parker, MD, FACS, FAAP
- Matthew Santore, MD, FACS, FAAP
- Kaitlyn Brock, CPNP
- Katie Hillman, CPNP
- Kathleen Hoff, PA
- Jodee Stevens, PA
- Lindsey Walker, CPNP
Scottish Rite Hospital-based providers
Contact us: 404-785-6895
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2660 Satellite Blvd.
Duluth, GA 30096
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1400 Tullie Road NE
Atlanta, GA 30329
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Atlanta, GA 30342
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605 Big Shanty Road NW
Kennesaw, GA 30144
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1250 Highway 54 West, Suite 200
Fayetteville, GA 30214
1000 Hawthorne Ave.
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705 17th Street, Suite 406
Columbus, GA 31901