young girl in hospital bed

Pediatric Surgery

When your child’s medical care requires much more than rest and medication, you want experienced healthcare providers with the skills, equipment and bedside manner necessary to support your child. Having an operation and staying in the hospital can be one of a child’s toughest challenges.

We know that kids need a different kind of care than adults. And nothing is more important than the health of your child. Our pediatric surgical team meets your child's needs in a setting that is as comfortable as possible.

Compassion, Experience and Expertise

There's a reason that healthcare providers across Virginia refer their youngest patients here. We work closely with departments throughout UVA and practice minimally invasive surgical techniques (laparoscopy, thoracoscopy and endoscopy) whenever possible. Our surgeons have the skills to treat all conditions needing pediatric general and thoracic surgery.

Conditions We Treat

  • Hernias
  • Trauma
  • Soft tissue and skin problems
  • Organ transplant
  • Vascular malformations

Care is More Than a Cure: Child Life Program

UVA’s Child Life Program helps kids and their families cope with the unique stresses that being sick, coming to the hospital and getting treatment can cause. While your child prepares for and recovers from surgery, our team will help lessen any fears or worries you have.

Learn how you and your child can benefit from our Child Life specialists.

Staying Close to Your Child

When your kid needs medical care, it’s difficult to focus on other details. In addition to the area’s many hotels and other lodging options, the UVA Children’s Hospital Housing Collaborative can work with you to find a place to stay that is convenient and welcoming. Contact us for help.

Parent Resources

The American Academy of Pediatrics’ special parent-focused website,, offers articles and other resources created by pediatricians committed to your child’s physical and emotional well-being.

Our Pediatric Surgery Team

All of our surgeons have advanced training in pediatric surgery and general surgery. In addition to surgeons, the pediatric care team includes:

  • Specialized nurses 
  • Child psychologists 
  • Social workers

We also make sure to take special care with anesthesiology and pain management for children.

Surgical Options For A Variety of Needs

Chest Wall Deformities 

Pectus excavatum (PE) is the most common structural deformity of the chest. Often referred to as funnel chest, PE appears as a depression in the chest and can cause breathing problems. Read about chest wall deformities and treatment options. 

Feeding Tube Placement

A percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG) tube is a feeding tube that is placed in the stomach surgically. It helps your child take in fluids, medicines and nutrition when they can’t do so by mouth. 

Chest & Abdomen Hernias

A congenital condition, these hernias occur when there's an opening in the diaphragm. This pushes some of the organs that normally sit in the abdomen up into the chest cavity. 

Preparing Your Child for Surgery: Patient Education Resources

Pediatric Preparing for Surgery - Spanish

Information for children having surgery at the UVA OPSC (Outpatient Surgery Center) or Main OR in Spanish

12040--Pediatric Preparing for Surgery

Information for children having surgery at either OPSC (Outpatient Surgery Center) or Main OR