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The Division of General and Thoracic Surgery encompasses elective, trauma and emergency surgery programs. Children’s National performs nearly 4,000 procedures each year on infants, children and adolescents. 

Among the procedures performed are:

  • Biopsy
  • Correction of biliary atresia
  • Correction of congenital anomalies of the chest and abdomen
  • Correction of liver disorders
  • Correction of neonatal surgical conditions
  • Correction of portal hypertension
  • Hernia repair and orchiopexy
  • Intersex procedures
  • Laparoscopic, thorascopic and laser procedures
  • Non-surgical treatment of burns
  • Procedures for disorders and abnormalities of the esophagus and trachea
  • Renal transplantation
  • Tumor procedures

Our family-centered approach to caring for children at Children's National has grown to become one of the most experienced and respected pediatric surgical programs in the world. Our team of pediatric general surgeons are joined by nurse practitioners and other healthcare professionals to deliver the highest quality and most technically advanced surgical care available for children.

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General and Thoracic Surgery has many programs and clinics that offer children and families specialized care for their unique needs. Specialized programs include:


Gastroesophageal Reflux:

Inflammatory Bowel Disease:

Inguinal Hernia/Hydrocele:

Pectus Carinatum:

Pectus Excavatum:

Perianal/Perirectal Abscess:

Pilonidal Cyst/Abscess:


Umbilical Hernia:

Vascular Anomalies:

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IGNITE for Kids: Clinical Trials

The IGNITE program focuses on addressing current clinical challenges in pediatric surgery and oncology, with an emphasis on replacement of surgery with non-invasive techniques to minimize stress and trauma caused by surgical procedures. Learn more about the IGNITE program.

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Outpatient Appointment Referral Pads (PDFs)

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