Pediatric Surgery Division


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The Pediatric Surgery Division, the Department of SurgeryUVA Children’s, and UVA Health provides comprehensive diagnostic and therapeutic care of surgical diseases in children ranging from premature infants to adolescents. Each physician in the division has completed a full residency in General Surgery, an additional two years of training in Pediatric Surgery and is certified in Pediatric Surgery and General Surgery by the American Board of Surgery.

In conjunction with the surgeons, 0ur nurse clinicians provide comprehensive attention to patient care questions and help schedule operative cases and clinic appointments.

When a child’s medical care requires more than rest, our division is equipped with the training and equipment necessary to provide the best of care.

Clinical Programs

UVA nurse taking the blood pressure of a pediatric patientThe Division of Pediatric Surgery provides all of the surgical care expected of a major children’s hospital. This includes treating conditions involving premature infants and neonates, thoracic cavity and chest wall, abdomen, head and neck, soft tissue, hernias, tumors and malignancies. The division also provides support to children being treated by other surgical disciplines such as cardiac, neurosurgery and transplant. The division has provided ECMO continuously for almost 30 years. In collaboration with our obstetric and NICU colleagues, we provide prenatal counseling to mothers carrying fetuses with surgical conditions in anticipation of these deliveries occurring in our own center. Moreover, as part of being a children’s hospital within a hospital, we can also take advantage of all the comprehensive facility and collaborative capabilities in the UVA Health System.

Education and Training

The Pediatric Surgery Division plays a supportive role in educating residents, medical students and those aspiring to enter the healthcare field. Our clinical work exposes students to the vast array of surgical techniques and practices employed while caring for children of all ages.


Our focus on innovation opens new ways to focus on our primary goal: Giving excellent patient care. Using minimally invasive surgery techniques, employing new management strategies for various conditions and promoting ERAS principles are a few ways in which we do this.

Pediatric Research

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All members of the division participate in series and case reports to share insights into the care of a variety of Pediatric Surgery conditions.

Jeffrey Gander, MD has been instrumental in introducing or advancing innovative care strategies for our Pediatric Surgery practice including sutureless closure for gastroschisis, applying ERAS principles to reduce the use of opiates in infant and children after operative procedures and advancing the application of minimally invasive principles for a wide variety of conditions. He has published on these and other topics. He also leads the division’s participation in a multi-center prospective randomized trial to determine the appropriate timing of surgery for premature infants with hernias.

Lily Cheng, MD, heads a basic/translational research laboratory which is focused on improving outcomes for children with congenital colorectal diseases and functional gastrointestinal disorders. She is the principal investigator on a National Institutes of Health research grant to investigate the role of biomechanical forces on the enteric nervous system in Hirschsprung disease. She is also supported by the American Pediatric Surgical Association and the American College of Surgeons.

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Your gracious support will help us reach our goal: To understand the roots of childhood diseases so that we can develop more effective, personalized, safer therapies and bring them to children!

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UVA Children’s Hospital
University of Virginia Health Foundation
PO Box 800773
Charlottesville, VA 22908-0773
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