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Program Director:
Atkinson, James B. M.D.
Dunn, James M.D.
Fonkalsrud, Eric W. M.D.

Description of Clinical Program

The Division of Pediatric Surgery at Mattel Children’s Hospital at UCLA is one of the major centers in the country providing continuous coverage for infants and children with congenital malformations as well as almost all conditions that require surgical care in infancy and childhood. Conditions such as neonatal intestinal anomalies, abdominal wall and thoracic anomalies, hernias, undescended testes, appendicitis, tumors, intestinal obstruction, inflammatory bowel disease, gastroesophageal reflux, and disorders of the lungs and chest wall are commonly treated through this division.

The UCLA Division of Pediatric Surgery has extensive experience utilizing new technologies such as minimally invasive pediatric laparoscopic and thoracoscopic surgery and extra corporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) support for infants and children with respiratory distress. The UCLA Medical Center is one of the largest centers in the country utilizing the endorectal ileal pull-through procedure for the treatment of inflammatory bowel disease and colonic polyposis. The division also has a long-term interest and clinical experience with Hirschsprung’s disease and anorectal anomalies. The division has a strong interest in the surgical treatment of chest wall malformations, gastroesophageal reflux, and solid tumors in childhood, as well as extensive experience in the management of hepatic and biliary tract anomalies. The staff also provide pediatric surgical support for the Level 1 Trauma Center at the UCLA Medical Center.

Pediatric surgical patients are cared for by personnel dedicated to the care of children. Parents can usually stay with their child while in the hospital. The Mattel Children’s Hospital at UCLA is a busy regional referral center for critically-ill neonates and children who require care in our sophisticated, state-of-the-art Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).

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