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Pediatric General Surgery

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Pediatric general surgeons at the University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children’s Hospital are leaders in their field and treat a variety of childhood diseases. We understand the high expectations of parents who entrust us with the care of their child during an uneasy time when surgery is needed. We respond with superior care in everything leading up to your child’s procedure all the way through their recovery.

Pediatric general surgeons focus on correction of abnormalities in the chest and abdomen. Surgeons also treat trauma emergencies and collaborate with other pediatric medical and surgical specialists. Our surgeons know it takes a special touch for successful surgery on young people because children react differently to surgery than adults. Here, every member of the pediatric general surgery team is specially trained in surgery for children of all ages and focused on providing the best individualized care for our young patients.

Advantages of Minimally Invasive Surgery

A child’s small anatomy poses different challenges than surgery for adults, so a different approach is needed. Our surgeons are distinguished because of their skill at performing minimally invasive surgery. This method is the hallmark of our pediatric general surgery program because it greatly benefits young patients by causing less disruption to the body.

As part of one of the country’s most acclaimed academic medical centers, pediatric surgeons at Comer Children’s Hospital have received international recognition for their research and mastery of new surgical techniques that have improved surgical outcomes. Our surgeons monitor the latest medical findings in order to bring better care to your child.

They were the first to introduce several minimally invasive surgical techniques to the Chicago area and to other surgeons throughout the country. Their groundbreaking work is featured in local and national media, and published in peer-reviewed medical and surgical journals.

Our pediatric general surgeons’ extensive, demanding medical training and experience qualifies them to treat a variety of pediatric cases – from surgery performed on tiny babies to surgery on an adult-sized teen.

Renowned Surgeons Partner with Families

Deborah Loeff, MD Deborah Loeff, MD

Whether it’s simple or complex surgery, children from all over the nation and world come to Comer Children's Hospital for expert surgical care. General surgeons are available for consult on site at the hospital in Chicago's Hyde Park neighborhood, as well as at offices in Evanston and in Naperville.

Parents are an integral part of their child’s care. Pediatric surgeons work with families to address each child’s physical and emotional issues, and draw on the expertise of other nationally recognized pediatric specialists on staff who are also part of the Comer Children’s Hospital’s rich tradition of exemplary care for kids.





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