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The University of Chicago Medicine - Comer Children's Hospital

Why Choose Us?

Your child benefits at the University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children’s Hospital because they are cared for by experts with up-to-date knowledge of the best surgical approaches. Our surgeons are dedicated to superior care and have made healthy lifetimes possible for thousands of children because of successful surgeries.

Minimally Invasive Procedures Offer Several Benefits

Grace Mak, MD, with patient

Pediatric general surgeons emphasize minimally invasive techniques, when appropriate, because they facilitate quicker, easier recovery with less-visible signs of surgery like scars. Minimally invasive approaches have revolutionized pediatric surgery. Comer Children’s pediatric surgeons are experts in these techniques and pioneers in this highly specialized field of surgery. Learn more about minimally invasive surgery

Comprehensive Pre- and Post-operative Management

Each child responds differently to surgery. Through team interaction with other pediatric specialists, surgeons make sure their patients are prepared for surgery and receive individualized support for their recovery. This includes helping children understand why they need surgery and monitoring their healing.

Many patients see their surgeon for up to a year and even beyond after their procedure. Like they do with other pediatric specialists, children frequently form a long-term relationship with their surgeon.

Applying the Latest Research to Benefit Kid Care

All of our pediatric general surgeons are on the faculty of the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, one of the nation’s most prestigious medical schools. They are dedicated to translating the latest research into better surgical care for kids.

Our surgeons routinely present improvements for pediatric surgery at global medical conferences, and they author numerous articles and studies about refining surgical techniques. They were among the first in the nation to offer several procedures. As physician-scientists, our surgeons run government and privately funded laboratories for research to discover better treatments for newborn diseases such as necrotizing enterocolitis.

Pediatric Nurses Partner with Kids

Each child and family is paired with an experienced pediatric nurse who provides detailed information about a child’s care, including instruction about medications, wound care and post-surgical issues.

Child Life Specialists Ease Patients Back to Their Routines

Child life specialists meet one-on-one with children before and after surgery to ease their fears about the procedure and separation from their friends and family. Child life specialists also help children with the transition back to school.

Pediatric Experts Meet Individual Needs

Each child has unique circumstances in his or her life. During this very trying time, patients and their families have access to other pediatric experts, including child psychiatrists, social workers, physical therapists and others.