Specialty Overview

What does a pediatric surgeon do?

Pediatric surgeons are primarily concerned with the diagnosis, preoperative, operative, and postoperative management of surgical problems in children, and they operate on children whose development ranges from the newborn stage through the teenage years. Some medical conditions in newborns are not compatible with a good quality of life unless these problems are corrected surgically. Pediatric surgeons cooperate with all of the specialists involved in a child's medical care to determine whether surgery is the best option for the child. Pediatric surgery focuses on providing surgical care for all problems or conditions affecting children that require surgical intervention, and they may also have particular expertise in the following areas of responsibility: neonatal, prenatal, trauma and pediatric oncology. Pediatric surgery residency (2-year term) is available to those who have completed general surgery residency.


American Pediatric Surgical Association
One Parkview Plaza, Suite 800
Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60181

President of Association
Ronald B. Hirschl, MD

Mission Statement of the APSA
The vision of the American Pediatric Surgical Association is to provide access to quality pediatric surgical care for all. We do this through our four pillars: be the standard bearer for quality; expand access to quality care for all; impact the national agenda; and ensure organizational health and sustainability.