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Program Update: UCLA Division of Pediatric Surgery

Advanced care for a wide range of conditions


Where Special Things Happen

PUP-Pediatric Surgery-Peds Patient and Teddy BearThe UCLA Division of Pediatric Surgery is structured around a team of highly skilled and caring pediatric surgeons experienced in performing the most advanced procedures in the care of neonatal, pediatric and adolescent patients. When you place such a team in one of the most technologically advanced surgical facilities in existence and surround them with concerned and attentive ancillary healthcare professionals, some very special things happen.

Infants with complex congenital deformities are given the chance to flourish. Children referred from hospitals around the country and around the world can receive critical treatments that few centers are able to offer. Young patients can be treated with minimally invasive techniques that spare them much of the pain and recovery time associated with traditional surgical approaches.

UCLA makes these things possible while patients and their families benefit from a welcoming medical environment and an interdisciplinary, family-centered model of care.

Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA

Hospitals can be difficult environments for anyone to adjust to, and they can be especially frightening for children. Certified Child Life Specialists at UCLA are available before, during and after hospital admission to ease children’s fears by familiarizing them with the hospital experience and to assist them in transitioning back to home and school. Collaboration among healthcare team members helps balance the medical and psychosocial needs of a child and his or her family.

Private hospital rooms, with a reclining chair and a couch with a pull-out bed, include amenities such as Internet access, cable TV, a DVD player and video games. Parents are more than welcome to stay overnight in their child’s room. Age-appropriate playrooms are also available for toddlers, children and teens, along with a family resource room that extends to a large outdoors play terrace. Patient meals can be ordered on demand and include more than 30 different entrees to accommodate special dietary needs.

Pediatric Surgery Services

UCLA pediatric surgeons provide a range of services, covering both congenital and acquired conditions, involving a number of medical specialties, and they provide surgical support for UCLA’s Pediatric Trauma Center. The surgeons work closely with referring physicians and with a team of medical subspecialists in neonatology, gastroenterology, oncology, nephrology and many other specialty areas. Along with a dedicated team of ancillary health professionals, these doctors ensure that each child receives the best possible care.

UCLA offers specialized facilities and services in the recently built Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA that enable our physicians to care for the most complex and challenging cases. These facilities include neonatal and pediatric intensive care units that have been honored with the ECMO Center of Excellence Award. UCLA serves as a regional referral and transfer center, where critically ill infants and children born or being treated at other hospitals can receive specialized care.

Our surgeons are also equipped to easily handle more routine procedures with a pediatric outpatient surgery center designed to help make young patients and their parents comfortable. Pediatric anesthesiologists and ancillary staff provide pediatric surgery outpatients the same outstanding perioperative care that patients receive in our Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA.

Among their many areas of expertise, UCLA pediatric surgeons provide the following specialized programs:

Surgical Oncology

UCLA pediatric surgeons treat benign and malignant tumors of the abdomen, chest and extremities and offer innovative surgical techniques in the management of complex tumors.

Pectus Excavatum / Carinatum Repair

Repairing these and other chest wall deformities have been at the core of the UCLA pediatric surgery practice. Minimally invasive repair of pectus excavatum is now available with the operation performed through small, much less noticeable incisions on the sides of the rib cage.

PUP-Pediatric Surgery-Patient and NurseNeonatal Surgery — UCLA Fetal Care Center

UCLA pediatric surgeons have extensive experience treating a variety of gastrointestinal and thoracic congenital conditions in newborns. Through the UCLA Fetal Care Center, they work with a multidisciplinary team that includes neonatal, pediatric and maternal-fetal specialists, along with a neonatal transport team that enables critically ill newborns from other hospitals to receive surgical care at UCLA. The NICU is located near the postpartum unit so mothers can remain close to their newborns.

Minimally Invasive Surgery

Minimally invasive procedures exploiting the latest technology in highdefinition viewing, telebroadcasting and robotic control are available at UCLA. Minimally invasive laparoscopic (abdominal) and thoracoscopic (chest) procedures avoid the larger incisions needed for traditional surgery, decrease the postoperative discomfort to the child and reduce the time needed for recovery. UCLA pediatric surgeons commonly perform these procedures in patients ranging from premature newborns weighing only a few pounds to adolescent patients the size of adults.

Inflammatory Bowel Disease

The development of IBD symptoms in children is associated with a more severe form of the disease, which is harder to treat medically and surgically. Pediatric surgeons are part of UCLA’s multidisciplinary Pediatric Inflammatory Bowel Disease Program and have helped pioneer procedures that preserve sphincter anatomy and continence where possible while using minimally invasive techniques.

Vascular Anomalies

UCLA pediatric surgeons are part of a multidisciplinary team that uses the most advanced medical imaging and the latest medical, vascular and surgical therapies to treat vascular anomalies, including complex hemangiomas and vascular malformations.

Adolescent Bariatric Surgery

The UCLA Fit for Healthy Weight Program provides comprehensive health and nutritional management for overweight children and adolescents. Selected patients who have undergone a thorough evaluation by the Fit Program’s multidisciplinary team may be candidates for weight-loss surgery if other treatments are unsuccessful.

Division Faculty

Daniel DeUgarte, M.D.

James Dunn, M.D., Ph.D.

Steven Lee, M.D.

Stephen Shew, M.D.

All faculty are distinguished as Fellows of the American College Surgeons (F.A.C.S.) and Fellows of the American Academy of Pediatrics (F.A.A.P.).

UCLA Division of Pediatric Surgery

Mailing Address:
10833 Le Conte Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90095-7098

Clinic Location:
200 UCLA Medical Plaza, Suite 526
Los Angeles, CA 90095

Appointments (310) 206-2429
Fax (310) 206-1120

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