Children’s Wisconsin (Children's) was the first hospital in the U.S. to be verified by the American College of Surgeons (ACS) as a Level 1 Pediatric Surgery Center. Children's is the only pediatric specialty hospital in SE Wisconsin with a population of over 2 million people. A major focus of the pediatric surgery team for both clinical and research is improving the care of our patients. The pediatric surgery team provides care of children up to age 18. Ambulatory and inpatient surgical procedures are performed virtually every day, with approximately 3,500 procedures done annually.
Clinical activities cover the spectrum of general and thoracic surgical problems in infants and children, including trauma, critical care, burns, ECMO, neonatal surgery, surgical oncology, non-cardiac thoracic surgery, advanced minimally invasive surgery and general and abdominal surgery. Ambulatory programs include daily pediatric surgery faculty clinics with residents and medical students; a weekly multidisciplinary burn clinic, foregut, and colorectal. These clinics provide unique opportunities to evaluate patients both before and after their surgical care. This follow-up is of particular value for children with complex congenital anomalies who have long-term needs. The pediatric surgical faculty conduct most of their clinical practice at Children's Wisconsin but also have appointments and limited activity at Froedtert Hospital, Froedtert West Bend Hospital, Sinai Samaritan Hospital, and Columbia St. Mary’s. Eight physician assistants and three nurse clinicians supplement the physicians.