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Pediatric General and Thoracic Surgery

Some people think surgeons who operate on adults are also experts on kids. We don't agree. Growing bodies are different from adult bodies. Even the way kids react to surgery – from anesthesia to IV fluids – is different. That's why our surgeons are board-certified in both general and pediatric surgery.

Robotic arms allow surgeons to make very precise, complex motions that aren’t possible without the robot.

Our Reconstructive Pelvic Medicine (RPM) Clinic is the nation’s leading program in integrating complete care for children with colorectal and pelvic area conditions.


John H. T. Waldhausen, MD

Division Chief

Pediatric General and Thoracic Surgery

On staff since October 1992

Meet the Pediatric General and Thoracic Surgery team.

Areas of Focus

  • Team Care

    We have more than just pediatric surgeons on your child’s team. From anesthesiologists to dietitians, all of our clinicians are specially trained to care for kids of all ages and developmental stages.

  • Minimally Invasive Surgery

    Minimally invasive surgery means less pain during recovery, a shorter hospital stay and a smaller scar. Because some of our pediatric surgeons are national leaders in the use of minimally invasive techniques, we have the most expertise in assessing whether this type of surgery is best for your child. 

  • Robot-Assisted Surgery

    Our surgeons have done more robot-assisted surgeries for children than any other surgeons in the region. We use the da Vinci Surgical System, a robot that the surgeon controls with hand and foot pedals. It allows your child’s surgeon to make very precise, complex motions that aren’t possible without the robot.

  • Abdominal Wall Defects

    We are continually seeking advanced treatments and surgical techniques with proven benefits for children. As a pioneer in treating infants with giant omphalocele — an abdominal wall defect where parts of the abdomen protrude into the umbilical cord — we have the best outcomes in the nation. 

  • Reconstructive Pelvic Medicine (RPM)

    If your child has a problem affecting the pelvic area, our specialists can help. Our team approach means your child gets care each step of the way from experts in more than seven specialties.

Related Research

  • Pioneering Care for Pelvic Anomalies

    A new bowel management program helps the Reconstructive Pelvic Medicine Clinic improve long-term outcomes.

  • Bettering, and Beating, the Odds

    Her parents’ decision to seek care at Seattle Children’s gave Ariana the chance for a healthy life.

  • Pain, Pain Go Away

    Dr. Lynn Martin is working to make Seattle Children's a national center of excellence in regional anesthesia.

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  • Center for Clinical and Translational Research

    Clinical and translational research takes discoveries made in the laboratory and translates them into therapies that people can actually use in daily life.

Related News and Press Releases


Less invasive approach to treat concave chests
7.8.14 — KING 5 TV

Imagine being a teenager not having enough energy to even take a walk because your chest is sinking. The condition affects one ... cont.

Unique Protocol for Flesh-Eating Bacteria Helps Trey Get Back to Life
7.8.14 — On the Pulse Blog

On a Saturday in March, 13-year-old Trey Lauren was playing with his ... cont.

Tiny Wire From BBQ Brush Lands Teen in Surgery
5.10.13 — ABC News

Tristin Beck, 16, of Mountlake Terrace, Wash., was admitted to Seattle Children’s Hospital late last week, experiencing stomach ... cont.

Press Releases

Seattle Children’s Hospital appoints new division chief for cardiothoracic surgery


Jonathan Chen, MD, is the new co-director of Seattle Children’s Heart Center and division chief for pediatric cardiothoracic ... cont.

Seattle Children’s Robotics Program Celebrates Five Years of Life-Changing Procedures


Five year milestone marked with Blinky the Surgeonator’s Surprise Birthday Party: cont.

Doctors Perform Breakthrough Non-Surgical Heart Valve Replacement in Children with Congenital Heart Defects


One of only five pediatric hospitals in the U.S. to offer this alternative to open-heart surgery.

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