The Division of General and Thoracic Surgery comprises 12 dedicated pediatric surgeons who provide comprehensive care for infants and children with a wide variety of conditions requiring surgical procedures.

Children seen by the division range in age from newborns to adolescents and young adults with problems that are best treated in a children’s hospital environment. Our faculty’s experience covers the entire spectrum of pediatric surgical problems, including expertise with minimally invasive surgery, as well as nonsurgical options when appropriate.

Working with Seattle Children’s Hospital’s outstanding hematology and oncology program and with the bone marrow transplant program, the Division of General and Thoracic Surgery maintains an intensive clinical and research involvement in childhood cancer treatment. The division also partners closely with the nationally renowned Nephrology and Gastroenterology Divisions at Seattle Children’s, yielding a wealth of experience with patients who have end-stage organ failure, inflammatory bowel disease and upper gastrointestinal problems.

Research in the division has focused on surgical outcomes, innovative uses of minimally invasive surgery and robotics, surgical oncology and solid organ transplant. The division is actively involved in using the tools and principles of Seattle Children’s Hospital's Continuous Performance Improvement and lean methodology both to enhance the flow of pediatric surgical care and promote deeper and more targeted responsiveness to the needs of our patients and referring providers.

Surgical education and training are also a key focus area of scholarship in the division. Several of the division’s faculty are actively involved in University of Washington School of Medicine programs for medical students. General surgery residents from training programs throughout the Puget Sound region do clinical rotations with our service. Additionally, we offer an ACGME-accredited two-year fellowship training program in pediatric surgery. Graduates of our fellowship program are broadly trained and have taken positions in many academic and private teaching institutions throughout the country, furthering our reputation as one of the top pediatric surgery programs in the country.

Leadership and Faculty

John H T Waldhausen, MD, Division Chief

General Surgery, Thoracic Surgery, Transplantation, Oncology, Reconstructive Pelvic Medicine

Academic Title: Professor of Surgery

John Waldhausen, MD is chief of the Division of General and Thoracic Surgery at Seattle Children’s Hospital, and a professor in the Department of Surgery at the University of Washington School of Medicine. He is also the director of the pediatric... cont.


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