Pediatric General and Thoracic Surgery
Meet Your Team
Our dedicated Pediatric Surgery team includes surgeons, anesthesiologists, fellows, residents, advanced practice providers (APPs) and certified medical assistants. A host of other specialists support your child, including dietitians, child life specialists, occupational therapists and physical therapists. Read about the different experts who may care for your child and help your family.
We take a team approach to your child’s care. We stay in close communication with you – and with one another – from your child’s first visit to the clinic through surgery and follow-up.
Your child’s care team includes you and your family. Your child’s doctors will help you take an active role by:
- Explaining the condition in a way you can understand
- Describing all your child’s treatment options, including the risks and benefits
- Explaining what happens before, during and after each treatment
- Answering all your questions
- John H.T. Waldhausen, MD, division chief
Seattle Children’s has the largest general and thoracic surgery team in the region. All our doctors are board certified or eligible for certification in pediatric surgery. They have extra training in treating children and expertise in general surgery and all conditions relating to the chest, belly (abdomen) and pelvis.
Advanced practice providers (APPs) work closely with doctors and can provide care independently. APPs include advanced registered nurse practitioners (ARNPs) and physician assistants (PAs). They diagnose and treat patients and can prescribe medicines. Throughout your child’s treatment, APPs answer questions, share advice and teach family members about your child’s condition and care.
Seattle Children’s has the largest team of pediatric anesthesiologists and pain medicine specialists who treat only children and teens. We are specially trained to work with children and teens at every developmental stage.
We provide safe, family-friendly care before, during and after surgery. Each year, the team provides anesthesia for more than 20,000 procedures at Seattle Children’s. These include all types of operations, as well as procedures like catheter placement, MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) scans, dental care and joint injections. Most hospitals do not provide pediatric anesthesiology services for nonsurgical procedures. But we believe kids deserve this level of care.
Our Pain Medicine team works with kids with pain that is sudden or short-term (acute) and chronic (long-term) pain.
Teamwork Across Specialties at Seattle Children’s
Close collaboration among specialists is a great strength of Seattle Children’s. It helps us give your child the best care possible. Depending on your child’s needs, they may see professionals in these Seattle Children’s programs:
- Adolescent Medicine
- Adolescent Gynecology
- Cancer and Blood Disorders
- Child Life
- Critical Care Medicine
- Gastroenterology and Hepatology
- Motility Program
- Prenatal Diagnosis and Treatment
- Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine
- Reconstructive Pelvic Medicine
This collaboration gives us the greatest breadth of experience and expertise to develop the best possible plan of care for your child.
To make an appointment, you can call us directly or get a referral from your child’s primary care provider. We encourage you to coordinate with your pediatrician or family doctor when coming to Seattle Children’s.
Providers, see how to refer a patient.