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General Surgery

Doing More by Doing Less

From routine appendectomies to the rare feat of separating conjoined twins, and from saving the littlest newborns to reviving a teen’s dying ovary, the surgeons at Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital prove it’s possible to do more by doing less. Our minimally invasive surgery recruits microscopic tools, the most advanced technology, and the best care providers working in teams to address even the most complex cases.

Tiny incisions, few millimeter instruments, and high-definition cameras for guidance create the cutting-edge care that let kids resume the business of being kids, bouncing back faster with less pain, minimal scarring, quicker recoveries, and sunnier outlooks.

Our Mission

Our mission is to “do the minimum” to achieve the maximum in surgical care. As a longtime leader in minimally invasive surgery (MIS), we embrace and often pioneer innovations that use tinier incisions and higher-definition cameras to guide our instruments, some as slender as the edge of a nickel, for even our littlest patients. Almost universally, this method will result in less pain, reduced scarring and significantly shorter recovery time as compared to traditional open surgery.

By working together, our surgeons can guide children safely through even the rarest of surgeries. Among the children thriving after surgery here are Ballenie and Bellanie Camacho, twins from the Dominican Republic who were born conjoined at the lower back, with a shared spinal cord that made separation extremely challenging. Over 50 of our skilled providers worked together to perform multiple surgeries over 21 hours, including gastrointestinal and reconstructive work. This was the first separation surgery ever performed on conjoined twins at Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital; and our team rose to the challenge.

Through Recovery and Beyond

Whether your child’s surgery is planned before birth to correct a condition or occurs suddenly as a result of trauma, our caring team of providers knows that each child is unique—each deserving of the rich and full life that awaits. Our expertise in both surgical care and holistic health spans diagnosis, treatment and follow-up, ensuring that children recover quickly in body, mind and spirit. Along the way, we partner with you. Families are key to the healing process, a fact that we respect and affirm through open communication and compassion. Our state-of-the-art building reflects our unmatched level of care, with vibrant and playful “neighborhoods” that foster healing and brighten spirits.

Many of the below listed procedures are performed using state-of-the-art minimal-invasive and endosurgical techniques.


  • Abdominal 
    • Appendectomies
    • Feeding tubes
    • Fundoplication
    • Gallbladder disease
    • Gastrostomy tubes
    • Hernias
    • Inflammatory bowel disease
    • Pilonidal cysts
    • Spleen resections
  • Neonatal 
    • Congential malformations
    • Abdominal wall defects
    • Gastroschisis
    • Omphalocele
    • Anal/rectal malformation
    • Biliary atresia
    • Choledochal cyst
    • Diaphragmatic hernias
    • Esophageal atresia / Tracheoesophageal fistula
    • Hirschsprung disease
    • Intestinal atresia
    • Lung malformations
    • NEC
    • Pyloroic stenosis
  • Oncologic 
    • Hemangiomas
    • Lymphatic malformations
    • Neuroblastoma
    • Pancreatic tumors
    • Renal tumors
    • Rhabdomyosarcoma
    • Wilms tumor
    • Liver tumors
    • Solid Tumor Program

  • Pediatric gynecology and urology 
    • Circumcision
    • Undescended testicle
    • Cysts
    • Ovarian tumors
    • Vaginal reconstruction
  • Procedures of the head and neck 
    • Branchial cleft cyst/fistula excision
    • Thyroglossal duct cyst resection
    • Tracheostomy
    • Lymph node biopsy
  • Thoracic 
    • Chest wall deformities (pectus carinatum and pectus excavatum)
    • Lung biopsies
    • Lung malformations
    • Resection chest masses & cysts
    • Spontaneous pneumothorax
    • Thymoma resection
    • Foregut duplication cyst resection
    • Endoscopic removal of foreign objects of the esophagus or airways
  • Trauma 
    • Minimal access approaches
  • Vascular Access, Peritoneal dialysis catheter insertion

Pediatric General Surgery Department
Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital 
100 Woods Road 
Valhalla, NY 10595 
914.493.7000


By Car

Train

Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital is served by Metro North's Harlem line via two stations:

• White Plains - Bus transfer options available
• Hawthorne - Taxi service available 

For train fare and schedule information, call 1-800-METRO-INFO or go to www.mta.info/mnr. 


Bus

There are three bus lines (Westchester Bee Line) you can take to our campus. Please call 914.813.7777 for bus routes and fares. 


Campus Map

The Westchester Medical Center campus includes the Maria Fareri Children's Hospital and the Behavioral Health Center.

Pediatric General Surgery Team

Gudrun Aspelund, MD (Section Chief)
Joseph San Filippo, MD
Gustavo Stringel, MD
Jennifer Bricker, PA-C

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