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Pediatric Surgery

Pediatric Surgery: Advanced Surgical Care for Kids and Infants

Pediatric Surgery: Advanced Surgical Care for Kids and Infants

Your Child Is in Good Hands.

When your child is suffering, you’re willing to do anything you can to bring them comfort. Fortunately for families, quality pediatric surgical care is available through WMCHealth Physicians at Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital. Our pediatric surgery team, operating at Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital, offers advanced surgical care for infants, toddlers, adolescents and teens suffering from a wide variety of congenital and acquired conditions. From routine appendectomies to the most complex surgical problems, our team of board-certified pediatric surgeons provides the care your child deserves.

Contact WMCHealth Physicians Division of Pediatric Surgery.
Call 914.775.KIDS (5437)

Minimally Invasive Surgery: By Doing Less, We Do More.

Our mission is to do the minimum in order to achieve the maximum results. For our surgeons and patients, the “minimum” often means that we take a minimally invasive approach using microscopic tools, tiny incisions just millimeters in length, and high definition cameras. As a result of these techniques, many of our young patients, even the smallest newborns, are able to bounce back faster with less pain and scarring and quicker recoveries.

WMCHealth Physicians has been a leader in minimally invasive surgery (MIS) for years, and continues to make advancements in this field. Through leveraging some of the leading tools and techniques in pediatric surgery, such as the Nuss procedure, we’re often able to help kids get back to being kids quickly and safely.

An Integrated Care Model Built Around the Child and Family

We understand that any reason your child requires surgery can be a source of stress and worry. At WMCHealth Physicians, our pediatric surgeons aim to make this difficult time as easy as possible for your family. We do this by actively ensuring parents and caregivers are kept informed every step of the way. As your child is cared for by pediatric surgery specialists, attending physicians, nurses, and postoperative and rehab specialists, we strive to keep you informed and empowered with quality information. The entire integrated care model is built upon the foundation of Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital, a recognized leader in advanced pediatric care.

The Full Spectrum of Surgical Care for Kids

From routine appendectomies to lifesaving neonatal procedures, our team of pediatric surgeons offers a full spectrum of surgical care for children. These are just a few of the many conditions managed by our workforce at WMCHealth Physicians:

  • Abdominal wall defects
  • Appendicitis
  • Birth defects
  • Chest wall deformities (see more below)
  • Hernias
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Lung malformations and biopsies
  • Pediatric tumors and malignancies

View a more comprehensive list of conditions treated by our team of pediatric surgeons.

The Nuss Procedure for Pectus Excavatum

WMCHealth Physicians is proud to offer the Nuss procedure for treating pectus excavatum, a condition that causes the chest to cave in, resulting in abnormal development of the ribs and breastbone. In some children, pectus excavatum may cause issues with the function of the heart and lungs.

The Nuss procedure is a minimally invasive surgery done to correct the collapsed chest. During this procedure, the surgeon makes two tiny incisions on the side of the chest. One or more steel bars are inserted behind the breastbone and attached to the ribs. By turning the bars, the surgeon raises the breastbone. The surgeon then fixes the bars in place. The chest reshapes in approximately two to four years, at which point the bars are removed.

Find a Pediatric Surgeon Near You

How can we help your child? For more information or to begin the referral process, please call WMCHealth Pediatric Surgery at 914.775.KIDS (5437). Advanced pediatric surgical care is right here in your own backyard. Get the care your child deserves – close to home.

Conditions Treated

Pediatric surgeons at WMCHealth Physicians are trained in a wide array of minimally invasive, laparoscopic and endosurgical procedures. From infants to teenagers, we are accomplished in managing the following conditions and more.


  • Appendectomies
  • Anorectal malformations
  • Choledochal
  • Cysts
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease in children
  • Gastroschisis
  • Gallbladder disease
  • Gastrostomy and other feeding tubes
  • Hernias
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Pilonidal cysts
  • Spleen resections
  • Treatment for malrotation


  • Congenital malformations
  • Abdominal wall defects
  • Gastroschisis
  • Omphalocele
  • Anorectal malformations
  • Biliary atresia
  • Choledochal cyst
  • Diaphragmatic hernias
  • Esophageal atresia / Tracheoesophageal fistula
  • Hirschsprung disease
  • Intestinal atresia
  • Lung malformations
  • Necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC)
  • Pyloric stenosis
  • Inguinal hernias


  • Hemangiomas
  • Vascular and lymphatic malformations
  • Neuroblastoma
  • Pancreatic tumors
  • Renal tumors
  • Rhabdomyosarcoma
  • Wilms tumor
  • Liver tumors
  • Central venous access for other malignancies

Pediatric gynecology and urology

  • Circumcision
  • Undescended testicle
  • Ovarian tumors and cysts

Procedures of the head and neck

  • Branchial cleft cyst/fistula excision
  • Thyroglossal duct cyst resection
  • Lymph node biopsy


  • Chest wall deformities (pectus carinatum and pectus excavatum)
  • Lung biopsies
  • Esophageal atresia and tracheoesophageal fistula
  • Lung malformations
  • Resection chest masses and cysts
  • Spontaneous pneumothorax
  • Thymoma resection
  • Surgical treatment of Myasthenia Gravis
  • Foregut duplication cyst resection
  • Endoscopic removal of foreign objects of the esophagus or airways

Trauma (Level I Pediatric Trauma Center)

  • Non-operative management of most solid organ injuries
  • Comprehensive treatment of all pediatric traumatic injuries

Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital is the only Level One Pediatric Trauma Center in the lower Hudson Valley.

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Stewart, Fray D., MD
Fray Stewart, MD
Associate Professor of Surgery and Pediatrics, New York Medical College,
Chief, Section of Pediatric Surgery, Westchester Medical Center
  • Surgery, Pediatric Surgery
Chow, Monica D., MD
Monica Chow, MD
Attending Surgeon
Section of Pediatric Surgery, Department of Surgery
  • General Surgery
DelBello, Damon A., MD
Damon DelBello, MD
Section Chief of Pediatric Orthopaedics, Scolosis and Spinal Deformity, Orthopaedic Pediatric Spine, Pediatric Orthopaedics
  • Orthopaedic Surgery, Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Orthopaedic Surgery, Orthopaedic Surgery of the Spine
  • Orthopaedic Surgery
Grant, Christa N., MD
Christa Grant, MD
Attending Surgeon
Section of Pediatric Surgery, Department of Surgery
  • Surgery, Pediatric Surgery
  • Surgery
Martin, Kathryn L., MD
Kathryn Martin, MD
Attending Surgeon, Section of Pediatric Surgery,
Maria Fareri Children's Hospital
  • Surgery, Pediatric Surgery
Said, Sameh M., MB BCh
Sameh Said, MB BCh
Chief, Pediatric and Adult Congenital Cardiac Surgery
Professor of Surgery and Pediatrics
New York Medical College
  • Surgery, Thoracic
  • General Surgery