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Chest wall program

Chest wall program

The team of specialists at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Northern California treats chest wall malformations of all degrees. All treatment decisions are guided by internationally recognized pediatric surgeons who consider minimally invasive options for each patient. All care is delivered in our regional pediatric medical center, where the medical team works collaboratively to ensure that children benefit from the finest, most advanced pediatric medical care.

Chest wall conditions treated include:

  • Pectus carinatum (raised chest)
  • Pectus excavatum (sunken chest)
  • Poland’s syndrome

Patient evaluation

Chest wall malformations are not readily apparent in all patients. Symptoms vary with the severity of the abnormality, and younger children are less symptomatic than older children. Mild breathing problems and chest pain in the area of the rib cartilages require medical evaluation. Learn more about how to make an appointment.


Medical research focuses on clinical and technological innovation. Shinjiro Hirose, M.D., who also holds a degree in engineering, is researching the use of telerobotics in medicine. Gary Raff, M.D., is leading a groundbreaking study of a device that uses magnets to correct sunken chest, the most common congenital chest-wall abnormality. Magnets are employed in a minimally-invasive procedure that allows patients to return home the day after the procedure with minimal discomfort.