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Pediatric surgery

Pediatric surgery

Internationally recognized surgeons at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Northern California provide complex surgical care to children one year and older with congenital and acquired conditions. Children with chest wall malformations, gastrointestinal disease, ano-rectal disorders, urologic conditions and other complex surgical needs benefit from our specialized care. The pediatric surgery team is devoted to the development of innovative and minimally invasive surgical techniques.

Pediatric surgery conditions treated include:

Chest and neck disorders

  • Branchial cleft and arch anomalies/bronchogenic cysts
  • Complex chest wall deformities
  • Esophageal strictures
  • Pectus carinatum
  • Pectus excavatum
  • Thyroglossal duct cysts and sinuses

Complex GI disorders requiring surgery

  • Biliary disorders
  • Cecostomy tubes for constipation
  • Crohn’s
  • Familial polyposis
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease
  • Gastrostomy tube placement
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Short-bowel syndrome
  • Ulcerative colitis

Complex rectal disorders

  • Anorectal malformations – Hirschsprung’s disease
  • Fecal incontinence
  • Idiopathic constipation

Learn more about our colorectal program.

Cysts, hemangiomas, tumors

  • Dermoid cysts
  • Hemangiomas (non-cancerous)
  • Pilonidal cysts
  • Preauricular cysts
  • Skin lesions requiring surgery
  • Soft tissue tumors
  • Vascular and lymphatic malformations


  • Epigastric hernia
  • Hydrocele/inguinal hernia
  • Umbilical hernia
  • Ventral hernia

Follow-up and complications after neonatal repair

  • Congenital cystic adenomatoid malformations
  • Congenital diaphragmatic hernias and other related diaphragmatic anomalies
  • Complex abdominal wall defects: omphalocele and gastroschisis
  • Imperforate anus
  • Tracheoesophageal fistula and esophageal atresia

Urologic disorders

  • Circumcision
  • Congenital hydroephrosis
  • Hydrocele/inguinal hernia
  • Hypospadias
  • Neurogenic bladder
  • Sexual ambiguity
  • Urinary infection
  • Vesico-ureteral reflux
  • Undescended testis

The medical team

Shinjiro Hirose, M.D., Director of Pediatric Surgery
Diana L. Farmer, M.D., FACS, FRCS, Pediatric Surgeon in Chief
Gary Raff, M.D., Cardiothoracic Surgeon
Payam Saadai, M.D., Pediatric Surgeon