About the Division
Thank you for taking time to learn more about the Duke Division of Pediatric General Surgery.
Philosophy of Care
We understand the apprehension parents feel when their child is facing a complicated disease or disorder that requires surgery.
Rest assured that we are committed to improving the quality of life for pediatric patients and their families by offering comprehensive surgical care from a team of leading pediatric surgeons.
Team Approach to Care
The three pediatric general surgeons in our division are skilled in the surgical and postoperative care of premature babies, neonates, children, and adolescents up to the age of 19 years. Our surgeons have extensive experience, performing nearly 1,300 general and thoracic surgical procedures each year.
Despite the large volume of surgeries, we take time with each family to ensure the parents and the child, when applicable, understand the medical necessity of the surgery, possible side effects, and ongoing care following surgery.
For each surgery, we work collaboratively with other specialists including pediatric anesthesiologists, pediatric critical care medicine, neonatology and a number of other pediatric subspecialties, as the need arises.
Training Future Pediatric General Surgeons
We take our responsibility to train the next generation of pediatric general surgeons very seriously. As such, residents in the Department of Surgery do a closely supervised rotation through our division where they work with our board-certified surgeons to evaluate and manage patients in the outpatient, emergency room, and inpatient settings.
Innovative Research Produces Advanced Surgical Techniques
Faculty members in our division are involved in research that pushes the boundaries of current pediatric surgical practices. Our research means that pediatric patients are receiving care that is based on the most advanced clinical practice related to pediatric general surgery.
Henry E. Rice, MD
Chief, Division of Pediatric General Surgery
Duke University Medical Center