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A Team of Specialists Focused on Children

The surgical team is supported by a wide range of highly-trained pediatric specialists in anesthesia, pain management, radiology, neonatology, clinical laboratories, pathology, emergency medicine, pediatric intensive care, the outpatient Pediatric Specialty Clinic, nursing, social work, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and child-life. Pediatric surgeons meet with medical specialists in oncology, neonatology, critical care, trauma, radiology, pathology, and gastrointestinal illnesses on a regular basis and with other medical specialists, as needed. Furthermore, other pediatric surgical specialists in Congenital Heart Surgery, Otolaryngology, Neurosurgery, Urology, Orthopedics, Ophthalmology, and Plastic, Reconstructive, and Craniofacial Surgery work closely with Pediatric Surgery.

A Facility Focused on Children

The Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital (YNHCH) is a Level 1, American College of Surgeons-accredited Pediatric Trauma Center. The Newborn Special Care Unit is the only Level IIIc unit in the state. The Pediatric Specialty Clinic, where pediatric surgery patients are seen as outpatients, constitutes more than 20 pediatric subspecialty clinics and pediatric phlebotomy. Consultation with other specialists is always readily available. The operating and recovery rooms in the Children’s Surgical Specialty Center as well as in-patient and out-patient practice environments are engineered specifically for children and their families.

Children’s Surgical Specialty Center

While providing the highest quality and most technically advanced care is Yale Pediatric Surgery’s first priority, we are deeply committed to the developmental needs of our patients and the emotional needs of the entire family. Our Children’s Surgical Specialty Center is internationally recognized for incorporating new ways to reduce anxiety and pain in children requiring surgery. This effort begins with a preoperative visit in anticipation of the surgery and continues through the final outpatient postoperative visit when the child has fully completed his/her surgical care. Preoperative tours of the Children’s Hospital are conducted by Child Life specialists and are offered as part of the admissions process. These tours provide an invaluable orientation for parent and child to pediatric anesthesia services, the operating suite, and the post-anesthesia care unit. Parents are welcomed as important participants in the healthcare team and, when necessary, are assisted with meals, parking, and accommodation at the Ronald McDonald House. Press-Ganey, who conduct independent patient satisfaction surveys, consistently rate Yale Pediatric Surgery among the best in the nation. We are proud to have received the gold award for customer service from Yale Medical Group every year since its inception.

There are more than 200 pediatric inpatient beds at YNHCH including 55 in the Newborn Intensive Care Unit, 19 in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, more than 125 beds on the general pediatric units. Further information about Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital can be found at the YNHCH Website or by downloading the Visitor's Guide.