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Surgery for Children

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When your child needs surgery, you want the best team available.

UI Children’s Hospital has the only group of surgeons in eastern Iowa and western Illinois specifically trained in pediatric surgery. We specialize in the care of babies, children, and adolescents across a broad range of pediatric surgical conditions. We work with a group of pediatric anesthesiologists who care for all children during surgery.

We use the newest surgical techniques and the latest medical discoveries to provide the best possible care for your child. We offer traditional surgeries, as well as minimally invasive and robotic surgeries that reduce pain, minimize incisions, and shorten hospital stays.

Our multidisciplinary care team includes surgeons, pediatric anesthesiologists, nurses, nutritionists, pharmacists, technologists, and support staff. All team members specialize and are fully dedicated to the care of infants and children.

Pain management, nutrition, and social and psychological services are part of our holistic approach to the care of children. Our child-friendly and family-centered care includes the Child Life Program, tutoring, art and music therapy, occupational therapy, and physical therapy. We partner closely with parents and family members so we can provide the best care and the most supportive environment to children.

University of Iowa Children's Hospital offers a pediatric surgery satellite clinic in the Quad Cities.

Level I Pediatric Trauma Center

University of Iowa Children's Hospital is the first and only verified Level I Pediatric Trauma Center in Iowa. This means UI Children's Hospital meets the highest standards set by the American College of Surgeons for trauma care in children. Our pediatric surgical and medical specialists collaborate to treat minor and serious physical and psychological trauma. We have specialized equipment for children of all ages and sizes, and our staff partakes in ongoing pediatric trauma education to ensure that families receive the highest level of pediatric care available.

Trauma is the leading cause of death and disability in children and adolescents, and preventing it is the best way to impact our children's health and well-being. The pediatric trauma team also provides education on injury prevention and treatment for families and UI Health Care faculty and staff.


  • Abscess
  • Appendicitis
  • Bowel obstruction
  • Central line placement
  • Port placement
  • Empyema
  • Enlarged lymph nodes
  • Hernia
  • Intestinal bleeding
  • Intestinal obstruction
  • Ostomy care
  • Pyloric stenosis
  • Pectus deformities
    • Carinatus
    • Excavatus (Nuss procedure)
  • Poland syndrome
  • Laparoscopy
  • Thoracoscopy
  • Percutaneous gastrostomy tube placement
  • Robotically assisted minimally invasive surgery
  • Disorders of the esophagus
    • Achalasia
    • Esophageal stricture
    • Foregut duplication and neuroenteric cysts
    • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
    • Hiatal hernia
  • Disorders of the intestines
    • Short gut
    • Hirschsprung's disease
    • Meckel's diverticulum
    • Gastrointestinal bleeding
    • Perianal disease
    • Inflammatory bowel disease
    • Crohn's disease
    • Ulcerative colitis
  • Thyroglossal duct cyst
  • Moles
  • Complex wound care
  • Soft tissue masses
  • Brachial cleft cyst
  • Adrenal tumors
  • Chest wall tumors
  • Ewing's sarcoma
  • Kidney tumors
    • Wilms' tumors
    • Nephroblastoma
    • Rhabdoid tumors
    • Clear cell carcinoma of kidney
  • Lung tumors
  • Multiple endocrine neoplasia
  • Neuroblastoma
  • Ovarian tumors/cysts
  • Primitive Neuroectodermal tumor
  • Rhabdomyosarcoma
  • Soft tissue sarcoma
  • Teratoma
  • Thyroid nodule
  • Abdominal wall defects
  • Gastroschisis
  • Omphalocele
  • Cloacal anomalies
  • Cryptorchidism (undescended testes)
  • Diaphragmatic hernia
  • Duodenal atresia
  • Hirschprung's disease
  • Imperforate anus
  • Intestinal atresia
  • Lung malformations
  • Malrotation of the intestines
  • Pulmonary malformations
  • Sacrococcygeal teratoma
  • Tracheal stenosis
  • Tracheomalcia
  • Tracheoesophageal malformations
  • Vascular malformations
    • Lymphangiomas
    • Hemangiomas
    • Cystic hygromas
  • Renovascular hypertension
  • Aortic disease
  • Vascular access
  • Central line and port placement

Patient Stories

Blakeley Andon iconTrust Your Instincts

Maybe it was mother’s intuition or her experience as a nurse, but Kimberly knew something was wrong with her newborn baby, Blakeley. Read more about Blakeley's story.

JamisonNICU Team Rushes to Treat Infant Born with Rare Condition

Jamison was born four weeks early and needed specialized pediatric surgery immediately. Read more about Jamison's story.

Natalie Wright thumbnailReclaiming Natalie's Smile

Natalie Wright, a teen from Provo, Utah, is the first pediatric patient to receive facial reanimation surgery in Iowa. Read more about Natalie's story.

Brynn IconBrynn’s Story

A routine ultrasound at 20 weeks brought alarming news for Brynn’s parents. Read more about Brynn's story.

Blake Thumbnail

”Let’s do it.”

Blake’s willingness to endure a painful chest surgery allowed him to get back on the diamond and return to sports. Read more about Blake’s story..

Mason AllenMason’s Story

Mason spent his first 10 weeks receiving life-saving care in the NICU. Read more about Mason's story.

Lilah HenrySaving Lilah

A routine ultrasound at week 10 of Andrea's pregnancy brought startling news. Read more about Lilah's story.

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“No matter what happens, you have to stand strong.”

A go-kart accident sent Indya to the hospital, but after some surgeries she was able to go home and get back to what she enjoys. Read more about Indya’s story.


Health Information

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Surgery Patient Information

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Locations and Contact

Iowa City, Iowa

UI Children's Hospital
Pediatric Specialty Clinic
200 Hawkins Drive, 2400 Colloton Pavilion
Iowa City, Iowa 52242

Parking: Parking and Wayfinding. Valet Services Available
In House Directions: Elevator F, Level 2.


Monday through Friday
8 am-5 pm


  • Appointment: 319-356-2229
  • Emergency: 319-356-1616
  • Toll Free: 888-573-KIDS (5437)

Bettendorf, Iowa

University of Iowa Children's Hospital - Pediatric Specialty Services
Located at Genesis Health Group
865 Lincoln Road, Suite 500
Bettendorf, Iowa 52722


  • Appointment: 855-543-2884 (855 KID AT UI)

Care Team

Other Team Members

 Laura Phearman thumbnail Laura Phearman, RN, APN, WOCN
Pediatric Skin, Wound, and Ostomy Nurse
 Kristel thumbnail Kristel Wetjen, RN, BSN
Pediatric Trauma Coordinator
 Chelsey Pangburn Chelsey Pangburn, RN, BSN
Pediatric Surgery Specialty Nurse