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Pediatric Surgery

Surgery at any age can be scary. When it’s your child, you want to know they are being cared for by a team that specializes in pediatric surgery.

University of Iowa Children’s Hospital is home to the only team of pediatric surgeons in Iowa and western Illinois specifically trained to care for children, from premature infants to young adults. Our surgeons are specialists in the care of a broad range of pediatric surgical conditions and traumatic injuries.

As part of an academic medical center, our surgeons are also researchers, which means they are on top of the latest surgical techniques and medical discoveries to provide the most advanced care for your child. In addition to traditional procedures, our surgical team also performs minimally invasive surgeries that can reduce the length of hospital stays and minimize pain.

Our multidisciplinary care team includes expert pediatric surgeons, anesthesiologists, nurses, nutritionists, pharmacists, technologists, and support staff, all dedicated to the care of infants and children. Because we know surgery may just be one part of your child’s care, our pediatric surgery team works together with other pediatric specialists, such as neonatology, hematology, oncology, pulmonology, gastroenterology, otolaryngology, urology, cardiology, and radiology to ensure a complete and comprehensive plan of care. Because we all work together, every team member knows what is happening with your child’s care. This helps us determine what surgery is the best option for your child.

Pain management, nutrition, and social and psychological services are also part of our holistic approach to the care of children. Our family-centered care includes Child Life specialists, 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 offer the most supportive environment to children.

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


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.

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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.

Brynn IconBrynn’s Story

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

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”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.


  • The Power of Play
    The pediatric surgery team at University of Iowa Children’s Hospital developed custom medical dolls to help patients and families better understand what to expect before surgery.
  • Your Day of Surgery
    Take a behind-the-scenes tour to help you and your child better understand what to expect before, during, and after surgery at University of Iowa Children's Hospital.

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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)

Waterloo, Iowa

Located at Covenant Clinic - Pediatrics
2710 St. Francis Dr, Suite 510
Waterloo, Iowa 50702


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

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