Benedict C. Nwomeh, MD
The Division of Pediatric Surgery is based at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. On June 20, 2012, Nationwide Children’s Hospital opened its doors to its new 12-story, 750,000-square foot facility,the result of an $800 million campus-expansion project. Nationwide Children's is the third largest children’s hospital in the country, with an impressive 604 beds. The hospital has close to 1 million patient visits each year. This year, Nationwide Children’s Hospital ranked seventh on the Honor Roll of the U.S. News & World Report listing of the best Children’s Hospitals in the United States. In addition, Nationwide Children’s Hospital ranks among the top 10 pediatric research institutes in the country as measured by National institutes of Health funding, and has three research buildings dedicated to pediatric research on its campus.The pediatric surgery service is one of the busiest services of its kind across the United States.
The division sponsors a Level I pediatric trauma program verified by the American College of Surgeons and a pediatric burn program verified by the American Burn Association.The faculty members in the division include 14 board-certified pediatric surgeons, six of whom are also certified in surgical critical care, and one hospitalist, who is board-certified in general surgery and specializes in burn and trauma care. In addition to providing general pediatric surgical care, the division provides world-leading expertise in multiple focused areas of excellence including pediatric burn care, trauma care, minimally invasive surgery, inflammatory bowel diseases, adolescent bariatric surgery, gastrointestinal motility disorders, chest wall deformities, surgical oncology, and surgical endocrinology. In 2014, a new Center for Colorectal and Pelvic Reconstruction (CCPR) was opened, the first center in the world to formally integrate all specialties involved in providing complete care of the colon and rectum in children.
The division offers two training programs accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME): a two- year residency in pediatric surgery and a one-year fellowship in pediatric surgical critical care. In addition, there are one year fellowship programs in Pediatric Minimally Invasive Surgery, Pediatric Bariatric Surgery, Colorectal Surgery, and Surgical Quality Improvement.
Established in 1950 by Dr. H. William Clatworthy, Jr., a world-renowned clinical pediatric surgeon and clinical educator, the residency is regarded as among the most prestigious and comprehensive pediatric surgical training programs in the United States. Graduates of the residency have been recognized as academic and clinical leaders in pediatric surgery.They include distinguished pediatric surgeons such as Dr. Eric Fonkalsrud, Dr. Jay Grosfeld, Dr. James O’Neill, Dr. Marc Rowe and Dr. Donna Caniano. The division’s award-winning residency in pediatric surgery has been recognized for excellence in its educational programs.
Nationwide Children’s Hospital has a state-of-the-art perioperative services unit with 14 technologically-integrated operating rooms. Surgical neonates are cared for in a 55-bed Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, and critically ill patients are located in the 51-bed Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. Four beds are available for infants and children who require ECMO. One floor of the hospital contains a 48-bed unit designated for pediatric surgical patients and includes a burn center. The hospital operates a comprehensive simulation center to facilitate surgical education. In addition, a state-of-the-art minimally invasive surgery training center is currently being constructed. Fellows have individual office spaces next to the faculty offices and separate dedicated sleeping quarters within the hospital.