Center for Colorectal and Pelvic Reconstruction (CCPR)

Delivering Integrated Care for Children With Colorectal Conditions

What to Expect

Inside the Center for Colorectal and Pelvic Reconstruction

Center for Colorectal and Pelvic Reconstruction (CCPR)

The Center for Colorectal and Pelvic Reconstruction (CCPR) is leading the way in providing high quality care for children diagnosed with colorectal conditions. Studies show that there is a direct correlation between the number of patients a clinical program sees and high-quality outcomes they can deliver to their patients.

At Nationwide Children’s, every child diagnosed with a colorectal or pelvic condition is handled with an individualized treatment plan. Because of the complexity of many conditions, some children require care throughout their life. Our team is committed to providing optimal outcomes and quality of life from newborns, through potty training, puberty, sexual function and childbearing.


The Center for Colorectal and Pelvic Reconstruction is one of the first centers in the world to formally integrate all specialties involved in providing complete care of the colon and rectum in kids, joining the teams for Colorectal Surgery, GastroenterologyGynecology, and Urology. Over the past year, the center performed nearly 1,000 colorectal procedures and patients have reach out to us for help from 50 states and 64 countries from around the world.

Further reinforcing our commitment and expertise in treating pediatric colorectal conditions, Richard Wood, MD, leads the team.  Also leading the clinical team is Daniel DaJusta, MD, CCPR Urology Director, and Geri Hewitt, MD, CCPR Gynecological Director, and Desale Yacob, MD, GI Medical Director.

Our cross-functional team treats all types of functional and surgical colorectal conditions including:

The team conducts a weekly collaborative conference, for patients with functional problems and reconstructive needs, and creates custom treatment plans for each patient.

CCPR Center Directors

Richard Wood

Richard J. Wood

Richard Wood, MD, is chief of the Department of Pediatric Colorectal & Pelvic Reconstructive Surgery at Nationwide Children's Hospital.

Nationwide Children's Hospital Medical Professional

Daniel G. DaJusta

Daniel G. DaJusta, MD, is a surgeon in the Section of Urology and the Director of Urologic Surgery for the Center for Colorectal and Pelvic Reconstruction at Nationwide Children's Hospital.

Nationwide Children's Hospital Medical Professional

Geri D. Hewitt

Geri D. Hewitt, MD, is the Chief of Gynecology and Obstetrics and the Director of Gynecologic Surgery for the Center for Colorectal and Pelvic Reconstruction at Nationwide Children's Hospital.

Nationwide Children's Hospital Medical Professional

Desalegn T. Yacob

Desale Yacob, MD, is an attending pediatric gastroenterologist, Medical Director of the Motility Center and Director of Gastroenterology and Motility for the Center for Colorectal and Pelvic Reconstruction at Nationwide Children's Hospital.

Bowel Management Program

The Bowel Management Program is a week-long program for children dealing with constipation and the inability to control stool when it needs to stay inside or leave the body. This is called fecal incontinence, soiling, or having “an accident.” Most patients that enter the Bowel Management Program experience incontinence issues related to:

  • Previously repaired anorectal malformations or Hirschsprung disease
  • Spinal or sacral disorders that affect the bowel (spina bifida, myelomeningocele, absent sacrum, sacrococcygeal teratoma)
  • Motility disorders and those with severe constipation (encopresis)

Patients and families will end the week equipped with:

  • An understanding of how continence works
  • Information on why some children soil
  • A customized, and proven, treatment plan for each child

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Meet Our Patients

Leah P

Read Leah's Story

Name: Leah P.
Condition(s): Idiopathic Constipation
Age Today: 13 Years

Leah was born healthy and beautiful and even though she was continuing to thrive she suffered from severe, debilitating constipation. At almost 4-years-old, she still was not potty-trained.

Ella W

Read Ella's Story

Name: Ella W.
Condition(s): Colonic Neuropathy Pseudo Obstruction, Rectal Dysmotility
Age Today: 13 Years

After 8 months of surgeries, procedures, testing, nasogastric tubes, physical examines, medications, and more, Ella’s condition remained undiagnosed. Until one day she was referred to Nationwide Children’s Hospital.


Read Kiera's Story

Name: Kiera
Condition(s): Classic Bladder Exstrophy, Imperforate Anus

When you meet Kiera, you meet a tough little girl who loves Disney princesses and superheroes. These two interests perfectly describe her – she is sweet, loving and caring like a Disney princess, but has the determination, strength and fight of a superhero.


Read Evelyn's Story

Name: Evelyn

Evelyn was born in China and needed immediate medical care to survive. She had multiple extensive surgeries in China before the age of two prior to her adoption. Although it was daunting for Evelyn’s adoptive family to know she would need significant and lifelong care, as soon as they saw Evelyn’s face they knew she belonged with them.

Christin L

Read Christin's Story

Name: Christin L.
Condition(s): Bi-lateral Duplicated Renal Systems, Tethered Cord
Age Today: 15 Years

When Christin was 5, her parents took her to the local doctor in North Carolina because they were not convinced their daughter “just” had the flu. They were right. Christin was dealing with something much bigger.

International Reach


In a recent analysis the CCPR provided care to a higher volume of patients than any European program designated as a Colorectal Center of Excellence. By surpassing these standards of care, we are uniquely positioned to deliver the best outcomes to our patients from around the world.

CCPR Internal Impact Map


90 Medical Professionals from 21 Countries Have Visited the CCPR for Training

Medical Inquiries Have Been Received from 53 Countries

Patients Have Traveled for Treatment From 19 Countries including:

  • Canada
  • Chile
  • China
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Guatemala
  • Iraq
  • Ireland
  • Israel
  • Kuwait
  • Libya
  • Macedonia
  • Mexico
  • Romania
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Serbia-Montenegro
  • Uganda
  • UAE
  • United Kingdom

The CCPR team has traveled to 13 countries to train medical professionals including:

  • Australia
  • Costa Rica
  • Croatia
  • France
  • Germany
  • Honduras
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Nigeria
  • South Africa
  • Spain
  • Russia
  • United Kingdom

Why Choose Us

Ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of the leading children’s hospitals for urology, and gastroenterology and GI surgery, our care for your child and family spans more than just your time at our hospital. We know there are a lot of factors to selecting the right care team for your child. Here is what sets us apart:

  • Online video consultation. We can schedule a remote video consultation at no cost. From the comfort of your own home you can meet with a nursing coordinator and one of our surgeons. This virtual consultation allows us to learn about your child’s unique needs, and allows you to learn about our program and get your questions answered. Together we can determine if what we offer is the best fit for your family… before you make the decision to travel for your child’s treatment. 
  • Experience. Each year, we care for more kids with complex colorectal conditions and perform more colorectal surgeries than any other pediatric health care system in the country. This experience results in better long-term outcomes for our patients. Nationwide Children’s Hospital is also among the top five children’s hospitals based on the U.S. News national survey of “Expert Opinion with Pediatric Specialists” for gastroenterology and GI surgery.
  • Complete care. We treat children at all stages of development and address every facet of a child’s well-being. Our team – made up of specialists from urology, gastroenterology, gynecology, behavioral health, social work, and more – work together to provide the best care possible to every child.    
  • Leading research. Our team has published more than 120 articles in peer-reviewed journals over the last 10 years. Additionally, we’ve presented more than 100 times to fellow surgeons and medical providers on the best way to treat children with colorectal conditions. 
  • Ronald McDonald House. Nationwide Children’s Hospital is home to the world’s second largest Ronald McDonald House. Conveniently located right on our main campus, just steps away from the hospital, the Ronald McDonald House allows you to remain a part of your child’s care team while providing you a home away from home.
  • Patient support. Our private Facebook group, CCPR Families, gives you a personal, private connection with other families who are undergoing similar experiences, understand what you are going through and can offer invaluable support. 
  • A national and international destination. We’ve treated hundreds of patients from across the United States and around the world. Whether you are traveling from outside the United States or from another state, our Global Patient Services team can help make your trip as seamless as possible. 

Ready to learn more? Speak with our team. 


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Caring for Children Through All Stages of Life

Because of the complexity of many conditions related to the colon and rectum, some children require care throughout many lifetime milestones. From infancy and potty training to school age, adolescence, early adulthood and beyond, care needs change as your child grows.

The Nationwide Children's Center for Colorectal and Pelvic Reconstruction team is committed to providing optimal outcomes and quality of life throughout the child’s life.

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Myah S

Meet our Patients

Meet Myah, from Florida.  At age 11 she’s had 56 surgeries. But nothing has ever stopped Myah from reaching her goals. This year, after previous unsuccessful attempts, she finished her first full 5K race on her own.