General Pediatric Surgery :: Nationwide Children's Hospital

General Pediatric Surgery

When your child needs surgery, everything matters.

At Nationwide Children’s, our Department of General Pediatric Surgery provides comprehensive surgical care for infants, children and adolescents with congenital and acquired conditions, including major congenital anomalies, traumatic and thermal injuries, and tumors. As the second largest pediatric treatment center in the United States our surgeons perform more than 4,000 operative procedures every year.

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Our nationally-recognized team includes 13 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, these nine cutting-edge programs are leading the way in pediatric surgery:

  • Bariatric Surgery
    One of the few pediatric bariatric programs in the country, our team offers an option for people who have not been able to maintain weight loss and control their health through dieting alone.
  • Burn Program
    Our Burn Program is the only Ohio-based program that is a verified Burn Center by the American Burn Association and the American College of Surgeons.
  • Chest Wall Clinic
    The Chest Wall Clinic at Nationwide Children’s Hospital provides comprehensive evaluation and treatment of disorders affecting the chest wall including pectus excavatum, pectus carinatum, rib deformities and chest wall tumors.
  • Center for Colorectal and Pelvic Reconstruction
    With the addition of internationally-renowned pediatric colorectal surgeon, Marc Levitt, MD, Nationwide Children’s now offers the most comprehensive management of surgical and functional colorectal conditions for children of all ages.
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease
    Our team provides expert care for children with complex cases of Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, that may require surgery.
  • Level 1 Pediatric Trauma Center
    One of only three American College of Surgeons designated Level I Pediatric Trauma Centers in Ohio, we can treat the most complex trauma cases.
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery Program
    Our surgeons provide advanced laparoscopic, endoscopic, and theracoscopic techniques through our Minimally Invasive Surgery Program. The Robot-Assisted Surgery program further illustrates our advanced approach to pediatric surgical care.
  • Neonatal Surgery
    Ranked 5th in the nation by U.S News and World Report, our neonatal surgeons handle the most complex cases for our smallest patients.
  • Sacral Nerve Stimulation
    A promising new therapeutic modality for urinary or fecal incontinence and chronic constipation, sacral nerve stimulation offers a new option for kids who have not had success with other treatments.
  • Surgical Oncology Clinic
    As the only pediatric surgical oncology clinic in Ohio, we offer convenient, comprehensive care for patients with cancer.



Gail E. Besner, MD

Gail E. Besner, MD
Chief, General Pediatric Surgery

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Nationwide Children's Hospital
700 Children's Drive Columbus, Ohio 43205 614.722.2000