When caring for a child who needs surgery, it must be remembered that the parents are intimately involved in the process. The child requires kindness and compassion while the parents need information and confidence in their child’s surgeon. I have dedicated my career to trying to provide for the needs of both my patients and their parents.
Qualifications and experience
- Cancers, Cancers - Pediatric Cancer, Child and Teen Health, Child and Teen Health - Infant and Toddler Health, Child and Teen Health - Pediatric Diseases and Conditions, Digestive System, Digestive System - Biliary Surgery, Digestive System - Gastroenterology (Stomach, Bowel, General GI Problems), Digestive System - Gastroesophageal Reflux, Digestive System - Gastrointestinal Surgery, Digestive System - Hepatology (Liver Disorders), Digestive System - Hernia, Digestive System - Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD): Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, microscopic colitis, Digestive System - Intestinal Failure / Short Bowel Syndrome, Digestive System - Pancreas Surgery, Digestive System - Surgical Endoscopy, Failed Prior Surgery, Pediatric Surgery, Skin, Hair and Nails, Skin, Hair and Nails - Burns, Surgery, Surgery - Laparoscopic Surgery, Surgery - Major Liver Surgery (Hepatobiliary), Surgery - Minimally Invasive Thoracic Surgery
- Languages spoken
University of California (San Francisco) School of Medicine Program (1995)
University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center/Children's Hospital Program (1997)
University of California (San Francisco) Program (1987)
University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine (1986)
University of Missouri at Kansas City Program (1992)
University of Missouri–Kansas City (MO) (1985)
- Clinical interest for patients
I am a general pediatric surgeon whose practice is exclusively for children and primarily for issues that involve the chest and abdomen. My practice encompasses most congenital GI anomalies, including anorectal malformations as well as congenital lung anomalies. I am also the trauma medical director for Children's Hospital Colorado Colorado Springs and provide care for most childhood injuries. My practice also includes abdominal wall defects such as various types of hernia, testicle issues such as torsion and undescended testicles, appendicitis, biliary disease and solid tumors of childhood. I perform most of my procedures using advanced, minimally invasive endoscopic techniques.
Finally, I have a background and training in fetal surgery. I provide prenatal counseling to pregnant women whose fetus (baby in the womb) has been discovered to have a surgical issue on prenatal ultrasound examinations.