Pediatric Surgery

Overview

World-renowned surgeons at Shriners Hospitals for Children – Northern California provide complex pediatric surgery for children one-year and older with congenital and acquired conditions. Children from throughout the Western United States with chest wall malformations, gastro-intestinal disease, ano-rectal disorders, urologic conditions and other complex surgical needs benefit from the expert care. The pediatric surgery team is devoted to the development of innovative and minimally invasive surgical techniques.

Pediatric Surgery

Chest and Neck Disorders

  • Branchial cleft and arch anomalies/bronchogenic cysts
  • Complex chest wall deformities
  • Esophageal strictures
  • Pectus carinatum
  • Pectus excavatum
  • Thyroglossal duct cysts and sinuses

Complex GI Disorders

The following disorders are treated in our Pediatric Colorectal Center.

  • Biliary disorders
  • Cecostomy tubes for constipation
  • Cholecystectomy
  • Crohn’s
  • Familial polyposis
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease
  • Gastrostomy tube placement
  • Short-bowel syndrome
  • Splenectomy
  • Ulcerative colitis

Complex Rectal Disorders

The following disorders are treated in our Pediatric Colorectal Center.

Cysts, Hemangiomas, Tumors

  • Dermoid cysts
  • Hemangiomas (non-cancerous)
  • Pilonidal cysts
  • Preauricular cysts
  • Skin lesions requiring surgery
  • Soft tissue tumors
  • Vascular and lymphatic malformations

Hernias

  • Epigastric hernia
  • Hydrocele/inguinal hernia
  • Umbilical hernia
  • Ventral hernia

Follow-up and Complications after Neonatal Repair

  • Complex abdominal wall defects: omphalocele and gastroschisis
  • Congenital cystic adenomatoid malformations
  • Congenital diaphragmatic hernias and other related diaphragmatic anomalies
  • Imperforate anus
  • Tracheoesophageal fistula and esophageal atresia

Urologic Disorders

  • Circumcision
  • Congenital hydronephrosis
  • Hydrocele/inguinal hernia
  • Hypospadias
  • Neurogenic bladder
  • Sexual ambiguity
  • Undescended testis
  • Urinary infection
  • Vesico-ureteral reflux

Meet the Team

The Medical Team

Diana Farmer, M.D.
Pediatric Surgeon, Surgeon in Chief

Shinjiro Hirose, M.D.
Director, Pediatric Surgery

Payam Saadai, M.D.
Pediatric Surgeon

Erin G. Brown, M.D.
Pediatric Surgeon

Alana Beres, M.D.
Pediatric Surgeon

Jennifer Yang, M.D.
Pediatric Urologist

Erick Kurzrock, M.D.
Pediatric Urologist

Jennifer Miranda, NP
Nurse Practitioner

Debra Bever, RN
Case Manager, Pediatric Surgery & Urology

Doctor

Diana L. Farmer, M.D.

Pediatric Surgeon

Dr. Farmer

Internationally renowned pediatric surgeon, Diana L. Farmer, M.D., is the Chief of Pediatric Surgery at Shriners Hospitals for Children – Northern California, where she is leading a program focused on the complex surgical needs of children.

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Doctor

Shinjiro Hirose, M.D.

Director of Pediatric Surgery

Shinjiro Hirose, M.D.

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Shinjiro Hirose, M.D. is Director of Pediatric Surgery at Shriners Hospitals for Children – Northern California and Chief of the Division of Pediatric and Fetal Surgery in the Department of Surgery at the University of California, Davis Children’s Hospital.

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Doctor

Gary Wayne Raff, M.D.

Cardiothoracic Surgeon

Gary Wayne Raff, M.D., is a Cardiothoracic Surgeon at Shriners Hospitals for Children – Northern California.

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Full Biography

Gary Wayne Raff, M.D., is a Cardiothoracic Surgeon at Shriners Hospitals for Children – Northern California and holds the position of clinical professor of surgery in the division of cardiothoracic surgery at the University of California, Davis Medical Center.

Doctor

Maheen Ahmed Hassan, M.D.

Director of GI Motility 

Dr. Hassan

Maheen Ahmed Hassan, M.D., is Director of GI Motility at Shriners Hospitals for Children – Northern California.

Doctor

Amy Rahm, M.D.

Cardiothoracic Surgeon

Dr. Rahm

Amy Rahm, M.D., is a cardiothoracic surgeon at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Northern California and the UC Davis Children’s Hospital.

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Chest Wall Program

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The Chest Wall program at Shriners Hospitals for Children – Northern California provides children the most advanced pediatric medical care. The expert pediatric surgery team coordinates care for several kinds of chest wall irregularities.

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Surgery Checklist

Please review your surgical checklist to ensure that necessary arrangements are made, equipment is available, paperwork is complete and your child is ready for surgery at Shriners Hospitals for Children – Northern California. Have your checklist completed and readily available for use during your preoperative phone call. Bring your list with you on surgery day.

Click here for a printable version of the Surgery Information and Checklist.