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General Surgery
The Division of Pediatric General, Thoracic, and Minimally Invasive Surgery at St. Christopher's Hospital for Children is staffed by board-certified pediatric surgeons who have extensive training in general surgery and pediatric surgery.  With over thirteen years of performing minimally invasive surgery, we remain at the forefront in the use of minimally invasive techniques, leading to shorter hospitalizations, less postoperative pain and smaller incisions.  Our pediatric surgeons address the surgical needs of children of all ages, from extremely premature infants to 21-years of age, with a variety of conditions including infections, tumors, endocrine disorders, and congenital malformations.
Conditions Treated Include:   
Gastroenterology: Liver cysts/masses, gallbladder disease, splenic problems, inflammatory bowel disease, appendicitis, hernias and umbilical problems
Urology/Gynecology: Circumcision, hydroceles, undescended testes, ambiguous genitalia, ovarian lesions, vaginal pathology
Head & Neck: Masses, abscesses, cystic hygroma, thyroid nodules, thyroglossal duct cysts   
Skin: Nevi, vascular malformations, lymphadenopathy, ganglion cysts, dermoid cysts, and other miscellaneous tissue masses
Breast: Masses, cysts, and infections 
Vascular Access: Tunneled central venous catheters, dialysis access, and infusaports
Non-Cardiac Thoracic Surgery: Chest wall, lung, and esophageal problems
Why St. Christopher’s?
       Family-centered care and personalized attention from physicians and staff
       Shorter wait times to schedule appointments
       Multi-disciplinary care for the treatment of pediatric cancer and gastrointestinal diseases
       Widely recognized in minimally invasive and innovative surgical techniques
       Board-certified in general surgery and pediatric surgery
       Our surgeons are the backbone for the Level 1 Trauma Center at St. Christopher’s
Extensive Experience and Focus On:
Neonatal Surgery
We treat both elective and emergent congenital anomalies of premature and full term infants involving the neck, chest, abdomen, and groin including:
       Emergent Procedures such as ECMO, emergent laparotomies for necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC)
       Correction of Congenital Malformations such as tracheoesophageal fistula, imperforate anus, intestinal atresias,  congenital diaphragmatic hernias, congenital lung anomalies
Pediatric Oncology
We work cooperatively with pediatric oncologists to diagnose and treat tumors of the thorax, abdomen, and pelvis, including neuroblastoma, Wilms’ tumor, hepatoblastoma, and rhabdomyosarcoma.
Non Cardiac Thoracic Surgery
In addition to congenital lung lesions, we treat spontaneous pneumothoraces, thoracic empyemas, mediastinal or thoracic masses, and repair of chest wall abnormalities, like pectus excavatum and carinatum often using minimally invasive techniques.
Minimally Invasive Surgery
We are among the leaders in the field of minimally invasive thoracoscopic and laparoscopic procedures for the treatment of pediatric surgical diseases.
Pediatric Trauma
Through our Level 1 Trauma Center, all of our surgeons are certified in ATLS and PALS and are trained to care for critically ill infants and children who are victims of blunt or penetrating trauma.
Elective Pediatric Surgical Issues
The majority of our activities revolve around caring for the
elective surgical needs of infants and children. Our surgeons are skilled in head and neck surgery, endocrine surgery, thoracic surgery, gastrointestinal and hepatobiliary surgery, gynecology, and most general urologic surgery.
Our board-certified group of pediatric surgeons is led by Surgeon-in-Chief, Dr. Marshall Schwartz. All of our surgeons completed at least a five year residency in adult general surgery and an intensive two year fellowship in pediatric surgery, and are certified experts in general and pediatric surgery.
Marshall Schwartz, MD
Chief, Division of General, Thoracic, and Minimally Invasive Surgery
Rajeev Prasad, MD
Director of Minimally Invasive Surgery
Lindsay Grier Arthur III, MD
Director of Intestinal Failure Group
For more information or to schedule an appointment, call (215) 427-5292.
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Meet the Team

St. Christopher's Hospital for Children in Philadelphia has highly qualified experts who are specially trained to work with the individual and unique needs of infants and pediatric patients.

The team is led by Marshall Schwartz, MD, Surgeon-In-Chief and Chief, Division of General, Thoracic, and Minimally Invasive Surgery.

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