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About the Division


The Division of Pediatric Surgery conducts its clinical, educational, research, and academic programs at Nationwide Children’s Hospital (NCH), a 12-story, 750,000-square foot facility. Nationwide Children’s Hospital is one of the largest children’s hospitals in the country, with an impressive total of 552 beds. The hospital has close to 1 million patient visits each year. Nationwide Children’s Hospital is consistently ranked in all 10 specialties of the U.S. News & World Report listing of the best Children’s Hospitals in the United States, and once again made the U.S. News & World Report’s Best Children’s Hospital Honor Roll in 2014, ranked at #7.  This "best of the best" distinction was awarded to only 12 children’s hospitals across the country. Honor Roll recipients are recognized for earning high rankings (among the top 10%) in multiple specialties. Nationwide Children's was placed solidly on the list with 7 out of 10 specialties ranked in the top 10. This is the fourth consecutive year that Nationwide Children's has ranked in all specialties evaluated by U.S. News.  In addition, Nationwide Children’s Hospital ranks among the Top 10 pediatric research institutes in the country as measured by National Institutes of Health funding, and has three research buildings dedicated to pediatric research on its campus. The pediatric surgery service is one of the busiest services of its kind across the United States. Nationwide Children’s Hospital is one of the only hospitals in the United States that is an American College of Surgeons designated Level I pediatric trauma center, an American Burn Association verified pediatric burn center, and a Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) approved pediatric rehabilitation center.

The faculty members in the division include 14 board-certified pediatric surgeons, six of whom are also certified in surgical critical care, one hospitalist, who is board-certified in general surgery and specializes in burn and trauma care, and a full-time Ph.D. scientist. In 2014, world-renowned pediatric colorectal surgeon Dr. Marc Levitt joined the faculty. In addition to providing general pediatric surgical care, the division provides world-leading expertise in multiple focused areas of excellence including pediatric minimally invasive surgery, burn care, trauma care, inflammatory bowel disease surgery, adolescent bariatric surgery, gastrointestinal motility disorders, chest wall deformities, surgical oncology, and surgical endocrinology.

 

Learn more about the history of pediatric surgery at Nationwide Children's by reading Dr. Donna A. Caniano's A History of Healing: Pediatric Surgery at The Ohio State University College of Medicine and Nationwide Children’s Hospital, 1950-2010