Pediatric General Surgery

Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford

Surgery for children at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford is offered by a highly-trained, expert team of surgical professionals who specialize in the diseases and conditions affecting young people. Our general surgeons work exclusively with infants, children and adolescents and understand their unique needs.

Minimally invasive and scarless surgeries. That’s how we make our mark.

We understand that children aren’t simply small people who suffer from the same diseases adults do and respond to the same surgical solutions.

Rather, children have specific illnesses and require care by people with specialized knowledge and training in surgical treatment for children.

Our pediatric general surgery team takes a compassionate, family-centered approach to care. Our team cares for each child in collaboration with other health care professionals, the child and the family.  We believe this team approach leads to the best outcomes for the children we treat.

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About Stanford Children’s Health and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford

Stanford Children’s Health, with Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford at its center, is the Bay Area’s largest health care system exclusively dedicated to children and expectant mothers. As a top-ranked children’s hospital by U.S. News & World Report, we are a leader in world-class, nurturing care and extraordinary outcomes in every pediatric and obstetric specialty. Stanford Children’s Health, providing specialty care to general pediatrics, can be accessed through more than 60 locations across Northern California and 100 locations in the U.S. western region. As the pediatric and obstetric teaching hospital for the world-renowned Stanford University School of Medicine, we're cultivating the next generation of medical professionals and are at the forefront of scientific research to improve children’s health outcomes around the world. We are a non-profit organization committed to supporting the community through meaningful outreach programs and services and providing needed medical care to families, regardless of their ability to pay. Discover more at

With metabolic profiles of children, new center hopes to head off disease early

“We believe it will be possible to extend the principle of newborn screening for genetic disease to many more newborns and children at risk for acquired diseases using the center’s expertise in expanded metabolic profiling,” said Karl Sylvester, MD, associate dean for maternal and child health and co-director of the new center.


"Dr. Mueller adds that the study may help parents have a different view of what’s possible in education and may change how parents utilize what’s available to them. For the researchers, she says it will be useful to see how growth mindset can be passed from parent to child. “We always ask ourselves: Where do these mindsets come from? The obvious answer is: Oh, they come from parents,” Dr. Mueller says. “But that link between parents and kids—it isn’t as clear as you might think physiologically and hasn’t actually been well substantiated in the literature.”


"A child is 82 times more likely to die in our country of a firearm injury than in any other developed nation," said senior author Stephanie Chao, MD, assistant professor of surgery at Stanford. "We focus a lot on the federal government and the things they can do to protect our children from firearms. But our study shows that what states do at the state level really does have an impact."