Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital Pediatric Surgery

The pediatric general surgery team at Johns Hopkins All Children's in St. Petersburg, Florida, offers infants, children and young adults general and specialized surgical care closer to home.

Update: We offer telemedicine consultations and follow-up appointments with the general surgery program, depending on each patient's condition and appointment needs. For appointment scheduling, please call 727-767-4170.

The Pediatric General Surgery Program at Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital in St. Petersburg, Florida, provides a wide range of services including advanced miniature access and minimally invasive surgery. Working with two community and regional hospitals and eight Outpatient Care locations, we offer comprehensive care closer to home with access to the latest treatments, procedures and technology.

Verified Level 1 Surgery Center

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Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital has been verified as a Level 1 Children’s Surgery Center by the American College of Surgeons Children’s Surgery Verification Quality Improvement Program. Verified centers must meet standards that ensure that children facing surgery receive care under a multidisciplinary program with quality improvement and safety processes, data collection, and appropriate resources provided to them as patients at the hospital. Learn more.

General Surgery Conditions and Procedures

The Johns Hopkins All Children’s General Surgery team cares for and treats infants, children and young adults with a wide range of  common and complex  conditions. We use a variety of surgical procedures, including the latest minimally invasive techniques, to treat patients with surgical needs. Our team designs an individualized care plan for each patient’s condition and unique circumstance for the best possible treatment and recovery options.

Why Choose Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital

Our pediatric surgeons are trained in the latest treatments and offer:

  • Board certified pediatric surgeons. Board certified pediatric surgeons specialize in children’s surgery and our team are all board certified or board eligible. Although the American Board of Surgery allows a seven-year limit to be board certified, Johns Hopkins All Children’s requires our pediatric surgeons to be board certified within the first two years of hire.
  • Advanced surgical experience. Our surgeons are leaders in procedures used to treat some of the most complex conditions including chest wall deformities and congenital diaphragmatic hernias.
  • Personalized care. Our surgeons take a whole-team approach to treating conditions. We work alongside specialists and subspecialists across our hospital, including oncology, anesthesiology, maternal-fetal medicine specialists, pain management specialists and genetics, and are ready to meet a patient's needs all in one location.
  • An innovative approach to treatment. Our team is specially trained in minimally invasive procedures, including single incision “keyhole" surgical procedures. Minimally invasive surgery shortens hospital stays and healing time and lessens the pain and discomfort of surgery.
  • Comprehensive care. We have access to pediatric specialists and subspecialists throughout our hospital and can provide a seamless transition for patients who need additional specialty care beyond our services. 

Benefits of a Pediatric Surgeon

There are many advantages of having a pediatric surgeon care for your child. Pediatric surgeons have special qualifications and training for pediatric general surgery, including:

  • Seven years of training after medical school. Becoming a pediatric surgeon requires completing one of the longest training pathways in the U.S. medical system. Physicians train for seven years after medical school, with some physicians having additional fellowship training in research or critical care.
  • Certified in general surgery and pediatric surgery. Pediatric surgeons must pass two certifications before they can practice, one in general surgery and one in pediatric surgery.
  • Specially trained to operate from the neck to the pelvis. While adult surgeons usually focus on a specific organ or region of the body, pediatric surgeons are trained to operate on a defined age group from the neck to the pelvic region.

Learn more about the specialized training that pediatric general surgeons have.

  • Patient Safety and Quality

    Our board certified pediatric trained surgeons are experienced in treating infants, children and young adults for a wide range of conditions, both common and complex. Learn more about how our team is committed to using data to improve patient care. 

  • Research

    As a national leader in pediatric surgery, investigators in the Pediatric General Surgery Program are committed to generating new knowledge to continually advance care for pediatric patients. Learn more about our research.

  • Training Opportunities

    Johns Hopkins All Children's is dedicated to providing high-quality education to a variety of audiences, including medical students, residents and fellows. Learn more about the training opportunities we offer in the Department of Pediatric Surgery.

Contact Us

For more information about how our program can help your child or to make an appointment, please call the number below to speak to our nurse coordinator. We serve families throughout the greater Tampa Bay area, across the state of Florida, and beyond.

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Read more about our program:

  • Choledochal Cyst: Lyla’s Story

    When Lyla wasn’t eating as much and stomach ache symptoms kept her from her favorite activities, her family took her to her pediatrician thinking a stomach bug was the culprit. Her symptoms lingered, so she was sent to Johns Hopkins All Children’s, where she received expert care for what turned out to be a choledochal cyst.

  • Johns Hopkins All Children’s Is a Level 1 Children’s Surgery Program

    The American College of Surgeons (ACS) has designated Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital as a Level 1 Children’s Surgery Center, a verification of excellence that is held by fewer than 50 children’s hospitals in the United States.

  • Dr. David Kays Offers CDH Families Hope

    When David Kays, M.D., was a child, his mother gave him a book about medicine, helping to set him on the path to becoming a surgeon. Now he is one of the best in the nation at treating congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH), and serves as medical director of the hospital’s Center for CDH, the nation’s first inpatient unit solely dedicated to treating CDH. He talks about his journey to medicine, and how he came to specialize in CDH.

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Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

In addition to our General Surgery program, we also have a robust Pediatric Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery program, providing care for children with a wide range of conditions. Learn more about the Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Program.