A little boy and his mother are greeted by a doctor at the hospital entrance
A little boy and his mother are greeted by a doctor at the hospital entrance
A little boy and his mother are greeted by a doctor at the hospital entrance

Pediatric Colorectal Treatments and Doctors at Johns Hopkins Medicine

Diagnosing and treating colorectal conditions in children 
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Johns Hopkins’ specialized pediatric surgeons treat a variety of colorectal conditions and continence issues in children. At the Pediatric Colorectal Center, we work with experts across pediatric specialties to take special care of your child with compassion and gentleness.

Consultations are available in the Baltimore, Annapolis, Frederick, Washington, D.C., and York, Pennsylvania, areas.

Colorectal Conditions We Treat

  • Anal fissures
  • Anal fistulas
  • Chronic constipation
  • Cloacal exstrophy
  • Common cloaca
  • Fecal incontinence 
  • Hirschsprung's disease
  • Imperforate anus (anorectal malformations)
  • Inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis)
  • Rectal prolapse

Why choose Johns Hopkins for your child’s colorectal surgery?

Our pediatric specialists work closely with teams from other Johns Hopkins specialties, including gastroenterology and nutrition, urology, orthopaedics, radiology and psychology. This multidisciplinary approach gives your child the most comprehensive treatment possible.

In addition, we offer upper laparoscopic and robotic-assisted surgery, a high degree of experience in reoperative care, chronic constipation and bowel management clinics, and a premier Enhanced Recovery After Surgery  program.

Meet our Colorectal Treatment Experts

At Johns Hopkins Children’s Center, you will feel the support and care of our team throughout every stage of your child’s treatment. 

  • David Joel Hackam, M.D., Ph.D.

    • Surgeon-in-Chief, Johns Hopkins Children's Center
  • Alejandro Vera Garcia, M.D.

    • Vice Chair, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
    • Director of Pediatric Robotic Surgery
    • Surgical Director of the ECMO Program
    • Co-Director of the Pediatric Surgical Colorectal Program
    • Associate Director, Pediatric Burn Program
  • Shaun Michael Kunisaki, M.D., M.Sc.

    • Robert and Jane Meyerhoff Professor
    • Associate Chief, Strategy & Integration, General Pediatric Surgery
    • Director, Fetal Program, General Pediatric Surgery
    • Director, Pediatric Esophageal Surgery, Johns Hopkins Children's Center
  • Clint Daniel Cappiello, M.D.

    • Director, Pediatric Surgery Residency Education
    • Director, Pediatric Surgery Delivery Systems
    • Associate Director, Surgery Clerkship
    • Section Head, Pediatric Surgery Johns Hopkins Howard County Medical Center
  • Daniel Sangkyu Rhee, M.D., M.P.H.

    • Director, Pediatric Surgical Oncology Program
  • Erica Imogene Hodgman, M.D.

    • Director, Pediatric Burn Program
  • Isam Waddah Nasr, M.D.

    • Director of Pediatric Trauma Program, Division of Pediatric Surgery
    • Co-Director of the Pediatric Surgical Colorectal Program
  • Samuel Matthew Alaish, M.D.

    • Surgical Director, The Hopkins Resource for Intestinal Vitality and Enhancement (THRIVE)
    • Program Director, Pediatric Surgery Fellowship
    • Associate Chief, Clinical Operations and Education

Our Care Locations

Care for pediatric appendicitis takes place at Johns Hopkins Children’s Center and community clinics throughout the Baltimore and Washington, D.C., metro areas.

Johns Hopkins Children's Center
The Charlotte R. Bloomberg Children’s Center building
1800 Orleans St., Room 2201
Baltimore, MD 21287

Howard County General Hospital
Medical Arts Building
11085 Little Patuxent Parkway, Suite 103
Columbia, MD 21041

Greater Baltimore Medical Center
Physicians Pavilion East
6565 N. Charles Street, Suite 313
Baltimore, MD 21204

Anne Arundel Medical Center

Adventist HealthCare Shady Grove Medical Center

WellSpan York Hospital
300 Pine Grove Commons
York, PA 17403