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Pediatric Surgery

Includes specialty programs: Perioperative Surgical Home / Bowel Management Program

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With more than 16,000 surgeries a year, we pride ourselves on having the most experienced pediatric general surgeons in northeast Ohio. Whether they’re treating a 2-pound premature infant in our neonatal intensive care unit or a 200-pound teen, our surgeons are specially trained to diagnose and treat children of all ages and developmental stages. And whenever possible, we use minimally invasive techniques rather than open procedures for safer and better results.

Treating a wide range of conditions.

From fixing the simplest hernia to operating on the most complex abdominal wall defect, we diagnose and treat all conditions relating to the chest, abdomen and pelvis.

We have particular expertise and interest in:

  • Thoracic surgery (e.g., tracheostomy, repair of chest wall deformity, esophageal and tracheal repair, diaphragm repair, and removal of tumors within the chest or lung)
  • Hernia repair (e.g., inguinal, umbilical and ventral)
  • Gastrointestinal (GI) surgery  (e.g., malrotation of the bowel; pull through for Hirschsprung’s disease; anti-reflux procedures; necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC); inflammatory bowel disease; repair of intestinal atresia, anorectal malformation, intestinal duplication and gastroschisis; and removal of neuroblastoma, adrenal or retroperitoneal tumors)

Akron Children’s is also 1 of only 3 hospitals in the U.S. that offers gastric electrical stimulation to treat gastroparesis in children. Dr. Todd Ponsky is globally recognized for his work in this technique.

Gastroparesis occurs when the abdominal nerves are paralyzed and unable to pump food through the body. With gastric electrical stimulation, Dr. Ponsky implants a device similar to a pacemaker that tells the stomach to squeeze, helping push the food through the intestines.

A team approach.

One of our greatest strengths is the collaboration of our pediatric care team. From anesthesiologists to dietitians, all of our clinicians have specialized knowledge and training in the care and treatment of children.

This collaboration allows us to develop the best possible plan of care for your child – from the first clinic visit through surgery and follow-up.

We also believe families are an important part of our care team and encourage you to participate with doctors and nurses in your child’s care plan.

We have a singular focus: Children.

We exclusively train and perform surgery on kids. So we know that their diseases, symptoms and even the way they react to surgery differ from adults. We tailor everything – from anesthesia to IV fluids – to their size and stage of growth.

We also know the importance of caring for their emotional needs. Our pediatric surgeons examine and treat children in a way that makes them relaxed and cooperative, and they use equipment and facilities specifically designed for children.

Locations/Contact Us

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Pediatric General Surgery
Akron Children's Hospital Pediatric General Surgery, Akron
215 West Bowery Street
Level 6
Akron, Ohio 44308
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Pediatric General Surgery, Boardman
Akron Children's Hospital Pediatric General Surgery, Boardman
Building A
6505 Market Street
Boardman, Ohio 44512
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Pediatric General Surgery, Twinsburg
Akron Children's Hospital Pediatric General Surgery, Twinsburg
8054 Darrow Road
Suite 3
Twinsburg, Ohio 44087
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Our Doctors/Providers

Department Heads:
Robert Parry
Robert Parry, MD, FACS

Director, Pediatric General Surgery; Pediatric Surgeon

Accepting New Patients

David Andrews, MD, FACS

Pediatric Surgeon

Scott Boulanger, MD

Site Director, Pediatric Surgery; Pediatric Surgeon

Nathan Heinzerling, MD

Pediatric General Surgeon

Justin Huntington, MD

Pediatric Surgeon

Joseph Iocono, MD, MBA

Pediatric General Surgeon

Todd Ponsky, MD, FACS

Pediatric Surgeon

Avraham Schlager, MD

Trauma Director, Pediatric Surgery; Pediatric Surgeon

Nurse Practitioners/Physician Assistants:

Carolyn Davis, MSN, APRN-CNP

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Anna Frabotta, MSN, APRN-CNP

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Other Providers:

John Crow, MD, FAAP, FACS

Associate Chief Medical Officer; Chairman, Department of Surgery; Director, Paul and Carol David Foundation Burn Institute; Pediatric Surgeon; Bruce F. Rothmann, M.D. Chair in Pediatric Surgery

Open Clinical Studies

Comparing silver nitrate application with topical corticosteroids at gastrostomy sites

Gastrostomy tube (G-tube) insertion is one of the most commonly performed procedures in pediatric surgery. Complications from G-tubes are not uncommon and are a frequent reason for pediatric surgery office visits. The development of hyper-granulation tissue around the G-tube site is one of these complications. It is accompanied by chronic drainage and skin breakdown from the G-tube site resulting in localized irritation around the tube. Various treatments exist for hyper-granulation tissue that includes silver nitrate, topical corticosteroids, and intraregional injection of corticosteroids, sprinkling salt, laser therapy and surgical excision. These therapies have not been adequately evaluated to determine which is most effective. There have been no randomized trials comparing any of two of these treatments. The most common treatments are silver nitrate and topical corticosteroids; this study aims to compare the effectiveness of both.

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