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Includes specialty programs: Perioperative Surgical Home / Bowel Management Program

Pediatric Surgery

Patients scheduled for procedures need to be tested for COVID-19 prior to their procedure. Patients will receive instructions via a phone call from their surgeon's office. This applies to procedures on the hospital’s Akron and Boardman campuses. Click here for a map to the testing lab for our Akron campus. Click here for a map to the testing lab in Building C  on our Boardman campus.

With close to 20,000 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.

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Locations

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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 Surgery, Beachwood
Akron Children's Hospital Pediatric Surgery, Beachwood
3733 Park East Drive
Suite 230
Beachwood, Ohio 44122
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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, Mansfield
Akron Children's Hospital Pediatric General Surgery, Mansfield
Mansfield Health Center
1029 South Trimble Road
Mansfield, Ohio 44906
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Our Doctors/Providers

Department Heads:
Robert Parry
Robert Parry, MD, FACS

Director, Pediatric General Surgery; Pediatric Surgeon; Innovation Partner, Innovation Center

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Mark Wulkan
Mark Wulkan, MD, FACS, FAAP

Bruce F. Rothmann, M.D. Chair in Pediatric Surgery

Physicians/Providers:

David Andrews, MD, FACS

Pediatric Surgeon

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Scott Boulanger, MD

Site Director, Pediatric Surgery; Pediatric Surgeon

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John Crow, MD, FAAP, FACS

Associate Chief Medical Officer; Director, Paul and Carol David Foundation Burn Institute; Pediatric Surgeon; Surgical Director, Thyroid Program

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Nathan Heinzerling, MD

Pediatric General Surgeon

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Justin Huntington, MD

Pediatric Surgeon

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Joseph Iocono, MD, MBA

Pediatric General Surgeon

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Anjay Khandelwal, MD, FACS, FICS

Acute/Reconstructive Burn Surgeon; Surgical Critical Care

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Timothy Pittinger, MD

Pediatric Surgeon

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Todd Ponsky, MD, FACS

Pediatric Surgeon

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Douglas Potoka, MD

Pediatric Surgeon

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Avraham Schlager, MD

Trauma Director, Pediatric Surgery; Pediatric Surgeon

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Nurse Practitioners/Physician Assistants:

Emily Antes, MSN, CRNA

Nurse Anesthetist

Carolyn Davis, MSN, APRN-CNP

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

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Anna Frabotta, MSN, APRN-CNP

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

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Karley Salibi, MSN, APRN-CNP

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

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Katharine Tavani, APRN-CNP

Nurse Practitioner

Megan Tevepaugh, APRN-CNP

Nurse Practitioner

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Rosalee Unwin, MSN, APRN-CNP

Acute Care Nurse Practitioner

Angela Wilson, APRN-CNP

Nurse Practitioner

Other Providers:

Katelyn Adler, PA-C

Physician Assistant

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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Currently recruiting

https://www.akronchildrens.org/files/COVID-Inforgraphic.html

What Should Families Expect When They Come for an Appointment?

At Akron Children’s, your child’s health and safety is our priority. Please continue to bring your child for wellness visits, vaccinations or sick care appointments that keep children healthy. We want to assure you that we have taken additional precautions to ensure a safe environment for your child and family. The following are additional safety efforts, in addition to our normal cleaning protocols, that we are taking to help you be comfortable bringing your child to an appointment.

Limiting the Number of Caregivers and Face Covering

The number of caregivers permitted to accompany a child to an appointment is dependent on the department you are visiting. Everyone visiting an Akron Children's facility is asked to wear masks or face coverings, except for kids under 2 or those with sensory issues. Masks will be provided for visitors who do not bring their own.

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Checking In and Screening of Visitors

Akron Children's now offers Mobile Check-in to limit your exposure to others. You'll receive a text an hour before your child's appointment arrival time. Click the link in the text when you reach the Akron Children's facility for your child's appointment. You will receive a confirmation text that reminds you to wait in your car. Once we determine appropriate spacing is available inside the building, you'll receive a third text to let you know it's OK to come in for your appointment.

Immediately upon entering the building, your temperature will be taken, either by a thermal scanner or a greeter who will also ask you a few questions.

If you are in a waiting room, you’ll notice signs and a limited number of chairs. This is to remind our patients to keep 6 feet of physical distance between your family and others.

Precautions If You Suspect Your Child Has COVID-19

Call your child’s healthcare professional if your child is sick with fever, cough, or difficulty breathing and has been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19, or if you live in or have recently traveled from an area with ongoing spread of COVID-19. Your health care professional will work with Ohio’s public health department and the CDC to determine if your child needs to be tested for COVID-19.

View all the safety precautions Akron Children's is taking.