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Pediatric General 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.

The Akron Children’s Hospital Department of General Pediatric Surgery cares for thousands of children each year.

Our surgeons provide a wide range of procedures and many are minimally invasive using laparoscopic, endoscopic and needlescopic techniques. This helps our surgeons achieve our goal of making surgery less invasive and reducing scar size.

In addition, Akron Children’s is also 1 of only 3 hospitals in the U.S. that offers gastric electrical stimulation to treat gastroparesis in children. Gastroparesis occurs when the abdominal nerves are paralyzed and unable to pump food through the body. With gastric electrical stimulation, physicians implant 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. Our staff provides support through the entire surgical process from hospitalization through discharge and home care. 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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Outpatient Surgery Center
Akron Children's Hospital Outpatient Surgery Center
Kay Jewelers Pavilion
One Perkins Square
Level 3
Akron, Ohio 44302
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Pediatric General Surgery
Akron Children's Hospital Pediatric General Surgery, Akron
Considine Professional Building
215 West Bowery Street
Level 6
Akron, Ohio 44308
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Pediatric General Surgery, Amherst
Akron Children's Hospital Pediatric General Surgery, Amherst
Mercy Health - Bitar Medical Center
5940 Oak Point Road, Suite E
Lorain, Ohio 44053
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Pediatric General Surgery, Boardman
Akron Children's Hospital Pediatric General Surgery, Boardman
Leonard J. Fisher Family Building
6505 Market Street, Building A
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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Pediatric General Surgery, New Philadelphia
Akron Children's Hospital Pediatric General Surgery, New Philadelphia
1045 West High Avenue
New Philadelphia, Ohio 44663
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Pediatric General Surgery, Warren
Akron Children's Hospital Pediatric General Surgery, Warren
The Market Place
5000 East Market Street
Warren, Ohio 44484
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Our Doctors/Providers

Department Heads:
Scott Boulanger
Scott Boulanger, MD

Director, Pediatric General Surgery; Pediatric General Surgeon

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Robert Parry
Robert Parry, MD, FACS

Pediatric General Surgeon; Innovation Partner, Innovation Center

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Physicians/Providers:

David Andrews, MD, FACS

Pediatric General Surgeon

John Crow, MD, FAAP, FACS

Associate Chief Medical Officer; Pediatric General Surgeon; Burn Surgeon

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Nathan Heinzerling, MD

Pediatric General Surgeon

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Justin Huntington, MD

Pediatric General Surgeon

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Joseph Iocono, MD, MBA

Pediatric General Surgeon

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Timothy Pittinger, MD

Pediatric General Surgeon

Todd Ponsky, MD, FACS

Pediatric General Surgeon

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Douglas Potoka, MD

Pediatric General Surgeon

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Mark Wulkan, MD, FACS, FAAP

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

Nurse Practitioners/Physician Assistants:

Carolyn Davis, MSN, APRN-CNP

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

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Abigail Dinh, MSN, APRN-CNP

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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Amy Seymore, PA-C

Physician Assistant

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Katharine Tavani, APRN-CNP

Nurse Practitioner

Megan Tevepaugh, APRN-CNP

Nurse Practitioner

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Other Providers:

Katelyn Adler, PA-C

Physician Assistant

Preparing for 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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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.

Preparing for Your Child's Surgery

The pre-surgery visit helps improve outcomes by ensuring patient care is coordinated from the time surgery is scheduled, throughout the procedure, followed by recovery at home.

Pre-surgery visits are available for surgery patients in Akron at Surgical Services in our main hospital building. If you don't have a pre-surgical visit appointment scheduled at least 2-3 weeks before your child's visit, call 330-543-7777.


Some of the Conditions We Treat...

The Department of Pediatric General Surgery at Akron Children’s Hospital provides surgical services for a wide range of issues including: Abdominal surgery, Anorectal malformation / imperforate anus / cloaca, Anorectal malformation repair, AV fistula/shunt construction or takedown, Biliary atresia, Bowel malrotation, Bowel obstruction, Esophageal and tracheal repair, Gallbladder removal, Gastroesophageal reflux procedures (Nissen), Gastroschisis, Gastrostomy tube placement, Head and neck tumors and cysts, Hernia repair (Inguinal, Umbilical, Ventral), Hirschsprung’s Disease, Inflammatory bowel disease, Intestinal atresia repair, Neuroblastoma excision, Omphalocele, Orchidopexy, Pectus carinatum, Pectus excavatum, Pectus repair, Pilonidal cysts, Removal of foreign bodies from trachea / esophagus, Rhabdomyosarcoma, Soft tissue repair, Testicular torsion, Thoracic, lung and mediastinal tumor excision, Thoracic surgery, Tumor surgery, Wilms’ tumor



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