Children's Hospital Colorado
Center for Children's Surgery

Center for Children's Surgery

We collaborate with every specialty in the hospital to advance new surgical techniques, teach tomorrow’s surgeons and give our patients a brighter today.


At our Center for Children’s Surgery, we treat the big things, the little things and everything in between. Inside the walls of our pediatric hospital are world-renowned, experienced surgeons. They care for patients with a wide variety of congenital, infectious, traumatic and other conditions and perform more than 23,000 surgical procedures each year.

4th Busiest surgical program in the U.S.
485+ Pediatric surgery experts
Level I Pediatric Trauma Center

Our Center includes more than 14 departments and clinics, including:

More about the Center for Children’s Surgery at Children’s Colorado

  • Our Level I Pediatric Trauma Center has dedicated trauma surgeons who provide 24/7 coverage.
  • Transplant surgeons have completed over 430 heart transplants, where they have improved the survival rates of heart recipients by taking a less invasive approach to care.
  • In 2016, we performed over 550 heart surgeries. We are also rated in the top 10% for heart surgery outcomes.
  • In 2012, 2013 and 2014, our spine patients had the shortest hospital stay after spinal fusion surgery compared to other hospitals in the state of Colorado.
  • Our neurosurgery team was the first hospital in Colorado to receive ROSA, a robotic surgical assistant, which helps us perform brain surgery in a safer, faster and more effective way.
  • The International Center for Colorectal and Urogenital Care at Children’s Colorado is the home of Dr. Alberto Peña, pioneer of the posterior sagittal anorectoplasty (PSARP), also known as the "Peña Pull-Through Procedure." He has performed over 2,500 Pull-Through Procedures and provided care to patients in more than 70 countries.
  • Our capabilities include every fetal treatment available, including open fetal surgery, fetoscopy and ex utero intrapartum treatment (EXIT) procedures. 
  • Our Urology Department is consistently ranked among the best of the best by U.S. News & World Report
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Why choose Children’s Colorado for your child’s surgery?

In addition to providing expert medical treatment, our experienced staff will treat your family with care, compassion and respect. Whether you are visiting Children's Colorado for your child’s first surgery or for one of many, we will work with you to provide all the information and resources you need during your hospital stay.

Our surgical team is proud and thankful to be able to offer you services in a facility that was built and designed to be the most healing environment for kids. We combine advanced technology, innovative research, the latest minimally-invasive techniques and expert care to be consistently ranked among the top pediatric hospitals in the country.

Our Anesthesiology Department has more than 50 specialty-trained pediatric anesthesiologists and nearly 30 advanced practice providers who specialize in pediatric anesthesia. Our experts are available within the hospital for your child 24/7 whether it is for surgery, trauma response, pain management or to answer any questions about anesthesia.

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Children's Colorado in the news

Radio Health Journal

Last Chance for Weight Loss: Bariatric Surgery in Teenagers

May 7, 2017

Thomas Inge, MD, PhD, chief of pediatric surgery and director of adolescent bariatric surgery, was interviewed on teenage obesity and bariatric surgery. "One of the risks that I'm increasingly telling people about is the risk of doing nothing. That's a sobering message on the one hand, and it's a call to action on the other hand," said Inge.


Managing Childhood Obesity Requires Commitments from Family, Community, Public Policy

April 3, 2017

"For teenagers, in particular, the lifestyle interventions and even drug treatment have not been great, and most of the evidence for adolescents [suggests] that there is not good treatment that allows a teenager who has gained considerable extra weight to actually reverse it," said Thomas Inge, MD, PhD, FACS, FAAP, director of Adolescent Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery.

The New York Times

Doctors Consider Bariatric Surgery as a Last Best Hope for Teenagers

February 24, 2017

More and more doctors and parents are questioning whether severely obese teenagers should have bariatric surgery. Thomas Inge, MD, division head of pediatric surgery and director of adolescent metabolic and bariatric surgery, and Stephen Daniels, MD, pediatrician-in-chief, are quoted.