Children's Hospital Colorado

Center for Children’s Surgery Programs and Clinics

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

The Center for Children’s Surgery at Children’s Hospital Colorado uses state-of-the-art technology and advanced surgical techniques to care for our patients. We take care of babies before they are born, infants, kids, teens and even young adults every day. Our surgeons are experts in pediatric care and are known for their excellent outcomes.

Why do kids need a pediatric surgeon?


Surgeons at Children’s Colorado trained for additional years to learn how to care for kids that are still growing. All of the equipment that we use is kid-sized and our surgical teams explain complicated conditions and treatments in a way that is easy to understand. In addition to pediatric-trained surgeons, our anesthesiologists are board-certified and trained in pediatrics as well. Children’s bodies and metabolisms work very differently than adults’ bodies and process medication very differently. It is vital that our anesthesiologists understand these differences so that each surgery runs as smoothly as possible.

What types of surgical programs are available at Children’s Colorado?

Our teams diagnose and treat every part of the body - from the top of a child’s head all the way to the tips of their toes and from the inside out.

Congenital cardiac (heart) surgery

Congenital cardiac surgery, also known as pediatric heart surgery, is a surgical subspecialty that treats children and adults with congenital heart defects (heart defects they were born with). This highly specialized surgical team works closely with pediatric cardiology within the Heart Institute, which is one of the top heart programs in the country. We use the latest surgical options to give patients the best outcomes possible, which makes ours one of the best centers in the nation for pediatric heart surgery. Read about our surgical outcomes.

Dental program

Pediatric dentists care for kids' small mouths and teeth. In addition to helping children learn how to care for their teeth, they also specialize in caring for kids with special needs and complex health conditions that affect their teeth. The Dental Center at Children's Colorado is a comfortable, kid-friendly environment, so it's not scary to "open wide" in the dentist chair. Find out what to expect at your visit.

Dermatology program

As one of the only comprehensive dermatology programs in the Rocky Mountain region, we offer the most advanced skin treatments available. Our pediatric dermatologists treat everything from eczema to rare skin disorders. Learn about our programs such as the Regional Epidermolysis Bullosa Clinic.


Neurosurgeons in the Neuroscience Institute treat the brain, spinal cord and nerves that tell the body how to move. A child may see a neurosurgeon after a traumatic injury or for a diagnosis of hydrocephalus, epilepsy, a brain tumor, bleeding in the brain or abnormalities of the skull. We use the latest technology and techniques like robotic surgery, laser ablation and neuro-endoscopy. Learn about our latest technologies.

Ophthalmology (eye care)

Pediatric ophthalmologists care for all parts of the eye. Our team includes specialists in cornea and external disease, oculoplastic surgery, glaucoma, retina, uveitis and low vision. We diagnose and treat kids with cataracts, eye misalignments and other vision problems. See a full list of the conditions we treat.

Orthopedic programs

An orthopedic surgeon repairs the bones, joints, ligaments, tendons, muscles and nerves that allow kids to be active. We treat conditions like scoliosis, brachial plexus birth palsy and ACL tears. We have leading programs for all types of orthopedic conditions including the Hip Program, Spine Center, GAIT Lab, Pediatric Hand and Upper Extremity Program, Sports Medicine Center and the Orthopedic Tumor Program. Find an orthopedic program for your child.

Otolaryngology (ear, nose and throat care)

Otolaryngologists are also known as ear, nose and throat (ENT) doctors. They care for kids with conditions that affect the ears, nose and throat, like ear infections that may need ear tubes, tonsillitis that may require a tonsillectomy, hearing loss, cleft palate and vestibular balance disorders. See why we are one of the largest ENT teams in the U.S.

Pediatric surgery

In addition to treating common childhood conditions like appendicitis and more rare conditions like pectus excavatum, pediatric surgeons at Children's Colorado deliver specialized surgeries in many areas of the hospital. Learn more about some of our pediatric surgery programs below.

  • Bariatric Surgery Center – Our expert team provides bariatric (weight loss) surgery as a treatment option for severe obesity and obesity-related health conditions in teens. Research led by surgeons at Children’s Colorado has shown how bariatric surgery can have very positive results not only regarding weight loss, but also on lifelong conditions like diabetes.
  • Burn and Trauma Center - Children's Colorado is the only Level 1 Pediatric Trauma Center in the region. That means we have specialists who treat almost any illness or injury. We also provide preventative education to help kids stay safe. Learn why we are a Level 1 facility.
  • Colorado Fetal Care Center - Our team at the Colorado Fetal Care Center treats families facing a pregnancy with a fetal abnormality. That means we treat babies even before they are born. Our experts are internationally known for their innovative procedures.
  • International Center for Colorectal and Urogenital Care - Colorectal surgeons at Children's Colorado are dedicated to treating patients with conditions that affect bowel control. We offer families everything from prenatal consultations to colorectal surgery to helping our patients transition into adult care. See how the Center is improving our patients' lives.
  • Vascular Anomalies Center – Our team of specialists at the Vascular Anomalies Center offers patients with vascular birthmarks and hemangiomas care, support and surgical interventions.

Pediatric and adolescent gynecology

Pediatric and adolescent gynecologists care for the reproductive system of young girls and young women. They help girls manage conditions like polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), counsel girls about reproductive options when they require radiation treatments, and they provide surgical treatment options when needed. We offer patients a range of programs like the Pelvic Pain Clinic. Learn how our gynecologists help girls manage problem periods.

Plastic and reconstructive surgery

Plastic surgeons treat kids born with conditions like a cleft lip and cleft palate, craniosynostosis or microtia. Our programs include the Pediatric Hand and Upper Extremity Program, Brachial Plexus Clinic, Craniofacial Center and the Cleft Lip and Palate Clinic. Learn about the conditions we treat with plastic surgery.

Transplant programs

Patients with end-stage organ failure have been coming to our Transplant Program for decades. We have specialized teams who treat kids with liver, kidney, heart and bone marrow transplants. Learn about our unique team approach to transplant care.

Urologic surgery

Surgeons in our Pediatric Urology Program care for children's kidneys, bladder and genitalia. We have many specialty clinics and programs that provide support and care for conditions like differences of sex development, kidney stones and urologic tumors. Your child's physical and emotional comfort is a top priority for us. We use noninvasive and minimally invasive diagnostic testing and surgical interventions to minimize your child's discomfort. Find out more about our urology team and our surgery outcomes in order to make an informed decision for your child’s future.