At Children’s Hospital & Medical Center, our surgical team is dedicated to keeping you and your child safe and comfortable throughout the whole surgery process, from the consultation to the recovery.

Children’s is the only medical center in the region that is devoted solely to pediatrics. Our providers recognize that children aren’t just miniature adults — they have their own medical and psychosocial needs, communicate differently than adults, and need care from providers who have special training in pediatric medicine.

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General and Thoracic Surgery: 402-955-7400

Emergency and Urgent Surgical Needs: 855-850-KIDS (5437)

Our Surgeons

Christopher Moir

Pediatric Surgery

Angela Hanna

General & Thoracic Surgery
Pediatric Surgery

Patrick B. Thomas

General & Thoracic Surgery
Pediatric Surgery

Abdalla E. Zarroug

General & Thoracic Surgery
Pediatric Surgery

Natalie AaronsCooke

General & Thoracic Surgery
Pediatric Surgery

Kenzie Espalin

Pediatric Surgery
General & Thoracic Surgery

Kimberly J. Farris

Pediatric Surgery

Audrey Gustafson

Pediatric Surgery
General & Thoracic Surgery

Blair K. Lowe

Pediatric Surgery

Alexandra Parkinson

Pediatric Surgery
General & Thoracic Surgery

Why Choose Children’s?

Combined, our surgeons bring about 50 years of experience and over 40 years of training to the operating room.

We have some of the only board-certified pediatric surgeons in Nebraska. Our team also includes specialists in pediatric anesthesiology and fetal care.

By focusing solely on pediatrics, our surgeons and staff are experts at assessing the unique treatment needs of children and teenagers.

We know how to explain procedures at a child-friendly level and help the child and the entire family feel comfortable going into surgery.

We make sure to cover all of your child’s non-medical needs, too.

Our social workers, chaplains, and child life specialists ensure that caring for your child’s psychosocial, emotional, and spiritual health is part of their overall medical care. They help reduce stress before and after procedures and improve the overall hospital experience.

A Leader in Minimally Invasive Surgery

Children’s is the region’s leader in developing and performing new, innovative pediatric minimally invasive surgical procedures.

The majority of surgeries can be performed using these minimally invasive techniques. Small cameras and instruments are placed through tiny incisions (less than 5mm), which leads to faster recovery and healing times, less pain, and lower rates of infection.

General and Thoracic Surgery

Children’s offers surgical treatment for a wide range of medical conditions, including:

  • Achalasia
  • Adolescent Breast Disease
  • Appendicitis
  • Cancer
  • Congenital Pulmonary Airway Malformation (CPAM)
  • Colorectal Conditions
  • Crohn’s Disease
  • Dermoid Cyst
  • Empyema
  • Gallstones
  • Gastroschisis
  • Hydrocele
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • Inguinal Hernia
  • Intestinal Obstruction
  • Intussusception
  • Lung Disease
  • Neuroblastoma
  • Omphalocele
  • Pancreatic Conditions (Pancreatectomy)
  • Pectus Excavatum
  • Pyloric Stenosis
  • Severe Obesity (Bariatric (Weight Loss) Surgery)
  • Thyroid And Endocrine Conditions
  • Ulcerative Colitis
  • Umbilical Hernia

Learn more about these conditions.

Fetal Care

Children’s is the only hospital in the region with a Level IV Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) — the highest level of care for babies. We also have a Fetal Care Center where we provide care for mothers and their babies who need special care before birth. This can include consults with parents so they can learn what to expect once their child is born or fetal surgery on the baby while it is still in the womb.

Preparing for Surgery


General And Thoracic Surgery: Conditions And Procedures

Learn about some of the most common surgeries we perform and conditions we treat.

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How to Prepare Your Child (and Yourself) for Surgery

Get your child ready for an upcoming procedure, from packing to post surgical care.

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Your Child’s Hospital Stay

Learn about what to pack, the day-to-day routine, and the services and resources available to your family at Children’s.

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Anesthesia helps your child avoid pain and possibly fall asleep during surgery. Here’s how we make sure to give anesthesia safely.

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Support Services For Your Child

We offer support services to address your family’s emotional, financial, developmental, spiritual, and educational needs.

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