Pediatric Surgery and Pediatric Trauma

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About Us

The Division of Pediatric Surgery at Weill Cornell Medicine provides specialized multidisciplinary care for newborns, children and adolescents with conditions that benefit from surgical treatment. Our division is affiliated with the highly ranked Komansky Childrens' Hospital and the newly constructed Alexandra Cohen Hospital for Women and Newborns at NewYork-Presbyterian.

Our practice provides comprehensive diagnostic and therapeutic services to newborns, children and adolescents with a multitude of conditions.

Pediatric surgeons treat children of all ages, ranging from newborns to young adults. Our surgeons perform operations that correct many newborn congenital birth defects and malformations. They also perform the full spectrum of elective and emergency procedures on older children and adolescents.

Our team philosophy is that of collaborative, family-centered care. Our surgeons are nationally and internationally recognized leaders in their field who consider the unique needs of patients and their unique families with compassion and dignity. We offer a multidisciplinary surgical approach with colleagues in multiple specialties to provide focused comprehensive care for our patients.

Our surgeons are nationally recognized experts whose mission is to perform the most advanced surgical techniques to provide the best possible outcomes. Our clinical care, education and research endeavors are why our division is one of the most highly regarded in the country.

Our Pediatric Surgical Services Include:

  • Pediatric surgical care of newborns
  • Pediatric surgical care of infants, children and adolescents, including:
    • Pediatric head and neck surgery
    • Breast surgery in children
    • Chest wall deformities in children
    • Pediatric thoracic surgery
    • Pediatric abdominal surgery (includes abdominal wall, abdominal and colorectal surgery)
  • Pediatric trauma surgery
  • Pediatric cancer surgery
  • Lymphatic and vascular malformations


WABC’s “Medical Marvels” series spotlighted Dr. Nitsana Spigland’s efforts to remove a rare and large tumor from a newborn girl. Dr. Spigland is the Chief of the Division of Pediatric Surgery and Chief of Pediatric Trauma at Weill Cornell Medicine.

What Our Patients Are Saying

Lauren Nikrooz

We will forever be grateful for Dr Chiweshe after she operated on our newborn baby. She has been clear and concise when explaining to us the procedure and the many steps that followed. Along with being extremely patient and caring.

Nov 18, 2023
Source: Google
Laura Jimenez

Our baby girl was born on August 2023, and soon after, was diagnosticated with Biliary Atresia with Splenic Malformation Syndrome (BASM), which was adjacent to Hererotaxy Syndrome. The liver team at Weill-Cornell New York Presbyterian recommended a Kasai procedure to be performed before the end of first month of life, in the hands of Dr. Dimitri Merianos. Right after the confirmation of the date for surgery, Dr. Merianos reached out to us and with an outstanding empatic approach, without loosing objectivity, explained to us in great detail the characteristics of the procedure and the possible outcomes. Prior and after surgery (which included the Kasai Procedure, LADD Procedure, Gallbladder and Apendix removal) Dr. Merianos was always available for consultations and in several occasions even made first contact to let us know how everything was developing. Our baby Adri is now two months old and we’re extremely grateful for the professionalism and kindness of Dr. Merianos.

Nov 14, 2023
Source: Google

The Knight in the Shining Armor has a name: Dr. Nitsana Spigland. When your oh-so-expected and already so-so-loved newborn baby is born with a health challenge that requires surgery, it’s like living your worst nightmare. But then Dr. Spigland comes in and literally saves your whole world.

Jun 02, 2023
Source: WebMD
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