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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


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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


"Dr Merianos performed the Nuss Procedure on our 14 year old, march 2022. From start to finish everything went smoothly & successfully, and this was in the middle of a pandemic. Our son is recuperating beautifully & despite all our worries before the surgery, we are very happy with the results and would do it again."

Mar 29, 2022
Source: Healthgrades
Felicia Mensah

"I love her,She is so caring, encouraging, good, amazing woman"

Feb 17, 2022
Source: Healthgrades

"Dr. Steigman performed laparoscopic hernia surgery on my 11-yr old son in Jan 2022. Everything went very smoothly. We had a follow-up visit about 2 weeks later. My son returned to his normal physical activities w/o difficulty. As background, we met w/Dr. Steigman once, prior to surgery, in Dec of 2021 to confirm the diagnosis of our pediatrician. During this first encounter & both of the subsequent engagements, Dr. Steigman answered all questions very calmly, thoroughly, and politely. I never felt like he was in a hurry to leave, as I’ve felt with some other doctors. I feel very fortunate to have found Dr. Steigman. The first pediatric surgeon to whom we were referred decided to retire after we made an appointment w/him. I got to Dr. Steigman via online research. Turns out that while in medical school, Dr. Steigman studied under the doc to whom we were originally referred. Guess it was kismet we found our way to him."

Jan 28, 2022
Source: Healthgrades
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