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Pediatric Surgery: Big Decisions. Little Incisions.

When your child requires surgery, you want to be certain that you are receiving the most advanced care possible from the most experienced medical team.

At The Children’s Hospital, we understand that children aren’t just small adults, and their needs are very different from adult patients. We are proud to offer the only pediatric surgical program in Northwest Florida, staffed with a board-certified pediatric surgeon and pediatric neurosurgeon. We specialize in surgical services for children all ages, as well as prenatal consultations for babies still in their mother’s womb.

Why Choose a Pediatric Surgeon?

A pediatric surgeon is a general surgeon who has spent additional time training to care for infants and children. In addition to five years of general surgical training and one to two years of research, a pediatric surgeon receives an additional two years of full-time clinical training in the surgical evaluation and management of infants and children. When you choose a pediatric specialist, you can trust that he or she understands the very specific needs of a child before, during and after treatment.

Why Choose The Studer Family Children's Hospital at Sacred Heart?

In addition to our board-certified pediatric surgeons, pediatric neurosurgeon and pediatric craniofacial surgeon, The Children's Hospital offers an entire team specially trained to care for children, including:

  • Pediatric radiologists
  • Pediatric anesthesiologists
  • Pediatric respiratory therapists
  • Pediatric physical, speech and occupational therapists
  • Pediatric dietary services
  • Pediatric social services
  • Child life program
  • Medical staff of more than 100 board-certified pediatric physicians across 28 specialties

Meet Our Team

Learn more about the background and experience of our physicians:

Pediatric Surgeon Bryan Weidner, MD:  850-416-7119
Pediatric Surgeon Jonathan Papic, MD:  850-416-7119
Pediatric Surgeon Robert Attorri, MD: 850-416-7119
Pediatric Neurosurgeon Matthew Pearson, MD: 850-416-2250
Pediatric Orthopedic Surgeon Robert Huang, MD: 850-278-3422
Pediatric Craniofacial Surgeon Aaron Wallender, DDS, MD: 850-477-1125

Conditions We Treat

The board-certified pediatric surgeons at The Studer Family Children’s Hospital at Sacred Heart provide surgical care for newborns, children and adolescents, often with a minimally invasive approach (e.g. laparoscopic surgery, MIS or Keyhole surgery). Our surgeons handle a wide range of conditions including congenital malformations, head and neck masses, abdominal and gastrointestinal issues, genitourinary surgeries, thoracic conditions, tumors and malignancies.

Below are some of the most common conditions we treat and procedures we perform. For more information about our services, please call one of our surgeons' offices.

Congenital Birth Defects

  • Biliary atresia
  • Cystic lung (CCAM/CPAM)
  • Diaphragmatic hernia
  • Duodenal atresia
  • Gastroschisis
  • Hirschsprung's disease
  • Imperforate anus
  • Intestinal atresia
  • Megacolon
  • Patent ductus arteriosus (PDA)
  • Sacrococcygeal teratoma
  • Tracheoesophageal fistula (TEF)


  • Diaphragmatic
  • Epigastric
  • Femoral
  • Hydrocele
  • Hiatus
  • Inguinal
  • Omphalocele
  • Umbilical
  • Ventral

Pediatric Surgery of the Digestive System

  • Appendectomy
  • Colectomy and colostomy
  • Correction of malrotation (Ladd procedure)
  • Closure of gastrocutaneous fistula
  • Dilation for esophageal atresia
  • Enterectomy and enterostomy
  • Esophagogastric fundoplication (Nissen procedure)
  • Esophagoscopy
  • Excision of Meckel's diverticulum
  • Fistulectomy/fistulotomy for anal fistula
  • Foreign body removal
  • Gastrostomy
  • Ileostomy
  • Incision and drainage of perirectal and perianal abscesses
  • Jejunostomy
  • Portoenterostomy for biliary atresia (Kasai procedure)
  • Proctectomy with pull-through for congenital megacolon, Hirschprung's disease (Soave type operation)
  • Pyloromyotomy
  • Pyloroplasty
  • Reduction of intussusception
  • Reduction of volvulus
  • Repair imperforate anus
  • Tracheoesophageal fistula (TEF) repair

Biopsy and Excision of Masses, Tumors and Cysts

  • Abdominal masses
  • Benign lesions
  • Branchial cleft cyst and sinus
  • Choledochal cyst
  • Thryoglossal duct cysts
  • Ganglion cysts
  • Malignant lesions
  • Melanoma
  • Musculoskeletal tumors

Pediatric Surgery of the Blood and Lymphatic Systems

  • Splenectomy
  • Drainage of lymph node abscess or lymphadenitis
  • Excision of cystic hygroma
  • Excision of lymph nodes

Pediatric Surgery for the Genitourinary System

  • Circumcision
  • Excision of ovarian cyst
  • Excision of urachal cyst or sinus
  • Lysis of labial adhesions
  • Nephrectomy (removal of kidney)
  • Salpingo-oophorectomy
  • Ovarian torsion
  • Malignancy
  • Wilms' tumor

Surgical Oncology (Cancer Surgery)

  • Wilms’ Tumors
  • Neurobalstomas
  • Sarcomas 

Vascular Access and Catheter Insertion

  • Nutrition
  • Chemotherapy
  • Prematurity

Pediatric Neurosurgery

Pediatric Craniofacial Surgery

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