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NCSH Expands Services to include Pediatric Surgery

posted Sep 9, 2014, 4:01 PM by Bruce Kundert   [ updated May 18, 2015, 1:23 PM by Hillah Shriners ]



Shriners Hospitals for Children -- Northern California has broadened its nationally recognized programs to include pediatric surgery. This is the first major expansion of the hospital's services since it opened in Sacramento in 1997 with specialties in burns, orthopaedic conditions and spinal cord injuries.  The decision to expand services reflects Shriners Hospitals’ commitment to ensuring that all children have access to high-quality, specialized pediatric surgical care.

“The tremendous growth we have seen in our programs speaks to the vision of the Shriners and their commitment to children, the community and the exceptional care our doctors provide,” says Margaret Bryan, Administrator and CEO at the Northern California Hospital. 

The development of a program in pediatric surgery is made possible by the working partnership Shriners Hospitals for Children has with the University of California Davis Health System.  Shriners Hospitals for Children and the UC Davis Health System established the foundation for their long-term partnership in the early 1990s when the Shriners sought to locate a new regional pediatric medical center in Sacramento.  The affiliation agreement between the two organizations has made it possible to achieve nationally recognized programmatic successes.

Distinguished Program Leaders

Leading the growth and development of the pediatric surgery program are Dr. Shinjiro Hirose and Dr. Diana Farmer, both of whom were recruited from University of California, San Francisco (UCSF).  They join Dr. Gary Raff, who is the Chief of Pediatric Cardiac Surgery at UC Davis Children’s Hospital.

Dr. Hirose is the newly recruited Director of Pediatric Surgery at Shriners Hospitals for Children – Northern California and Chief of Pediatric and Fetal Surgery at the UC Davis Children’s Hospital and its Fetal Treatment Center. Dr. Hirose specializes in minimally invasive surgery for gastro-intestinal, biliary, liver and thoracic disorders in fetuses and children and is a nationally recognized children’s cancer surgeon. He also is an expert in the development and use of surgical robotics for children.

Dr. Farmer is an internationally renowned pediatric surgeon recognized for her investigations on the safety and effectiveness of providing spinal bifida treatments before birth.   At Shriners Hospital, Dr. Farmer provides surgical care to children 1-year of age and older who are faced with complex intestinal disorders, complex rectal disorders and complex chest wall disorders. She was inducted into the Royal College of Surgeons of England in 2010, becoming the second American woman surgeon to receive this honor. Dr. Farmer also is chair of the Department of Surgery at UC Davis Health System and Surgeon-in-Chief of the UC Davis Children’s Hospital.

Regional Program

The Shriners Specialty Pediatric Surgery Program serves children throughout California and the entire Western United States, who have complex gastro-intestinal disorders, complex ano-rectal disorders and complex chest wall disorders.  The wide array of conditions treated include Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, morbid obesity, esophageal strictures, gall bladder disease, fecal incontinence, idiopathic constipation, inflammatory bowel disease, short bowel syndrome, ano-rectal malformations and complex chest wall abnormalities.   

All care is provided regardless of the family’s ability to pay.  To refer a patient, call the Shriners Hospital Patient Referral Center at 916-453-2191.

Shriners Hospitals for Children is devoted to transforming the lives of children through excellence in treatment, teaching and research.  Located just minutes from downtown Sacramento at 2425 Stockton Boulevard, Shriners Hospitals for Children – Northern California provides care to children with orthopaedic conditions, spinal cord injuries, burns, cleft lip, scars from any cause and other complex surgical needs. There are no barriers to care as admission is based on age and diagnosis.   For further information, please call (916) 453-2000 or go online to