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The Division of Pediatric Surgery is involved in a number of programs at Hasbro Children’s Hospital, Rhode Island Hospital, Women & Infants Hospital and Brown University. In addition, physicians within the Division participate in several clinical and basic research projects.

Multidisciplinary Antenatal Diagnosis And Management (M.A.D.A.M.)

A program for the diagnosis and treatment of fetal anomalies, in concert with the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine at Women & Infants Hospital, the Department of Pediatrics and its Division of Neonatology, and many other medical and surgical specialties. This university-wide initiative is represented at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University level as the Program in Fetal Medicine.

Management of Short Bowel Syndrome

Dr. Arlet Kurkchubasche and Neil Ead, our nurse practicioner, have developed a treatment program for infants and children who have either been born with only a small amount of small bowel, or who have lost the function of a significant amount of bowel due to illness. With appropriate nutritional and other therapy, and with the input of other pediatric specialists, many of these children can eventually tolerate a full diet and can be weaned off parenteral nutrition (i.e., nutrition through the veins).


Tracheal reconstruction

Congenital and acquired malformations of the trachea (windpipe) often require complex techniques and a multidisciplinary approach. We have has established a tracheal reconstruction program at Hasbro Children's Hospital in collaboration with Drs. Sharon Gibson and Jan Groblewski, pediatric otorhinolaryngologists (ENT-specialists).

Fetal Treatment Program

Surgical intervention on the unborn child is now a feasible approach for the treatment of certain fetal conditions. The Division of Pediatric Surgery has developed a program with the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine at Women & Infants Hospital in Providence and its counterpart at New England Medical Center in Boston, which is known as the Lifespan Fetal Treatment Program. The focus of this program, for now, is the laser treatment of twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome.

Pectus Carinatum and Pectus Excavatum

Dr. Muratore and Dr. Kurkchubasche have a special interest in chest wall deformities and the management of pectus problems. They have a specialized clinic and work closely with other physicians, such as pulmonary, cardiac and imaging specialists.

Vascular Anomalies Clinic

We also offer a multidisciplinary approach to complex vascular and lymphatic malformations (commonly known as hemangiomas, cystic hygromas, lymphangiomas, vascular malformations, venous malformations or cavernous hemangiomas). The team is composed of a pediatric surgeon (Dr. Muratore , a pediatric plastic surgeon (Dr. Albert Woo) and an interventional radiologist (Dr. Soares). Patients are seen in the Pediatric Surgery Office, and can undergo a variety of treatments, ranging from close observation (if the lesion is expected to go away over time) to radiologic, minimally invasive or surgical intervention.


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