Pediatric Surgery

World-renowned surgeons at Shriners Hospitals for Children – Northern California provide complex pediatric surgery for children one-year and older with congenital and acquired conditions. Children from throughout the Western United States with chest wall malformations, gastro-intestinal disease, ano-rectal disorders, urologic conditions and other complex surgical needs benefit from the expert care. The pediatric surgery team is devoted to the development of innovative and minimally invasive surgical techniques.

Chest and Neck Disorders

  • Branchial cleft and arch anomalies/bronchogenic cysts
  • Complex chest wall deformitie
  • Esophageal strictures
  • Pectus carinatum
  • Pectus excavatum
  • Thyroglossal duct cysts and sinuses

Complex GI Disorders

  • Biliary disorders
  • Cecostomy tubes for constipation
  • Cholecystectomy
  • Crohn’s
  • Familial polyposis
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease
  • Gastrostomy tube placement
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Short-bowel syndrome
  • Splenectomy
  • Ulcerative colitis

Cysts, Hemangiomas, Tumors

  • Dermoid cysts
  • Hemangiomas (non-cancerous)
  • Pilonidal cysts
  • Preauricular cysts
  • Skin lesions requiring surgery
  • Soft tissue tumors
  • Vascular and lymphatic malformations


  • Epigastric hernia
  • Hydrocele/inguinal hernia
  • Umbilical hernia
  • Ventral hernia

Follow-up and Complications After Neonatal Repair

  • Complex abdominal wall defects: omphalocele and gastroschisis
  • Congenital cystic adenomatoid malformations
  • Congenital diaphragmatic hernias and other related diaphragmatic anomalies
  • Imperforate anus
  • Tracheoesophageal fistula and esophageal atresia

Urologic Disorders

  • Circumcision
  • Congenital hydroephrosis
  • Hydrocele/inguinal hernia
  • Hypospadias
  • Neurogenic bladder
  • Sexual ambiguity
  • Undescended testis
  • Urinary infection
  • Vesico-ureteral reflux

The Medical Team

The Medical Team

Diana Farmer, M.D.
Pediatric Surgeon, Surgeon in Chief

Shinjiro Hirose, M.D.
Director, Pediatric Surgery

Gary Raff, M.D.
Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgeon

Amy Rahm, M.D.
Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgeon

Payam Saadai, M.D.
Pediatric Surgeon

Erin G. Brown, M.D.
Pediatric Surgeon

Jessica Sutton, RN
Case Manager



Patient Referral

916-453-2111 (Emergency Referral)
916-453-2395 (fax)

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