About the Program

Established in 1950 by Dr. H. William Clatworthy, Jr., a world-renowned clinical pediatric surgeon and clinical educator, the residency program is regarded among the most prestigious and comprehensive pediatric surgical training programs in the United States. Graduates of the program have been recognized as academic and clinical leaders in pediatric surgery. They include distinguished pediatric surgeons Dr. Eric Fonkalsrud, Dr. Jay Grosfeld, Dr. James O’Neill, Dr. Marc Rowe and Dr. Donna Caniano. The division’s award-winning residency in pediatric surgery has been recognized for excellence in its educational programs.


Nationwide Children’s Hospital has a state-of-the-art perioperative services unit with 15 technologically-integrated operating rooms. Surgical neonates are cared for in a 90-bed neonatal intensive care unit and critically ill patients are located in the 30-bed pediatric intensive care unit. Four beds are available for infants and children who require ECMO. There is a floor of the hospital containing a 48-bed unit designated for pediatric surgical patients and includes a burn center. The hospital operates a comprehensive simulation center to facilitate surgical education. In addition, a state-of-the-art minimally invasive surgery training center is currently being constructed.


  • Develop expertise in the diagnosis, operative management and perioperative care of infants, children and adolescents with congenital and acquired diseases. These include major anomalies, solid tumors, thermal injuries and traumatic disorders
  • Acquire expertise in minimally invasive thoracic and abdominal surgery
  • Develop skill in pediatric surgical endoscopy
  • Develop the skills necessary for delivery of surgical care in the tertiary setting, including team management, continuous performance improvement, application of new technology and participation in clinical research

Program Requirements

The pediatric surgery resident is expected to perform 1,000 to 1,200 major operations covering the breadth and scope of neonatal and pediatric surgery. Electives are offered in neonatology, pediatric urology, international elective and other relevant pediatric specialty disciplines. At the completion of the program, the resident is eligible for the qualifying examination in pediatric surgery administered by the American Board of Surgery.

Educational Schedule

  • Morbidity and Mortality conference, weekly 
  • Combined Pediatric Surgery/Gastroenterology conference, quarterly
  • Clinical/translational/outcomes research meeting, monthly
  • PedSCORE tutorial, weekly
  • Trauma grand rounds, monthly
  • Trauma professor rounds, weekly
  • Surgical clinic, weekly
  • Multiple specialty clinics (burn clinic, bariatric clinic, chest wall deformity clinic, inflammatory bowel disease clinic, tumor clinic, endocrine surgery clinic and others)
  • Tumor board, weekly
  • Pediatric surgery review (PSR), weekly
  • Multidisciplinary Colorectal Case conference, weekly

Application Process

The residency participates in the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) of the National Resident Matching Program. Candidates are invited for interviews based on their applications and the expected completion of an accredited residency in general surgery.

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