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Shriners adds complex pediatric surgery to hospital services

09/02/2014 5:05 PM

09/02/2014 5:07 PM

Shriners Hospitals Northern California announced Tuesday that it will add a new specialty in complex pediatric surgeries, making it the only facility in its 22-hospital network to offer the services.

The children’s hospital, located in Sacramento near the UC Davis Medical Center, opened in 1997 with four specialties – burns, orthopaedics, spinal chord injury and cleft lip surgery. The new pediatric surgery program will serve children with complex gastro-intestinal disorders, complex ano-rectal disorders and complex chest wall disorders. This includes a wide array of conditions including Crohn’s disease, morbid obesity, reflux disease and short bowel syndrome.

The program, like the other four, will mostly serve children in Northern California but will take referrals from facilities throughout the West Coast. Shriners has recruited Dr. Shinjiro Hirose and Dr. Diana Farmer, both of whom came to Sacramento from the University of San Francisco, to lead the program. They will coordinate patient care with Dr. Gary Raff, the current chief of pediatric cardiac surgery at UC Davis Children’s Hospital.

“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,” said Margaret Bryan, administrator and CEO of the Northern California hospital, in a news release.

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Cynthia H. Craft is The Sacramento Bee's senior writer on health. She graduated from Ohio State University and previously worked at the Los Angeles Times and California Journal. She was a fellow in 2012 at the National Library for Medicine in Washington, D.C. at the National Institute for Health. Reach her at or 916-321-1270. Twitter: @cynthiahcraft.

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