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Pediatric Division


Main Office Number: 720-777-6571

Dr. Karrer with two young patients

Pediatric surgeons are specialists in the diagnosis and surgical care of infants, children, adolescents, and now, even fetuses for treatment of traumatic injuries and burns, tumors, and other problems such as appendicitis and hernias.  The Division of Pediatric Surgery comprises seven full-time board-certified pediatric surgeons, three midlevels, (PNP or PA), two registered nurses, and five staff assistants.

The Pediatric Surgery team at Children’s Hospital Colorado repair birth defects of the head, neck, chest, abdomen, and pelvis. They also care for children with traumatic injuries, burns, and chest and abdominal tumors. The surgeons perform complicated operations, as well as more common procedures, that include appendectomy, inguinal umbilical hernia repair, and undescended testes. Recently, fetal intervention and surgery has been added for mothers whose babies are at risk from prenatally diagnosed birth defects.

Children’s Hospital Colorado’s Department of Pediatric Surgery offers the region’s only pediatric Level I trauma program and burn program as well as a colorectal and complex pelvic floor program that addresses problems of stool and urinary continence. Many procedures are performed using minimally invasive surgery techniques, including the treatment of gastroesophageal reflux or regurgitation and chest wall deformity correction.

All of our surgeons hold faculty appointments at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, and several serve in leadership positions of national medical societies. They all contribute to our mission of providing clinical excellence and advancing medical knowledge. Our physicians work together using a collaborative approach to care. Patients are referred to the surgeon with the appropriate expertise. We look forward to serving you.

Frederick “Fritz” Karrer, MD
The David R. & Kiku Akers Chair in Pediatric Surgery
Children’s Hospital Colorado
Professor of Surgery and Pediatrics
University of Colorado School of Medicine