Pediatric Surgery | Westchester Health

Pediatric Surgery

If your child has an illness, injury or disease that requires surgery, a pediatric surgeon has the specific experience and qualifications necessary to treat your child for the best possible outcome. Recognizing that the surgical needs of children are often very different from those of adults, pediatric surgeons have been specifically trained to perform surgery on children. They know how to examine and treat children who cannot always communicate what is wrong, and they use properly-sized equipment and facilities designed to create a comfortable and nonthreatening environment for your child. If your pediatrician suggests that your child should see a pediatric surgeon, you can be assured that this specialist has the most extensive training and expertise in treating children’s conditions that require surgery, and will offer you and your child the widest range of treatment options.

Our pediatric surgery specialist is an expert at caring for children who need a surgical procedure

At Westchester Health, we are pleased to have Whitney McBride, MD, pediatric surgeon, on our team. This highly trained specialist works closely with your child’s pediatrician and other specialists to coordinate and implement the best treatment plan for your child’s individual needs. This multidisciplinary team stays in close contact with you and your child throughout the course of his/her surgery and recovery, ensuring the highest level of clinical care.

What makes Westchester Health’s Pediatric Surgery Department different?

At Westchester Health, we firmly believe that good treatment starts with good listening. We also believe that the best patient is an informed patient, and that patient education is critical to your child’s long-term health. From the first time you and your child arrive at our offices, we spend as much time with you, your child and your family as is necessary to make sure all of you understand your child’s condition, the type of surgery we are recommending, your child’s treatment options and follow-up care. Throughout your journey with us, we will continue to explain all the details of pre- and post-surgery and answer any questions you may have so that you and your child fully understand what to expect. Whether you have been with Westchester Health for years or are new to our practice, you will quickly recognize that our Pediatric Surgery group truly cares about each and every one of our young patients. When you need us, we are here for you.

Always at the forefront of medicine

The world of medicine continues to change and evolve, especially regarding pediatric surgery. As part of Northwell Health, our pediatric surgeon participates in its Division of Pediatric Surgery training programs, making sure he is continually up-to-date on the newest technological advances in the field of pediatric surgical procedures and has ready access to the latest state-of-the-art surgical techniques. In addition, our pediatric surgeon is involved in ongoing clinical research programs that are crucial to developing new and improved methods of performing surgery on children. By staying abreast of changes in the field of pediatric surgery, our Division of Pediatric Surgery can provide the most modern treatments to minimize discomfort and improve recovery time for our young patients undergoing surgical procedures.

Pediatric surgeons have extensive expertise performing surgery on children of all ages, including:

  • infants
  • toddlers
  • adolescents
  • teenagers
  • young adults

They diagnose, treat and manage a wide spectrum of children’s surgical conditions, including:

  • Abnormalities of the groin (undescended testes, hernias, hydroceles, varicoceles)
  • Endoscopic procedures (bronchoscopy, esophagogastroduodenoscopy, colonoscopy)
  • Organ transplant operations
  • Serious injuries that require surgery (liver lacerations, knife wounds, gunshot wounds)
  • Surgical repair of birth defects
  • Tumors

If you think your child might need surgery, please contact your pediatrician or our pediatric surgeon directly.