Pediatric Specialties

The Maternal Fetal Center offers a comprehensive approach to maternal-fetal medicine.

Today’s diagnostic tools enable obstetricians to detect the signs of certain birth defects at the earliest stages of fetal development. Because the majority can be treated immediately after birth and in some cases during pregnancy, managing a patient’s high-risk pregnancy may involve partnering with a specialist by the time the patient reaches her second trimester.

When you diagnose an abnormality in the structure, function or body metabolism of your patient’s fetus and refer her to the Maternal Fetal Center, she will benefit from an unmatched depth and breadth of services.

Located in the only children’s hospital of its type between the Bay Area and Los Angeles, the Maternal Fetal Center provides patients access to a broad range of maternal-fetal, neonatal and pediatric subspecialties. This exclusive quality opens the door for the Maternal Fetal Center to confirm a diagnosis and begin treatment with the required specialist during one patient visit to Valley Children’s.

No other maternal-fetal program in Central California can compare to the comprehensive team of board-certified physicians and expert patient care providers ready to partner with you in caring for your patients.


Multidisciplinary care available through the Maternal Fetal Center:


  • Clinical biochemical geneticists
  • Clinical geneticists
  • Cytogeneticists

Pediatric Specialties

  • Cardiologists
  • Endocrinologists
  • Gastroenterologists
  • Hematologists/ Oncologists
  • Immunologists
  • Neonatologists
  • Nephrologists
  • Neurologists
  • Ophthalmologists
  • Otolaryngologists
  • Maternal-fetal medicine specialists
  • Pulmonologists
  • Urologists

Pediatric Surgery 

  • General surgeons
  • Cardiac surgeons
  • Neurosurgeons
  • Orthopaedic surgeons
  • Plastic surgeons

Patient Care Providers

  • Genetic counselors
  • Infectious disease specialists
  • Interpreters
  • Neonatal transport specialists
  • Palliative care specialists
  • Pharmacists
  • Registered nurses certified – neonatal intensive care
  • Rehabilitation specialists
  • Sonographers
  • Social workers

Subspecialties at Valley Children’s frequently involved in treating congenital anomalies:

Cardiac Surgery 

The Valley Children’s Cardiothoracic Surgery Program provides the highest quality comprehensive intraoperative and postoperative care. The Program, whose surgeons are from Stanford University School of Medicine, partners with Stanford in the Northern California Regional Congenital Heart Program. Each year, surgeons in the regional program perform about 1,000 cardiothoracic operations that include the full spectrum of pediatric surgical care. Valley Children's pediatric cardiothoracic surgeons complete about one-fourth of this annual total.

Congenital cardiac surgical procedures performed by our pediatric cardiothoracic surgeons include routine operations for atrial septal defect (ASD) and ventricular septal defect (VSD) as well as complex procedures such as unifocalization, truncus repair, single ventricular repair, Norwood operations, Fontan operations and more.


Our cardiologists provide inpatient and outpatient services for neonates with congenital heart disease or heart rhythm. Cardiac testing equipment and capabilities include a computerized echocardiography system. The electrophysiology clinic within the cardiology practice provides assessment and follow-up care for outpatients with known or suspected cardiac conduction abnormalities. Emergency cardiac services are available 24 hours a day.

The Willson Heart Center outpatient practice at Valley Children’s Hospital provides assessment and follow-up care for patients with known or suspected cardiac, cardiopulmonary and cardiovascular disease. About a third of the Center’s patients are under 4 years old. Every effort is made to treat children in the outpatient environment in an attempt to reduce a family’s stress and discomfort.

We offer outpatient cardiology services across the region to provide children and families access to care close to home, including at our outreach centers in Modesto, Merced, Visalia, Bakersfield and San Luis Obispo.


Valley Children’s high-volume NICU and satellite facilities provide specialized care for more than 1,500 fragile babies and more than 22,500 patients a year. 

The 88-bed Level IV NICU at Valley Children’s Hospital has 21 private and semi-private rooms. Valley Children’s also has an additional 26 beds in satellite units throughout the Valley.


The Pediatric Neurology practice at Valley Children’s Hospital provides diagnostic services, medical treatment, and follow-up care to infants, children, and adolescents who have suspected or confirmed neurological disorders. Our pediatric board-certified neurologists and epileptologist manage and treat a variety of patients, including those with epilepsy disorders, neuromuscular disorders and spasticity.

Our pediatric subspecialists work with referring physicians throughout the region and provide access to services in Merced, Modesto and Visalia for care close to home.


The Pediatric Neurosurgery practice at Valley Children’s Hospital specializes in the evaluation and treatment of children with a range of neurosurgical disorders. We perform about 450 neurosurgeries annually in children ranging from birth to 21 years of age.

Our pediatric neurosurgeons work closely with other board-certified pediatric specialists in the care and treatment of children. Teams often include pediatric neuro-oncologists, pediatric interventional radiologists, pediatric anesthesiologists, pediatric rehabilitation specialists, and other specialists involved in the diagnosis and treatment of complex neurological conditions.

We offer a broad range of specialized expertise that can only be found in a healthcare network dedicated solely to children. Pediatric neurosurgeons are an integral part of several multidisciplinary teams including the following:

• Craniofacial program

• Spina bifida program

• Neuro-oncology program

• Spasticity program

Orthopaedic Surgery 

The Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery practice at Valley Children’s Hospital specializes in diagnosing and treating a wide range of conditions in patients from infants to age 21. Our practice uses advanced pediatric techniques in treating congenital deformities of the upper and lower extremities, spinal disorders such as scoliosis, sports-related injuries, trauma and neuromuscular diseases.

Our board-certified, pediatric orthopaedic surgeons work with a variety of other pediatric specialists such as plastic surgeons, rehab therapists, neurologists and more for comprehensive diagnosis and treatment of children with musculoskeletal conditions. The experienced team performs more than 2,100 orthopaedic procedures and sees nearly 30,000 orthopaedic visits a year.

The practice was one of the first in the nation to implement an “urgent clinic” that allots additional time and resources to handle anticipated influxes in pediatrician referrals and unscheduled appointments. The practice can now predict – and therefore better prepare for – increases in the volume of patients who require immediate attention.

Our pediatric orthopaedic specialists work with referring physicians throughout the region and provide access to services in Merced, Modesto and Visalia for care close to home.

Pediatric Surgery 

The Pediatric Surgery practice at Valley Children’s Hospital provides board-certified and fellowship-trained pediatric surgeons who offer surgical expertise for all types of congenital or acquired health conditions in children of all ages, from before birth to young adult. Our multidisciplinary pediatric-trained surgical team performs over 3,500 surgeries every year, providing expert diagnostic and advanced surgical techniques for general or specialized surgery. Our team reviews each case and develops individualized care paths for very personalized care.

Valley Children’s is a Level II Pediatric Trauma Center, as designated by the Central California Emergency Medical Services (CCEMS) Agency. It is the only pediatric trauma center in Central California. Critically injured children can be transported directly to Valley Children’s Hospital, ensuring they receive the expert pediatric care they deserve as quickly as possible.

Plastic Surgery 

The Pediatric Plastic Surgery practice at Valley Children’s Hospital specializes in the surgical correction and management of congenital anomalies and acquired conditions. Our team of board-certified pediatric plastic surgeons performs about 1,100 operations a year on children from birth to 21 years of age. Working with a variety of other specialists as needed, our team evaluates your patient’s condition and develops an individualized treatment plan to ensure the best outcome.

Our dedicated pediatric plastic surgery team provides expert diagnosis and management of a wide range of injuries and disorders, including specializing in:

• Trauma: Fractures and other facial injuries

• Craniofacial anomalies: Cleft lip and palate; jaw disorders; Stickler syndrome; microtia, Pierre Robin sequence; velocardiofacial syndrome; facial deformity; abnormal head shape; orthognathis maxillofacial reconstruction; complex reconstruction; oral lesions

• Vascular anomalies: Vascular malformations; hemangiomas (birthmarks)

• Hand abnormalities: Syndactyly/missing/crooked fingers; complex/syndromic conditions; disorders related to infections, masses, ganglion cysts, cerebral palsy, trauma (fractures, tendon injuries)

• Skin and soft tissue tumors


The Pediatric Urology practice at Valley Children’s Hospital provides comprehensive evaluation, treatment, and follow-up care for infants, children and adolescents with congenital and acquired urologic disorders. Our fellowship-trained pediatric urologists are experienced in the most difficult cases, and perform more than 1,250 urology surgeries a year. Our high surgical volume combined with diverse training from national centers of excellence gives our surgeons a level of experience not found elsewhere in the region.

Our pediatric urologists work with referring physicians throughout the region and provide access to services in Merced, Modesto, Visalia and Bakersfield for care close to home.