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Surgery at Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital, St. Louis 

Surgery Services 

At SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital, our surgeons are trained in state-of-the-art procedures to care for all of your child's surgery needs. Our team of surgeons works with a full staff of pediatric specialists to ensure that your child receives the best care possible. Our program is designed to follow children requiring surgical care from prior to birth in our St. Louis Fetal Care Institute, through their development as young adults.

State-of-the-art facilities

In September 2007, we opened 10 new operating rooms where our physicians are equipped with the latest, state-of-the-art technology. 

In July 2011 the area's first Pediatric Hybrid Cardiac Catheterization Suite was opened. This hi-tech surgical suite allows for multiple teams to utilize the latest technology to diagnose and operate on a child's heart in one room, in one safe procedure. To learn more about the Hybrid Lab or cardiology care at SSM Health Cardinal Glennon, click here.

Our operating rooms are part of a 130,000-square-foot building, which also includes our 60-bed, all-private room Dana Brown NICU and the Dorothy and Larry Dallas Heart Center.

Same Day Surgery

All surgical patients come through Same Day Surgery, located near the operating rooms. A brand-new waiting room is available for families during surgery. Here, families wait in comfort, enjoy complimentary coffee and have access to our Surgery Concierge.

Beepers are also provided, which allow parents to be reached throughout the hospital.

Preparing for surgery

Having surgery, especially for the first time, can be scary. Talking and doing other activities with your child can help ease their fears and make for a smoother experience.

Watch a video about having surgery and check out other resources here.


We strive to make the patient’s entire stay as family friendly as possible. Following surgery, children are either moved to our same day surgery rooms, or to the patient-care wing, where every child stays in one of our private rooms.

Minimally Invasive Surgery

Our surgeons often use minimally invasive surgery, resulting in smaller scars than with traditional surgery. Read about how we ensure less pain and quicker healing for our patients!

Some minimally invasive surgeries can be done using an incision as small as a keyhole.

Watch this Fox 2 News video of a minimally invasive procedure to correct congenital diaphragmatic hernia in a 4-day-old baby.

Our Surgical Specialties

Cancer Neonatal
Cardiology Nephrology
Chest wall deformities Neurosurgery
Cleft Lip/Palate and Craniofacial Ophthalmology
Ear, Nose and Throat Orthopaedic
Fetal Plastic
Gastroenterology Transplant
General surgery Trauma
Minimally Invasive Urology

Meet the Team

Kaveer Chatoorgoon, MD, FRCSC, FACS, FAAP

Lt. Col. Colleen Fitzpatrick, MD

Jose Greenspon, MD

Gustavo Villalona, MD

Grace Spinner, RN

Kim Vierling, RN

Ann Voegtli, Office Supervisor

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