What is a Pediatric Surgeon?
A pediatric surgeon devotes his or her practice to the surgical care of children. He or she must have graduated from medical school, and completed five years of postgraduate General Surgery training in an accredited training program. Pediatric surgeons must then complete an additional accredited two-year fellowship program in Pediatric Surgery.
Pediatric surgeons concentrate on the special surgical problems of children. We care for infants, children, and adolescents, and also help to counsel parents expecting a baby who may have been diagnosed before birth with a surgical problem. Pediatric surgeons are experienced in caring for the wide variety of problems children may have, ranging from hernias or appendicitis to cancer or serious congenital anomalies.
What is a PNP?
Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (PNPs) are very specialized health care providers who are dedicated to improving children's health. PNPs have advanced education in pediatric nursing, Masters Degree, and they serve children and families in an extensive range of practice settings. Working with pediatricians and other health care providers, PNPs have been enhancing the health care of children for over thirty years.