Pediatric General Surgery

The UC San Diego Pediatric Surgery is dedicated to providing excellent surgical care for infants, children, and adolescents. children and young people. Our surgeons are committed to treating a variety of conditions from diseases or injuries to congenital disorders. As board-certified in both surgery and pediatric surgery, we are trained to perform complex and specialized procedures including chest and abdominal surgery, cancer surgery, and transplants in children and young adults.

As academic surgeons from a top medical research center, we bring the latest advances in medical knowledge when we come to the operating room. Our surgeons are highly respected researchers who are working to develop better ways of understanding, diagnosing and treating the health problems that affect children.

Surgeons Specializing in Pediatric Surgery

 Timothy Fairbanks
Timothy Fairbanks, MD
Associate Clinical Professor of Surgery
Chief, Division of Pediatric Surgery
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 Stephen Bickler Stephen Bickler, MD, FACS
Professor of Surgery and Pediatrics
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Karen Kling  Karen Kling, MD
Professor of Surgery
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David Lazar  David Lazar, MD
Assistant Professor of Surgery
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 Nicholas C. Saenz Nicholas C. Saenz, MD
Professor of Surgery
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Hari Thangarajah, MD, MPH
Assistant Professor of Surgery
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In the News

Dr. David Lazar is a pediatric surgeon and assistant professor of surgery at UC San Diego. A graduate of UCSD’s general surgery residency program, he specializes in prenatal counseling and intervention; caring for children with thoracic and abdominal congenital anomalies; and extracorporeal membrane oxygenation. In this interview, he talks about what it’s like to work with kids—and parents; shares new goings-on in the Division of Pediatric Surgery; and recounts the time he played black jack with former Department chair, Dr. A.R. Moossa.



Patient Care

UC San Diego teams with Rady Children’s Hospital and Health Center of San Diego to provide surgical care for children and young people from throughout San Diego and the metropolitan area. We are devoted to excellence in care for our patients and their families.

Learn about the Pediatric Surgery Services at Rady Children’s Hospital.

Rady Children's Hospital
3030 Children's Way #107
San Diego, CA 92123

Office hours: Mon - Fri, 8am to 4:30pm

To schedule an appointment, please call (858) 966-7711.