St John's Medical College Hospital

Overview - Paediatric Surgery

The department came into independent existence in 1987 under Dr.Ashley L J D’Cruz and four beds within the Department of Paediatrics. A referral centre for Karnataka since inception, it has progressed consistently since 2000 when the MCh (Paed Surg) programme was started - the first centre under the RGUHS to offer the course. Dr. Ashley D’Cruz and Dr.Kanishka Das were instrumental in drafting the curriculum.

Over the years, clinical protocols were drafted and streamlined. Besides core pediatric urology and neonatal surgery, the department initially specialized in anorectal malformation, hepatobiliary surgery and portal hypertension. The first Paediartic liver transplants of South India were conducted here in 2000. Later subspecialty clinics (Paediatric Nephrourology Clinic- 2000, Hydrocephalus Spina Bifida Clinic – 2000, Paediatric Gender Clinic - 2005) were started and minimally invasive surgery introduced (2002).The Paediatric Renal Transplantation program is supported by Paediatric Nephrology. A long term follow up of spina bifida is conducted at the St.John’s centre for children with special needs - the Unit of Hope.

Today, it is a national referral centre for the diagnosis and management of Hirschsprung disease & allied disorders. Other niche areas of the department include Paediartic urology, hydrocephalus & complex spina bifida and disorders of sexual differentiation.