Specialist neonatal and paediatric surgery

The Specialist Neonatal and Paediatric Surgery (SNAPS) department at Great Ormond Street Hospital provides specialist surgical treatment for newborn babies (neonatal) and children (paediatric) with congenital (present at birth) conditions as well as diseases of the gastrointestinal tract.

The department has an excellent international reputation and develops new ways of treating newborn babies and children, such as oesophageal replacement surgery and minimally invasive (keyhole) surgery.

Conditions we treat

Conditions we treat and treatments we carry out in the Specialist Neonatal and Paediatric Surgery department include:

  • anorectal anomaly
  • antegrade colonic enema (ACE) creation
  • circumcision for medical reasons
  • diaphragmatic hernia
  • duodenal atresia
  • exomphalos
  • gastroschisis
  • gastrostomy insertion
  • Hirschsprung's disease
  • inguinal hernias and hydroceles
  • intussusception
  • keyhole surgery
  • malrotation and volvulus
  • necrotising enterocolitis
  • oesophageal atresia with or without tracheo-oesophageal fistula
  • pyloric stenosis
  • splenectomy
  • umbilical and epigastric hernias
  • undescended testicles

Meet the team

Mr Joseph Curry MBBS FRCS(Eng) FRCS(Paed Surg)
Consultant Neonatal and Paediatric Surgeon and Royal College of Surgeons college tutor
Specialist interests: neonatal surgery, upper and lower GI surgery, general surgery, gastro-intestinal laparoscopic surgery including fundoplication, cholecystectomy, splenectomy, colectomy and diagnostic studies, laparoscopic repair of inguinal hernias including recurrences and  laparoscopic, orchidopexy.

Paolo De Coppi MD PhD
Reader and Section Head - Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine, Developmental Biology and Cancer Programme, UCL Institute of Child Health
Specialist interest: Tissue engineering

Kate Cross 
Consultant Neonatal and Paediatric Surgeon
Special interests: laproscopic and thoracoscopic surgery, neonatal surgery dealing with congenital and acquired conditions and oncological surgery

Mr Edward Kiely FRCSI FRCS
Consultant Neonatal and Paediatric Surgeon
Special interests: oncology, laparoscopy and revisional surgery

Miss Joanna Stanwell 
Consultant Neonatal and Paediatric Surgeon
Special interests: clinical applications of tissue engineering and fetal surgery and vascular and minimally invasive sugery in neonates and children.

Mr Simon Blackburn
Consultant Neonatal and Paediatric Surgeon

Refer a patient

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