Departmental Focus

In 1996 St. Jude opened its state-of-the-art surgical complex and established a Department of Surgery. Since then our surgeons have been an integral part of the diagnosis and treatment team that includes oncologists, radiation therapists, pathologists, radiologists, hematologists and basic scientists. Children referred to St. Jude receive complete diagnostic testing and are assured that all of the necessary biological studies are performed to properly diagnose and manage childhood tumors.

The medical and nursing staff of the pediatric surgical center/operating room complex care exclusively for children. Our experience and sensitivity to the special needs of children with cancer enable us to perform this exceptional level of care. The operating room and surgery team allow us to offer children superior care, utilizing cutting-edge procedures and state-of-the-art equipment for achieving the best outcomes possible.

The Department of Surgery actively participates in the development of clinical research protocols, develops and evaluates innovative surgical approaches, and leads basic science efforts to bring a surgical perspective to research on childhood tumors. The Department also serves as an educational resource for pediatric surgery, locally, nationally and internationally. The Surgical Fellowship Program provides fellows with an opportunity to work hand-in-hand with some of the world’s most noted researchers and clinical faculty.

Department of Surgery


  • Dentistry Division

    The Dental Division of the Surgery Department provides oral and dental care for the St. Jude population from newborn through young adult.

  • ENT (Otolaryngology) Division

    The ENT (Otolaryngology) Division of the Surgery Department provides a full range of consultation, diagnostic and surgical services to both hospitalized patients and out-patients.

  • General Pediatric Surgery Division

    The Division of General Pediatric Surgery is involved clinically in the management of various solid tumors that are seen at St. Jude as well as participating actively in clinical and basic research.

  • Gynecology Division

    The Division of Gynecology in the Surgery Department specializes in evaluation and treatment of girls and young women for medical issues as they relate to gynecology or reproductive endocrinology.

  • Neurosurgery Division

    The Division of Neurosurgery is recognized nationally and internationally for their role in the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital brain tumor program, which is a recognized center of excellence.

  • Ophthalmology Division

    The Division of Ophthalmology in the Surgery Department provides comprehensive treatment for both primary ocular and orbital cancers.

  • Orthopedic Surgery Division

    The Division of Orthopedic Surgery directs its efforts in the areas of clinical care, research, and education with its primary activities involving limb sparing procedures for bone and soft tissue tumors.

  • Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Division

    The Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery provides reconstructive services to children in need after treatment for their oncologic disease, including reconstruction of the head and neck, chest and breast, lower extremity salvage, and wound care and hyperbaric medicine.

  • Urology Division

    The Urology Service at St. Jude provides a full range of consultative, diagnostic and surgical services to both hospitalized patients and out-patients.


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St. Jude Children Research Hospital

262 Danny Thomas Place
Memphis, TN, 38105-3678 USA
262 Danny Thomas Place
Memphis, TN, 38105-3678 USA