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CoxHealth Offers New Pediatric Services



Pediatric general surgery and pediatric urology are now part of CoxHealth's pediatric specialty programs.  The healthcare system added those areas in anticipation of the opening of the Dee Ann White Women's and Children's Hospital at Cox Medical Center South, according to a Cox news release.

The two new additions bring the total number of pediatric special programs at CoxHealth to eight, including cardiology, critical care, endocrinology, neurology, orthopedic surgery and pulmonology.

CoxHealth has signed an agreement with St. Louis Children’s Hospital, and pediatric general and urology surgeons from St. Louis Children’s and Washington University will begin seeing patients in Springfield in coming weeks.

Brad Warner, MD, Chair, St. Louis Children’s Hospital Pediatric Surgery Department and Chair, American Academy of Pediatrics Surgical Section, will lead the pediatric surgical program at CoxHealth with the support of Mark Vogel, MD and Martin Keller, MD., according to CoxHealth. 

Douglas Coplen, MD, Chair, St. Louis Children’s Hospital Pediatric Urology Department, will lead the pediatric urology surgery clinics at CoxHealth.

The pediatric general surgeons and pediatric urology physicians will hold clinics and schedule outpatient surgeries for patients "who previously may have had to travel to St. Louis for this level of pediatric expertise care," according to the healthcare system.  "All providers are contracted with CoxHealth insurance, so patients will have the same level of coverage for clinic and surgical procedures performed at CoxHealth in Springfield with these providers."

More information about the providers:

Dr. Warner, surgeon-in-chief at St. Louis Children's Hospital. He is the Jessie L. Ternberg, MD, PhD, Distinguished Professor of Pediatric Surgery and division director of pediatric surgery at Washington University School of Medicine. He has a special interest in pediatric gastroenterology and nutrition including short bowel syndrome and inflammatory bowel disease. His special interests also include pediatric solid tumors.

Dr. Vogel is a surgeon who treats all aspects of pediatric general and thoracic surgery, advanced minimally invasive surgery of neonates and children, operative and non-operative management of traumatically injured infants and children, pediatric surgical critical care, vascular anomalies and complex colorectal disorders.

Dr. Keller is an Associate Professor of Surgery and the Medical Director of Trauma at St. Louis Children's Hospital. He has a special interest in newborn surgery, trauma, and critical care. His interests also include Extracorporeal Membranous Oxygenation.

Dr. Coplen specializes in pediatric urology and fetal urology: prenatal intervention for hydronephrosis, renal dilation, endopyelotomy, disorders of the penis, ectopic ureters, ureteroceles, buccal mucosal urethral replacement, hypospadias, bladder exstrophy, urogenital sinus anomaly, cloacal anomaly, epispadias, prune belly syndrome, enuresis, neurogenic bladder, myelomeningocele, testicular cancer and urological cancer.