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June 2018

Considering the Ability of General Surgeons to Add Value to Pediatric Surgery

Author Affiliations
  • 1Division of Pediatric Surgery, Children's Hospital Los Angeles, Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California, Los Angeles
JAMA Surg. 2018;153(6):558. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2017.5474

In this issue of JAMA Surgery, Akhtar-Danesh et al1 report a population-based study of Canadian children undergoing laparoscopic cholecystectomy from 2008 to 2015. The researchers found that children cared for by high-volume general surgeons experienced fewer complications and lower costs. This study introduces the novel concept that high-volume adult general surgeons might add value to the surgical management of pediatric biliary disease by decreasing postoperative morbidity and health care costs.

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