Pediatric Surgery

The addition in summer 2013 of a second fellowship-trained pediatric surgeon to the Pediatric Surgery Program at PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center means 24-hour call coverage and the ability to treat the majority of pediatric cases.

Pediatric surgeon Kimberly Ruscher, MD, has partnered with Garret Zallen, MD, who joined PeaceHealth from Doernbecher Children's Hospital in Portland earlier this year. Together, they will provide access to pediatric specialty care for the children and families of southern and central Oregon.

The pediatric surgery program features:

  • Two fellowship-trained pediatric surgeons, supported by pediatric surgery PA Amber Travis
  • Full spectrum of minimally invasive and traditional procedures
  • Fellowship-trained pediatric anesthesiologist and pediatric sedation for imaging
  • Specially trained nursing staff
  • 24-hour pediatric hospitalist program
  • Joint Commission-accredited Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) with skilled neonatologists and perinatologists
  • Pediatric friendly facilities, with parental access to pre-op and post-op rooms and a pediatric-dedicated waiting room
  • Partnerships with Doernbecher and subspecialists in the community, including neurology, cardiology, endocrinology, gastroenterology, maternal fetal medicine, infectious disease​ and others

Pediatric Surgeons

Garret Zallen, MD
Board-certified: Pediatric Surgery, Adult General Surgery
Fellowship: Pediatric Surgery
Special interests: Minimally invasive laparoscopic and thorascopic surgeries, repair of chest wall deformities and neonatal birth defects
Volunteer work: Shriners Childrens Hospital, Athletes 4 Cancer
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​Kimberly Ruscher, MD, MPH
Board-eligible: Pediatric Surgery
Board-certified: General Surgery
Fellowship: Pediatric Surgery
Special interests: Health policy, trauma prevention and quality improvement
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Referring A Patient

Physicians may call the pediatric surgery office at 541-222-6135. 

Pediatric Surgery

Sacred Heart Medical Center
3333 RiverBend Drive
Springfield, OR 97477
(541) 222-6135

Minimally Invasive Pediatric Procedures

  • Thorascopic Nuss pectus excavatum repair
  • Laparoscopic Nissen fundoplication
  • Laparoscopic gastrostomy tube placement
  • Laparoscopic pyloromyotomy
  • Laparoscopic splenectomy
  • Laparoscopic jejunostomy tubes
  • Laparoscopic pull-through for Hirschsprung's disease
  • Thorascopic lung resection and drainage
  • Single-port laparoscopic appendectomy
  • Laparoscopic cholecystectomy
  • Laparoscopic​ colostomy and colectomy