​Pediatric & Neonatal Surgery

Minimally Invasive Procedures

Our pediatric patients are cared for by pediatric surgeons Garret Zallen, MD, and Kimberly Ruscher, MD​, neonatologists, and pediatric-trained nurses. Dr. Zallen was named one of Portland's Top Doctors for six years running, and maintained one the busiest surgery practices in the state. He joins us from Doernbecher Children’s Hospital in Portland. Dr. Ruscher recently finished her fellowship training at Connecticut Children's Medical Center.

Learn more about neonatal intensive care at Sacred Heart

Drs. Zallen and Ruscher work closely with dedicated pediatric anesthesiologists to perform surgery in our pediatric-specific Smart Operating Rooms. Each room provides digitally integrated equipment that places patient information at the surgeon’s fingertips. Images can be sent to specialists for real-time consultation during surgery.

Pediatric Telemedicine

Pediatric telemedicine allows our staff to consult on traumas and serious illnesses with pediatric intensivists at Doernbecher Pediatric Intensive Care Unit in Portland. As a result of this relationship, nearly one-third of patients who would otherwise be transported to Portland are able to stay at Sacred Heart for their care.

Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

Our Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) has separate rooms for each neonate, a team of five experienced neonatologists and specially trained NICU nursing staff.

A dedicated transport team with experienced NICU nurses and staff accepts referrals from outside Eugene/Springfield. Pediatric-trained anesthesiologists provide anesthesia for children and neonates in a pediatric-dedicated operating room.

Parents are encouraged to accompany children during surgery prep and recovery. After surgery, pediatric nurses care for the child in the Pediatrics and Adolescent Care Unit, designed to enhance healing for children of all ages, from infants to young adults.

Minimally Invasive Pediatric Procedures

Available but not limited to:

  • Appendectomy and gallbladder removal
  • Reflux surgery (Nissen fundoplication)
  • Gastric tube placement
  • Pull-through for Hirschsprung’s disease
  • Thoracoscopic lung resection and drainage
  • Esophagoscopy and bronchoscopy
  • Gastroschisis surgery to correct abdominal wall defects


The numbers and awards speak for themselves


2010-2011 Surgery Quality Report

Garret Zallen, MD, discusses his approach to pediatric surgery

Garret Zallen, MD

Kim Ruscher, MD, shares why she loves pediatric care

Kim Ruscher, MD

Take a tour of our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

Take a tour of our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit