​Pediatric & Neonatal Surgery

Minimally Invasive Procedures

Our pediatric patients are cared for by pediatric surgeons, neonatologists, and pediatric-trained nurses. 

Minimally Invasive Pediatric Procedures may include:

  • 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

Pectus Excavatum
Pectus Carinatum 
PeaceHealth is also Oregon's leading center for patients with pectus conditions

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.

Learn more about neonatal intensive care at Sacred Heart

Meet our staff

Kimberly Ruscher, MD
Edmund Yang, MD
Garret Zallen, MD


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