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General and Thoracic Surgery

Dedicated surgery care for children

When it’s your child, there’s no such thing as “minor surgery.” Our Pediatric General and Thoracic Surgery team at Children's Hospital has one goal: provide children and families with the best opportunity for healing and wellness.

Our experts in pediatric surgery treat conditions from common to rare, including appendicitis, hernias, tumors and birth defects. We work closely with a team of pediatricians, family physicians, pediatric anesthesiologists and other specialists, and pediatric home care providers.

Conditions We Treat

Meet Your Care Team

Martin L. Blakely
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Martin L. BlakelyMD

    Pediatric Surgery
Melissa E. Danko
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Melissa E. DankoMD

    Pediatric Surgery
Harold N. Lovvorn
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Harold N. LovvornIII, MD

    Pediatric Surgery
Kara L. Cole
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Kara L. ColePA

    Pediatric Surgery

Why Choose General and Thoracic Surgery at Vanderbilt

  • Whether your child needs routine or complex care, our specially trained doctors and surgeons focus exclusively on providing the best care for children. Our surgeons perform more than 17,000 surgeries every year, from ear tubes to organ transplants.

  • Children react differently to anesthesia. Our pediatric anesthesiologists have years of specialized training to make your child as comfortable as possible.

  • Our specially trained Child Life Services experts create a friendly environment and work with your child to foster a positive experience.

  • Every detail of our hospital was designed with input from patients and families to help children heal and thrive. Bright colors and family-friendly décor create a place where children can feel at ease.

  • We offer follow-up appointments at regional clinics in Cookeville, Murfreesboro and Jackson.

Locations (3)

100 West 4th Street, Suite 320
Cookeville, TN 38501
Today's hours:8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
2102 West Northfield Boulevard
Murfreesboro, TN 37129
Today's hours:8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

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