Pediatric Specialties

At Bon Secours, we know that every child is unique. Providing a solution for each of their medical needs requires unrivaled dedication and compassion. That’s exactly what our pediatric team brings to the table. Through innovation and expertise, we’re more than capable of delivering a full spectrum of services so that your child can experience a lifetime of good health.


We are pleased to announce that the Cleft and Craniofacial Team at St. Mary’s has received the national distinction of receiving full approval by the Commission on Approval of Teams of the American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association and Cleft Palate Foundation (ACPA-CPF)! The purpose of the commission is to assure patients and families that the teams to which they are referred meet the standards for teams as set forth by the ACPA-CPF.

Our Mission

The Cleft and Craniofacial Team at St. Mary’s provides a specialized, multidisciplinary and family-centered approach to treat patients with craniofacial differences. We are committed to diagnosing and treating your child as they develop and grow throughout every developmental stage. We hold our treatment standards to the highest possible level. Each health care provider is dedicated to using science and evidence-based research as a foundation for clinical decisions in the treatment of our patients. We are equally committed to treating your child with the highest compassion and supporting you throughout the entire process.

Craniofacial Conditions

  • Cleft lip and palate
  • Positional plagiocephaly
  • Velopharyngeal insufficiency
  • Craniosynostosis
  • Pierre Robin sequence
  • Ectodermal dysplasia
  • Hemifacial microsomia
  • Treacher Collins syndrome
  • Trauma
  • Apert syndrome
  • Crouzon syndrome

Craniofacial Services

  • Audiology
  • Case Management
  • Child Life Specialist
  • Dermatology
  • Developmental assessment
  • Feeding and speech therapy
  • Genetics
  • Nasoalveolar molding (NAM)
  • Neurosurgery
  • Ophthalmology
  • Oral & maxillofacial surgery
  • Orthodontics
  • Otolaryngology (ENT)
  • Pediatric dentistry
  • Plastic & craniofacial surgery
  • Prenatal Counseling
  • Prosthodontics
  • Psychology

The Cleft and Craniofacial Team at St. Mary's

Our Mission

The Cleft and Craniofacial Team at St. Mary’s provides a specialized, multidisciplinary, and family-centered approach to treat patients with craniofacial conditions. We are committed to diagnosing and treating your child throughout every developmental stage. We hold our treatment standards to the highest possible level, and use science and evidence-based research as a foundation for clinical decisions. We are equally committed to treating your child with the highest compassion and supporting you throughout the entire process.

Our Team

The Cleft and Craniofacial Team at St. Mary’s represents a group of specialists dedicated to delivering comprehensive, multidisciplinary, individualized care to patients with cleft lip and palate, as well as other craniofacial differences. Under the leadership of Dr. Isaac L. Wornom III, past president of the American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association (ACPA), a team of  hand-picked, pioneering specialists in surgery, dentistry, speech therapy and psychology has been created. The team is honored to receive full approval by the Commission on Approval of Teams of the American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association and Cleft Palate Foundation(ACPA-CPF).

St. Mary’s Hospital 

St. Mary’s Hospital offers an extensive variety of pediatric services. The pediatric (PICU) and neonatal (NICU) critical care units provide state-of-the-art technology while delivering compassionate care. Our dedicated coordinator, Linda Shait, will be there every step of the way for you.

Linda Shait, RN, BSN 
Pediatric Specialty Care Coordinator 
804-287-7396; fax 804-287-7722

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5801 Bremo Road
Richmond, VA 23226

At Bon Secours, we believe every child should receive the personal attention they deserve to meet their individual needs.

We’ve assembled an experienced medical team ready to administer the compassionate, personalized care your child needs. In the Special Needs Pediatrics Clinic, our pediatrician has extensive experience caring for special needs children with medically complex issues, and is committed to delivering the good help that we’re known for. Access to child-life specialists, nutritionists, social workers and nurse navigators makes us well-prepared to care for children with special needs.

Our developmental and behavioral pediatrician works alongside families, therapists, schools and community resources so we may better provide a full spectrum of services. From evaluations to ongoing monitoring and management of children with a variety of special needs, our staff brings good help to your child from birth into adulthood.

Equipped with a Developmental Assessment Clinic, our pediatric physician and team of therapists can evaluate children from birth to two years of age who are at high risk for developmental conditions. Our staff will monitor the developmental growth of your child, and if needed, will recommend further evaluation and the appropriate therapy. We understand that for many families raising a child with developmental and special needs, there are tremendous physical, emotional and financial challenges. At our practice, parents can relax in the comfort of meeting others with shared experiences. Casual conversation among other parents can provide needed encouragement and support.

From birth to adulthood, count on the team at Bon Secours St. Mary’s for Kids to help you and your child enjoy a lifetime of good health.

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5875 Bremo Road
MOB North, Suite 703
Richmond, VA 23226

Pregnancy is exciting, but if your baby is at risk for complications, it can also be stressful. At Bon Secours, our goal is to make this special time as comfortable and safe as possible, for both you and your baby.

Neonatology is a subspecialty of pediatric medicine that focuses primarily on the medical and surgical needs of newborn babies. Our neonatologists are pediatricians who have also completed advanced training in the care of very sick or premature babies. They often consult on high-risk prenatal care before the baby is born and during and after delivery; they lead the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) teams.

Neonatologists provide treatment for:

  • Premature infants
  • Infections
  • Birth injuries
  • Birth defects

Together with a highly skilled and dedicated team of other physicians, neonatal nurse practitioners, respiratory therapists and additional professionals, neonatologists provide the most advanced medical care to your baby 24 hours a day in our state-of-the-art NICUs.

The health of your infant is our primary concern. We’ll treat you and your baby with the compassionate, expert care you’ve come to expect from Bon Secours.

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412 Libbie Avenue, Suite 4
Richmond, Va. 23226

Our clinic offers access to pediatric cardiology services for infants, children and young adults with all types of cardiovascular disease. We partner with the congenital heart surgery program at UVA Children’s Hospital, which is the only dedicated pediatric heart transplant program in Virginia. Our staff includes cardiologists, heart surgeons and nurse practitioners.

Services include:

  • Non-invasive diagnostics, including echocardiograms and ECGs
  • Genetic evaluations (Down syndrome, connective tissue disorders, cardiomyopathy, etc.)
  • Evaluation and management of heart conditions

Conditions treated:

  • Congenital or acquired heart disease
  • Heart rhythm disorders
  • Heart murmurs
  • High blood pressure and high cholesterol
  • Heart failure
  • Childhood and adolescent obesity
  • Chest pain
  • Syncope and fainting

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5876 Bremo Rd, Suite 500
Richmond VA 23226

Pediatric dentists are specially trained to provide comprehensive dental care to infants, children and adolescents. These specialists have additional residency training following dental school and limit their practice to treating children. Our board-certified pediatric dentists promote good oral health as one component that contributes to overall wellness.

Our highly skilled pediatric dentists are dedicated to caring for children who may need the following services:

  • Preventive dentistry such as oral health education, fluoride, cleaning and sealants
  • Emergency care at the office or St. Mary’s Hospital Emergency Department 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year
  • Sedation and anesthesia to deliver a stress-free dental experience
  • Hospital care and consultation
  • Orofacial growth and development guidance (e.g., braces)
  • Routine restorative dentistry
  • Oral surgical procedures

Children are not small adults, and our pediatric dentistry team approaches the care of our littlest patients differently, beginning with age one infant oral health checks at the age of 1 as recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics and American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry.

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6900 Forest Avenue, Suite 110 R
Richmond, VA 23230

When you take your child to the emergency department, it can be a frightening experience for both you and your child. Your child is in a strange new environment and, in many cases, may have a serious injury. And you are meeting a new doctor at a stressful time. That is why in our new Pediatric Emergency Department at St. Mary’s Hospital, our pediatric emergency medicine physicians do their utmost to relieve your stress and make your child feel more comfortable while he or she is being treated. A pediatric emergency physician is a medical doctor who has specialized in the acute care of very ill or injured infants, babies, children and teens. This type of doctor has received specialized training in emergency medicine and pediatrics, in addition to his or her regular medical education.

Along with skilled nurses and other health care professionals in the emergency departments of the Bon Secours hospitals, our emergency medicine physicians provide compassionate, comprehensive care to infants, children and adolescents with urgent medical, surgical and traumatic conditions, including:

  • Medical problems that come on suddenly (such as fever, infection and severe allergic reactions)
  • Major injuries (such as burns, fractures and head injuries)
  • Minor injuries (such as cuts and sprains)
  • Complications of chronic illnesses
  • Poisonings and overdoses

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5801 Bremo Road
Emergency Department
Richmond, VA 23226

Bon Secours Pediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes Associates (PEDA) diagnoses and treats hormone disorders in children from birth to age 21 years.

Common problems that are seen in our pediatric endocrinology clinic include:

  • Diabetes
  • Low blood sugar
  • Short stature
  • Poor weight gain
  • Obesity
  • Early or late puberty
  • Thyroid disorders
  • Pituitary disorders
  • Adrenal gland disorders
  • Menstrual problems
  • Abnormalities of genital development
  • Abnormalities of bone mineralization

We have a team of physicians who are certified in pediatrics and pediatric endocrinology, pediatric nurses with training in the hormone disorders of children, a dietitian with experience in diabetes and obesity, a psychologist with a special interest in patients with chronic disease, and a social worker. Our team works to provide comprehensive care for our patients, and offers additional services and education through the Diabetes Treatment Center (DTC). The DTC educational program is recognized for its excellence by the American Diabetes Association, and is conveniently located on St. Mary’s campus, with additional satellite offices at other Bon Secours facilities.

Every summer, PEDA and DTC provide a one-week day camp for young children with diabetes. The goals of the camp are for children with diabetes to have fun in a safe environment, make friends with others who have diabetes, and learn more about childhood diabetes. Families can be confident that their children will receive excellent care from our very knowledgeable medical staff.

We are currently developing a comprehensive program for children who are overweight. Our program will include an initial medical evaluation of all participants by a physician, ongoing medical supervision throughout the course of the program, dietary education including hands-on food preparation, exercise instruction and practice, and group and/or individual counseling.

PEDA is committed to providing up-to-date, comprehensive and compassionate care for our patients and their families. The changing medical and emotional needs of our patients as they get older are addressed. We work with the entire family as the role of the family in the care of a child with a chronic medical problem is of great importance.

In addition to physician referrals, we also accept self-referrals.

Diabetes Resources:

Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF)
American Diabetes Association (ADA)
Diabetes Treatment Center (DTC) 
The Magic Foundation is a resource for those with other endocrine disorders.

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5875 Bremo Road
MOB South, Suite 303
Richmond, VA 23226

Pediatric gastroenterology is a specialty that diagnoses and treats nutrition problems and illnesses of the digestive system and liver in infants, children and adolescents. Pediatric gastroenterologists study and understand problems in the esophagus, stomach, small intestine, colon and rectum, pancreas, gallbladder, bile ducts and liver. At Bon Secours, our physicians are board certified in pediatrics and the specialty of pediatric gastroenterology. Our pediatric gastroenterologists approach your child’s care with compassion and partner with you and your child’s physician to see that your child receives the best possible care.

Our highly skilled pediatric gastroenterologists are dedicated to caring for children that have:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Chronic or severe vomiting
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Food allergies and intolerance
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
  • Eosinophilic esophagitis
  • Gastrointestinal bleeding
  • Inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis)
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Lactose intolerance
  • Liver and pancreas problems or diseases including jaundice
  • Malnutrition, failure to thrive
  • Obesity
  • Short bowel syndrome, intestinal failure
  • Ulcer disease

Because children, especially young children and infants, cannot always explain their symptoms, pediatric gastroenterologists are trained in a way that helps them diagnose conditions and work with small children. Our pediatric gastroenterologists are experts in how to perform and understand the results of diagnostic tests, such as endoscopy. This test uses narrow, flexible lighted tubes with built-in video cameras to see the inside of the intestinal tract.

Here are some tests that a pediatric gastroenterologist may conduct to help diagnose an illness or disease:

  • Upper endoscopy helps the pediatric gastroenterologist see the inside of the esophagus, stomach and duodenum (first part of the small intestine).
  • Colonoscopy lets the physician look inside the entire large intestine, from the rectum up through the colon to the lower end of the small intestine.
  • Video capsule endoscopy is a capsule containing a miniature camera. When the child swallows the capsule, the camera takes pictures of the lining of the small intestine.
  • Children are not small adults, and at Bon Secours our pediatric gastroenterologists know they must approach the care of our littlest patients differently.

Our physicians seek to provide the highest level of care available in the United States and have partnered with ImproveCareNow. St. Mary’s for Kids is the only Care Center in central Virginia to be a member of ImproveCareNow.

Improve Care Now logo

ImproveCareNow is a national quality improvement group of pediatric centers from across the country, dedicated to improving the care provided for pediatric patients with inflammatory bowel disease, ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease.

In addition, we support the North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition.

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5875 Bremo Road
MOB South, Suite 303
Richmond, Va. 23226

When your child is sick, you want to do everything you can to make him or her feel better. This can become even more important – and more challenging – when your child is faced with a serious or life-threatening illness. Pediatric palliative care is provided concurrently with disease-directed and life-extending efforts. The goal is to help children and families who face critical illness to be fully informed and empower them to face their illness with courage, dignity and hope.

Serving Children and Their Families for Almost Twenty Years

Noah’s Children was established in 1997 as the first nonprofit, licensed pediatric hospice and palliative care program in central Virginia. In an effort to continue to offer and expand the services provided to the community, Noah’s Children became a program of Bon Secours Richmond Health System in September 2007. Noah’s Children offers compassionate, high-quality interdisciplinary care for children with progressive, life-threatening and life-limiting illnesses and includes medical, emotional, spiritual and practical support for the child and his or her family.

Interdisciplinary Team

The interdisciplinary team of palliative care professionals provides a child-focused, family-centered plan of care based on the family’s concerns, fears, wishes and hopes. The team includes board-certified palliative care pediatricians, pediatric nurses, social workers, chaplains and bereavement counselors, all trained through an End-of-Life Nursing Education Curriculum. Volunteers are also part of the team. The primary goal of palliative care is to enhance the quality of life for the child and family by addressing the pain and symptom distress, whether secondary to physical, emotional, social, or practical distress.

Referral and Eligibility

Family, friends and health care providers may refer patients. We work with all pediatricians and pediatric subspecialists in the community. The primary care pediatrician (PCP) is always welcome to participate with the interdisciplinary team in defining the plan of care.

Other Services

Noah’s Children provides illness and bereavement support services to all family members of children in our program.

Other services include:

  • Volunteer support for families
  • Several direct patient and family supportive services
  • Help with complex decision-making, advance directives and determination of the goals of care
  • Education for the patient and family to promote understanding of the underlying disease process and prognosis
  • Help for families with transitions from home to hospital and hospital to home
  • Perinatal palliative care and support

The Hospice and Palliative Care services provided by Noah’s Children, in partnership with the health care professionals of Bon Secours Richmond Health System, can make a big difference in your child’s quality of life. Programs like this have been shown to provide the best care possible for serious illness, reduce pain and other symptoms, increase patient and family satisfaction and ease the transition between hospitals and other health care settings and health care providers.

For more information on Noah’s Children, call 804-287-7686 or go to

To make a donation to Noah’s Children, click here.

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5855 Bremo Road, Suite 409
Richmond, Va. 23226

When your child has a critical illness, serious injury or surgery, you want the highest level of care provided by a team of experts in pediatric critical care medicine. Although no parent wants to face such difficult circumstances, you can rely on the compassionate environment of the Bon Secours St. Mary’s Hospital’s Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) to provide for children who need it most.

Our PICU is a 14-bed, state-of-the-art unit that offers around-the-clock service delivered by a staff specially trained in pediatrics and critical care. The PICU treats many serious conditions, including asthma, acute respiratory failure, severe infections, seizures, some complications of diabetes, and multiple organ dysfunction. In addition, our team provides perioperative care for children at risk for postoperative pain and complications in cooperation with surgical specialists, including pediatric surgery, orthopaedics, ENT and urology. Additionally, we’re fully equipped to provide moderate sedation (inpatient and outpatient) for a variety of procedures, from imaging and bone marrow biopsies to pediatric dentistry. The combination of our highly trained team of specialists and facilities in the PICU enables us to provide care and monitoring of your child’s status during the provision of a variety of therapies, including mechanical ventilation (breathing machines) and administration of medications that need close medical supervision when given.

Your child will be cared for by a multidisciplinary team of medical professionals. Board-certified pediatric intensivists, who have received specialized training in pediatric critical care, oversee and coordinate the medical attention of all PICU patients including consultation on all surgical patients 24 hours a day. Children with complex diseases may be followed throughout their hospital stay by these same physicians to ensure continuity until discharge. The intensivists will participate in discharge planning to ensure that your child’s care continues seamlessly after hospital discharge. In addition, pediatric hospitalists (hospital-based pediatricians) work closely with the intensivists and are in-house 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Nurses with training and experience in pediatric critical care will provide minute-to-minute bedside care for your child in the PICU. Other personnel who will tend to your child include respiratory therapists, radiologists and technicians, physical therapists, occupational therapists, dietitians, pharmacists and child life specialists. Spiritual support is available to patients and family members from our Pastoral Care Department.

Our focus is the health of the children, but we know that having a child in the hospital is a stressful, uncertain time. That’s why we try to ease the burden on the parents and other relatives of our patients by providing services like cots for overnight visits, showers, washers and dryers, and beverages and snacks. Parents are allowed to visit 24 hours a day, and one parent may sleep at your child’s bedside overnight.

It’s normal for both you and your child to feel frightened or unsure at a time like this, and we do everything we can to make the experience go as smoothly – and safely – as possible. At Bon Secours St. Mary’s Hospital, you can rest assured that your child will receive the best and most compassionate care available from the staff in our PICU.

Child Life Specialist

At Bon Secours, we understand that being in the hospital can be a very stressful time for children as well as for their parents. Our child life specialist is prepared to assist you in easing your child’s anxiety and making the experience the best possible one for you and your child.

Child life specialists are trained and certified health care professionals who have backgrounds in areas such as child development and early childhood education. This valuable resource is available to every child admitted to the St. Mary’s Hospital Pediatric Unit.

Specialized Care, One-on-One Attention

Our child life specialist is assigned to help you and your child cope with the hospital experience. We understand that each child is unique. Therefore, we offer personalized care that keeps your child’s family, culture and special needs in mind. Therapeutic play and age-appropriate games are utilized to help your child feel more comfortable in the hospital.

Should the referring physician deem it helpful, pre-admission and preoperative teaching can be arranged, and informative handouts can be provided to explain common medical words and abbreviations.

Our program also includes:

  • Audiovisual and book library for all ages
  • Board and card games
  • Infants’ mobiles, tapes and toys
  • Arts and crafts
  • “Medical” play including doctor’s bags and dolls
  • Movies and video games provided on request in the rooms and if available

John Beverly Rankin Playroom

With the generous funds provided by the family and friends of John Beverly Rankin, a playroom is open to ambulatory patients with physician’s permission, where play is unhindered by procedures or equipment. Supervised computer and Internet access is also available.

Nutrition Care

The hospitals of Bon Secours Richmond Health System provide comprehensive care for children with nutritional disorders and special dietary needs. Registered dietitians are important members of the care team. They are specially trained in nutrition science with experience in childhood growth and development and the management of specialized pediatric nutritional needs.

Our nutrition care services include:

  • In-depth nutrition assessment
  • Individualized medical nutrition therapy for children
  • Patient and family education on therapeutic diets, specialized formula preparation and meal planning
  • Consultation with the patient’s primary physician to provide nutritional recommendations
  • Coordination of care with the medical team

We will work with you and your child on nutritional problems that include:

  • Disease-specific diets
  • Failure to thrive
  • Childhood obesity
  • Diabetes management
  • Gastrointestinal disorders, including inflammatory bowel disease
  • Food allergies and intolerances
  • Developmental feeding issues
  • Nutrition support

We’ll partner with you to create a relaxed, comfortable atmosphere for you and your child. We will take the time to explain your child’s nutritional needs so you fully understand the medical concerns. We can also help you develop an effective, realistic and healthy meal plan that considers your lifestyle and your child’s individual needs and preferences. At Bon Secours, your child’s health is our first concern.

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5801 Bremo Road
Richmond, Va. 23226

Pediatric Lung Care evaluates, diagnoses and treats disorders of the airway system and lungs in infants, children and adolescents. Our providers are board-certified within pediatrics and pediatric pulmonology. We approach your child’s care with compassion and partner with your child’s primary care physician to see that your child receives the best care possible. It is our sincere desire to provide every patient with the personalized treatment and care they deserve.


Evaluation and treatment of acute and chronic lung disorders, including:

  • Asthma
  • Chronic cough
  • Chronic lung disease of infancy
  • Chronic respiratory failure
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Infant wheezing and stridor
  • Acute, chronic and recurrent pneumonia
  • Vocal cord dysfunction

Management of pediatric high technology equipment for infants, children and adolescents including:

  • Home ventilators
  • Tracheostomies
  • Oxygen supplementation

Our office has a full-service pediatric pulmonary function laboratory, which includes real-time assessment using:

  • Spirometry
  • Lung volumes
  • Bronchodilator challenges
  • Exercise studies (treadmill testing)

Our board-certified physicians provide the latest diagnostic testing for children with suspected lung and airway problems, including flexible bronchoscopy.

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5875 Bremo Road
MOB South, Suite 303
Richmond, Va. 23226

Dr. Donald A. Taylor provides services in both the inpatient and outpatient setting for newborns and children up to age 18 with neurologic disorders and offers care for the full spectrum of pediatric neurologic problems including seizures, developmental delays, hypotonia, macrocephaly, microcephaly, neurocutaneous syndromes, stroke and ataxia, and movement disorders such as tics and Tourette’s Syndrome. Dr. Taylor has special expertise in epilepsy and neonatal neurology.

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5875 Bremo Road
MOB South, Suite 310
Richmond, Va. 23226

Pediatric rheumatology is a specialty that diagnoses and treats unexplained rash, fever, arthritis, anemia, weakness, fatigue, muscle pain and autoimmune disease. At Bon Secours, our physician is board-certified in pediatrics and the specialty of pediatric rheumatology. Our pediatric rheumatologist will approach your child’s care with compassion and partner with you and your child’s physician to see that your child receives the best possible care.

Our highly skilled pediatric rheumatologist is dedicated to caring for children that may have:

  • Rash
  • Fever
  • Arthritis
  • Anemia
  • Weakness
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle pain
  • Autoimmune disease
  • Juvenile arthritis
  • Spondylitis
  • Systemic lupus erythematosus
  • Antiphospholipid syndrome
  • Dermatomyositis
  • Sjögren’s syndrome
  • Vasculitis
  • Scleroderma
  • Mixed connective tissue disease
  • Sarcoidosis
  • Lyme disease
  • Osteomyelitis
  • Relapsing polychondritis
  • Henoch-Schönlein purpura
  • Serum sickness
  • Reactive arthritis
  • Kawasaki’s disease
  • Raynaud’s disease
  • Growing pains
  • Inflammatory eye disease
  • Osteoporosis

Our pediatric rheumatologist is an expert in how to understand the results of laboratory tests and imaging studies such as X-rays, CT scans, bone scans and MRIs.

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9600 Patterson Avenue
Richmond VA 23229

Our pediatric urological specialists treat conditions from minor and episodic to severe and life-altering. They comprise a team of highly trained physicians and staff with a combined clinical experience of more than 75 years. Clinical specialties include common problems such as bedwetting and voiding disorders, management and repair of congenital genitourinary abnormalities such as hypospadias and undescended testicles, and surgical support in the management of urinary obstruction and recurrent urinary tract infections.

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8700 Stony Point Parkway, Suite 250
Richmond, VA 23235