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About us

Cohen Children’s Medical Center is an international referral center for the treatment of colorectal conditions in infants, children, adolescents and young adults. Through the Division of Pediatric Surgery, we offer comprehensive diagnosis, as well as advanced colorectal surgery procedures, to treat disorders of the colon, rectum, small intestine and anus. We're also well adept at providing long-term care, in instances where treatments span several months or years.

Our multidisciplinary team of experts is highly skilled in dealing with the sensitive nature of these disorders and appreciates the nuances of treating children. Team members include:

  • Physicians
  • Colorectal surgeons
  • Gastroenterologists
  • Urologists
  • Gynecologists
  • Nurses
  • Dietitians
  • Social workers

What we treat

We treat a full range of colorectal conditions, including:

  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Anorectal malformation
  • Imperforate anus
  • Hirschsprung disease
  • Fecal incontinence
  • Constipation
  • Fistula in ano 

Pediatric Bowel Management Program

As noted above, one of the conditions we treat is fecal incontinence, which can range from infrequent stool leakage (occasional “accidents”) to the more serious complete loss of bowel control. We understand that this issue can be a source of embarrassment for children and can negatively affect their physical health, social development and emotional well-being. That’s why we offer our Pediatric Bowel Management Program, which employs a wide variety of dedicated specialists who understand what your child is going through; they will explain that many other kids have similar challenges and help them understand and cope with their condition, in order to improve their overall quality of life.

Fecal incontinence can be caused by many conditions, including:

  • Anorectal malformations
  • Congenital conditions
  • Spinal defects
  • Hirschsprung's disease
  • Muscle damage and/or weakness
  • Spina bifida
  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Loss of sphincter control from colorectal problem