Texas Children's Hospital West Campus welcomes five new surgeons

HOUSTON - (Oct. 9, 2014) - Texas Children's Hospital West Campus is excited to announce the addition of five new members to its surgical team: otolaryngologist Dr. Karina Toa Ca_adas, minimally invasive pediatric general surgeon Dr. Charles William Hartin Jr., orthopedic hand surgeon Dr. Thomas Hunt III, hand and microvascular surgeon Dr. Mitchel Seruya and otolaryngologist Dr. Matthew Sitton. Texas Children's Hospital West Campus is Houston's first community hospital designed, built and equipped exclusively for children. For more information about pediatric surgery at Texas Children's, visit texaschildrens.org/surgery.

"I am thrilled to welcome five new surgeons to our team," said Dr. Allen L. Milewicz, chief of community surgery at Texas Children's Hospital West Campus and associate professor of surgery and pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine. "In addition to being able to provide more convenient access for patients, the arrival of these new surgeons will allow expansion of the high quality expert services available at Texas Children's Hospital West Campus. These pediatric specialists are bringing new treatments and state-of-the-art techniques to children and families in our community."

Dr. Karina Toa Ca_adas, otolaryngologist

Ca_adas, who also serves as assistant professor at Baylor, completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Rochester. She earned her medical degree from Georgetown University and went on to complete her residency at Yale University School of Medicine. Ca_adas was a pediatric otolaryngology fellow at Baylor.

Ca_adas' clinical interests include airway reconstruction, pediatric head and neck masses, vascular malformations and sinus surgery. Her research interests include adipocyte differentiation in hemangiomas, vascular malformations and fetal and post natal airway evaluation. Ca_adas is a member of the American Academy of Otolaryngology and the American Thyroid Association.

Dr. Charles William Hartin Jr., minimally invasive pediatric general surgeon

Hartin, who also serves as assistant professor at Baylor, earned his undergraduate degree at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He received his medical degree from University of South Alabama College of Medicine and completed his general surgery residency at State University of New York at Buffalo. Hartin completed two fellowships, one in pediatric surgery research at Women Children's Hospital of Buffalo, and one in pediatric surgery at Baylor.

Hartin's clinical interests include minimally invasive surgery using the fewest and smallest incisions for procedures. His other clinical interests include neonatal surgery, oncology, chest wall deformities, complicated abdominal wall defects, and trauma. Hartin is a member of the American Pediatric Surgical Association, American College of Surgeons and the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Dr. Thomas Hunt III, orthopedic hand surgeon

Dr. Thomas Hunt, professor and chair of the department of orthopedic surgery at Baylor, has dedicated his career to treating sports injuries of the hand, wrist and forearm in athletes of all ages and at all levels of ability. He serves in the capacity of team physician for a national football league franchise, national medical advisor for professional golf and as a resource for elite athletes worldwide. Hunt is a graduate of Stanford University and Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. He completed his orthopedic surgery residency, along with a research fellowship focused on bone regeneration, at the University of Kansas. He also completed a fellowship in hand, upper extremity, and microsurgery at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Recently, he graduated with a Doctor of Science Degree in Administration-Health Services from University of Alabama in Birmingham.

Hunt is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon who holds a certificate of added qualification in hand surgery. He is a member of numerous national and regional specialty societies including the American Society for Surgery of the Hand, American Association for Hand Surgery, American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and the American Orthopaedic Association.

Dr. Mitchel Seruya, hand and microvascular surgeon

Seruya, who also serves as assistant professor of plastic surgery at Baylor, received his undergraduate and medical degrees at Columbia University. He completed his residency at Georgetown University and his craniofacial and hand/microvascular fellowships at Royal Children's Hospital in Melbourne, Australia.

Seruya's clinical interests include neonatal brachial plexus palsy, cerebral palsy, congenital hand anomalies and traumatic hand injuries. His research interests are focused on understanding clinical outcomes following pediatric upper extremity surgery and optimizing functional restoration. Seruya is a candidate member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and the American Society of Maxillofacial Surgeons.

The Hand and Microvascular Surgery Clinic at Texas Children's Hospital treats patients with congenital hand defects, traumatic hand injuries as well as acquired hand ailments. The clinic team, which includes Seruya and Hunt, is comprised of a multidisciplinary group of hand surgeons, nurses, occupational hand therapists and medical assistants. A fully functional radiology suite is adjacent to the clinic, streamlining the process from diagnosis to management.

Dr. Matthew Sitton, otolaryngologist

Sitton, who is also an assistant professor at Baylor, earned his undergraduate degree at Mississippi College. He completed his medical degree at the University of Mississippi School of Medicine and his otolaryngology/head neck surgery residency at Medical College of Wisconsin. Sitton was a pediatric otolaryngology fellow at Baylor.

Sitton's clinical interests include acquired and congenital head and neck masses, vascular malformations, thyroid disorders, hearing loss and salivary management. His research interests include quality improvement and clinical outcomes. Sitton is a member of the American Thyroid Association, American Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology and American Academy of Otolaryngology.

About Texas Children’s Hospital

Texas Children’s Hospital, a not-for-profit health care organization, is committed to creating a healthier future for children and women throughout the global community by leading in patient care, education and research. Consistently ranked as the best children’s hospital in Texas, and among the top in the nation, Texas Children’s has garnered widespread recognition for its expertise and breakthroughs in pediatric and women’s health. The hospital includes the Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute; the Feigin Center for pediatric research; Texas Children’s Pavilion for Women, a comprehensive obstetrics/gynecology facility focusing on high-risk births; Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus, a community hospital in suburban West Houston; and Texas Children’s Hospital The Woodlands, a second community hospital planned to open in 2017. The organization also created the nation’s first HMO for children, has the largest pediatric primary care network in the country and a global health program that’s channeling care to children and women all over the world. Texas Children’s Hospital is affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. For more information, go to www.texaschildrens.org. Get the latest news by visiting the online newsroom and Twitter at twitter.com/texaschildrens.