Programs and Services

Same-day Appointments

The Department of Surgery at Texas Children’s Hospital offers same-day surgical consultation appointments by calling 832-824-2778 (832-TCH-APPT) for the following departments: 

In most cases, when you call to make an appointment before 12 p.m. (noon) with any of the surgical areas listed above, you will be offered an appointment for that same day. If you call after 12 p.m., you will be offered an appointment for the next day. We accept appointments Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Same-day appointments are accepted from patients or referring physicians by contacting the surgical division or clinic directly, or by calling 832-824-2778 (832-TCH-APPT) and requesting an appointment.

When you make this request, we will search Texas Children’s locations by specialty, provider and availability to find an open appointment for a surgical consultation. Based on these factors, you will be offered the first available appointment. This appointment may be in any Texas Children’s location in the greater Houston area. Our schedulers will work with you to find an appointment time and location that’s convenient for you.

What type of visits are not considered same-day appointments?
In general, most same-day appointments are reserved for new patients or patients new to the surgical specialties listed above. Only the areas listed above accept same day appointments.

Same-day appointments are not scheduled for the following types of appointments:

  • Emergency situations
  • Follow-ups
  • Well check-ups

Same-day appointments from the Department of Surgery are for initial consultations that are typically set up by a pediatrician, specialists or self-referral. If immediate care is needed, please seek emergency care by calling 911 or visiting the nearest emergency room.

Also, Texas Children’s Urgent Care is equipped to diagnose and treat common pediatric illnesses and injuries like sprains, abdominal pain, cough, fever, and more. Our board-certified pediatricians, staff and equipment are designed to meet the needs of children and young adults up to age 18.

This initiative is a collective promise from the Department of Surgery to its patients and referring colleagues to be available. A delay in care, especially for surgical practices, can lead to unnecessary concern and frustration for patients and families, and can even affect treatment outcomes. Texas Children's surgeons are committed to caring for our patients.

David Coats, MD


Our Specialties

Texas Children's anesthesiologists are dedicated to treating children by providing expert care before, during and after surgery.

The Congenital Heart Surgery Service offers a comprehensive surgical program that includes every procedure available for the treatment of pediatric heart disease and defects.

The Dental Division at Texas Children’s Hospital provides a full range of routine and complex dental procedures for pediatric patients. We provide dental treatment to children with special needs or complex medical diagnoses requiring coordination of care between our dental team and their subspecialist.

The Otolaryngology Division evaluates and treats children from birth to 17 years of age who have common problems as well as complex medical conditions of the ear, nose, throat, and head and neck.

The Neurosurgery Program, part of Texas Children’s Neuroscience Center, is committed to setting the standard for the surgical treatment of infants and children with neurological diseases and to pioneering innovative therapies for the developing nervous system.

Children from around the world who need surgical treatment for eye disorders and plastic surgery of the eyes visit Texas Children's Ophthalmology Division.

We treat everything from minor fractures to complex disorders, ensuring the highest level of individualized care for patients from newborns to young adults.

PASS Clinic is an anesthesiology service made up of anesthesiologists, experienced nurse practitioners and physician assistants who work with surgeons to identify and manage a patient’s health concerns prior to surgery.

The division, part of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Baylor College of Medicine, routinely performs common and highly complex surgical procedures for a wide range of gynecological conditions on patients ranging from newborn to 21 years old.

The program offers comprehensive surgical services for a broad range of diagnoses from routine to highly complex.

The surgeons in the Plastic Surgery department at Texas Children’s Hospital are dedicated to helping children function at the highest level by treating both common and complex surgical needs.

The Surgical Oncology Program at Texas Children’s Hospital provides highly specialized surgical treatment for children with a cancer diagnosis.

We offer a comprehensive, interdisciplinary approach through each aspect of the transplant process. From initial referrals to hospitalization and post-transplant outpatient care, patients have access to more than 40 different specialties, ensuring all facets of care are addressed.

The Urology Division at Texas Children's Hospital offers the most advanced surgical care for routine urological needs as well as genitourinary problems related to congenital birth defects, trauma and a range of other medical conditions.