Dr. Shaun Kunisaki | Pediatric Surgery

Dr. Shaun Kunisaki | Pediatric Surgery

Dr. Shaun Kunisaki | Pediatric Surgery

By Bryan Wright 1 Comment September 20, 2019


>>Hi, my name is Shaun Kunisaki, and I’m a general pediatric surgeon within the Division of
General Pediatric Surgery here at the Johns Hopkins
Children’s Center. In the specialty of pediatric surgery, I practice the full breadth, which includes often operating on children who need abdominal surgery, for example, to solve problems with the intestines, the stomach, as well as the appendix. I operate on children of all ages and I’ve been doing that
for over a decade now. Whenever possible, I try to use minimally invasive surgical approaches, which involve making small incisions using sophisticated surgical instruments, which enable a faster
recovery and minimal scarring. Within my specialty, I’m
known both regionally as well as nationally for my work in pediatric chest surgery,
or thoracic surgery. Or I take care of infants and children who have problems dealing
with the esophagus, lungs, as well as the diaphragm. I’m very passionate about taking care of children with these rare disorders, and I’m fortunate that I’ve
received the mentorship as well as surgical training to enable some of the best possible
outcomes in these cases. My research is consistent with the mission of the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center, and that is to improve
upon today’s medical and surgical care of children, so that future children can
have even better outcomes. So when I’m not in the operating room or in the clinic, I’m
often in the laboratory where I lead a team of scientists where we’re working on novel approaches to both better understand as well as treat various major birth defects which range from things like spina bifida, where there is a hole in the back of the spinal cord which can lead to a lot of issues such as paralysis, to congenital diaphragmatic hernia, which is a disorder in which the lungs are abnormally small and don’t
function very well at birth. I originally became a physician because I wanted to
follow in the footsteps of my father, who was a young
African-American physician who unfortunately died when
I was only six weeks old. So he obviously left a legacy, although certainly I didn’t know him, and I wanted to pursue
the unfinished business that he had left behind, in terms of helping others. When I graduated from
Harvard Medical School, I knew I wanted to be a pediatric surgeon for a number of reasons. First, I absolutely love
taking care of children. Children are amazing, exciting, fun to be around, and
I really enjoy working with families from all walks of life and helping them through
this healing journey. I also went into pediatric
surgery because I thoroughly enjoy the privilege and honor of taking care of patients. I develop trust in parents that enables me to operate on their most
prized possession in life, that is their son or daughter. It’s not your house or your car, or your job that’s the
most important thing, it’s your children, and
that’s very powerful and I’m honored to be
a part of that process. My philosophy of patient care
is based on the premise that, I actually have six children of my own. So when I take care of a patient, I treat them as if I would want my own son or daughter to be treated. The child is a whole
person, and not just someone who has a surgical problem, and every family is unique
and should be treated with the warmth and
compassion that they deserve. I’ve performed thousands and thousands of operations on
children, but I always try to be aware of the fact
that no matter how small the problem is, is that
surgery can be terrifying for both the child as
well as their families, and so my approach is to address these problems in a calm
and thoughtful manner. I am an educator and I
try to leave ample time to answer any questions
that they may have. (children talking) (children laughing)

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Great! thank you

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