April 05, 2018

By Bob Sammartano, PA-C

I have been the Senior Surgical PA for Pediatric Surgery at Montefiore Medical Center Children's Hospital since July of 1994. I spend my day trying my best to assure any child entrusted to me is safe, pain free and brought safely back to his/her life with family, friends, pets, classmates, toys and dreams.

On Friday, December 14, 2012, we (a surgical intern, a pediatric medical third year rotator from an outside institution and I) started our day early, seeing the inpatients and then headed down to the Day Hospital to be sure the elective surgical outpatient schedule was moving along. The schedule had two OR rooms running concomitantly. I scrubbed in a complicated case with our service helping a neurosurgical patient who needed a ventriculo-atrial shunt due to multiple failed ventriculo-peritoneal shunts. His recent shunt infection required externalization of the cranial portion of the shunt.  The other room was manned by the surgical intern and the menu for the day was interval laparoscopic appendectomies for previously non-operative management of perforated appendicitis.


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