It’s a scary thing to be told that your child might need surgery. Everyone wants the best for our children – best schools, best neighborhoods, best vacations, best friends – but how does one find the best surgeon? Family and friends may weigh in, and your pediatrician can usually be trusted to give good advice, but you may want to take your research further.
As you look around, you realize there are differences in training, experience, and recognition that may make a big difference in your child’s outcome. You have great help from peer review groups, magazines, and other organizations which attempt to evaluate differences in quality between physicians and surgeons. In the field of general pediatric surgery, one name emerges at the top of all of these lists and that name is Dr. Frederick Alexander.
Dr. Alexander has been recognized as a best doctor in pediatric surgery and cancer surgery by Castle Connolly for nearly 20 years. He has also been named Top Doctor by New York Magazine, 201 Magazine, New Jersey Family’s Favorite Kid’s Doctors, U.S. News and World Report, New Jersey Monthly, HealthFirst NJ, and received Patientschoice.org’s Compassionate Doctor Certification.
Throughout his career, Dr. Alexander has challenged the status quo, embracing best practices and pushing beyond the accepted standards of care. Early on, he trained at the best institutions, including medical school at Columbia University, general surgery at The Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard University, and pediatric surgery at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital – the 3rd ranked children’s hospital in the country. He has taken best practices from all these institutions and has innovated and modified his practice to resolve surgical problems with the absolute minimum of pain and discomfort and maximum of cosmetic appearance and functional ability. He has created a model of care that emphasizes old-fashioned hands-on care coupled with cutting edge technology. He personally attends to all of your child’s needs as well as your own needs as a parent from beginning to end until your child is doing summer saults again.
Many people who have been treated by Dr. Alexander comment that he is different from other surgeons. What distinguishes Dr. Alexander from other surgeons is his ability to blend a traditional empathetic style of practice with cutting edge technology and expertise. He displays an uncommon attention to detail as well as thoughtfulness for all patients who come under his care. He has performed more than 20,000 successful operations in 24 years and yet treats every new patient as though he or she were his first.
Dr. Alexander founded The Department of Pediatric Surgery at The Cleveland Clinic where he was chief for 15 years. He is acknowledged to be a master surgeon who is capable of handling with ease and confidence all kinds of problems involving soft tissues, head and neck, chest, abdomen, and genitals. Just as important, he can be trusted to refer patients to other specialists in certain related areas such as hand, plastics, and orthopedics. Dr. Alexander is a skilled laparoscopic surgeon who has performed more than 1,000 of these procedures in infants and children. He has always been deeply involved in fetal care and birth defects, having co-founded The Fetal Care Unit at HackensackUMC where he continues to provide exceptional care to infants with newborn problems. He has published improved results in a number of areas including appendicitis, gastroesophageal reflux, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, and various birth defects including gastroschisis, esophageal atresia and Hirschsprung’s Disease.
Both in Cleveland and in Bergen County, Dr. Alexander has surrounded himself with a staff that cares as much about providing personal and expert attention as he does. His staff, including Karen, Fran and Jen, takes pride in providing first class service to all of our patients. Whether scheduling office appointments, radiology tests, consultations, or surgery and providing education, follow-up information, or advocacy with insurance providers, all staff members are equally passionate about taking the extra time and making the special effort to provide not just a positive experience, but a deeply satisfying one. Our goal is not just to fix a surgical problem but to enhance the quality of life of children and their families.
Our model is designed to provide expert and expeditious care within 24 – 48 hours that a request is made. Whatever it takes, we will make it happen. And, we will not allow network restrictions to interfere or jeopardize the health and safety of your child. We have chosen not to participate in networks which we feel excessively discount our care. In most cases, we are able to negotiate with the networks. We are just as much concerned about your family’s fiscal health as we are about your child’s surgical health. Therefore, when your child has an urgent or emergent problem, we will make arrangements to meet you and your child at the door of any emergency room in a hospital of your choosing, including HackensackUMC, The Valley Hospital, Englewood Hospital, Holy Name Medical Center, and Palisades Medical Center.
It is tempting to believe that all surgeons are equally good and will treat your child with the same care. Some people wrongly assume that surgeons that work for a hospital or insurance network will deliver uniformly good care. The truth is that within any hospital or network, there may be a tremendous variation of surgical skill, experience, and know-how. Hospitals and networks are in the business of making money.
As former Chairman of Pediatric Surgery at The Cleveland Clinic and HackensackUMC, Dr. Alexander has witnessed the change in medicine from avocation to a business which does not always serve the best interest of the patient. Dr. Alexander chose to be an independent pediatric surgeon in order to take full responsibility for a practice that reflects his core clinical values of personal attention, continuity of care and commitment to excellence. Our recommendation is that before you choose a pediatric surgeon for a child, you look beyond the hospital affiliation and lists provided by the insurance network in order to find the exemplary care that you seek. Give us a call for any questions that you may have.