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Children's Mercy's core Pediatric Surgery Training Program was one of the first fellowship training programs established in pediatric surgery. The program was established in 1975 under the direction of Dr. Raymond A. Amoury. Dr. Amoury was the Surgeon-In-Chief and Director of the Pediatric Surgery Fellowship Training Program from 1975 to 1992. During that time, the fellowship program became nationally and internationally known due to the efforts of Dr. Amoury, Dr. Tom Holder and Dr. Keith Ashcraft.

In 1988, the fellowship program changed from one fellow every two years to one fellow each year and has remained at that level. When Dr. Amoury retired in 1992, Dr. Keith Ashcraft became Surgeon-In-Chief of the hospital and Director of the Pediatric Surgery Training Program until his retirement. At that time, Dr. George W. Holcomb, III, became Surgeon-In-Chief and Director of the Pediatric Surgery Training Program.

In 2012, Dr. Shawn St. Peter became the Director of the Pediatric Surgery Training Program.

We also have a Surgical Critical Care Training Program which was established in 1998. Dr. David Juang serves as Director of the Surgical Critical Care Program.

About Program

Learn about the history of the Pediatric Training Program at Children's Mercy and a brief overview of the content of the program, including curriculum and clinical experience.

Academic Curriculum

Learn more about the curriculum, including didactics, courses, and workshops for the fellowship, as well as a comprehensive scope of topics covered throughout.

Clinical Experience

Learn about the quality and extent of hands-on experience offered through this fellowship. 


Learn more about the research opportunities and focuses offered during this fellowship.


Meet the faculty for this fellowship.

How to Apply

Learn how to apply for this fellowship, and begin the application process.