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Erich J. Grethel, MD, FACS, FAAP

Surgeon Champion - NSQIP-Pediatric

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Erich J. Grethel, MD, FACS, FAAP

Surgeon Champion - NSQIP-Pediatric

Dr. Grethel lives in Austin, Texas with his wife and three children. He has been practicing pediatric surgery here since 2010. He is surgeon champion for the Dell pediatric NSQIP team and is involved in quality and outcome measures for pediatric surgery patients.

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  • Pediatric Surgery

Hospital Affiliation

  • Dell Children's Medical Center of Central Texas
  • Dell Seton Medical Center at The University of Texas
  • Seton Medical Center Austin
  • Seton Northwest Hospital
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Provides Care Through

  • Austin Pediatric Surgery
  • Dell Children's Medical Group

My Passion for Healthcare

I felt I wanted to be a doctor during high school because I had an outstanding anatomy class where we discovered the wonders of the human body. This was followed by having brilliant and inspirational mentors in both general surgery and pediatric surgery during my schooling and subsequent training that helped me gravitate toward pediatric surgery. Pediatric surgery combines the awe and fascination of surgery with the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of kids and their families.

Services I Provide

  1. Prenatal Counseling for Fetal Conditions
  2. Inguinal Hernia and Hydrocele Repair
  3. Complex Neonatal Surgery
  4. Pectus Excavatum/Carinatum Treatment
  5. Management of Traumatic Injuries
  6. Surgical Urgent Care
  7. Lumps and Bumps of the Head and Neck

Degree & Residency

  • Medical School

    Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA

  • Residency

    University of California, San Francisco Med Center, San Francisco, CA – General Surgery

  • Fellowship

    Texas Childrens Hospital, Houston, TX – Pediatric Surgery

  • Board Certification

    American Board of Pediatric Surgery – General Surgery

    American Board of Surgery – Pediatric Surgery

My Clinical Focus

As a pediatric surgeon I am accustomed to seeing and treating a variety of different conditions, from hernias and lumps and bumps, to more complex conditions, such as neonatal conditions like diaphragm hernias and intestinal conditions. I also care for children who have forms of cancer that may be treatable with surgical therapies. I am currently involved in quality and outcomes measures as surgeon champion of Dell Children's pediatric arm of the National Surgical Quality Improvement Program.


  1. American Academy of Pediatrics
  2. American College of Surgeons
  3. American Pediatric Surgical Association

Why Choose Dell Children's

Dell Children's offers a different brand of healthcare. We call it personalized care. We believe in showing everyone dignity and respect while providing the best care possible for the children we serve.

We are the premier healthcare provider for children and adolescents in Central Texas. While Dell Children's Medical Center is the cornerstone of our pediatric care, our doctors, nurses and associates work in schools, clinics, programs and practices throughout the community to deliver excellent care and better health for our children.

We provide a range of health services to keep your children healthy. We are advancing healthcare and improving lives with easy clinical visits for everyday illnesses, school district and county health partnerships, in-hospital playtime through our child life program, community outreach events and innovative medical treatments for complex and specialized illnesses.

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