Pediatric Surgical Oncology

Pediatric Surgical Oncology

As pediatric surgeons we work in close collaboration with the medical oncologist, radiologist, radiation oncologist, and pathologist to ensure the optimal care for your child. Our teams participate in a weekly Tumor Board conference to allow group discussions and coordination of patient care.

As pediatric surgeons, we treat a wide variety of tumors which can be found throughout the neck, chest and abdomen. These include:

  • Wilms’ Tumor
  • Neuroblastoma and other adrenal tumors
  • Pancreatic tumors
  • Hepatoblastoma and other liver tumors
  • Soft tissue sarcomas
  • Thyroid tumors

Our Team

Michael D. Josephs, MD, FACS
Pediatric Surgeon
Dr. Josephs moved to Austin from the East Coast in 2002 to provide surgical care to the children of Central Texas. In addition to the state-of-the-art healthcare environment, he was drawn to the vast opportunities for outdoor activities in the hill country along with the many live music venues. Dr. Josephs obtained his medical degree from Georgetown University School of Medicine in Washington, DC.

Jessica Ann Naiditch, MD, FACS, FAAP
Pediatric Surgeon, Trauma Medical Director
Dr. Naiditch is a board certified pediatric surgeon with an interest in the surgical management of inflammatory bowel disease, trauma & oncology. She is the lead surgeon on the Austin Pediatric Surgery Inflammatory Bowel Disease Team and is the Trauma Medical Director at Dell Children’s Medical Center. She has published on topics including lung biopsy, drug resistance in neuroblastoma, intussusception, and cloacal exstrophy.

Ankur R. Rana, MD
Pediatric Surgeon, NICU Co-Medical Director
Dr. Rana is a clinical pediatric surgeon with experience in all aspects of neonatal and pediatric surgery, with special clinical interest in pediatric oncology, thoracic surgery and complex gastrointestinal surgery including minimally invasive surgery. He is also the Educational Experience director.

Erich J. Grethel, MD, FACS, FAAP
Pediatric Surgeon
Dr. Erich Grethel is a board certified pediatric surgeon who has a special interest in pectus deformities and leads the Pectus Chest Wall Program at APS. 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.

Jeffrey R. Horwitz, MD, FACS
Pediatric Surgeon
Dr. Horwitz was born and raised in Houston. He has been living in Austin since 1999. His incredibly supportive family includes his wife Treva, daughter Aiden and two chihuahuas, Gracie and Bella. Dr. Horwitz clinical focus is in all areas of pediatric surgery, from removing lumps and bumps to correcting complex congenital anomalies.