Children

About Us

Pediatric surgeons specialize in the surgical care of children. We are surgeons who, by training, are oriented toward working with children and understanding their special needs. In addition to completing training and achieving board certification in general surgery, we complete additional years of training exclusively in children’s surgery. We then receive special certification in the subspeciality of pediatric surgery.

Working as a part of your medical team, we will keep everyone involved in the care of your child informed about our recommendations, procedures performed, and instructions for care following surgery. It is our practice to send a written report to the patient's referring physician within 48 hours of a consultation.

To learn more about our doctors, how to schedule an appointment or how to get directions to our office, please use the links to the left.

Our Doctors

Robert H. Connors, M.D

Robert H. Connors, M.D.
Dr. Connors graduated with honors from Catholic University in Washington, D.C., with his Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology. Learn more…

Marc G. Schlatter, M.D.

Marc G. Schlatter, M.D.
Dr. Schlatter received his Bachelor of Science degree in Microbiology from Indiana University and his medical degree from Ohio State University. Learn more…

Neal D. Uitvlugt, M.D.

Neal D. Uitvlugt, M.D.
Dr. Uitvlugt graduated from Calvin College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. Learn more…

James M. DeCou, M.D.

James M. DeCou, M.D.
Dr. DeCou received his Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering (graduating with distinction) from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, and then received his medical degree from the University of Michigan Medical School. Learn more…

Emily Durkin, M.D.

Emily Durkin, M.D.
Dr. Durkin is a summa cum laude graduate of Michigan State University with a Bachelor of Science in Human Physiology from the Lyman Briggs School. She went on to receive her medical degree from Michigan State University College of Human Medicine in 2004. Learn more…

Jack Schneider, M.D.

Jack Schneider, M.D.
Dr. Schneider graduated from Notre Dame with a Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences - Cum Laude and received his medical degree from Medical College of Wisconsin. Learn more…

Daniel Watkins, M.D.

Daniel Watkins, M.D.
Dr. Watkins’ post-graduate training was in general surgery at Wayne State University. Learn more…

Elliot Pennington, M.D.

Elliot Pennington, M.D.
Dr. Pennington is a cum laude graduate from the University of Rochester with a Bachelor of Art in Race and Gender Studies and a minor in American Sign Language. Learn more…

Jessica Andrina, CPNP-AC

Jessica Andrina, CPNP-AC
Jessica Andrina is a board-certified acute care pediatric nurse practitioner as well as a certified operating room nurse.Learn more…

Contact Us

(616) 458-1722

330 Barclay Ave NE, Suite 202
Grand Rapids, Michigan 49503

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