Dr. Gary Birken, MD

Dr. Gary Birken, MD

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Dr. Gary Birken, MD is a pediatric surgery specialist in Hollywood, FL and has been practicing for 32 years. He specializes in pediatric surgery.Read his story

Memorial Division of Pediatric General Surgery

1150 N 35th Ave Ste 555

Hollywood, FL 33021
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Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • Amerigroup (Wellpoint)
  • AvMed
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • Commercial Insurance Company
  • Coventry Health Care
  • Humana
  • Medicaid
  • Memorial Healthcare System
  • Molina Healthcare
  • Tricare
  • UnitedHealthCare

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Top Care Areas

See how frequently Dr. Birken performs your care needs compared to other doctors.

Appendicitis
high
more than 81% of peers
Inguinal Hernia Repair, Open
normal
more than 80% of peers
Appendectomy, Laparoscopic
normal
more than 75% of peers

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Dr. Birken's bio

This content was provided by Dr. Birken "Dr. Gary Birken is a fellowship-trained, board-certified pediatric surgeon who has been Surgeon-in-Chief at Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital since 2004. After earning his bachelor’s degree at Ohio University and his medical degree at Chicago Medical School, he completed a research fellowship in pediatric surgery and a general surgical residency at The Ohio State University Hospitals. He then completed a pediatric surgical fellowship at Columbus Children’s Hospital. Through the years, his leadership roles have included a wide variety of administrative appointments within Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital and Memorial Healthcare System. He also has served and is an active member of numerous medical organizations on both a statewide and a national level."
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Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Birken "Physicians In Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital Division of Pediatric General and Thoracic Surgery perform a wide variety of emergency and elective procedures for pediatric patients. From infancy to adolescence, we provide exceptional medical care in a dedicated facility staffed by some of the finest pediatric surgeons on the country. Some conditions we treat include acute and complicated appendicitis; inguinal, umbilical, epigastric and abdominal- wall hernias; pyloric stenosis; undescended testes; chest wall deformities; gastroesophageal reflux; neonatal congenital anomalies ; and pediatric trauma."

1  Specialties

  • Pediatric Surgery

2  Board Certifications

  • General Surgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Surgery*
  • Pediatric Surgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Surgery*

33  Conditions Treated

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48  Procedures

  • Abscess or Cyst Drainage or Aspiration
  • Abscess or Fluid Incision and Drainage
  • Adrenalectomy
  • Appendectomy, Laparoscopic
  • Appendectomy, Open
  • Axillary Lymph Node Dissection
  • Bile Duct Procedure
  • Bone Marrow Biopsy
  • Colectomy
  • Colon and Rectal Surgery
  • Cyst Incision and Drainage
  • Enterostomy (Laparoscopic or Open)
  • Esophageal Surgery
  • Esophagomyotomy
  • Excision of Bile Duct Tumor
  • Excision of Breast Tumor
  • Excision of Testicular Lesion
  • Fistulectomy or Fistulotomy, Anal
  • Frenectomy
  • Gallbladder Removal
  • Gallbladder Removal (Cholecystectomy), Laparoscopic
  • Gastroenterology Procedures
  • Gastrotomy
  • Head and Neck Surgery
  • Heart Surgery
  • Hepatectomy
  • Hernia Repair
  • Incision and Removal of Foreign Object
  • Inguinal Hernia Repair, Laparoscopic
  • Inguinal Hernia Repair, Open
  • Kidney Surgery
  • Laparoscopic Surgical Procedure
  • Lung Surgery
  • Lymph Node Biopsy or Excision
  • Open Diaphragmatic and-or Paraesophageal Hiatal Hernia Repair
  • Orchiectomy
  • Paracentesis
  • Paraesophageal Hernia Repair, Laparoscopic
  • Port Placements or Replacements
  • Proctectomy, Open or Laparoscopic (incl. Swenson and Duhamel Procedures)
  • Removal of Reproductive Organs (Hysterectomy, Oophorectomy, Salpingectomy, Salpingo-Oophorectomy, Resection of Peritoneal Malignancy)
  • Renal Transplant and Nephrectomy
  • Repair of Anal and Rectal Defects (Anoplasty, Repair of Imperforate Anus, Sphincteroplasty, Rectal Graft)
  • Spinal Nerve Block
  • Splenectomy
  • Splenectomy and Splenorrhaphy
  • Thoracoscopic Wedge Resection
  • Video-Assisted Thoracoscopic Surgery (VATS) or Thoracotomy
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Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for Florida.

0 Sanctions

No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

0 Board Actions

No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

Education

  • Rosalind Franklin University Of Medicine Science/The Chicago Medical School
    Medical School | Graduated 1978
  • Ohio State University Hospital
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1979
  • Ohio State University Hospital
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1984
  • Chldns Hospital
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 1986

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Birken has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • French

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Birken's Reviews

5.0
Likelihood of recommending Dr. Birken to family and friends
27 total reviews (1 has a comment)

Likelihood to Recommend (27)

  • 5
    (26)
  • 4
    (1)
  • 3
    (0)
  • 2
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  • 1
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Dr. Birken's Performance

  • Trustworthiness

    EXCELLENT
  • Explains condition(s) well

    EXCELLENT
  • Answers questions

    EXCELLENT
  • Time well spent

    EXCELLENT

Office & Staff Performance

  • Scheduling

    EXCELLENT
  • Office environment

    EXCELLENT
  • Staff friendliness

    EXCELLENT
  • Average wait time

    Under 10 minutes

Patient Comments (1)

I have only praise and thanks for Dr Birken who accepted a challenge of removing a large cystic hygroma from my son 29 years ago. My son is now a practicing attorney. May God continue to guide your hands and life.
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