The Esophageal Atresia Treatment Program at Boston Children’s Hospital, led by Dr. Russell Jennings, is the only one in the world offering a special treatment to reconnect stomach and esophagus tissue called the Foker Process. Dr. John Foker, a surgeon from the University of Minnesota developed the process, by which tissue is stimulated to grow into a healthy, properly attached organ. Foker collaborated with Children’s Hospital to found the program.
While effective, the Foker Process is not practiced worldwide because it is too challenging a feat for most hospitals, Jennings said. Not so for Children’s, he said.
“These are the most challenging cases faced by pediatric surgeons, no question,” Jennings said in a 2011 YouTube video. “We are arguably the best children’s hospital in the world. We have everything. If we don’t do this, this technique dies. And that means all these kids from around the world will not get treated, or will not get treated with the best care possible.”