Sanford Childrens Expands Pediatric Surgery Team

Sanford Children’s pediatric surgeon Adela Casas-Melley, MD, FACS is proud to announce the addition of Jon Ryckman, MD and Jenifer Reitsma, MSN, RN, CPNP to Sanford Children’s pediatric surgery team.

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(Sioux Falls, SD) – Sanford Children’s announced today an expansion of its pediatric surgical services. Sanford Children’s pediatric surgeon Adela Casas-Melley, MD, FACS is proud to announce the addition of Jon Ryckman, MD and Jenifer Reitsma, CPNP, MSN, to Sanford Children’s pediatric surgery team. This highly specialized team provides minimally invasive surgery options to children, including robotic-assisted and laparoscopic surgery.

Pediatric surgeons are specially trained in the management and diagnosis of surgical issues in children from birth to early adulthood. The pediatric surgery team at Sanford Children's Hospital specializes in the management of all children with surgical needs. From uncomplicated procedures like tonsillectomies to more delicate procedures dealing with the heart, the team at Sanford Children’s is specially trained to care for patients from newborn to age 18.

“Our pediatric surgical program has grown tremendously since Dr. Adela Casas-Melley first joined us in 2006,” said H. Eugene Hoyme, MD, Chief Pediatric Medical Officer of Sanford Children’s. “Because of this growth, we have added two new members to our surgical team: Dr. Jon Ryckman and Ms. Jenifer Reitsma. I am honored to welcome these dedicated professionals to our team as we look forward to opening our new Sanford Children’s Hospital in March 2009. “

About Sanford Children’s Pediatric Surgery Team

Dr. Casas-Melley is one of fewer than 50 pediatric surgeons in the world trained in robotic- assisted surgery. She also performed the first innovative Nuss Procedure in South Dakota on July 2, 2008. Dr. Casas-Melley was affectionately nicknamed "Our Living Angel" by a family whose baby received surgery just hours after birth in Sanford Children’s Boekelheide Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Dr. Casas-Melley received her medical degree from the Medical College of Georgia, completed a residency in General Surgery at Medical College of Georgia, completed a fellowship in Pediatric Surgery at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children and is certified by the American College of Surgeons in General Surgery and its sub-board of Pediatric Surgery.

Dr. Ryckman received his medical degree from Jefferson Medical College, completed a residency in General Surgery at Christina Care Health System, completed a fellowship in Pediatric Surgery at Montreal Children’s Hospital and is certified by the American Board of Surgery in General Surgery and Board Eligible in Pediatric Surgery. During his surgical residency, Dr. Ryckman received extensive training in the use of state-of-the-art, minimally invasive surgical techniques including thoracoscopic and laparoscopic surgery. Using minimally invasive surgical techniques in children reduces the need for narcotics, shortens the length of recovery and minimizes scarring.

Dr. Casas-Melley and Dr. Ryckman, MD are both actively involved in medical education and serve as Assistant Professor and Associate Professor respectively in the Departments of Surgery and Pediatrics at the Sanford School of Medicine of The University of South Dakota.

Ms. Reitsma received her Master of Science degree in nursing from the University of Nebraska Medical Center and is certified by the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board. As a member of the Sanford Children’s Pediatric Surgical Team, Ms. Reitsma provides pre and post-operative care to surgical patients. She is a former pediatric critical care nurse at Sanford Children’s Hospital and is a strong advocate for childhood safety and accident prevention.

For more information visit www.sanfordchildrens.org.


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Stacy Bauer Jones | Media Relations Coordinator
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