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SJD Barcelona Children's Hospital

Passeig Sant Joan de Déu, 2, 08950 Esplugues de Llobregat

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Surgical Oncology team operation

The SJD Pediatric Cancer Center Barcelona is one of the busiest pediatric surgical oncology facilities in Europe, with over 400 operations each year.

The surgical team—from both the Surgery and Oncology departments—has over a decade’s worth of experience in complex surgeries, and aims to improve survival rates and quality of life for children with various types of cancer.

Why the SJD Barcelona Children's Hospital?

High specialisation

The SJD Pediatric Cancer Center Barcelona is one of the largest facilities in Europe that specialises in both pediatric oncology and pediatric surgery. This unique approach means that, whether in the operating theatre, carrying out treatments or following healthcare pathways, or whether for inpatient treatment or in the emergency department, the centre has its crosshairs pointed directly at the needs of the child or teenager with cancer.

Advanced technological equipment

The SJD Barcelona Children's Hospital uses the most sophisticated diagnostic imaging techniques available, including CT scans, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and intraoperative hybrid arc, all installed in the surgical wing.

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3D surgical planning

The Surgical Oncology Unit works in close collaboration with the 3D Planning Unit (3D4H) in the planning and simulation of surgical operations, particularly in complex cases, with the aim of carrying out larger procedures more safely.

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Pre- and post-surgical care

Our facility has the Child Life team on hand to help prepare patients before certain interventions, whenever they are in need of support.

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Collective experience

Staff members work on a translational model alongside Oncology and Research staff, with the aim of securing treatments for patients as soon as possible.

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Annual performance indicators


Procedures performed


High-risk neuroblastoma surgeries per year


Ovarian tissue preservation surgeries




MIBG-guided surgeries in neuroblastoma


Annual lung metastasis surgeries

Specialisms and services

3D planning allows successful removal of an undeveloped foetus inside a baby


The SJD team boasts extensive collective experience, working hand in hand with other healthcare facilities, as well as with other hospital specialists in Oncology, Traumatology and Orthopedics, and General Surgery. This cross-departmental cooperation means each patient receives the best care possible. In addition, several surgeons working in the unit are members of and/or hold leading positions in the main international scientific societies in the field (IPSO, EBPS, EUPSA).

The Surgical Oncology specialist team

Equipo de cirugía oncológica del Hospital Sant Joan de Déu Barcelona


Using virtual reality to plan complex neuroblastoma operations

This is a multicentre, international, translational investigation led by the SJD Barcelona Children's Hospital (PI Lucas Krauel) into the applications of 3D technology in surgical oncology, particularly in cases of neuroblastoma relapse. International reference centres are taking part in this prospective randomised investigation, currently in progress.

Research group on pediatric cancer and innovation

The Surgical Oncology team collaborates with the various lines of pediatric cancer research with a clear view to translational investigation. In the field of innovation, Dr Krauel is a member of the hospital team working on finding new technological solutions and creating new medical devices that can be applied in the pediatric field.

3DSurgHELP project on surgical simulation

The aim here is to develop surgery simulators for high-complexity oncological diseases to help improve operation success rates. This competitive project is sponsored by the Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia (IBEC).

Successfully operated on a female patient with a large neuroblastoma


The SJD Barcelona Children's Hospital is a university hospital affiliated with the University of Barcelona. We share our knowledge and train professionals so that they can go on to specialise in high-complexity medicine.

Lifelong Learning Master’s Degree in Pediatric Surgical Oncology (2023-2025)

Staff working in the Surgery Oncology Unit help train students on the Lifelong Learning Master’s Degree in Pediatric Surgical Oncology at the University of Barcelona.

  • Duration: 2 academic years
  • Directed by: Dr Lucas Krauel Gimenez-Salinas
  • Degree awarded: Lifelong Learning Master’s Degree
  • Accreditation: 90 ECTS credits

Degree in Medicine from the University of Barcelona

As part of our affiliation with the University of Barcelona, we are involved in these university studies to help train future healthcare professionals.

Pediatric Surgery residency

As a university hospital, the SJD Barcelona Children's Hospital allows residents who wish to specialise in pediatric surgery to do so via a specific rotation in our specialism of surgical oncology. Find out about all the benefits of doing a residency here.

Placement for international professionals

Specialists from abroad who are interested in pediatric surgery can also carry out a placement in our unit. Remember that requests for these training placements should have received prior authorisation from the Ministry of Health.