Pediatric General Surgery

Meet Our Esophageal and Airway Treatment Team

Charles Smithers, MD

Charles Smithers, MD

Pediatric Surgery Surgical Critical Care
Dr. Smithers is a pediatric surgeon who specializes in esophageal and airway treatment (EAT) in the Department of Surgery at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital. He joined the medical staff in 2019 and leads the EAT program. He sees patients on the Johns Hopkins All Children’s main campus and at Bayfront Health St. Petersburg. Dr. Smithers previously served as a surgeon at Boston Children’s Hospital from 2009-2019, as part of their EAT program. His clinical specialties are minimally invasive surgery, surgical critical care, esophageal atresia, airway malformations and congenital diaphragmatic hernia.
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Hester Shieh, MD

Hester Shieh, MD

Pediatric Surgery
Dr. Shieh is a pediatric surgeon in the Department of Surgery at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital. She joined the medical staff in 2021 and sees patients on our main campus in St. Petersburg, Florida, and also at Tampa General Hospital and Brandon Regional Hospital. Her clinical focus includes esophageal and airway treatment (EAT). Dr. Shieh earned her medical degree from the University of Arizona College of Medicine — Phoenix. She completed her general surgery residency at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center, during which she did a pediatric surgery research fellowship at Boston Children’s Hospital. She then completed her pediatric surgery fellowship at Boston Children’s Hospital.
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Russell Jennings, MD

Russell Jennings, MD

Pediatric Surgery
Dr. Russell “Rusty” Jennings is a pediatric surgeon who specializes in pediatric thoracic surgery with a focus on esophagus, airway, vascular and chest wall treatments at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital. He joined the medical staff in 2022. Dr. Jennings founded and directed the world’s first Esophageal and Airway Treatment (EAT) Center at Boston Children’s Hospital.
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Michael Wilsey, MD

Michael Wilsey, MD

Pediatric Gastroenterology
Dr. Wilsey specializes in pediatric gastroenterology, hepatology and nutrition in the Department of Medicine. He is vice chair of the Division of Gastroenterology. Dr. Wilsey is an assistant professor of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine Department of Pediatrics. He is a core faculty member of Johns Hopkins All Children’s Pediatric Residency Training Program and serves as faculty and research mentor for pediatric resident physicians.
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Scott McKinley, DO

Scott McKinley, DO

Pediatric Pulmonary Medicine
Dr. McKinley specializes in pediatric pulmonology in the Department of Medicine. His areas of clinical focus include cystic fibrosis, pulmonary hypertension, acute asthma, lung disease related to sickle cell disease, interstitial and rare lung disease.
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Carrie Cowen, APRN

Carrie Cowen, APRN

Nurse Practitioner Pediatric Surgery
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Jason Richardson, BSN, RN, RNC-NIC

Jason Richardson, BSN, RN, RNC-NIC

Nurse Coordinator
Jason Richardson, BSN, RN, RNC-NIC, is a nurse coordinator with the Esophageal and Airway Treatment Program at Johns Hopkins All Children’s. He joined the hospital staff in 2018, and previously worked as a nurse in the Center for Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia. Prior to joining Johns Hopkins All Children’s, he was a nurse with UF Health Shands Hospital in Gainesville, Florida. He earned his Bachelor of Science in nursing from Aspen University.