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Elijah S. Adkins, MD

Varun K. Bhalla, MD

Juan I. Camps, MD

Bhairav V. Shah, MD

Advanced practice providers

Allison G. Lewis, NP

Marissa Warwar, NP

William Gaw, NP

About our practice

Our experienced and caring board certified surgeons at Palmetto Health-USC Medical Group Pediatric Surgery have provided specialized surgical care for children, from infants to teenagers, since 1971. Serving Columbia, Lexington and the greater Midlands of South Carolina, we are the only pediatric surgery practice of our kind in the region. Our pediatric surgeons complete an additional rigorous surgical training program and certification that specifically addresses the unique surgical needs of infants and children.

In addition to specialized clinical expertise, our staff has the experience to calm the fears of children who must undergo surgery. With a gentle touch and calm demeanor, we’re here to make surgery the best possible experience for patients and parents.

Our services

  • Robotic surgery – the newest advancement in minimally invasive surgery
  • Prenatal – in cooperation with radiologists, ultrasound and other technologies are utilized during the fetal stage of a child’s development to detect any abnormalities. If needed, corrective surgery can be planned before the baby is born.
  • Neonatal – including surgical repair of birth defects, some of which may be life threatening to premature and full-term infants.
  • Trauma – including critical care injuries sustained by children that may (or may not) require surgical intervention.
  • Oncology – including diagnosis and surgical care of children with malignant tumors and benign growths.
  • Minimally invasive surgery – our surgeons provide the advantage of new techniques in surgery.

Advanced practice providers

In addition to our surgeons, our team includes the following providers:

  • William H. Gaw, Jr., APRN, is an advanced practice registered nurse and a board certified pediatric nurse practitioner.  He received his master’s degree in nursing from the University of South Carolina School of Nursing.
  • Allison Lewis, APRN, is an advanced practice registered nurse and a board certified pediatric nurse practitioner. She received her graduate degree from the University of South Carolina School of Nursing.
  • Marissa Warwar, APRN, is an advanced practice registered nurse and a board certified pediatric nurse practitioner.  She received her master’s degree in nursing from Eastern Kentucky University.

Member of Palmetto Health-USC Medical Group

We are proud to be part of Palmetto Health-USC Medical Group, which includes caring, compassionate health care professionals who are highly trained to meet your medical needs in Columbia, Lexington and across the greater Midlands region of South Carolina.

Providing excellent medical care in comfortable office environments, our network team of physicians, advanced care providers, nurses and staff is prepared to answer any questions you have. We provide comprehensive medical care for short-term needs like annual physicals as well as ongoing management of chronic diseases. Prevention is a big part of your overall care plan. Should additional, focused medical treatment ever be needed, our doctors will refer you to a specialist and stay involved in your care. Only at Palmetto Health-USC Medical Group will you find the extensive level of expertise available from a wide variety of specialists.