Personal Bio & Interests
Dr. Stephen Fenton is a board certified Pediatric Surgeon. Prior to his training in pediatric surgery at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, he worked as a general surgeon for the United States Air Force in San Antonio, Texas where he specialized in complex minimally invasive surgery. As the lead trauma surgeon, he was deployed on two separate occasions serving in both Afghanistan and the Philippines. After fulfilling his military duty, he trained in Pediatric Surgery at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), where he became interested in fetal care and surgery.Dr. Fenton is the founder and director of the Utah Fetal Center at Primary Children's Hospital (www.utahfetal.org). This center specializes in a multidisciplinary approach to the care of a pregnant mother whose fetus has been diagnosed with a complex congenital anomaly. Consisting of experts in maternal, fetal, and pediatric care, the Utah Fetal Center uses the most up-to-date care to address the mother's and baby's needs before, during, and after delivery.Dr. Fenton is also the founder and director of the Utah Pediatric Trauma Network (www.utahptn.org). Under the direction of the Utah Department of Health, the Utah Pediatric Trauma Network is tasked to establish a Statewide network, inclusive of all regions and hospitals in Utah, to develop, refine, and recommend methodologies, standards and guidelines to reduce morbidity, mortality, and the cost of injury to pediatric patients. Thus, working towards the right treatment of each injured child at the right facility within the right period of time.Dr. Fenton is fluent in Spanish and is happy to talk to you and/or your child's doctor. He has extensive experience in minimally invasive surgery for the treatment of gastroesophageal reflux, choledochal cysts, and complex neonatal disorders including: tracheoesophageal fistula (TEF), duodenal atresia, congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH), and congenital lung lesions. He also has strong interests in extracorporeal membrane oxygen (ECMO) life support, the management of neonatal conditions and in particular the diagnosis and treatment of conditions during the fetal period. Dr. Fenton specializes in the following conditions: inguinal hernia, umbilical hernia, undescended testicle, hydrocele, cholecystectomy (removal of the gallbladder), gastrostomy (placement of a stomach tube), appendectomy (removal of the appendix), vascular access (ports and central lines), ulcerative colitis, Crohn's disease, gastroesophageal reflux disease, chest wall deformities (pectus excavatum and pectus carinatum), pediatric endocrine surgery (thyroid and adrenal tumors/pancreas surgery).