Erich J. Grethel, MD, FACS, FAAP

Surgeon Champion - NSQIP-Pediatric

Dr. Grethel lives in Austin, Texas with his wife and three children. He has been practicing pediatric surgery here since 2010. He is surgeon champion for the Dell pediatric NSQIP team and is involved in quality and outcome measures for pediatric surgery patients.


Pediatric Surgery

Provides Care Through

Austin Pediatric Surgery
Dell Children's Medical Group

Services I Provide

Prenatal Counseling for Fetal Conditions
Inguinal Hernia and Hydrocele Repair
Complex Neonatal Surgery
Pectus Excavatum/Carinatum Treatment
Management of Traumatic Injuries
Surgical Urgent Care
Lumps and Bumps of the Head and Neck

Seton Hospital Affiliation

Dell Children's Medical Center of Central Texas
Dell Seton Medical Center at The University of Texas
Seton Medical Center Austin
Seton Northwest Hospital

Primary Location

Austin Pediatric Surgery
Strictly Pediatrics Subspecialty Center
1301 Barbara Jordan Blvd
Suite 400
Austin, TX 78723
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Secondary Location

Pediatric Specialty Center
1301 Medical Parkway
Suite 340
Cedar Park, TX 78613
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My Passion for Healthcare

My outstanding mentors are what drew me to medicine and, eventually, pediatric surgery. From an amazing anatomy class in high school where I had hands-on experience with the human body, through medical school and then surgery training, where I had brilliant and inspirational role models in both general and pediatric surgery. These teachers loved medicine and pediatric surgery, and I could not help but share that joy. The beauty of pediatric surgery is that it combines the awe and fascination of surgery of all parts of the body with the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of kids and their families.

My Clinical Focus

I love that as a pediatric surgeon, I treat a variety of different conditions, from hernias and lumps and bumps, to more complex problems, such as birth defects like diaphragm hernias and intestinal malformations. I counsel families, consult with maternal-fetal-medicine specialists, and care for newborns who may need surgery around the time of birth. I care for children who have forms of cancer that may be treatable with surgical therapies. I am the director of the pectus chest wall program at Dell Children’s. I also measure quality and outcomes as surgeon champion of Dell Children's pediatric arm of the National Surgical Quality Improvement Program.

Degree & Residency

Medical School
Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA

University of California, San Francisco Med Center, San Francisco, CA

Texas Childrens Hospital, Houston, TX
Fetal Surgery: University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco, CA

Board Certification
American Board of Pediatric Surgery American Board of Surgery


American Academy of Pediatrics
American College of Surgeons
American Pediatric Surgical Association

Insurances Accepted

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