Johns Hopkins Ea-Tef

Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital  (JHAC)  is a nationally ranked, American pediatric acute care children’s teaching hospital that provides expert pediatric care for infants, children, and teens with some of the most challenging medical problems in our community and, around the world. This is found in St. Petersburg, Florida 33701 USA

Johns Hopkins University, America’s first research university located in Baltimore, Maryland, USA – founded on the principle that by pursuing big ideas and sharing what they learn, they can make the world a better place.

They also have links to a Dept for a better understanding, for people now classed as Adults, with the same Ea-Tef and related Conditions.

Showing the New and telling you about how this great Hospital came to be known as Johns Hopkins

We feel it is worth saying about how this Hospital came to be, and how it got its name.


Johns Hopkins was a Baltimore merchant banker, in his will he left $7 million dollars, which in 1873 when he died was a staggering amount of money. He pre-  thought this idea before he died by selecting 12 prominent Baltimoreans to be the trustees for the project and a year before his death, sent a letter telling them that he was giving “thirteen acres of land, situated in the city of Baltimore, which he desired to erect a hospital.” He wished for a hospital “which shall, in construction and arrangement, compare favorably with any other institution of like character in this country or in Europe” and directed his trustees to “secure for the service of the Hospital, physicians and surgeons of the highest character and greatest skill. He told the trustees to “bear constantly in mind that it is my wish and purpose that the hospital shall ultimately form a part of the Medical School of that university for which I have made ample provision in my will.” Johns Hopkins died at the age of 78, in his will, he asked that his fortune be used to found two institutions that would bear his name.

Johns Hopkins laid the groundwork for a revolution in American medicine. Johns Hopkins’ vision, of two institutions in which the practice of medicine would be wedded to medical research and medical education, was nothing short of revolutionary, also in 1893, Johns Hopkins University was one of the first medical schools to admit women.

This Hospital is ranked 3rd in America rankings in 2021

Meet the Team

Meet Dr. Smithers

Dr. Smithers is a leading pediatric surgeon who heads up the department for the condition known as Esophageal atresia, Ea, and tracheoesophageal fistula and esophageal, Tef, in short Ea-Tef. After joining the team in 2019 Dr. Smithers previously served as a surgeon at Boston Children’s Hospital from 2009-2019, as part of their EAT program.

At Johns Hopkins Children’s Hospital, Dr. Smithers leads the EAT program because he specializes in Esophageal and Airway Treatment treating, infants, children, and young adults with complex esophageal and airway problems. He sees patients at the Johns Hopkins Children’s Hospital, main campus, and at Bayfront Health St. Petersburg. His clinical specialties are minimally invasive surgery, surgical critical care, esophageal atresia, airway malformations, and congenital diaphragmatic hernia.

He served as an associate chief surgical resident, and then chief surgical resident in pediatric surgery at Boston Children’s Hospital after completing a research fellowship in vascular anomalies, and also a surgical critical care fellowship at Boston Children’s Hospital. He has also completed a global surgery clinical fellowship at Harvard Medical School, where he served as an assistant professor, and earned his medical degree from Albany Medical College, he completed his internship and residency in general surgery at Oregon Health and Science University in Portland.

He served as a surgeon at Boston Children’s Hospital from 2009-2019.

Meet Dr. Danielson

Dr. Danielson is an associate professor of surgery at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He retired as a colonel from the U.S. Army Reserve in 2017, after serving in both Iraq and Afghanistan.

Before joining Johns Hopkins All Children’s, he served as director of pediatric surgical oncology at the University of Massachusetts. earning a medical degree from the University of Rochester where he also completed the residency program in general surgery. He completed a research fellowship in pediatric surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital and a clinical fellowship in pediatric surgery at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. He specializes in general surgery and was an early adopter of minimally invasive surgical techniques, developing expertise in treating chest wall deformities.

He founded the first fellowship sponsored by Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital in pediatric surgery and was also instrumental in bringing the National Quality Improvement in Surgery Program to the institution. He was named Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital physician of the year in 2015, Johns Hopkins Medicine Clinical Excellence Awards, and in 2017 was named director of innovative training and education. He joined the hospital staff in 2008.

Dr. Danielson became chair of the Johns Hopkins All Children’s Department of Surgery in 2020 after serving in that role on an interim basis beginning in December 2018.