A photo of Beth Rymeski.

Pediatric Surgeon, Pediatric General and Thoracic Surgery

Pediatric Surgeon, Colorectal Center

Assistant Professor, UC Department of Surgery


Board Certified

"My approach to care differs depending on the child's situation and the strengths and limitations the family may have in navigating the course of treatment."

About Me


I have always enjoyed working with children and grew up wanting to be a pediatrician. In medical school, I realized during my surgical rotation that surgery was my calling. I was still interested in working with kids, so pediatric surgery is the best of both worlds!

As a pediatric surgeon, my particular areas of interest are in neonatal and fetal surgery, minimally invasive surgery (including robotics), congenital colorectal conditions (such as anorectal malformations and Hirschsprung disease) and inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis).

My approach to care differs depending on the child's situation and the strengths and limitations the family may have in navigating the course of treatment. Sometimes, we see children with more minor conditions or illnesses that we expect to go away after a short recovery. Those patients and families probably don't have the same needs as the patient with a chronic condition who may need many surgeries over their lifetime.

I am committed to providing the best care possible to my patients and enjoy getting to know the families. One of my favorite things is receiving photos of my patients on their first day of school, birthdays and holidays — it makes what we do worth it!

Together with my colleague, Dr. Frischer, I spend some of my time working with a group of surgeons in Tanzania. We work to improve the care of children in that country with congenital colorectal problems. Over the past six years, we have fostered a relationship that has been extremely successful and improved the lives of many Tanzanian children.

I was pleased to receive the 2019 American Pediatric Surgery Association Foundation grant to fund a clinical research project looking at the treatment of pilonidal disease (infection in the crease of the buttocks) in children.

Much of my research focuses on solving common clinical problems through multi-center studies and/or quality improvement. I don't like accepting the status quo or doing something "because we have always done it that way." I am interested in data-driven decisions. By working together as a community of pediatric surgeons, we can improve the care of all of our patients!

In my spare time, I like to be outdoors. I love to ski, travel and take one "bucket list" trip per year. I grew up outside of Boston and I am an avid Boston sports fan — Go Sox! Go Patriots! My grandmother was a master knitter and taught me how to knit before she died. I don't do it often, but I am pretty good!

Clinical Interests

Colorectal surgery; general pediatric surgery; minimally invasive surgery; neonatal surgery; ECMO; CDH; epidermolysis bullosa

Academic Affiliation

Assistant Professor, UC Department of Surgery

Clinical Divisions

Colorectal Disorders, Surgery - General and Thoracic, Epidermolysis Bullosa EB, Fetal Care, Inflammatory Bowel Disease IBD, Neurogastroenterology and Motility Disorders Center

My Locations

My Education

DO: University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine, Biddeford, ME.

Residency: Christina Care Health System, Newark, DE.

My Publications

Sutureless vs sutured abdominal wall closure for gastroschisis: Operative characteristics and early outcomes from the Midwest Pediatric Surgery Consortium. Fraser, JD; Deans, KJ; Fallat, ME; Helmrath, MA; Kabre, R; Leys, CM; Burns, RC; Corkum, K; Dillon, PA; Downard, CD; et al. Journal of Pediatric Surgery. 2020; 55:2284-2288.

Congenital absence of small bowel with anorectal malformation. Lim, II P; Rymeski, BA. Journal of Pediatric Surgery Case Reports. 2020; 60:101558-101558.

Primary Placement of a Low-Profile Gastrostomy Button Is Safe and Associated With Improved Outcomes in Children. Cortez, AR; Warren, PW; Goddard, GR; Jenkins, TM; Sauser, JA; Gerrein, BT; Rymeski, BA. Journal of Surgical Research. 2020; 249:156-162.

When primary repair is not enough: a comparison of synthetic patch and muscle flap closure in congenital diaphragmatic hernia?. Aydin, E; Nolan, H; Peiro, JL; Burns, P; Rymeski, B; Lim, F. Pediatric Surgery International. 2020; 36:485-491.

Changing the Paradigm for Management of Pediatric Primary Spontaneous Pneumothorax: A Simple Aspiration Test Predicts Need for Operation. Leys, CM; Hirschl, RB; Kohler, JE; Cherney-Stafford, L; Marka, N; Fallat, ME; Gadepalli, SK; Fraser, JD; Grabowski, J; Burns, RC; et al. Journal of Pediatric Surgery. 2020; 55:169-175.

Hemorrhage after on-ECMO repair of CDH is equivalent for muscle flap and prosthetic patch. Nolan, H; Aydin, E; Frischer, JS; Peiro, JL; Rymeski, B; Lim, F. Journal of Pediatric Surgery. 2019; 54:2044-2047.

A comparison of surgical complications after appendicostomy and neoappendicostomy in pediatric patients. Goddard, GR; Rymeski, B; Jenkins, T; Mullapudi, B; Dickie, BH; Bischoff, A; Pena, A; Levitt, MA; Frische, JS. Journal of Pediatric Surgery. 2019; 54:1660-1663.

Can fecal continence be predicted in patients born with anorectal malformations?. Minneci, PC; Kabre, RS; Mak, GZ; Halleran, DR; Cooper, JN; Afrazi, A; Calkins, CM; Corkum, K; Downard, CD; Ehrlich, P; et al. Journal of Pediatric Surgery. 2019; 54:1159-1163.

Infants with esophageal atresia and right aortic arch: Characteristics and outcomes from the Midwest Pediatric Surgery Consortium. Lal, DR; Gadepalli, SK; Downard, CD; Minneci, PC; Knezevich, M; Chelius, TH; Rapp, CT; Billmire, D; Bruch, S; Burns, RC; et al. Journal of Pediatric Surgery. 2019; 54:688-692.

Congenital diaphragmatic hernia: the good, the bad, and the tough. Aydin, E; Lim, F; Kingma, P; Haberman, B; Rymeski, B; Burns, P; Peiro, JL. Pediatric Surgery International. 2019; 35:303-313.