We offer extensive expertise in liver and gallbladder surgery, as well as procedures for chest and abdominal tumors (in the kidneys, adrenal glands, liver, intestine, pancreas, spleen, lymph nodes, lungs, and esophagus). We also perform surgery to treat and correct congenital defects of the chest and abdomen, chest wall deformity (pectus excavatum, pectus carinatum), biliary atresia, short bowel/pseudo intestinal obstruction, gastric paresis, and gastroesophageal reflux.
To reach the St. Luke's Children's Surgery on-call physician, please call our regular office number, (208) 381-7370 or (208) 368-6705, and the answering system will direct your call. In case of emergency, call 911.
Christina Biller, MD, MPH, FACS went to medical school at Temple University School of Medicine. She earned her master's degree in public health, international health, at Boston University School of Public Health. She completed her internship at Beth Israel Medical Center and her residency at Temple University Hospital. She completed fellowships in pediatric surgery at Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital at Columbia University and in pediatric surgical oncology at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.
Kendra G. Bowman, MD, PhD has clinical interest in newborn surgery and improving outcomes in this population with the use of minimally invasive techniques, NICU surgery, and perioperative care. She is passionate about outreach to underserved and rural populations. She is currently working with St. Luke's Children's Hospital leadership to obtain Level I verification for the hospital and to establish it as a Level II pediatric trauma center through the American College of Surgeons.
Dr. Bowman earned her medical degree from Stanford University after completing a doctorate degree in chemistry at University of California, Berkeley. During her residency, she completed a master's degree in public health at the Harvard School of Public Health, and as a Fulbright fellow in Zambia, studied the country’s surgical care system and partnered with the Ministry of Health to build a blueprint to improve the nation’s surgical care.
Dr. Bowman has worked in hospitals in Nepal, Zanzibar, and Zambia. She has also spent several months living in Buddhist monasteries in the U.S. and abroad. She and her husband love to travel and explore the outdoors.
David A. Klima, MD specializes in surgery for a broad range of chest wall deformities, including pectus excavatum using the Nuss procedure. In addition, he is experienced with the Ravitch procedure, sternal and chest wall reconstruction, lung surgery, and colorectal surgery. He has an interest in esophageal, gastric, hepatobiliary, and hernia surgery.
Dr. Klima's goals are to help advance minimally invasive surgery in the state of Idaho, start a robust pediatric surgery research program at St. Luke’s, and optimize pediatric surgical care throughout the state.
Prior to medical school, Dr. Klima earned his bachelor's degree in biochemistry from the University of Kansas with a minor in psychology. Now, in his free time, Dr. Klima enjoys spending time with his wife and children.
Ellen Reynolds, MD is the medical director of pediatric surgery at St. Luke's. She has professional interest in the repair of chest wall deformities, including pectus excavatum and pectus carinatum, and has completed an advanced pectus course through Phoenix Children's Hospital. She performs sternal and chest reconstruction and has training in the Nuss and Ravitch procedures.
Dr. Reynolds started a pectus repair program at St. Luke's and has designed a specific sternal hook, known as a Reynolds Sternal Hook, for use during minimally invasive repair procedures.
In her spare time, Dr. Reynolds is an accomplished competitive swimmer and enjoys spending time with her family.
Designed to meet the needs of kids, their families, and the people who care for them, this state-of-the-art facility on our downtown Boise campus will more than double our clinical space and improve vital services that keep care close to home. It will bring most of our pediatric specialists and services under one roof, allowing us to provide care more efficiently and easing the burden on parents and kids who will now be able to see several providers in one location in one day.