This is what happens when Atlanta surgeons have a pumpkin carving contest 

4:27 p.m Friday, Oct. 27, 2017 AJC Homepage

When it comes to pumpkin carving, the days of triangular eyes and noses are long gone thanks to new tools, stencils and Pinterest inspiration.

But there’s a pack of pumpkin carvers out there who would be very hard to beat: pediatric surgeons. Not only do they have the steadiness and precision needed for the most intricate designs, they also share a unique, child-like sense of creativity. 

This year, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta held its first-ever Pediatric Surgeon Pumpkin Carving Contest and turned the judging over to its patients.

Participating carvers represented a wide range of surgical specialties, including pediatric orthopaedic surgery, neurosurgery, ENT surgery and general surgery. 

 Some carved images they knew their patients would like: Snoopy, a Minion, sports teams. Others let their specialty guide their creation: a light-up brain, a skeleton with a broken leg, a hand, cast-covered limbs. 

 Patients cast their ballots this week and Dr. Brahma’s neurosurgery-inspired, two-tone cranial creation took first prize. 

The winner in CHOA’s first pumpkin-carving contest with pediatric surgeons. 
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