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Peter F. Nichol, MD, PhD Print Friendly Page

Faculty, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health

Dr. Nichol is board certified in surgery and pediatric surgery. His specialties include pediatric general surgery, pediatric thoracic surgery, minimally invasive pediatric surgery and pediatric trauma surgery. He has particular interest in pediatric nutrition and caring for children with congenital anomalies of the intestine, and is the director of UW Health's Pediatric Short Gut/Intestinal Failure Clinic and contributes to the Nutrition Support team.


Pediatric General Surgery

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American Family Children's Hospital
(608) 263-6420 | (800) 323-8942 | Map
American Family Children's Hospital
(608) 263-6420 | (800) 323-8942 | Map
American Family Children's Hospital
(608) 263-6420 | (800) 323-8942 | Map

Regional Specialty Clinics

Gundersen Health System (La Crosse)
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Aurora Children's Health (Green Bay) (Green Bay)
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Aurora Children's Health (Oshkosh) (Oshkosh)
(920) 303-8700 |  Map

Hospital Affiliation(s)

American Family Children's Hospital (primary)
UnityPoint Health - Meriter (secondary)

UW School of Medicine and Public Health

Department of Surgery

Professional Certifications and Education

Board Certification Pediatric Surgery

Pediatric Surgery Fellowship, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA, 2003-2005

Residency University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics, Madison, WI
Internship University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA
Medical School Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO, 1997

Languages Spoken

English, Italian
Medical interpreters are available to help patients communicate with hospital and clinic staff. For more information, please contact interpreter services at (608) 262-9000.


Our doctors provide a wide range of services. The following list represents some, but not all, of the procedures offered by this physician.

  • Correction of Cloaca and Cloacal Exstrophy
  • Esophageal Replacement with Gastric Pull-up
  • Imperforate Anus Surgery
  • Laparoscopic Nissen Fundoplication
  • Nuss Procedure
  • Pulmonary Sequestration
  • Serial Transverse Enteroplasty (STEP)
  • Splenic Sequestration
  • Umbilical Hernia

Programs & Conditions


Dr. Nichol performs clinical and basic science research on regenerative therapies for children with short gut and intestinal failure.

PubMed Articles
Zens T Nichol PF Cartmill R Kohler JE . Management of asymptomatic pediatric umbilical hernias: a systematic review. J Pediatr Surg. 2017 Jul 24;
[PubMed ID: 28778691]
Carter BA Cohran VC Cole CR Corkins MR Dimmitt RA Duggan C Hill S Horslen S Lim JD Mercer DF Merritt RJ Nichol PF Sigurdsson L Teitelbaum DH Thompson J Vanderpool C Vaughan JF Li B Youssef NN Venick RS Kocoshis SA . Outcomes from a 12-Week, Open-Label, Multicenter Clinical Trial of Teduglutide in Pediatric Short Bowel Syndrome. J Pediatr. 2017 Feb;181:102-111.e5
[PubMed ID: 27855998]
Elsaid MY Gill KG Gosain A Nichol PF Leys CM Buehler D Leith CP Patel NJ . Synchronous Presentation of Renal Cell Carcinoma and Hodgkin Lymphoma in an Adolescent. J Pediatr Hematol Oncol. 2017 Jan 13;
[PubMed ID: 28092312]
Rogers AP Zens TJ Leys CM Nichol PF Ostlie DJ . A call for a standardized definition of perforated appendicitis. J Pediatr Surg. 2017 Jan;52(1):89-92
[PubMed ID: 27884453]
Acher CW Ostlie DJ Leys CM Struckmeyer S Parker M Nichol PF . Long-Term Outcomes of Patients with Tracheoesophageal Fistula/Esophageal Atresia: Survey Results from Tracheoesophageal Fistula/Esophageal Atresia Online Communities. Eur J Pediatr Surg. 2016 Dec;26(6):476-480
[PubMed ID: 26692337]
Rogers AP Zens TJ Kohler JE Le HD Nichol PF Leys CM . A Single Institution Review of Initial Application of a 5-mm Stapler. J Laparoendosc Adv Surg Tech A. 2016 Aug;26(8):660-2
[PubMed ID: 27398952]
Brinkman AS Rogers AP Acher CW Wynn MM Nichol PF Ostlie DJ Gosain A . Evolution in management of adolescent blunt aortic injuries--a single institution 22-y experience. J Surg Res. 2015 Feb;193(2):523-7
[PubMed ID: 25281286]
Dodgion CM Gosain A Rogers A St Peter SD Nichol PF Ostlie DJ . National trends in pediatric blunt spleen and liver injury management and potential benefits of an abbreviated bed rest protocol. J Pediatr Surg. 2014 Jun;49(6):1004-8; discussion 1008
[PubMed ID: 24888852]
Zaremba KM Reeder AL Kowalkowski A Girma E Nichol PF . Utility and limits of Hprt-Cre technology in generating mutant mouse embryos. J Surg Res. 2014 Apr;187(2):386-93
[PubMed ID: 24360120]
Reeder AL Zaremba KM Liebl RM Kowalkowski A Nichol PF . Exogenous Sonic hedgehog protein does not rescue cultured intestine from atresia formation. J Surg Res. 2014 Mar;187(1):14-8
[PubMed ID: 24393341]
Nichol PF Corliss RF Yamada S Shiota K Saijoh Y . Muscle patterning in mouse and human abdominal wall development and omphalocele specimens of humans. Anat Rec (Hoboken). 2012 Dec;295(12):2129-40
[PubMed ID: 22976993]
Reeder AL Botham RA Zaremba KM Nichol PF . Haploinsufficiency of retinaldehyde dehydrogenase 2 decreases the severity and incidence of duodenal atresia in the fibroblast growth factor receptor 2IIIb-/- mouse model. Surgery. 2012 Oct;152(4):768-75; discussion 775-6
[PubMed ID: 23021139]
Reeder AL Botham RA Franco M Zaremba KM Nichol PF . Formation of intestinal atresias in the Fgfr2IIIb-/- mice is not associated with defects in notochord development or alterations in Shh expression. J Surg Res. 2012 Sep;177(1):139-45
[PubMed ID: 22572615]
Botham RA Franco M Reeder AL Lopukhin A Shiota K Yamada S Nichol PF . Formation of duodenal atresias in fibroblast growth factor receptor 2IIIb-/- mouse embryos occurs in the absence of an endodermal plug. J Pediatr Surg. 2012 Jul;47(7):1369-79
[PubMed ID: 22813799]
Nichol PF Tyrrell JD Saijoh Y . Retinaldehyde dehydrogenase 2 is down-regulated during duodenal atresia formation in Fgfr2IIIb-/- mice. J Surg Res. 2012 Jun 1;175(1):82-7
[PubMed ID: 21492869]
Nichol PF . Gastroschisis. BMJ. 2011 Nov 15;343:d7124
[PubMed ID: 22089733]
Nichol PF Botham R Saijoh Y Reeder AL Zaremba KM . A more efficient method to generate null mutants using Hprt-Cre with floxed alleles. J Pediatr Surg. 2011 Sep;46(9):1711-9
[PubMed ID: 21929979]
Nichol PF Saijoh Y . Pitx2 is a critical early regulatory gene in normal cecal development. J Surg Res. 2011 Sep;170(1):107-11
[PubMed ID: 21550054]
Durkin ET Warner TF Nichol PF . Enlarging unilateral breast mass in an adolescent male: an unusual presentation of intraductal papilloma. J Pediatr Surg. 2011 May;46(5):e33-5
[PubMed ID: 21616226]
Nichol PF Reeder A Botham R . Humans, mice, and mechanisms of intestinal atresias: a window into understanding early intestinal development. J Gastrointest Surg. 2011 Apr;15(4):694-700
[PubMed ID: 21116726]