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Charles M. Leys, MD, MSCI, FACS Print Friendly Page

Chief, Division of Pediatric Surgery
Faculty, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health

Dr. Leys he is Director of pediatric minimally-invasive surgery at American Family Children’s Hospital. His practice emphasizes minimally-invasive approaches to numerous pediatric and newborn surgical diseases, including congenital anomalies, thoracic disorders, chest wall deformities, tumors and gastrointestinal disorders such as inflammatory bowel disease and gastroesophageal reflux. His training includes a two-year oncology research fellowship at Vanderbilt University and he has also earned a Masters in Clinical Investigation degree.

Specialties

Pediatric General Surgery

Anorectal Malformations

Appendicitis

Biliary Atresia

Cholelithiasis

Chronic Constipation

Cloaca

Colonic Atresia

Congenital Cystic Adenomatoid Malformation (CCAM)

Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia (CDH)

Correction of Chest Wall Deformities

Correction of Cloaca and Cloacal Exstrophy

Crohn's Disease

Cystic Hygroma/Lymphatic Malformations

Cystic Lung Lesions

Duodenal Atresia

Esophageal Atresia (EA)

Failure to Thrive

Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease

Gastroschisis

Hepatic Tumor

Hereditary Spherocytosis

Hiatal Hernia

Hirschsprung's Disease

Hydrocele

Hyperparathyroidism

Hyperthyroidism

Hypospadias Repair

Ileal Atresia

Imperforate Anus Surgery

Inguinal Hernia

Intussusception

Jejunal Atresia

Malrotation

Meckel's Diverticulum

Minimally Invasive Pediatric and Neonatal Surgery

Necrotizing Enterocolitis

Neuroblastoma

Omphalocele

Pectus Carinatum

Pectus Excavatum

Pediatric Hematology and Oncology

Pilonidal Sinus/Cyst/Abscess

Pulmonary Sequestration

Pyloric Stenosis

Sacrococcygeal Teratoma

Sickle Cell Anemia

Skin Lesions/Cysts

Splenic Sequestration

Tracheoesophageal Atresia

Ulcerative Colitis

Umbilical Hernia

Vascular Anomalies

Volvulus

Wilm's Tumor

Clinics

American Family Children's Hospital
(608) 263-6420 | | 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
Gundersen Health System
(608) 775-2331 | | Map

UW School of Medicine and Public Health

Department of Surgery

Professional Certifications and Education

Board Certification Pediatric Surgery
Surgery
Fellowship

Pediatric Surgery, Children's Mercy Hospital, Kansas City, MO


Residency Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN
Medical School University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health (formerly UW Medical School), Madison, WI

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

Dr. Leys' research interests include prospective clinical trials and quality improvement.


PubMed Articles
Riedesel EL Weber BC Shore MW Cartmill RS Ostlie DJ Leys CM Gill KG Kohler JE Diagnostic performance of standardized ultrasound protocol for detecting perforation in pediatric appendicitis. Pediatr Radiol . 2019 Dec;49(13):1726-1734
[PubMed ID: 31342129]
Lawrence AE Fallat ME Hewitt G Hertweck P Onwuka A Afrazi A Bence C Burns RC Corkum KS Dillon PA Ehrlich PF Fraser JD Gonzalez DO Grabowski JE Kabre R Lal DR Landman MP Leys CM Mak GZ Overman RE Rademacher BL Raiji MT Sato TT Scannell M Sujka JA Wright T Minneci PC Deans KJ Aldrink JH Midwest Pediatric Surgery Consortium. Understanding the Value of Tumor Markers in Pediatric Ovarian Neoplasms. J Pediatr Surg . 2019 Oct 25;
[PubMed ID: 31677824]
Leys CM Hirschl RB Kohler JE Cherney-Stafford L Marka N Fallat ME Gadepalli SK Fraser JD Grabowski J Burns RC Downard CD Foley DS Halleran DR Helmrath MA Kabre R Knezevich MS Lal DR Landman MP Lawrence AE Mak GZ Minneci PC Musili N Rymeski B Saito JM Sato TT St Peter SD Warner BW Ostlie DJ Midwest Pediatric Surgery Consortium MWPSC. Changing the Paradigm for Management of Pediatric Primary Spontaneous Pneumothorax: A Simple Aspiration Test Predicts Need for Operation. J Pediatr Surg . 2019 Oct 24;
[PubMed ID: 31706614]
Sujka JA Dekonenko C Millspaugh DL Doyle NM Walker BJ Leys CM Ostlie DJ Aguayo P Fraser JD Alemayehu H Peter SDS Epidural versus PCA Pain Management after Pectus Excavatum Repair: A Multi-Institutional Prospective Randomized Trial. Eur J Pediatr Surg . 2019 Oct 10;
[PubMed ID: 31600804]
Parrado R Notrica DM Garcia NM Alder AC Eubanks JW 3rd Maxson RT Letton RW Ponsky TA St Peter SD Leys C Bhatia A Tuggle DW Lawson KA Ostlie DJ Use of Laparoscopy in Pediatric Blunt and Spleen Injury: An Unexpectedly Common Procedure After Cessation of Bleeding. J Laparoendosc Adv Surg Tech A . 2019 Oct;29(10):1281-1284
[PubMed ID: 31397620]
Minneci PC Hade EM Lawrence AE Saito JM Mak GZ Hirschl RB Gadepalli S Helmrath MA Leys CM Sato TT Lal DR Landman MP Kabre R Fallat ME Fischer BA Cooper JN Deans KJ Midwest Pediatric Surgery Consortium. Multi-institutional trial of non-operative management and surgery for uncomplicated appendicitis in children: Design and rationale. Contemp Clin Trials . 2019 Aug;83:10-17
[PubMed ID: 31254670]
Lawrence AE Gonzalez DO Fallat ME Aldrink JH Hewitt GD Hertweck SP Onwuka A Bence C Burns RC Dillon PA Ehrlich PF Fraser JD Grabowski JE Hirschl RB Kabre R Kohler JE Lal DR Landman MP Leys CM Mak GZ Sato TT Scannell M Sujka JA Minneci PC Deans KJ Factors Associated With Management of Pediatric Ovarian Neoplasms. Pediatrics . 2019 Jul;144(1)
[PubMed ID: 31164439]
Kunisaki SM Saito JM Fallat ME St Peter SD Kim AG Johnson KN Mon RA Adams C Aladegbami B Bence C Burns RC Corkum KS Deans KJ Downard CD Fraser JD Gadepalli SK Helmrath MA Kabre R Lal DR Landman MP Leys CM Linden AF Lopez JJ Mak GZ Minneci PC Rademacher BL Shaaban A Walker SK Wright TN Hirschl RB Midwest Pediatric Surgery Consortium. Current operative management of congenital lobar emphysema in children: A report from the Midwest Pediatric Surgery Consortium. J Pediatr Surg . 2019 Jun;54(6):1138-1142
[PubMed ID: 30898401]
Minneci PC Kabre RS Mak GZ Halleran DR Cooper JN Afrazi A Calkins CM Corkum K Downard CD Ehrlich P Fraser JD Gadepalli SK Helmrath MA Kohler JE Landisch R Landman MP Lee C Leys CM Lodwick DL McLeod J Mon R McClure B Rymeski B Saito JM Sato TT St Peter SD Wood R Levitt MA Deans KJ Midwest Pediatric Surgery Consortium. Can fecal continence be predicted in patients born with anorectal malformations? J Pediatr Surg . 2019 Jun;54(6):1159-1163
[PubMed ID: 30898398]
Lal DR Gadepalli SK Downard CD Minneci PC Knezevich M Chelius TH Rapp CT Billmire D Bruch S Carland Burns R Deans KJ Fallat ME Fraser JD Grabowski J Hebel F Helmrath MA Hirschl RB Kabre R Kohler J Landman MP Leys CM Mak GZ Ostlie DJ Raque J Rymeski B Saito JM St Peter SD von Allmen D Warner BW Sato TT Midwest Pediatric Surgery Consortium. Infants with esophageal atresia and right aortic arch: Characteristics and outcomes from the Midwest Pediatric Surgery Consortium. J Pediatr Surg . 2019 Apr;54(4):688-692
[PubMed ID: 30224238]
Kunisaki SM Saito JM Fallat ME St Peter SD Lal DR Johnson KN Mon RA Adams C Aladegbami B Bence C Burns RC Corkum KS Deans KJ Downard CD Fraser JD Gadepalli SK Helmrath MA Kabre R Landman MP Leys CM Linden AF Lopez JJ Mak GZ Minneci PC Rademacher BL Shaaban A Walker SK Wright TN Hirschl RB Midwest Pediatric Surgery Consortium. Development of a multi-institutional registry for children with operative congenital lung malformations. J Pediatr Surg . 2019 Feb 28;
[PubMed ID: 30879756]
Notrica DM Sussman BL Garcia NM Leys CM Maxson RT Bhatia A Letton RW Ponsky T Lawson KA Eubanks JW 3rd Alder AC Greenwell C Ostlie DJ Tuggle DW St Peter SD Reimaging in pediatric blunt spleen and liver injury. J Pediatr Surg . 2019 Feb;54(2):340-344
[PubMed ID: 30301607]
Notrica DM Sayrs LW Krishna N Ostlie DJ Letton RW Alder AC St Peter SD Ponsky TA Eubanks JW 3rd Tuggle DW Garcia NM Leys CM Maxson RT Bhatia AM Adherence to APSA activity restriction guidelines and 60-day clinical outcomes for pediatric blunt liver and splenic injuries (BLSI). J Pediatr Surg . 2019 Feb;54(2):335-339
[PubMed ID: 30278984]
Zens T Nichol P Leys C Haines K Brinkman A Fractured pediatric central venous catheters - Repair or replace? J Pediatr Surg . 2019 Jan;54(1):165-169
[PubMed ID: 30466713]
McGaha P 2nd Motghare P Sarwar Z Garcia NM Lawson KA Bhatia A Langlais CS Linnaus ME Maxson RT Eubanks JW 3rd Alder AC Tuggle D Ponsky TA Leys CW Ostlie DJ St Peter SD Notrica DM Letton RW Negative Focused Abdominal Sonography for Trauma examination predicts successful nonoperative management in pediatric solid organ injury: A prospective Arizona-Texas-Oklahoma-Memphis-Arkansas + Consortium study. J Trauma Acute Care Surg . 2019 Jan;86(1):86-91
[PubMed ID: 30575684]
McGaha P 2nd Motghare P Sarwar Z Garcia NM Lawson KA Bhatia A Langlais CS Linnaus ME Todd Maxson R Eubanks JW 3rd Alder AC Tuggle D Ponsky TA Leys CW Ostlie DJ St Peter SD Notrica DM Letton RW Negative FAST Exam Predicts Successful Non-operative Management in Pediatric Solid Organ Injury: A Prospective ATOMAC+ Study. J Trauma Acute Care Surg . 2018 Sep 21;
[PubMed ID: 30247443]
Gonzalez DO Lawrence AE Cooper JN Sola R Jr Garvey E Weber BC St Peter SD Ostlie DJ Kohler JE Leys CM Deans KJ Minneci PC Can ultrasound reliably identify complicated appendicitis in children? J Surg Res . 2018 Sep;229:76-81
[PubMed ID: 29937019]
Lal DR Gadepalli SK Downard CD Ostlie DJ Minneci PC Swedler RM Chelius TH Cassidy L Rapp CT Billmire D Bruch S Burns RC Deans KJ Fallat ME Fraser JD Grabowski J Hebel F Helmrath MA Hirschl RB Kabre R Kohler J Landman MP Leys CM Mak GZ Raque J Rymeski B Saito JM St Peter SD von Allmen D Warner BW Sato TT Midwest Pediatric Surgery Consortium. Challenging surgical dogma in the management of proximal esophageal atresia with distal tracheoesophageal fistula: Outcomes from the Midwest Pediatric Surgery Consortium. J Pediatr Surg . 2018 Jul;53(7):1267-1272
[PubMed ID: 28599967]
Zens TJ Rogers AP Riedesel EL Leys CM Ostlie DJ Woods MA Gill KG The cost effectiveness and utility of a "quick MRI" for the evaluation of intra-abdominal abscess after acute appendicitis in the pediatric patient population. J Pediatr Surg . 2018 Jun;53(6):1168-1174
[PubMed ID: 29673611]
Minneci PC Kabre RS Mak GZ Halleran DR Cooper JN Afrazi A Calkins CM Downard CD Ehrlich P Fraser J Gadepalli SK Helmrath MA Kohler JE Landisch R Landman MP Lee C Leys CM Lodwick DL Mon R McClure B Rymeski B Saito JM Sato TT St Peter SD Wood R Levitt MA Deans KJ Midwest Pediatric Surgery Consortium. Screening practices and associated anomalies in infants with anorectal malformations: Results from the Midwest Pediatric Surgery Consortium. J Pediatr Surg . 2018 Jun;53(6):1163-1167
[PubMed ID: 29602552]