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Faculty, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health

Dr. Kohler is certified by the American Board of Surgery in both General and Pediatric Surgery, and fellowship trained in pediatric surgery. His clinical practice emphasizes minimally invasive approaches to all types of pediatric and neonatal surgical disorders. He specializes in general and thoracic pediatric surgery, minimally invasive and neonatal surgery, oncology and trauma care.


Pediatric General Surgery

Anorectal Malformations


Biliary Atresia


Chronic Constipation


Colonic Atresia

Congenital Cystic Adenomatoid Malformation (CCAM)

Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia (CDH)

Correction of Cloaca and Cloacal Exstrophy

Crohn's Disease

Cystic Hygroma/Lymphatic Malformations

Cystic Lung Lesions

Duodenal Atresia

Esophageal Atresia (EA)

Failure to Thrive

Gastroenterology and Hepatology

Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease


Hepatic Tumor

Hereditary Spherocytosis

Hiatal Hernia

Hirschsprung's Disease




Hypospadias Repair

Ileal Atresia

Imperforate Anus Surgery

Inguinal Hernia


Jejunal Atresia


Meckel's Diverticulum

Minimally Invasive Pediatric and Neonatal Surgery

Necrotizing Enterocolitis



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


Wilm's Tumor


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

Hospital Affiliation(s)

American Family Children's Hospital
UnityPoint Health - Meriter

UW School of Medicine and Public Health

Department of Surgery

Professional Certifications and Education

Board Certification Surgery
Pediatric Surgery
Fellowship University of Chicago Medical Center, Chicago, IL
Residency University of Washington Medical Center, Seattle, WA
Medical School University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine, Chicago, IL

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

Dr. Kohler's research interests center on using health communications-based research to develop interventions that improve physician-to-physician and physician-to-patient interactions.

PubMed Articles
Zens TJ Rogers A Cartmill R Ostlie D Muldowney BL Nichol P Kohler JE Age-dependent outcomes in asymptomatic umbilical hernia repair. Pediatr Surg Int . 2018 Nov 14;
[PubMed ID: 30430281]
Kelly MM Coller RJ Kohler JE Zhao Q Sklansky DJ Shadman KA Thurber A Barreda CB Edmonson MB Trends in Hospital Treatment of Empyema in Children in the United States. J Pediatr . 2018 Nov;202:245-251.e1
[PubMed ID: 30170858]
Linden AF Raiji MT Kohler JE Carlisle EM Pelayo JC Feinstein K Kandel JJ Mak GZ Evaluation of a water-soluble contrast protocol for nonoperative management of pediatric adhesive small bowel obstruction. J Pediatr Surg . 2018 Oct 5;
[PubMed ID: 30414689]
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 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 . 2018 Aug 21;
[PubMed ID: 30224238]
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]
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]
Kohler J Gerber JA Dowd E Stamper-Kurn DM Negative-Mass Instability of the Spin and Motion of an Atomic Gas Driven by Optical Cavity Backaction. Phys Rev Lett . 2018 Jan 5;120(1):013601
[PubMed ID: 29350956]
Zens T Nichol PF Cartmill R Kohler JE Management of asymptomatic pediatric umbilical hernias: a systematic review. J Pediatr Surg . 2017 Nov;52(11):1723-1731
[PubMed ID: 28778691]
Kohler J Spethmann N Schreppler S Stamper-Kurn DM Cavity-Assisted Measurement and Coherent Control of Collective Atomic Spin Oscillators. Phys Rev Lett . 2017 Feb 10;118(6):063604
[PubMed ID: 28234539]
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]
Kohler JE Chokshi NK Management of Abdominal Solid Organ Injury After Blunt Trauma. Pediatr Ann . 2016 Jul 1;45(7):e241-6
[PubMed ID: 27403671]
Kohler JE I'm a doctor. Can I help? Ann Fam Med . 2015 Sep;13(5):490-1
[PubMed ID: 26371272]
Vemula PK Kohler JE Blass A Williams M Xu C Chen L Jadhav SR John G Soybel DI Karp JM Self-assembled hydrogel fibers for sensing the multi-compartment intracellular milieu. Sci Rep . 2014 Mar 26;4:4466
[PubMed ID: 24667734]
Kelly E Mathew J Kohler JE Blass AL Soybel AD Hemorrhagic shock and surgical stress alter distribution of labile zinc within high- and low-molecular-weight plasma fractions. Shock . 2012 Aug;38(3):314-9
[PubMed ID: 22744307]
Kohler JE Millie M Neuger E Trichobezoar causing pancreatitis: first reported case of Rapunzel syndrome in a boy in North America. J Pediatr Surg . 2012 Mar;47(3):e17-9
[PubMed ID: 22424371]
Kelly E Mathew J Kohler JE Blass AL Soybel DI Redistribution of labile plasma zinc during mild surgical stress in the rat. Transl Res . 2011 Mar;157(3):139-49
[PubMed ID: 21316030]
Liu J Kohler JE Blass AL Moncaster JA Mocofanescu A Marcus MA Blakely EA Bjornstad KA Amarasiriwardena C Casey N Goldstein LE Soybel DI Demand for Zn2+ in acid-secreting gastric mucosa and its requirement for intracellular Ca2+. PLoS One . 2011;6(6):e19638
[PubMed ID: 21698273]
Kohler JE Blass AL Liu J Tai K Soybel DI Antioxidant pre-treatment prevents omeprazole-induced toxicity in an in vitro model of infectious gastritis. Free Radic Biol Med . 2010 Sep 1;49(5):786-91
[PubMed ID: 20554018]
Kohler JE Soybel DI Inflammation enhances resection-induced intestinal adaptive growth in IL-10 null mice. J Surg Res . 2010 Aug;162(2):160-2
[PubMed ID: 20338591]