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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

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)

Esophageal Replacement with Gastric Pull-up

Failure to Thrive

Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease


Hepatic Tumor

Hereditary Spherocytosis

Hiatal Hernia

Hirschsprung's Disease




Ileal Atresia

Imperforate Anus Surgery

Inguinal Hernia


Jejunal Atresia

Laparoscopic Nissen Fundoplication


Meckel's Diverticulum

Necrotizing Enterocolitis


Nuss Procedure


Pectus Carinatum

Pectus Excavatum

Pediatric Hematology and Oncology

Pilonidal Sinus/Cyst/Abscess

Pulmonary Sequestration

Pyloric Stenosis

Sacrococcygeal Teratoma

Serial Transverse Enteroplasty (STEP)

Sickle Cell Anemia

Skin Lesions/Cysts

Splenic Sequestration

Tracheoesophageal Atresia

Ulcerative Colitis

Umbilical Hernia

Vascular Anomalies


Wilm's Tumor


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UW School of Medicine and Public Health

Department of Surgery

Professional Certifications and Education

Board Certification Pediatric Surgery

Pediatric Surgery, 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

Languages Spoken

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

PubMed Articles
Kowalkowski A Zaremba KM Rogers AP Hoffman OR Turco AE Nichol PF Lack of discreet colocalization of epithelial apoptosis to the atretic precursor in the colon of the Fibroblast growth factor receptor 2IIIb mouse and staining consistent with cellular movement suggest a revised model of atresia formation. Dev Dyn . 2020 Jun;249(6):741-753
[PubMed ID: 32100913]
Kohler JE Nichol PF Cartmill RS Need for Consensus Guidelines in Pediatric Umbilical Hernia Repair. JAMA Pediatr . 2019 Sep 30;
[PubMed ID: 31566667]
Skinner M Lumey LH Fleming TP Sapienza C Hoyo C Aronica L Thompson J Nichol PF RW-2018-Research Workshop: The Effect of Nutrition on Epigenetic Status, Growth, and Health. JPEN J Parenter Enteral Nutr . 2019 Jul;43(5):627-637
[PubMed ID: 30997688]
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 . 2019 Apr;35(4):463-468
[PubMed ID: 30430281]
Zens TJ Cartmill R Muldowney BL Fernandes-Taylor S Nichol P Kohler JE Practice Variation in Umbilical Hernia Repair Demonstrates a Need for Best Practice Guidelines. J Pediatr . 2019 Mar;206:172-177
[PubMed ID: 30448274]
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]
Compher C Jain AK Nichol PF Blackmer A Earthman C Evans DC McCarthy MS Taylor B Mehta N Research Agenda 2018: The American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition. JPEN J Parenter Enteral Nutr . 2018 Jul;42(5):838-844
[PubMed ID: 30001460]
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]
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 Oct;39(7):e399-e402
[PubMed ID: 28092312]
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]
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]