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

Charles Leys, MD, MSCI, FACS

  • Pediatric General Surgery
Charles M. Leys, MD, MSCI, FACS


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.

Languages spoken
  • English
University affiliation

Practice locations

Education & credentials

Board certifications
  • Pediatric Surgery
  • Surgery
Medical School
  • University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health (formerly UW Medical School), Madison, WI

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

  • Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN


Additional conditions and treatments
  • 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
  • Omphalocele
  • Pectus Carinatum
  • Pectus Excavatum
  • Pilonidal Sinus/Cyst/Abscess
  • Pulmonary Sequestration
  • Pyloric Stenosis
  • Sacrococcygeal Teratoma
  • Skin Lesions/Cysts
  • Splenic Sequestration
  • Tracheoesophageal Atresia
  • Ulcerative Colitis
  • Umbilical Hernia
  • Vascular Anomalies
  • Volvulus

Research & publications

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