Peter Nichol, MD, PhD

  • Pediatric General Surgery
Peter F. Nichol, MD, PhD


Peter Nichol, MD, PhD, is a pediatric surgeon at UW Health and an associate professor at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, Department of Surgery. He treats children with a variety of conditions, including neonatal congenital disorders (present from birth), thoracic (chest) deformities, tumors, abdominal wall disorders and intestinal disease.

Dr. Nichol specializes in minimally invasive surgical procedures. While he treats all types of pediatric conditions and traumatic injuries, he has a special interest in children with short gut syndrome (intestinal failure) and other intestinal disorders. As director of the Pediatric Short Gut/Intestinal Failure Clinic at UW Health, Dr. Nichol works with the nutrition support team to provide nutritional guidance and treatment for children born with intestinal abnormalities that require surgical intervention.

When not caring for patients, Dr. Nichol is working to develop new therapies that will enable growth of the gut in children with intestinal failure and volunteers with international health mission work.

After hours, Dr. Nichol enjoys race cars, soccer, paddle boarding, running and yoga.

Languages spoken
  • English
  • Italian
University affiliation

Education & credentials

Board certifications
  • Pediatric Surgery
  • Surgery
Medical School
  • Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO

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

  • University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics, Madison, WI
  • University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA

Areas of expertise

  • Anorectal Malformations
  • Appendicitis
  • Biliary Atresia
  • Cholelithiasis
  • Chronic Constipation
  • Cloaca
  • 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
  • Gastroschisis
  • Hepatic Tumor
  • Hereditary Spherocytosis
  • Hiatal Hernia
  • Hirschsprung's Disease
  • Hydrocele
  • Hyperparathyroidism
  • Hyperthyroidism
  • Ileal Atresia
  • Imperforate Anus Surgery
  • Inguinal Hernia
  • Intussusception
  • Jejunal Atresia
  • Laparoscopic Nissen Fundoplication
  • Malrotation
  • Meckel's Diverticulum
  • Necrotizing Enterocolitis
  • Neuroblastoma
  • Nuss Procedure
  • Omphalocele
  • Pectus Carinatum
  • Pectus Excavatum
  • Pectus Excavatum
  • Pediatric Wilms tumor
  • Pediatric chest wall deformities
  • Pediatric hepatoblastoma
  • Pediatric rhabdomyosarcoma
  • Pilonidal Sinus/Cyst/Abscess
  • Pulmonary Sequestration
  • Pyloric Stenosis
  • Sacrococcygeal Teratoma
  • Serial Transverse Enteroplasty (STEP)
  • Skin Lesions/Cysts
  • Splenic Sequestration
  • Tracheoesophageal Atresia
  • Ulcerative Colitis
  • Umbilical Hernia
  • Vascular Anomalies
  • Volvulus