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Portrait of Charles M Leys, MD
Charles Leys, MD

Portrait of Petros V. Anagnostopoulos, MD
Petros Anagnostopoulos, MD


Two surgeons from the Department of Surgery have been formally named to leadership positions within the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health (UWSMPH) and American Family Children’s Hospital (AFCH) after serving in interim roles. Charles Leys, MD, will serve as chief of the Division of Pediatric Surgery within the UW Department of Surgery, and Petros V. Anagnostopoulos, MD, MBA, will serve as surgeon in chief at AFCH.

Leys is recognized as one of the top minimally invasive pediatric surgeons in the United States. In addition to his new role within the Department of Surgery, Leys also serves in numerous leadership roles for AFCH. Recently, he successfully guided the pediatric trauma program through the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Level 1 Pediatric Trauma Center reverification review, and he is currently leading the effort to apply for the new ACS Children’s Surgery Verification program. In addition, Leys serves as AFCH director of surgical critical care and co-surgeon champion for ACS National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (NSQIP) Pediatric, which aims to improve pediatric surgical care. A native Badger, Leys earned his undergraduate degree from UW-Madison and his MD from UWSMPH. The UW Department of Surgery recruited him in 2013.

Anagnostopoulos has served as section chief of pediatric cardiac surgery within the Department of Surgery since joining the UW in 2011. He is also co-medical director of the children’s heart program at AFCH. Together with a multidisciplinary team of specialists, he has built a pediatric heart surgery program that in a relatively short period of time has grown to develop an exemplary regional reputation and achieve annual volumes equivalent to a medium-sized program based on Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) criteria. Furthermore, the program steadily produces superior patient outcomes and satisfaction. Anagnostopoulos recently graduated from the UW Executive MBA program where he gave the commencement address.

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