Charles (Chuck) Leys, MD, has been named interim chief of the Division of Pediatric Surgery at the University of Wisconsin Department of Surgery, replacing Dan Ostlie, MD, who left at the end of December 2015 to take a leadership role at Phoenix Children’s Hospital.
Dr. Leys is a native Badger having earned his undergraduate and medical degrees from the University of Wisconsin. He then went on to complete his general surgery residency at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. While at Vanderbilt, Dr. Leys engaged in a two-year Research Fellowship receiving a Master of Science in Clinical Investigation. He then completed a Pediatric Surgery Fellowship at the Children’s Mercy in Missouri. Following fellowship in 2009, he was recruited to the University of Indiana as an assistant professor, where he performed the institution’s first laparoscopic repair of duodenal atresia and the first thoracoscopic repair of a congenital diaphragmatic hernia. The UW Department of Surgery recruited Dr. Leys in 2013.
Dr. Leys is recognized as one of the top minimally invasive children’s surgeons in the United States. Shortly after his appointment, Dr. Leys began serving as surgical director of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and director of Pediatric Minimally Invasive Surgery for American Family Children’s Hospital. Additionally, he is the director of Surgical Critical Care for AFCH, and he has also been instrumental in the development of the multidisciplinary Chest Wall Deformities Clinic. Dr. Leys is a champion of the Pediatric National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (NSQIP), and armed with this database he is facilitating the implementation of standard practices to reduce the rate of surgical site infection.