Charles M. Leys, MD, FACS

Professor

  • Chair, Division of Pediatric Surgery
  • Dr. James and Sharon Gutenberger Family Pediatric Surgery Chair

leys@surgery.wisc.edu
(608) 262-0466

600 Highland Avenue
MC 7375
Madison, WI 53792-0001
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Scheduling or patient-related questions: (608) 263-6420
Administrative assistance: (608) 262-0466

Education

  • MD, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, Madison, WI, 2000
  • Masters of Science in Clinical Investigation (MSCI), Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Nashville, TN, 2005
  • General Surgery Residency, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Nashville, TN, 2007
  • Fellowship in Pediatric Surgery, Children’s Mercy Hospitals and Clinics, Kansas City, MO, 2009

Clinical Specialties

Dr. Leys is certified by the American Board of Surgery in General Surgery and Pediatric Surgery. He is Director of Pediatric Minimally Invasive Surgery at American Family Children’s Hospital, and his clinical practice emphasizes minimally invasive approaches to all types of pediatric and neonatal surgical disorders. He specializes in congenital malformations, chest wall deformities, thoracic diseases, surgical oncology, and gastrointestinal disorders, including gastroesophageal reflux and inflammatory bowel disease.

For a complete listing of conditions for which our pediatric surgeons provide treatment, please click here

Dr. Leys provides a wide range of services including Congenital Malformations, Chest Wall Deformities, Thoracic Diseases, Surgical Oncology, Gastroesophageal Reflux, Inflammatory Bowel Disease.

Research Interests

Dr. Leys’ research interests are focused on evidence-based pediatric surgery, including clinical trials and quality improvement.

Recent Publications

  • Demographic and Clinical Characteristics Associated With the Failure of Nonoperative Management of Uncomplicated Appendicitis in Children: Secondary Analysis of a Nonrandomized Clinical Trial.
    Minneci PC, Hade EM, Gil LA, Metzger GA, Saito JM, Mak GZ, Hirschl RB, Gadepalli S, Helmrath MA, Leys CM, Sato TT, Lal DR, Landman MP, Kabre R, Fallat ME, Cooper JN, Deans KJ, Midwest Pediatric Surgery Consortium
    JAMA Netw Open 2022 05 02; 5(5): e229712
    [PubMed ID: 35499827]

  • Outcomes and cost of medical and surgical treatments of pilonidal disease: A single institution's 10-year review.
    Janek KC, Kenfield M, Arkin LM, Stalter L, Tabaro G, Leys CM, Le HD
    Surg Open Sci 2022 Jul; 9: 41-45
    [PubMed ID: 35647503]

  • The COVID-19 pandemic and associated rise in pediatric firearm injuries: A multi-institutional study.
    Collings AT, Farazi M, Van Arendonk KJ, Fallat ME, Minneci PC, Sato TT, Speck KE, Deans KJ, Falcone RA, Foley DS, Fraser JD, Gadepalli SK, Keller MS, Kotagal M, Landman MP, Leys CM, Markel TA, Rubalcava N, St Peter SD, Flynn-O'Brien KT, Midwest Pediatric Surgery Consortium
    J Pediatr Surg 2022 Jul; 57(7): 1370-1376
    [PubMed ID: 35501165]

  • Evaluating the risk of peri-umbilical hernia after sutured or sutureless gastroschisis closure.
    Fraser JA, Deans KJ, Fallat ME, Helmrath M, Kabre R, Leys CM, Markel TA, Dillon PA, Downard C, Wright TN, Gadepalli SK, Grabowski JE, Hirschl R, Johnson KN, Kohler JE, Landman MP, Mak GZ, Minneci PC, Rymeski B, Sato TT, Slater BJ, Peter SDS, Fraser JD, Midwest Pediatric Surgery Consortium
    J Pediatr Surg 2022 Mar 26;
    [PubMed ID: 35450699]

  • Impact of "Stay-at-Home" orders on non-accidental trauma: A multi-institutional study.
    Collings AT, Farazi M, Van Arendonk K, Fallat ME, Minneci PC, Sato TT, Speck KE, Deans KJ, Falcone RA, Foley DS, Fraser JD, Keller MS, Kotagal M, Landman MP, Leys CM, Markel T, Rubalcava N, St Peter SD, Flynn-O'Brien KT, Midwest Pediatric Surgery Consortium
    J Pediatr Surg 2022 Jun; 57(6): 1062-1066
    [PubMed ID: 35292165]

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