Charles M. Leys, MD, FACS

Associate Professor

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

leys@surgery.wisc.edu

600 Highland Avenue
MC 7375
Madison, WI 53792-0001
–––
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

  • Sutureless vs sutured abdominal wall closure for gastroschisis: Operative characteristics and early outcomes from the Midwest Pediatric Surgery Consortium.
    Fraser JD, Deans KJ, Fallat ME, Helmrath MA, Kabre R, Leys CM, Burns RC, Corkum K, Dillon PA, Downard CD, Gadepalli SK, Grabowski JE, Hernandez E, Hirschl RB, Johnson KN, Kohler JE, Landman MP, Landisch RM, Lawrence AE, Mak GZ, Minneci PC, Rymeski B, Sato TT, Scannell M, Slater BJ, Wilkinson KH, Wright TN, St Peter SD, Midwest Pediatric Surgery Consortium
    J. Pediatr. Surg. 2020 Feb 20;
    [PubMed ID: 32151403]

  • Understanding the Value of Tumor Markers in Pediatric Ovarian Neoplasms.
    Lawrence AE, Fallat ME, Hewitt G, Hertweck P, Onwuka A, Afrazi A, Bence C, Burns RC, Corkum KS, Dillon PA, Ehrlich PF, Fraser JD, Gonzalez DO, Grabowski JE, Kabre R, Lal DR, Landman MP, Leys CM, Mak GZ, Overman RE, Rademacher BL, Raiji MT, Sato TT, Scannell M, Sujka JA, Wright T, Minneci PC, Deans KJ, Aldrink JH, Midwest Pediatric Surgery Consortium
    J. Pediatr. Surg. 2020 Jan; 55(1): 122-125
    [PubMed ID: 31677824]

  • Changing the Paradigm for Management of Pediatric Primary Spontaneous Pneumothorax: A Simple Aspiration Test Predicts Need for Operation.
    Leys CM, Hirschl RB, Kohler JE, Cherney-Stafford L, Marka N, Fallat ME, Gadepalli SK, Fraser JD, Grabowski J, Burns RC, Downard CD, Foley DS, Halleran DR, Helmrath MA, Kabre R, Knezevich MS, Lal DR, Landman MP, Lawrence AE, Mak GZ, Minneci PC, Musili N, Rymeski B, Saito JM, Sato TT, St Peter SD, Warner BW, Ostlie DJ, Midwest Pediatric Surgery Consortium MWPSC
    J. Pediatr. Surg. 2020 Jan; 55(1): 169-175
    [PubMed ID: 31706614]

  • Epidural versus PCA Pain Management after Pectus Excavatum Repair: A Multi-Institutional Prospective Randomized Trial.
    Sujka JA, Dekonenko C, Millspaugh DL, Doyle NM, Walker BJ, Leys CM, Ostlie DJ, Aguayo P, Fraser JD, Alemayehu H, Peter SDS
    Eur J Pediatr Surg 2019 Oct 10;
    [PubMed ID: 31600804]

  • Diagnostic performance of standardized ultrasound protocol for detecting perforation in pediatric appendicitis.
    Riedesel EL, Weber BC, Shore MW, Cartmill RS, Ostlie DJ, Leys CM, Gill KG, Kohler JE
    Pediatr Radiol 2019 12; 49(13): 1726-1734
    [PubMed ID: 31342129]

All Publications on PubMed