University of Wisconsin–Madison

Charles M. Leys, MD, FACS

Associate Professor

  • Chief, Division of Pediatric Surgery
  • Endowed Professor, Pediatric Surgery Professorship

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


  • 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

    • Adherence to APSA activity restriction guidelines and 60-day clinical outcomes for pediatric blunt liver and splenic injuries (BLSI).
    • Notrica DM, Sayrs LW, Krishna N, Ostlie DJ, Letton RW, Alder AC, St Peter SD, Ponsky TA, Eubanks JW, Tuggle DW, Garcia NM, Leys CM, Maxson RT, Bhatia AM
    • J. Pediatr. Surg. 2018 Sep 17;
    • [PubMed ID: 30278984]
    • Reimaging in pediatric blunt spleen and liver injury.
    • Notrica DM, Sussman BL, Garcia NM, Leys CM, Maxson RT, Bhatia A, Letton RW, Ponsky T, Lawson KA, Eubanks JW, Alder AC, Greenwell C, Ostlie DJ, Tuggle DW, St Peter SD
    • J. Pediatr. Surg. 2018 Sep 16;
    • [PubMed ID: 30301607]
    • Infants with esophageal atresia and right aortic arch: Characteristics and outcomes from the Midwest Pediatric Surgery Consortium.
    • Lal DR, Gadepalli SK, Downard CD, Minneci PC, Knezevich M, Chelius TH, Rapp CT, Billmire D, Bruch S, Carland Burns R, Deans KJ, Fallat ME, Fraser JD, Grabowski J, Hebel F, Helmrath MA, Hirschl RB, Kabre R, Kohler J, Landman MP, Leys CM, Mak GZ, Ostlie DJ, Raque J, Rymeski B, Saito JM, St Peter SD, von Allmen D, Warner BW, Sato TT, Midwest Pediatric Surgery Consortium
    • J. Pediatr. Surg. 2018 Aug 21;
    • [PubMed ID: 30224238]
    • Can ultrasound reliably identify complicated appendicitis in children?
    • Gonzalez DO, Lawrence AE, Cooper JN, Sola R, Garvey E, Weber BC, St Peter SD, Ostlie DJ, Kohler JE, Leys CM, Deans KJ, Minneci PC
    • J. Surg. Res. 2018 Sep; 229: 76-81
    • [PubMed ID: 29937019]
    • Screening practices and associated anomalies in infants with anorectal malformations: Results from the Midwest Pediatric Surgery Consortium.
    • Minneci PC, Kabre RS, Mak GZ, Halleran DR, Cooper JN, Afrazi A, Calkins CM, Downard CD, Ehrlich P, Fraser J, Gadepalli SK, Helmrath MA, Kohler JE, Landisch R, Landman MP, Lee C, Leys CM, Lodwick DL, Mon R, McClure B, Rymeski B, Saito JM, Sato TT, St Peter SD, Wood R, Levitt MA, Deans KJ, Midwest Pediatric Surgery Consortium
    • J. Pediatr. Surg. 2018 Jun; 53(6): 1163-1167
    • [PubMed ID: 29602552]

All Publications on PubMed