University of Wisconsin–Madison

Jonathan E. Kohler, MD, FACS

Assistant Professor

  • Division of Pediatric Surgery

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 Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, Chicago, IL, 2005
  • MA in Health Communications, Emerson College in collaboration with Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston, MA, 2009
  • Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship in General Surgery, Brigham & Women’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, 2010
  • General Surgery Residency, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, 2013
  • Fellowship in Pediatric Surgery, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL, 2015

Clinical Specialties

Dr. Kohler is certified by the American Board of Surgery in both General Surgery and Pediatric Surgery. His clinical practice emphasizes minimally invasive approaches to all types of pediatric and neonatal surgical disorders. He specializes in general and thoracic pediatric surgery, minimally invasive and neonatal surgery, oncology and trauma care.

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

Research Interests

Dr. Kohler’s research interests center on using health communications-based research to develop interventions that improve physician-to-physician and physician-to-patient interactions.

Recent Publications

    • National variation in opioid prescribing after pediatric umbilical hernia repair.
    • Cartmill RS, Yang DY, Fernandes-Taylor S, Kohler JE
    • Surgery 2018 Nov 30;
    • [PubMed ID: 30509750]
    • Practice Variation in Umbilical Hernia Repair Demonstrates a Need for Best Practice Guidelines.
    • Zens TJ, Cartmill R, Muldowney BL, Fernandes-Taylor S, Nichol P, Kohler JE
    • J. Pediatr. 2018 Nov 15;
    • [PubMed ID: 30448274]
    • Age-dependent outcomes in asymptomatic umbilical hernia repair.
    • Zens TJ, Rogers A, Cartmill R, Ostlie D, Muldowney BL, Nichol P, Kohler JE
    • Pediatr. Surg. Int. 2018 Nov 14;
    • [PubMed ID: 30430281]
    • Evaluation of a water-soluble contrast protocol for nonoperative management of pediatric adhesive small bowel obstruction.
    • Linden AF, Raiji MT, Kohler JE, Carlisle EM, Pelayo JC, Feinstein K, Kandel JJ, Mak GZ
    • J. Pediatr. Surg. 2018 Oct 05;
    • [PubMed ID: 30414689]
    • Trends in Hospital Treatment of Empyema in Children in the United States.
    • Kelly MM, Coller RJ, Kohler JE, Zhao Q, Sklansky DJ, Shadman KA, Thurber A, Barreda CB, Edmonson MB
    • J. Pediatr. 2018 Nov; 202: 245-251.e1
    • [PubMed ID: 30170858]

All Publications on PubMed