Peter F Nichol, MD, PhD

Associate Professor

  • Cars Curing Kids Professor
  • Division of Pediatric Surgery
(608) 262-0466

600 Highland Avenue
MC 7375
Madison, WI 53792-0001
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  • Medical School, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO
  • PhD, Doctorate in Neurosciences, Washington University, St. Louis, MO
  • Residency, General Surgery, University of Virginia Health System, Charlottesville, VA
  • General Surgery, University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics, Madison, WI
  • Fellowship, Pediatric Surgery, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA

Clinical Specialties

Dr. Nichol is certified by the American Board of Surgery in General Surgery and Pediatric Surgery. He specializes in all types of pediatric surgical cases and has a special interest in children with short gut syndrome otherwise known as intestinal failure. He’s also interested in the development of the intestine and in birth defects involving the intestine and the abdominal wall. He specializes in minimally invasive surgery and is Director of the Short Gut Program at American Family Children’s Hospital as well as a member of the Nutrition Support Team.

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

Research Interests

Dr. Nichol’s laboratory research focuses on intestinal development with a goal of developing therapies that will enable growth of the gut in patients with intestinal failure. He has an NIH funded lab and is the 2013 Stanley J. Dudrick Research Award Recipient.

Recent Publications

  • Observed rates of surgical instrument errors point to visualization tasks as being a critically vulnerable point in sterile processing and a significant cause of lost chargeable OR minutes.
    Nichol PF, Saari MJ, Navas N, Aguilar D, Bliesner RK, Brunner PJ, Caceres JC, Chen M, VanDommelen AR, Fischer M, Garcha S, Ghawas EA, Hackinson GR, Hitzeman A, Jabbour M, Jentsch AM, Kurth MM, Leyden M, Luo Q, McGrain AC, Nytes G, O'Brien OR, Philavong JK, Villegas N, Walsh SR, Wisdorf SS
    BMC Surg 2024 Apr 15; 24(1): 110
    [PubMed ID: 38622597]

  • Using Preference Cards to Support a Thoughtful, Evidence-based Orthopaedic Surgery Practice.
    Bellaire LL, Nichol PF, Noonan K, Shea KG
    J Am Acad Orthop Surg 2024 Apr 01; 32(7): 287-295
    [PubMed ID: 38373406]

  • Introduction of pediatric laparoscopic inguinal hernia repair in Guatemala.
    Cóbar JP, Nichol PF
    BMC Surg 2023 Nov 27; 23(1): 361
    [PubMed ID: 38012603]

  • Intercostal nerve cryoablation is associated with lower hospital cost during minimally invasive Nuss procedure for pectus excavatum.
    Aiken TJ, Stahl CC, Lemaster D, Casias TW, Walker BJ, Nichol PF, Leys CM, Abbott DE, Brinkman AS
    J Pediatr Surg 2021 Oct; 56(10): 1841-1845
    [PubMed ID: 33199059]

  • Reducing cost and waste in pediatric laparoscopic procedures.
    Park KY, Russell JI, Wilke NP, Marka NA, Nichol PF
    J Pediatr Surg 2021 Jan; 56(1): 66-70
    [PubMed ID: 33139028]

All Publications on PubMed