Jonathan E. Kohler, MD, MA, FACS  
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Faculty, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health

Dr. Kohler is certified by the American Board of Surgery in both General and Pediatric Surgery, and fellowship trained in 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.


Pediatric General Surgery

Anorectal Malformations


Biliary Atresia


Chronic Constipation


Colonic Atresia

Congenital Cystic Adenomatoid Malformation (CCAM)

Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia (CDH)

Correction of Cloaca and Cloacal Exstrophy

Crohn's Disease

Cystic Hygroma/Lymphatic Malformations

Cystic Lung Lesions

Duodenal Atresia

Esophageal Atresia (EA)

Failure to Thrive

Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease


Hepatic Tumor

Hereditary Spherocytosis

Hiatal Hernia

Hirschsprung's Disease




Hypospadias Repair

Ileal Atresia

Imperforate Anus Surgery

Inguinal Hernia


Jejunal Atresia


Meckel's Diverticulum

Minimally Invasive Pediatric and Neonatal Surgery

Necrotizing Enterocolitis



Pediatric Hematology and Oncology

Pilonidal Sinus/Cyst/Abscess

Pulmonary Sequestration

Pyloric Stenosis

Sacrococcygeal Teratoma

Sickle Cell Anemia

Skin Lesions/Cysts

Splenic Sequestration

Tracheoesophageal Atresia

Ulcerative Colitis

Umbilical Hernia

Vascular Anomalies


Wilm's Tumor


American Family Children's Hospital
(608) 263-6420 | (800) 323-8942 | Map
American Family Children's Hospital
(608) 263-6420 | (800) 323-8942 | Map
Gundersen Health System
(608) 775-2331 | | Map

UW School of Medicine and Public Health

Department of Surgery

Professional Certifications and Education

Board Certification Surgery
Pediatric Surgery
Fellowship University of Chicago Medical Center, Chicago, IL
Residency University of Washington Medical Center, Seattle, WA
Medical School University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine, Chicago, IL

Medical interpreters are available to help patients communicate with hospital and clinic staff. For more information, please contact interpreter services at (608) 262-9000.

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.

PubMed Articles
Minneci PC Hade EM Lawrence AE Sebastião YV Saito JM Mak GZ Fox C Hirschl RB Gadepalli S Helmrath MA Kohler JE Leys CM Sato TT Lal DR Landman MP Kabre R Fallat ME Cooper JN Deans KJ Midwest Pediatric Surgery Consortium. Association of Nonoperative Management Using Antibiotic Therapy vs Laparoscopic Appendectomy With Treatment Success and Disability Days in Children With Uncomplicated Appendicitis. JAMA . 2020 Jul 27;
[PubMed ID: 32730561]
Kohler JE Cartmill RS Kalbfell E Schumacher J Continued Prescribing of Periprocedural Codeine and Tramadol to Children after a Black Box Warning. J Surg Res . 2020 Jul 18;256:131-135
[PubMed ID: 32693330]
Kohler JE Cartmill RS Yang DY Fernandes-Taylor S Greenberg CC Age-Dependent Costs and Complications in Pediatric Umbilical Hernia Repair. J Pediatr . 2020 Jul 3;
[PubMed ID: 32629008]
Wooldridge AR Carayon P Hoonakker P Hose BZ Eithun B Brazelton T 3rd Ross J Kohler JE Kelly MM Dean SM Rusy D Gurses AP Work system barriers and facilitators in inpatient care transitions of pediatric trauma patients. Appl Ergon . 2020 May;85:103059
[PubMed ID: 32174347]
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. Sutureless vs sutured abdominal wall closure for gastroschisis: Operative characteristics and early outcomes from the Midwest Pediatric Surgery Consortium. J Pediatr Surg . 2020 Feb 20;
[PubMed ID: 32151403]
Kohler J Kelly MM Addition of Dornase to Intrapleural Fibrinolytic Therapy Is Not Superior to Fibrinolytic Therapy Alone for Otherwise Healthy Children Hospitalized With Empyema. JAMA Pediatr . 2020 Feb 3;
[PubMed ID: 32011656]
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. Changing the Paradigm for Management of Pediatric Primary Spontaneous Pneumothorax: A Simple Aspiration Test Predicts Need for Operation. J Pediatr Surg . 2020 Jan;55(1):169-175
[PubMed ID: 31706614]
Riedesel EL Weber BC Shore MW Cartmill RS Ostlie DJ Leys CM Gill KG Kohler JE Diagnostic performance of standardized ultrasound protocol for detecting perforation in pediatric appendicitis. Pediatr Radiol . 2019 Dec;49(13):1726-1734
[PubMed ID: 31342129]
Kohler JE Nichol PF Cartmill RS Need for Consensus Guidelines in Pediatric Umbilical Hernia Repair. JAMA Pediatr . 2019 Sep 30;
[PubMed ID: 31566667]
Wooldridge A Carayon P Hoonakker P Hose BZ Ross J Kohler JE Brazelton T Eithun B Kelly MM Dean SM Rusy D Durojaiye A Gurses AP Complexity of the pediatric trauma care process: Implications for multi-level awareness. Cogn Technol Work . 2019 Aug;21(3):397-416
[PubMed ID: 31485191]
Hoonakker PLT Wooldridge AR Hose BZ Carayon P Eithun B Brazelton TB 3rd Kohler JE Ross JC Rusy DA Dean SM Kelly MM Gurses AP Information flow during pediatric trauma care transitions: things falling through the cracks. Intern Emerg Med . 2019 Aug;14(5):797-805
[PubMed ID: 31140061]
Cartmill R Yang DY Fernandes-Taylor S Kohler JE Reply to: Confounding factors on the analysis of opioid prescription after pediatric umbilical hernia repair. Surgery . 2019 Aug;166(2):232-233
[PubMed ID: 30961893]
Park KY Gill KG Kohler JE Intestinal Perforation in Children as an Important Differential Diagnosis of Vascular Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome. Am J Case Rep . 2019 Jul 20;20:1057-1062
[PubMed ID: 31324749]
Lawrence AE Gonzalez DO Fallat ME Aldrink JH Hewitt GD Hertweck SP Onwuka A Bence C Burns RC Dillon PA Ehrlich PF Fraser JD Grabowski JE Hirschl RB Kabre R Kohler JE Lal DR Landman MP Leys CM Mak GZ Sato TT Scannell M Sujka JA Minneci PC Deans KJ Factors Associated With Management of Pediatric Ovarian Neoplasms. Pediatrics . 2019 Jul;144(1)
[PubMed ID: 31164439]
Kohler JE Falcone RA Jr Fallat ME Rural health, telemedicine and access for pediatric surgery. Curr Opin Pediatr . 2019 Jun;31(3):391-398
[PubMed ID: 31090582]
Minneci PC Kabre RS Mak GZ Halleran DR Cooper JN Afrazi A Calkins CM Corkum K Downard CD Ehrlich P Fraser JD Gadepalli SK Helmrath MA Kohler JE Landisch R Landman MP Lee C Leys CM Lodwick DL McLeod J Mon R McClure B Rymeski B Saito JM Sato TT St Peter SD Wood R Levitt MA Deans KJ Midwest Pediatric Surgery Consortium. Can fecal continence be predicted in patients born with anorectal malformations? J Pediatr Surg . 2019 Jun;54(6):1159-1163
[PubMed ID: 30898398]
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. Infants with esophageal atresia and right aortic arch: Characteristics and outcomes from the Midwest Pediatric Surgery Consortium. J Pediatr Surg . 2019 Apr;54(4):688-692
[PubMed ID: 30224238]
Zens TJ Rogers A Cartmill R Ostlie D Muldowney BL Nichol P Kohler JE Age-dependent outcomes in asymptomatic umbilical hernia repair. Pediatr Surg Int . 2019 Apr;35(4):463-468
[PubMed ID: 30430281]
Cartmill RS Yang DY Fernandes-Taylor S Kohler JE National variation in opioid prescribing after pediatric umbilical hernia repair. Surgery . 2019 Apr;165(4):838-842
[PubMed ID: 30509750]
Zens TJ Cartmill R Muldowney BL Fernandes-Taylor S Nichol P Kohler JE Practice Variation in Umbilical Hernia Repair Demonstrates a Need for Best Practice Guidelines. J Pediatr . 2019 Mar;206:172-177
[PubMed ID: 30448274]
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