Daniel J. Ledbetter, MD

Daniel J. Ledbetter, MD

General Surgery, Oncology, Surgery Pulmonary Follow-Up, Reconstructive Pelvic Medicine

On staff since September 2000

Children's Title: Co-Chair, Wound Care Committee

Academic Title: Associate Professor of Surgery

Research Center: Center for Clinical and Translational Research

"I work closely with our neonatologists colleagues to help develop pathways of care to help ensure that the highest quality and safest care is afforded to these tiny infants. I devote a significant amount of time to medical student teaching at the University of Washington, introducing the physicians of tomorrow to the complexity of modern clinical care."

Daniel Ledbetter, MD, is an attending surgeon in the Division of Pediatric General and Thoracic Surgery at Seattle Children's Hospital, and an associate professor in the Department of Surgery at the University of Washington School of Medicine. He also attends at the Seattle Children's Bellevue Clinic and Surgery Center.

He received his MD from University of Florida College of Medicine. Dr. Ledbetter completed his residency at the University of Washington and his fellowship at Seattle Children's Hospital. Dr. Ledbetter's interests include thyroid, parathyroid, and other endocrine surgery, surgical critical care and ECMO extracorporeal membrane oxygenation, a procedure in which an artificial heart-lung machine takes over the work of the lungs, and sometimes also the heart. His interests also include neonatal surgery and general and thoracic surgery of infants and children.

Making a Difference


Board Certification(s)

Pediatric Surgery
Surgery - General
Surgical Critical Care

Medical/Professional School

University of Florida College of Medicine, Gainesville


Surgery - General, University of Washington, Seattle


Research, Children's Hospital and Regional Medical Center, Seattle
Pediatric Surgery, Children's Hospital and Regional Medical Center, Seattle

Clinical Interests

Endocrine surgery, Surgical critical care, ECMO, Neonatal surgery, General and thoracic surgery of infants and children

Research Focus Area

Translational Research

Awards and Honors

Award Name Award Description Awarded By Award Date
SEATTLE'S TOP DOCTOR - 2015 Seattle Metropolitan Magazine 2015
SEATTLE'S TOP DOCTOR - 2015 Seattle Met Magazine 2015
SEATTLE'S TOP DOCTOR - 2014 Seattle Metropolitan Magazine 2014
Seattle's Top Doc Seattle Met Magazine 2013


  • Chesley PM, Ledbetter DJ, Meehan JJ, Oron AP, Javid PJ
    Contemporary trends in the use of primary repair for gastroschisis in surgical infants.
    25776902 American journal of surgery , 2015 Feb. 24
  • Ledbetter DJ
    Thyroid cancer
    Endocrine Surgery in Children , 2015
  • Ledbetter DJ
    Thyroid cancer
    Endocrine Surgery in Children , 2015
  • Ledbetter DJ, Johnson PRV (eds)
    Endocrine Surgery in Children
  • Ledbetter DJ
    Thyroid surgery in children.
    24931349 Seminars in pediatric surgery , 2014 Apr, : 23(2)60-5
  • McAteer JP, Ledbetter DJ, Goldin AB
    Role of bottle feeding in the etiology of hypertrophic pyloric stenosis.
    24146084 JAMA pediatrics , 2013 Dec. : 167(12)1143-9
  • Ledbetter DJ
    Congenital abdominal wall defects and reconstruction in pediatric surgery: gastroschisis and omphalocele.
    22595717 The Surgical clinics of North America , 2012 June : 92(3)713-27, x
  • Nguyen-Vermillion A, Juul SE, McPherson RJ, Ledbetter DJ
    Time course of C-reactive protein and inflammatory mediators after neonatal surgery.
    21419426 The Journal of pediatrics , 2011 July : 159(1)121-6
  • Ledbetter DJ, Sawin RS
    Adrenal insufficiency in newborns with congenital diaphragmatic hernia.
    20659737 The Journal of pediatrics , 2010 Oct. : 696; author reply 696
  • Lee SL, Kim SS, Shekherdimian S, Ledbetter DJ
    Complications as a result of the Heimlich maneuver.
    18349716 The Journal of trauma , 2009 Mar. : E34-5
  • Lee SL, Beyer TD, Kim SS, Waldhausen JH, Healey PJ, Sawin RS, Ledbetter DJ
    Initial nonoperative management and delayed closure for treatment of giant omphaloceles.
    17101356 Journal of pediatric surgery , 2006 Nov. : 1846-9
  • Ledbetter DJ
    Gastroschisis and omphalocele.
    16580922 The Surgical clinics of North America , 2006 Apr, : 249-60, vii
  • Lau ST, Kim SS, Lee SL, Ledbetter DJ
    The anomalous splenic vein: a case report and review of the literature.
    16150357 Journal of pediatric surgery , 2005 Sept. : 1492-4
  • Kim SS, Lau ST, Lee SL, Schaller R Jr, Healey PJ, Ledbetter DJ, Sawin RS, Waldhausen JH
    Pyloromyotomy: a comparison of laparoscopic, circumumbilical, and right upper quadrant operative techniques.
    15978445 Journal of the American College of Surgeons , 2005 July : 66-70
  • Lau ST, Kim SS, Ledbetter DJ, Healey PJ
    Fraternal twins with Morgagni hernias.
    15852290 Journal of pediatric surgery , 2005 Apr, : 725-7
  • Weiss MD, Williams JL, Ledbetter DJ, Neu J
    Necrotizing Enterocolitis
    Workbook in Practical Neonatology, 3rd edition , 2001
  • Wolfson PJ, Poenaru D, Ledbetter DJ
    Pediatric Surgery: Surgical Diseases of Children
    Essentials of Surgical Specialties, 2nd Edition , 2000
  • Uitvlugt N, Ledbetter D
    Treatment of Pediatric Burns
    Pediatric Trauma: Initial Care of the Injured Child , 1995
  • Arensman RM, Statter MB, Ledbetter DJ, Vargish T (eds)
    Pediatric Trauma: Initial Care of the Injured Child
  • Arensman RM, Fenner GC, Loe WA, Ledbetter DJ
    Care of Traumatic Wounds
    In Pediatric Trauma: Prevention, Acute Care, Rehabilitation , 1993


Presentations Title Event Location Date
Endocrine Surgery in Children (overview and session moderator) American College of Surgeons, Clinical Congress San Francisco, California Oct. 2008
Abdominal Wall Defects: Prenatal considerations American Pediatric Surgical Association annual meeting Naples, Florida May 2001
A multidisciplinary approach in reviewing complex cases of critically ill pediatric patients Society of Critical Care Medicine annual meeting Orlando, Florida Feb. 2000
Child Abuse from Burning American Burn Association annual meeting, Pediatric Burn Care, Postgraduate Course A Lake Buena Vista, Florida March 1999

Research Funding

Grant Title Grantor Amount Award Date
C- reactive protein (CRP) and neonatal surgery Seattle Childrens Hospital Academic Enrichment Fund 2007
Cyclosporine mediated endovascular injury Northwest Kidney Foundation Research Grant 1988
Cyclosporine mediated endovascular injury Biomedical Research Support Grant 1986