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.


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 - 2014 Seattle Metropolitan Magazine 2014
Seattle's Top Doc Seattle Met Magazine 2013


  • Ledbetter DJ, Sawin RS
    Adrenal insufficiency in newborns with congenital diaphragmatic hernia.
    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.
    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.
    Journal of pediatric surgery , 2006 Nov. : 1846-9
  • Ledbetter DJ
    Gastroschisis and omphalocele.
    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.
    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.
    Journal of the American College of Surgeons , 2005 July : 66-70
  • Lau ST, Kim SS, Ledbetter DJ, Healey PJ
    Fraternal twins with Morgagni hernias.
    Journal of pediatric surgery , 2005 Apr, : 725-7