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John J. Meehan, MD

John J. Meehan, MD

General Surgery

On staff since January 2008

Academic Title: Associate Professor of Surgery

"Taking the surgery of today into the future. I work closely to make robotic surgery more compatible with our small pediatric surgical patients and help in the development of instrumentation that is more suitable for pediatrics."

John Meehan, 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 Seattle Children's Bellevue Clinic and Surgery Center, and is co-director of the Seattle Children's Robotic Surgery Center. His clinical and research focus is on minimally invasive robotic surgery and new technologies. He is an internationally recognized expert in the field and has been one of the leaders in advancing the use robotic surgery. Dr. Meehan received his medical degree from the University of Iowa, College of Medicine. He completed his residency at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and his fellowship at the Children's Hospital of Los Angeles.

Recommendations

  • Amy Fort Madison Iowa 03.04.15

    Dr. Meehan recognized right away that our son had intestinal malrotation with a midgut volvulus despite that diagnosis going untreated until he was 2 years old. He made quick and tough decisions that saved my son's life. Our son is now 13 years old and is healthy and we are thankful every day for Dr. Meehan.

  • Linda Gardena, CA 08.13.12

    In October 2001, Dr. Meehan was part of the surgical team at CHLA who saved our son's life after his midgut volvulus at the age of 2. Dr. Meehan and Dr. Shaul, along with their dedicated team of doctors and nurses beat the odds and despite the loss of 99% of his small intestine our son has gone on to live a "normal" life full of eating, sports and all the activities of a a typical 13 year old. Thank you Dr. Meehan! Without you and the team, none of this would be possible.

  • Danielle Washburn, Iowa 01.03.11

    My daughter was a patient of Dr. Meehan's when he was practicing at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinic, Children's Speciality Clinic. My daughter was born with an Imperforate Anus and other female genital issues. My husband and I were very impressed with Dr. Meehan's skills and knowledge. Unfortunately, he left the UIHC and we have tremendously missed him and having him as our daughter's physician!!! He is a wonderful docotor and I would love to have him be able to see my daughter again and attend to her care. We miss his tenderness and compassion towards his patients. I would recommend Dr. Meehan to anyone that was dealing with colorectal issues in children. You have a prized possession. Danielle and Derek Ackley, parents of Gabriella Ackley age 4 now.

Overview

Board Certification(s)

Surgery - General
Pediatric Surgery

Medical/Professional School

University of Iowa School of Medicine, Iowa City

Residency

Pediatric Surgery, Children's Hospital of Alabama, Birmingham

Fellowship

Pediatric Surgery, Children's Mercy Hospital-Developmental/Behavioral Sciences Clinic, Kansas City
Pediatric Surgery, Children's Hospital of Los Angeles - Pediatric Residency, Los Angeles

Clinical Interests

Robotic surgery

Awards and Honors

Award Name Award Description Awarded By Award Date
Above and Beyond Recognition Award University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics Sept. 2003
Best Poster Award Winner Outcome Following Recannulation and a Second ECMO Course. Chicago, Illinois American Academy of Pediatrics: Section on Surgery Oct. 2000

Publications

  • Chesley PM, Ledbetter DJ, Meehan JJ, Oron AP, Javid PJ
    Contemporary trends in the use of primary repair for gastroschisis in surgical infants.
    American journal of surgery , 2015 Feb. 24
  • John J. Meehan, MD Meehan JJ
    Robotic Surgery in Children
    Robotics in General Surgery , 2013
  • John J. Meehan, MD
    Robotic Pediatric Procedures
    Robotic Surgery for the General Surgeon , 2013
  • John J. Meehan, MD
    Surgical Robotics - Systems, Applications, and Visions
    Applications of Robotics in Pediatric General Surgery , 2012
  • John J. Meehan, MD
    Robotic Pediatric and Reconstructive Urology: A Comprehensive Guide
    Neonatal Robotic Procedures , 2012
  • John J. Meehan, MD Meehan JJ (Producer, Editor, Narrator, Director)
    The Video Library on Pediatric Robotic Surgery.
    Surgical technique video library , 2012
  • John J. Meehan, MD Meehan JJ
    Pediatric MIS Complications
    The SAGES Manual: Fundamentals of Laparoscopy, Thoracoscopy and GI Endoscopy, 3/e , 2011
  • John J. Meehan, MD Meehan JJ
    Pediatric Thoracoscopy
    The SAGES Manual: Fundamentals of Laparoscopy, Thoracoscopy and GI Endoscopy, 3/e , 2011
  • John J. Meehan, MD Meehan JJ
    Pediatric Laparoscopy
    The SAGES Manual: Fundamentals of Laparoscopy, Thoracoscopy and GI Endoscopy, 3/e , 2011
  • John J. Meehan, MD Meehan JJ
    Surgical Emergencies
    Textbook of Pediatric Gastroenterology , 2010
  • Meehan JJ
    Robotic surgery in small children: is there room for this?
    Journal of laparoendoscopic & advanced surgical techniques. Part A , 2009 Oct. : 707-12
  • Slater BJ, Meehan JJ
    Robotic repair of congenital diaphragmatic anomalies.
    Journal of laparoendoscopic & advanced surgical techniques. Part A , 2009 Apr, : S123-7
  • Bottsford J, Meehan JJ
    Common bile duct perforation resulting from a gastric duplication cyst.
    Pediatric surgery international , 2008 Apr, : 459-61
  • Meehan JJ, Phearman L, Sandler A
    Robotic pulmonary resections in children: series report and introduction of a new robotic instrument.
    Journal of laparoendoscopic & advanced surgical techniques. Part A , 2008 Apr, : 293-5
  • Meehan JJ, Sandler AD
    Robotic resection of mediastinal masses in children.
    Journal of laparoendoscopic & advanced surgical techniques. Part A , 2008 Feb. : 114-9
  • Meehan JJ
    The robotic Gyrus PK: a new articulating thermal sealing device and a preliminary series report.
    Journal of laparoendoscopic & advanced surgical techniques. Part A , 2008 Feb. : 183-5
  • Adam LA, Meehan JJ
    Erosion of the Nuss bar into the internal mammary artery 4 months after minimally invasive repair of pectus excavatum.
    Journal of pediatric surgery , 2008 Feb. : 394-7
  • Meehan JJ, Sandler A
    Pediatric robotic surgery: A single-institutional review of the first 100 consecutive cases.
    Surgical endoscopy , 2008 Jan. : 177-82
  • Meehan JJ, Meehan TD, Sandler A
    Robotic fundoplication in children: resident teaching and a single institutional review of our first 50 patients.
    Journal of pediatric surgery , 2007 Dec. : 2022-5
  • Meehan JJ, Elliott S, Sandler A
    The robotic approach to complex hepatobiliary anomalies in children: preliminary report.
    Journal of pediatric surgery , 2007 Dec. : 2110-4
  • Meehan JJ, Sandler A
    Robotic repair of a Bochdalek congenital diaphragmatic hernia in a small neonate: robotic advantages and limitations.
    Journal of pediatric surgery , 2007 Oct. : 1757-60
  • Meehan JJ
    Robotic repair of congenital duodenal atresia: a case report.
    Journal of pediatric surgery , 2007 July : E31-3
  • John J. Meehan, MD Meehan JJ (Producer, Editor, Narrator, Director)
    Pediatric Robotic Surgery: A selection of cases
    A narrated DVD of 16 pediatric cases. Medical DVD , 2007
  • Elliott S, Sandler AD, Meehan JJ, Lawrence JP
    Surgical treatment of a gastric diverticulum in an adolescent.
    Journal of pediatric surgery , 2006 Aug. : 1467-9
  • Rakheja D, Meehan JJ, Gomez AM
    Pathologic quiz case: sphenoid sinus mass in a 12-year-old girl. Infrasellar adamantinomatous craniopharyngioma.
    Archives of pathology & laboratory medicine , 2005 Mar. : e73-4
  • John J. Meehan, MD Meehan JJ (Website designer)
    Pediatric Robotic Surgeons: Educational website on pediatric robotic surgery for physicians and families
    www.PediatricRoboticSurgeons.org . , 2005 - 2011
  • Rakheja D, Wilson KS, Meehan JJ, Schultz RA, Maale GE, Timmons CF
    Extrapleural benign solitary fibrous tumor in the shoulder of a 9-year-old girl: case report and review of the literature.
    Pediatric and developmental pathology : the official journal of the Society for Pediatric Pathology and the Paediatric Pathology Society , 2004 Nov. : 653-60
  • Borup LH, Meehan JJ, Severson JM, Kaufman K
    Terminal spine of agave plant extracted from patient's spinal cord.
    AJR. American journal of roentgenology , 2003 Oct. : 1155-6
  • Meehan JJ, Haney BM, Snyder CL, Sharp RJ, Acosta JM, Holcomb GW 3rd
    Outcome after recannulation and a second course of extracorporeal membrane oxygenation.
    Journal of pediatric surgery , 2002 June : 845-50
  • John J. Meehan, MD Meehan JJ
    Pediatric Robotic Surgery: Technical Manual (In Preparation)

Presentations

Presentations Title Event Location Date
Innovations in Newborn and Fetal Surgery (invited professor lecture) Pediatric Robotic Surgery Innovation San Antonio, Texas Sept. 18, 2013 - Sept. 20, 2013
Robotic Surgery in Children: Its a Small World (invited professor lecture) Stockholm, Sweden Aug. 21, 2013
Basic Pediatric Robotic Surgery (invited professor lecture) IPEG Simulator Laboratory Hands On Course Beijing, China June 18, 2013 - June 22, 2013
Robotic Resection of a Large Splenic Cyst and Introduction of a New Robotic Thermal Sealer (poster presentation) International Pediatric Endoscopic Group Scientific Meeting Beijing, China June 17, 2013 - June 22, 2013
Pediatric Robotic Surgery Pediatric Robotic Surgery: To Infinity and Beyond. (keynote lecture) Chinese College of Surgeons Beijing, China June 15, 2013 - June 16, 2013
Pediatric Robotic Surgery: The sky is the limit. (invited professor lecture) Royal Belgian Society of Surgeons Oostende, Belgium May 1, 2013 - May 3, 2013
Robotic resection of mediastinal masses, 10 year review Pacific Association of Paediatric Surgeons Annual Meeting Hunter Valley, New South Wales, Australia April 7, 2013 - April 12, 2013
Building a Robotic Surgery Program: Round Table Discussion (invited professor lecture) Groupe dEtude de Coeliochirugie Infantile (GECI), Lugano-Marcote, Switzerland Oct. 12, 2012 - Oct. 13, 2012
Robotic Surgery Tips and Tricks (keynote lecture) Groupe dEtude de Coeliochirugie Infantile (GECI) Lugano-Marcote, Switzerland Oct. 12, 2012 - Oct. 13, 2012
The Future of Pediatric Robotic Surgery (keynote lecture) Clinical Robotic Surgical Association Annual Surgical Symposium Chicago, IL Sept. 28, 2012 - Sept. 29, 2012
Robotic CDH repair using pledgets (video presentation) Canadian Association of Pediatric Surgeons Victoria, B.C, Canada Sept. 20, 2012 - Sept. 22, 2012
Pediatric Robotic Surgery: State of the Art (invited professor lecture) Joint annual meeting of the Minimally Invasive Robotic Association, Society of Robotic Surgeons, and the Society of Laparoscopic Surgeons Boston, MA Sept. 5, 2012 - Sept. 8, 2012
Robotic thymectomy series report (poster presentation: Ricca R, Stephenson J, Ledbetter D, Meehan JJ) International Pediatric Endoscopic Group Scientific Meeting San Diego, CA March 6, 2012 - March 10, 2012
Pediatric Robotic Surgery in Oncology, (invited professor lecture) XXIX Nacional Symposia Oncologia Ixtapa Zihuatanejo, Mexico Oct. 26, 2011 - Oct. 29, 2011
Pediatric Robotic Surgery and the Future (invited professor lecture) XXIX Nacional Symposia Chiurgie Oncologia Ixtapa Zihuatanejo, Mexico Oct. 26, 2011 - Oct. 29, 2011
The Future of Pediatric Robotic Surgery (keynote lecture) Groupe dEtude de Coeliochirugie Infantile (GECI) Tours, France Oct. 14, 2011 - Oct. 15, 2011
Robotic vs. Laparoscopic Surgery in Kids: Point/Counterpoint (invited professor lecture) World Robotic Symposium Miami, Florida June 27, 2011 - June 29, 2011
Pediatric Robotic Surgery: Plenary Session World-Wide Update (invited professor lecture) World Robotic Symposium Miami, Florida June 27, 2011 - June 29, 2011
Pediatric Robotic Adrenal Surgery (invited professor lecture) World Robotic Symposium Miami, Florida June 27, 2011 - June 29, 2011
Pediatric Robotic GI Surgery (invited professor lecture) World Robotic Symposium Miami, Florida June 27, 2011 - June 29, 2011
Pediatric Robotic Hepatobiliary and Pancreatic Surgery (invited professor lecture) World Robotic Symposium Miami, Florida June 27, 2011 - June 29, 2011
Pediatric Robotic Thoracic Surgery (invited professor lecture) World Robotic Symposium Miami, Florida June 27, 2011 - June 29, 2011
Robotic Thymectomy techniques and pitfalls in Children Minimally Invasive Robotic Association Annual Meeting Athens, Greece May 11, 2011 - May 13, 2011
Pediatric Robotic Surgery, the Ultimate Diversity Minimally Invasive Robotic Association Annual Meeting Athens, Greece May 11, 2011 - May 13, 2011
Kids say the darndest thingsand what they eat is pretty weird too (video presentation) Minimally Invasive Robotic Association, Annual Meeting Athens, Greece May 11, 2011 - May 13, 2011
Advances in Pediatric Robotic Surgery: MIRA Plenary Session (invited professor lecture) Minimally Invasive Robotic Association Annual Congress Athens, Greece May 11, 2011 - May 13, 2011
Robotic Thymectomy (video presentation) International Pediatric Endoscopic Group Annual Scientific Meeting Prague, Czech Republic May 4, 2011 - May 7, 2011
Robotic Choledochal Cyst Resection and extracorporeal Roux-en-Y choledochojejunostomy in a 2 year Old Patient With a Long Common Channel International Pediatric Endoscopic Group Annual Scientific Meeting Prague, Czech Republic May 4, 2011 - May 7, 2011
Robotic repair of a L-Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia in a 5 day old Neonate (video presentation) World Congress on Pediatric Surgery New Delhi, India Oct. 21, 2010 - Oct. 24, 2010
Robotic resection of a mediastinal mass at an International Symposium on Pediatric Surgery (video presentation) World Congress on Pediatric Surgery New Delhi, India Oct. 21, 2010 - Oct. 24, 2010
Role of Robotics in Pediatric Surgery (invited professor lecture) World Congress on Pediatric Surgery Delhi, India Oct. 21, 2010 - Oct. 24, 2010
New Frontiers in Pediatric Robotic Surgery. State of The Art Lecture Series (invited professor lecture) World Congress on Pediatric Surgery Delhi, India Oct. 21, 2010 - Oct. 24, 2010
Robotic retrieval of an ingested foreign body (video presentation) International Pediatric Endoscopic Group Waikaloa, Hawaii June 8, 2010 - June 12, 2010
Thoracic Robotic Surgery in Children (invited professor lecture) World Robotic Symposium Orlando, Florida April 11, 2010 - April 14, 2010
Neonatal Robotic Surgery (invited professor lecture) World Robotic Symposium Orlando, Florida April 11, 2010 - April 14, 2010
Complex Pancreatic and Hepatobiliary Surgery in Children World Robotic Symposium Orlando, Florida April 11, 2010 - April 14, 2010
Robotic Surgery for Children in the 21st Century (invited professor lecture) Duchess of Kent Hospital Sandakan, Sabah, Malaysia Feb. 27, 2010
Robotic Seminar in Surgery for Children in the 21st Century (invited professor lecture) Sabah Women and Children Hospital, Hospital Likas Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia Feb. 25, 2010
The Future of Robotics in Pediatric Surgery (invited professor lecture) The 22nd Annual Congress of the Asian Association of Paediatric Surgeons Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Feb. 20, 2010 - Feb. 24, 2010
Pediatric Robotic Surgery: Thoracic Applications The 22nd Annual Congress of the Asian Association of Paediatric Surgeons Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Feb. 20, 2010 - Feb. 24, 2010
Pediatric Robotic Surgery: Abdominal Applications The 22nd Annual Congress of the Asian Association of Paediatric Surgeons Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Feb. 20, 2010 - Feb. 24, 2010
Principles of Robotic Surgery in Children The 22nd Annual Congress of the Asian Association of Paediatric Surgeons Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Feb. 2, 2010 - Feb. 24, 2010
Robotic resection of mediastinal neuroblastoma in children Minimally Invasive Robotic Association San Diego, CA Jan. 27, 2010 - Jan. 30, 2010
Robotic treatment of chronic pancreatitis Minimally Invasive Robotic Association San Diego, CA Jan. 27, 2010 - Jan. 30, 2010
Pediatric Robotic Surgery: the endless applications (invited professor lecture) Minimally Invasive Robotic Association Annual Meeting San Diego, CA Jan. 27, 2010 - Jan. 30, 2010
Health Ministry Visiting Expert (invited professor lecture) National University Hospital Singapore Nov. 9, 2009 - Nov. 13, 2009
Robotic Program Development (poster presentation) Pacific Association of Pediatric Surgeons Jackson Hole, Wyoming June 29, 2008 - July 3, 2008
Robotic repair of congenital diaphragmatic hernia: series report (poster presentation: Meehan JJ, Slater BA) International Pediatric Endoscopic Group Scientific Meeting Cannes, France June 12, 2008 - June 15, 2008
Robotic splenectomy in children: A single institutional series report (poster presentation: Slater BA, Meehan JJ) Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons Philadelphia, PA April 9, 2008 - April 12, 2008

Research Funding

Grant Title Grantor Amount Award Date
Robotic equipment and program development Childrens Miracle Network $10,000.00 Feb. 2007
Robotic equipment and program development Childrens Miracle Network $40,000.00 Feb. 2004