Kimberly J. Riehle, MD

Kimberly J. Riehle, MD

General Surgery

On staff since September 2010

Academic Title: Assistant Professor of Surgery and Pathology

"Liver failure can be devastating, often leading to severe illness, the need for transplantation, and in some cases even death. My efforts are aimed at improving the lives of children devastated by liver disease or injury and returning them to health. As a physician and a mom, I take particular care in explaining surgical diseases and operations to patients and families."

Kimberly Riehle, MD, is an attending surgeon at Seattle Children's Hospital. She was born in Jefferson, Iowa and went to high school in Cedar Falls, Iowa. Both of her parents were teachers. She attended Washington University in St. Louis, double majoring in Chemistry and French. She received her medical degree from Emory University School of Medicine.
While clinically active, Dr. Riehle spends much of her time in the laboratory studying the liver biology, including how the liver responds to injury and what causes it to regenerate in some cases and not in others. She is also mom to son Jonah, who was born in 2004.


  • Tina West Richland, WA 03.05.11

    Dr. Riehle performed surgery on my 16 year old son for his Chrons disease. She removed part of his small and large intestine plus his appendix. She was very personal and professional both before and after the surgery, always keeping us informed and explaining every detail very clearly. I felt she truly wanted what was best for my son and my son trusted her completely. I highly recommend her and feel very secure with her as a doctor.


Board Certification(s)

Surgery - General
Pediatric Surgery

Medical/Professional School

Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta


General Surgery, University of Washington, Seattle
Pediatric Surgery, Children's Hospital Boston, Boston

Clinical Interests

Neonatal surgery, pediatric general and thoracic surgery Liver regeneration, molecular studies of the relationship between inflammation and cancer

Research Focus Area

Research Liver Regeneration


  • Riehle KJ, Dan YY, Campbell JS, Fausto N
    New concepts in liver regeneration.
    Journal of gastroenterology and hepatology , 2011 Jan. : 203-12
  • Li J, Campbell JS, Mitchell C, McMahan RS, Yu X, Riehle KJ, Bumgarner RE, Fausto N
    Relationships between deficits in tissue mass and transcriptional programs after partial hepatectomy in mice.
    The American journal of pathology , 2009 Sept. : 947-57
  • Langdale LA, Hoagland V, Benz W, Riehle KJ, Campbell JS, Liggitt DH, Fausto N
    Suppressor of cytokine signaling expression with increasing severity of murine hepatic ischemia-reperfusion injury.
    Journal of hepatology , 2008 Aug. : 198-206
  • Riehle KJ, Campbell JS, McMahan RS, Johnson MM, Beyer RP, Bammler TK, Fausto N
    Regulation of liver regeneration and hepatocarcinogenesis by suppressor of cytokine signaling 3.
    The Journal of experimental medicine , 2008 Jan. 21 : 91-103
  • Cheung RS, Brooling JT, Johnson MM, Riehle KJ, Campbell JS, Fausto N
    Interactions between MYC and transforming growth factor alpha alter the growth and tumorigenicity of liver progenitor cells.
    Carcinogenesis , 2007 Dec. : 2624-31
  • Campbell JS, Johnson MM, Bauer RL, Hudkins KL, Gilbertson DG, Riehle KJ, Yeh MM, Alpers CE, Fausto N
    Targeting stromal cells for the treatment of platelet-derived growth factor C-induced hepatocellular carcinogenesis.
    Differentiation; research in biological diversity , 2007 Nov. : 843-52
  • Riehle KJ, Magnuson DK, Waldhausen JH
    Low recurrence rate after Gore-Tex/Marlex composite patch repair for posterolateral congenital diaphragmatic hernia.
    Journal of pediatric surgery , 2007 Nov. : 1841-4
  • Stoick-Cooper CL, Weidinger G, Riehle KJ, Hubbert C, Major MB, Fausto N, Moon RT
    Distinct Wnt signaling pathways have opposing roles in appendage regeneration.
    Development (Cambridge, England) , 2007 Feb. : 479-89
  • Campbell JS, Riehle KJ, Brooling JT, Bauer RL, Mitchell C, Fausto N
    Proinflammatory cytokine production in liver regeneration is Myd88-dependent, but independent of Cd14, Tlr2, and Tlr4.
    Journal of immunology (Baltimore, Md. : 1950) , 2006 Feb. 15 : 2522-8
  • Fausto N, Campbell JS, Riehle KJ
    Liver regeneration.
    Hepatology (Baltimore, Md.) , 2006 Feb. : S45-53
  • Fausto N, Riehle KJ
    Mechanisms of liver regeneration and their clinical implications.
    Journal of hepato-biliary-pancreatic surgery , 2005 : 181-9
  • Rozycki GS, Tchorz KM, Riehle KJ, Hattaway A, Naidu DK
    A prospective study of a focused, surgeon-performed ultrasound examination for the detection of occult common femoral vein thrombosis in critically ill patients.
    Archives of surgery (Chicago, Ill. : 1960) , 2004 Mar. : 275-80