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.


  • 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.


Board Certification(s)

Surgery - General
Pediatric Surgery

Medical/Professional School

University of Iowa School of Medicine, Iowa City


Pediatric Surgery, Children's Hospital of Alabama, Birmingham


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


  • 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
  • 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
  • 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