John H T Waldhausen, MD

"The opportunity to positively affect the lives of children and to work with a team of highly skilled professionals in achieving that goal is a tremendously fulfilling and rewarding experience. Helping to train the next generation of pediatric surgeons allows me to have an impact on our field that far exceeds the limited number of patients I will see in my career. Each pediatric surgeon will take care of maybe 15,000–20,000 children over a career, but each person we train will do the same, as will each one that person trains, and so on. So the impact on our field and what we give back to society has the potential to become much larger than ourselves."
  • Biography

    John Waldhausen, MD is a professor in the Department of Surgery at the University of Washington School of Medicine. 

    In addition to his work in pediatric general and thoracic surgery, he is also an attending for the Division of Transplant Surgery.  Additionally, he attends at Seattle Children’s clinics in South Sound and Bellevue. Waldhausen’s primary research is in clinical outcomes. His clinical activities cover the broad range of pediatric surgery with a focus on minimally invasive surgery, congenital surgical problems and pediatric cancer surgery. Waldhausen received his MD from Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine, Hershey, Pennsylvania. He completed his residency at the University of Virginia and his pediatric surgery fellowship at Seattle Children’s.

    Board Certification(s)

    Pediatric Surgery


    Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine, Hershey, PA


    University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, WA

    Clinical Interests

    Minimally invasive surgery in children

    Research Focus Area

    Translational Research

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