John C Densmore, MD

Pediatric Surgery, Surgery - General
Children’s Wisconsin since 2009
  • Pediatric surgeon, Children's Wisconsin
  • Professor, Medical College of Wisconsin




As a parent and surgeon, Dr. Densmore values the parental perspective and considers it a privilege to care for children. While he likes basing plans on the best medical data available, he approaches every patient and their family with an open mind and realizes that the best plan may be influenced by other factors at home or the child’s history. Dr. Densmore favors minimally invasive surgical approaches when feasible and enjoys complex surgical problems. Children’s Wisconsin is a terrific place to work, and he feels lucky to have great collaborations with a broad cast of medical colleagues to offer the most thoughtful care to our children. 


  • Pediatric Surgery, Surgery - General

Areas of Interest

  • Pediatrics
  • Surgery
  • Abdominal wall defects
  • Anorectal malformations
  • Birthmarks
  • Burns
  • Chest wall deformity Pectus Carinatum Pectus Excavatum
  • Colorectal pediatric surgery
  • Complex laparoscopic and thorascopic surgeries
  • Congenital anomalies and neonatal surgery
  • Congenital Bowel Obstruction Atresia and Malrotation
  • Congenital cysts of the mediastinum
  • Congenital Lobar Emphysema
  • Congenital lung cysts
  • Crohn's disease
  • Diaphragmatic hernia
  • Endocrine surgery
  • Esophageal Atresia
  • Gastroesophageal reflux
  • Genitourinary tract surgery
  • Head and neck surgery
  • Hernia repair
  • Hirschprungs disease
  • Imperforate anus
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Intestinal surgery
  • Liver disease
  • Minimally invasive pediatric surgery
  • Neonatal anomalies
  • Oncology
  • Post operative care
  • Thyroid surgery
  • Trauma
  • Tumors
  • Ulcerative colitis
  • Undescended Testes
  • Wounds
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Education and Awards


  • 2000, University of Illinois College of Medicine, MD


  • 2007, Medical College of Wisconsin - General Surgery


  • 2009, Medical College of Wisconsin - PEDIATRIC SURGERY (GENERAL SURGERY)


  • Milwaukee Magazine Top Doctors 
  • M Magazine Top Doctor 2013
  • National Institutes of Health Loan Repayment Program 2011
  • Clinical Research Scholar of Clinical and Translational Science Institute of Southeastern Wisconsin 2011-2013
  • Best Doctors in America

Research and publications


  • Microparticle Induced Lung Injury (CTSI KL-2, UL1RR031973) 2011-2014
  • Mitochondrial Reactive Oxygens Species Inducing Bronchiolitis Obliterans Organizing Pneumonia in Lung Ischemia (WeCare Fund for Medical Innovation and Research) 2013-2014
  • Indirect Lung Injury
  • Surgical Outcomes


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