Dave R Lal, MD, MPH

Pediatric Surgery, Surgery
Children’s Wisconsin since 2007
  • Medical Director of Surgery, Children's Wisconsin
  • Professor, Medical College of Wisconsin
  • The Keith Oldham Endowed Chair in Surgery. Children's Wisconsin




I am pediatric surgeon and consider it a privilege to care for you or your loved one. As a parent, I understand how stressful and scary it can be to have a sick child.  My job as a pediatric surgeon is to diagnose, treat and return your child back to health. I pledge to take the time to explain the disease process, treatment options and answer any questions you and your child may have. I will care for your child with compassion, respect and empathy.

In addition to pediatric surgery, I have completed advanced training in minimally invasive surgery and pediatric cancer surgery, and I am committed to caring for every aspect of your child’s surgical needs. Our team of pediatric surgical providers utilizes state of the art technology and evidenced based medicine to provide the highest level of care in the country.


  • Pediatric Surgery, Surgery

Areas of Interest

  • Surgery
  • Pediatrics
  • Abdominal wall defects
  • Anorectal malformations
  • 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
  • Fetal intervention and prenatal consultation
  • Gastroesophageal reflux
  • Genitourinary tract 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


  • 1998, Creighton University (Omaha, NE), MD
  • 2012, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, MPH


  • 2003, University of Wisconsin - Madison - General Surgery


  • 2007, Medical College of Wisconsin - Pediatric General Surgery
  • 2004, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (New York) - Surgical Oncology
  • 2005, University of Washington Medical Center (Seattle) - Minimally Invasive Surgery


  • Milwaukee Magazine Top Doctors 
  • Best Doctors in America

Research and publications


Ratings and Reviews

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