Kyle Van Arendonk, MD

Pediatric Surgery, Surgery
Children’s Wisconsin since 2018
  • Assistant Professor of Surgery, Medical College of Wisconsin




Dr. Van Arendonk’s goal is to care for patients and families in the same way that he would want his own children and family members cared for – with compassion, respect, empathy, and clear communication. As a pediatric surgeon, Dr. Van Arendonk focuses on the comprehensive surgical management of neonatal and congenital anomalies, including diaphragmatic hernia, anorectal malformations, pulmonary malformations, biliary atresia, and intestinal conditions such as Hirschsprung’s Disease. He also provides surgical care for infants and children with childhood cancer, inflammatory bowel disease, traumatic injuries and burns, chest wall deformities such as pectus excavatum or carinatum, and gastroesophageal reflux. He favors minimally invasive surgical approaches whenever safe and feasible. His surgical training was completed at Johns Hopkins and Vanderbilt, and he obtained additional clinical research training at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. His goal is to utilize clinical research to improve the surgical care of infants and children.


  • Pediatric Surgery, Surgery

Areas of Interest

  • Pediatrics
  • Surgery
  • Abdominal wall defects
  • Anorectal malformations
  • Chest wall deformity Pectus Carinatum Pectus Excavatum
  • Colorectal pediatric surgery
  • Complex laparoscopic and thorascopic surgeries
  • Congenital anomalies and neonatal surgery
  • Congenital lung cysts
  • Diaphragmatic hernia
  • Esophageal Atresia
  • Fetal intervention and prenatal consultation
  • Gastroesophageal reflux
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Minimally invasive pediatric surgery
  • Oncology
  • Trauma
  • Tumors
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Education and Awards


  • 2013, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, PhD
  • 2008, University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, MD


  • 2016, Johns Hopkins Hospital - General Surgery


  • 2018, Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt - Pediatric Surgery


  • Johns Hopkins Department of Surgery Core Values in Practice Award (2016)
  • Frank L. Coulson, Jr. Award for Clinical Excellence (2016)
  • Delta Omega Honorary Society in Public Health (2013)
  • Phi Beta Kappa Society (2013)
  • American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Surgery Rosenkrantz Clinical Research Award (2012)
  • The Gershon Efron Award for Outstanding Clinical Research (2012, 2014)
  • National Institutes of Health Clinical Research Loan Repayment Program (2010-2013)
  • National Institutes of Health/Johns Hopkins Institute for Clinical and Translational Research KL2 Award (2010-2012)
  • Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society (2007)
  • Gold Humanism Honor Society (2007)

Research and publications


  • Surgical outcomes
  • Clinical trials
  • Long term outcomes in pediatric surgery
  • Quality improvement in pediatric surgery
  • Prediction models to aid clinical decision-making