My goal is to provide the very best care for each patient and their family.
Daniel von Allmen, MD



Daniel von Allmen, MD, is the surgeon-in-chief and senior vice president for surgical services at Cincinnati Children’s, a nonprofit, comprehensive pediatric health system. As a leader in research, education, patient care, advocacy and innovation, Cincinnati Children’s is ranked #1 in U.S. News & World Report’s 2023-2024 list of best children’s hospitals in the nation and is the #2 recipient of pediatric research grants from the National Institutes of Health. In this role, he oversees 100 surgeons across nine divisions with the Department of Surgery. He also plans, directs, implements and coordinates technical and clinical operations for surgical services, including perioperative services, and provides leadership in strategic planning for Cincinnati Children’s.

von Allmen has put together an extensive improvement team for the Department of Surgery, enabling the evolution and expansion of numerous highly specialized clinical programs, including fetal care, pediatric colorectal surgery, epilepsy surgery, and the hip preservation program. The surgical research enterprise includes world-class investigators across multiple divisions. In 2011, he developed the Esophageal Center at Cincinnati Children’s with team members from across a range of specialties, including otolaryngology, general surgery, pulmonology, gastroenterology and genetics.

von Allmen received his bachelor’s degree from Williams College and his medical degree from the University of Vermont. He completed his surgical internship and residency at the University of Cincinnati, followed by his pediatric surgery fellowship at Cincinnati Children’s before accepting a faculty position at the University of North Carolina Memorial Hospital in Chapel Hill. After two years, he transitioned to Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia as a faculty member and physician. He was recruited back to North Carolina as division director and surgeon-in-chief at North Carolina’s Children’s Hospital. In 2009, he returned to Cincinnati Children’s as division director in Pediatric General and Thoracic Surgery. In 2015, he assumed the role of surgeon-in-chief, and in 2019 added business development and partnerships to his institutional responsibilities.

von Allmen has been a long-term participant in the surgical section of the Children’s Oncology Group, the Pediatric Surgery Program Directors Association, the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America, and the International Pediatric Endosurgery Group. He has held leadership positions in several pediatric surgical societies and has authored 87 articles and 31 book chapters. He has been a strong supporter of innovation and holds patents on devices related to image-guided surgery.

MD: University of Vermont, College of Medicine, Burlington, VT.

Residency: General Surgery, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH.

Fellowship: Pediatric Surgery, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH.

Certifications: General Surgery, Pediatric Surgery.


Pediatric surgical oncology; pediatric inflammatory bowel disease; surgical innovation; surgical robotics

Services and Specialties

Aerodigestive and Sleep, Surgery - General and Thoracic, Aerodigestive and Esophageal, Neuroblastoma, Complex Obstructive Sleep Apnea Center


Oncology; innovation; surgical workforce 

Research Areas

General and Thoracic Surgery

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Surgical Management of Crohn Disease in Children. Jensen, A; von Allmen, D; Frischer, J. Pediatric Inflammatory Bowel Disease. : Springer Nature; Springer Nature; 2023.

10 Year Analysis of Pediatric Surgery Fellowship Match and Operative Experience: Concerning Trends?. Farooqui, Z; Cortez, AR; Potts, JR; Tiao, GM; Von Allmen, D; Quillin, RC; Bondoc, AJ; Garrison, AP. Annals of Surgery. 2023; 277:e475-e482.

Slide Tracheoplasty for Repair of Complex Tracheoesophageal Fistulas. Kennedy, AA; Hart, CK; de Alarcon, A; Putnam, PE; von Allmen, D; Lehenbauer, D; Bryant, R; Torres-Silva, C; Rutter, MJ. The Laryngoscope. 2022; 132:1542-1547.

Accuracy of Chest Computed Tomography in Distinguishing Cystic Pleuropulmonary Blastoma From Benign Congenital Lung Malformations in Children. Engwall-Gill, AJ; Chan, SS; Boyd, KP; Saito, JM; Fallat, ME; St Peter, SD; Bolger-Theut, S; Crotty, EJ; Green, JR; Hulett Bowling, RL; et al. JAMA Network Open. 2022; 5:e2219814.

Demographic and Clinical Characteristics Associated With the Failure of Nonoperative Management of Uncomplicated Appendicitis in Children: Secondary Analysis of a Nonrandomized Clinical Trial. Minneci, PC; Hade, EM; Gil, LA; Metzger, GA; Saito, JM; Mak, GZ; Hirschl, RB; Gadepalli, S; Helmrath, MA; Leys, CM; et al. JAMA Network Open. 2022; 5:e229712.

Problem Partners: How to Deal With a Colleague Who Causes Problems. McCarthy, J; von Allmen, D; Liston, N. Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics. 2022; 42:S50-S52.

Perioperative Safety: Engage, Integrate, Empower, Sustain to Eliminate Patient Safety Events. Falcone, RA; Simmons, J; Carver, AM; Mullett, B; Kotagal, M; Lin, E; Muething, S; Von Allmen, D. Pediatric Quality and Safety. 2021; 6:e495.

Myeloablative Busulfan/Melphalan Consolidation following Induction Chemotherapy for Patients with Newly Diagnosed High-Risk Neuroblastoma: Children's Oncology Group Trial ANBL12P1. Granger, MM; Naranjo, A; Bagatell, R; DuBois, SG; McCune, JS; Tenney, SC; Weiss, BD; Mosse, YP; Asgharzadeh, S; Grupp, SA; et al. Transplantation and cellular therapy. 2021; 27:490.e1-490.e8.

Ovarian Tumors. von Allmen, D; Fallat, ME. Pediatric Surgery. : Springer Nature; Springer Nature; 2021.

Gastroenteropancreatic Neuroendocrine Tumors. Kotagal, M; von Allmen, D. Seminars in Pediatric Surgery. 2020; 29:150928.

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