Jeffrey R. Avansino M.D., F.A.C.S.

Jeffrey R. Avansino M.D., F.A.C.S.

Specialties and Expertise





Jeffrey R. Avansino, M.D. is a UW associate professor of surgery and an attending pediatric surgeon in the Division of Pediatric General and Thoracic Surgery at Seattle Children’s Hospital.

Dr. Avansino earned his medical degree from the University of Nevada School of Medicine in Reno in 1999 and completed his residency at the University of Washington in 2006. From 2002 to 2004, he served as a research fellow at the VA Puget Sound Health Care System in Seattle studying intestinal stem cell transplantation. In 2008, he completed his fellowship training in pediatric surgery at Seattle Children’s Hospital.

Dr. Avansino is board certified by the American Board of Surgery in adult general surgery and pediatric surgery. He is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Pediatric Surgical Association.

His clinical interests include anorectal malformations and Hirschsprung’s disease, and he is the director of the Reconstructive Pelvic Medicine Program at Seattle Children’s Hospital. His research interests center on continuous process improvement and quality. Locally, he is the medical director of the surgical unit and president-elect of the medical staff. He serves on the Hospital Steering Committee, Medical Executive Committee, Quality Improvement Steering Committee, and the Credentialing Professionals Standards Committee.

Patient Care Philosophy

I was first attracted to pediatric surgery during my third year of medical school at the University of Nevada, while watching my mentor repair a tracheoesophageal fistula. I was captivated by the delicate nature of the surgery, the complexity of the congenital anomaly, and the opportunity to care for both the patient and the family. I am so lucky to have a job in which I have a positive and healing impact on people's lives on a daily basis. I love talking with the families and patients and helping them understand and navigate the complexities of medical issues. That is definitely the most rewarding part of my job. Similarly, my colleagues are amazing -- both within my division as well as throughout the hospital. Finally, I enjoy the opportunity to improve the quality and safety of care we deliver to our patients by contributing to our hospital's continuous performance improvement effort. I feel profoundly blessed to be a pediatric surgeon at Seattle Children's.

Personal Interests

Skiing, sailing, exercising, fishing and hanging out with my family.

Clinical Interests

Anorectal malformations; Hirschsprung's disease; fecal incontinence.

Research Interests

Quality improvement; quality of life; cost; anorectal malformations; Hirschsprung's.


Univ. of Nevada (Reno)Medical education1999
UW - Dept. of SurgeryInternshipGeneral Surgery
UW - Dept. of SurgeryResidencyGeneral Surgery
UW - Pediatric Surgery ProgramFellowshipPediatric Surgery


Board Certifications

American Board of SurgeryPediatric Surgery2010
American Board of SurgeryGeneral Surgery2006
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