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Daniel Sangkyu Rhee, M.D., M.P.H.

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Director, Pediatric Surgical Oncology Program

Assistant Professor of Surgery

Specializes in: Adolescents (12-18 years), Children (1-11 years), Infants (up to 1 year)


Expertise: General Surgery, Minimally Invasive Surgery, Neonatal Congenital Anomalies, Neonatal Surgery, Pectus Carinatum, Pectus Excavatum, Pediatric Oncology, Pediatric Oncology Surgery, Pediatric Surgery, Thoracic Surgery more

Research Interests: Neuroblastoma; Wilms tumor; sarcoma; germ cell tumors; desmoplastic small round cell tumor, hepatoblastoma; chest wall tumors; surgical outcomes; global surgery more

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The Johns Hopkins Hospital (Main Entrance)
Appointment Phone: 443-997-5437

1800 Orleans Street
The Charlotte R. Bloomberg Children's Center Building, Suite 7323
Baltimore, MD 21287 map

York – WellSpan
Appointment Phone: 717-812-4390

300 Pine Grove Commons
Suite 300
York, PA 17403 map


Daniel Rhee, M.D., M.P.H., joins the Johns Hopkins Department of Surgery as assistant professor of surgery and director of the Pediatric Surgical Oncology Program. Dr. Rhee’s areas of clinical expertise include pediatric solid tumors as well as neonatal and general pediatric surgery. 

Dr. Rhee received his undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan and earned his medical degree from The Ohio State University College of Medicine. He completed his residency in general surgery at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital before completing fellowships at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Pediatric Surgery and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in Pediatric Surgical Oncology. 

Dr. Rhee is a member of several professional societies, including the American Pediatric Surgical Association, the Association of Academic Surgeons, and the Children’s Oncology Group. 

Dr. Rhee’s research interests involve childhood tumors including neuroblastoma, Wilms tumor, hepatoblastoma, pancreatoblastoma, chest wall tumors, germ cell tumors, sarcoma, and desmoplastic small round cell tumors.  His research interests also include improving surgical outcomes in pediatric surgery and improving access to surgical care in low and middle-income countries. more


  • Director, Pediatric Surgical Oncology Program
  • Assistant Professor of Surgery
  • Assistant Professor of Oncology



  • MD, Ohio State University College of Medicine (2006)


  • Saint Joseph Mercy Health System / General Surgery (2009)
  • Saint Joseph Mercy Health System / General Surgery (2013)


  • Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine / Pediatric Surgery (2011)
  • Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine / Pediatric Surgery (2015)
  • Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (2016)

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Surgery / Pediatric Surgery (2016)
  • American Board of Surgery / Surgery (2013)

Research & Publications

Selected Publications

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Chang DC, Rhee DS, Panandria D, Aspelund G, Cowles RA, Huang EY, Chen C, Middlesworth W, Arca MJ, Abdullah F. Outcomes Research in Pediatric Surgery Part 2: How to Structure a Research Question. Journal of Pediatric Surgery. 2011; 46(1):226-31.

Rhee DS, Chang DC, Arnold M, Zhang Y, Salazar-Osuna J, Colombani P, Abdullah F. Population-based Comparison of Open versus Laparoscopic Nissen Fundoplication in Children: Application of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Pediatric Quality Indicators. Journal of Pediatric Surgery. 2011; 46(4):648-54.

Rhee DS, Zhang Y, Papandria DJ, Ortega G, Abdullah F. AHRQ pediatric indicators as a quality metric for surgery in children: Do they predict adverse outcomes? Journal of Pediatric Surgery. 2012; 47(1): 107-11.

Rhee DS, Salazar JH, Zhang Y, Yang J, Yang J, Papandria D, Ortega G, Goldin AB, Rangel SJ, Chrouser K, Chang DC, Abdullah F. A novel multispecialty surgical risk score for children. Pediatrics. 2013; 131(3): 829-36.

Rhee DS, Papandria D, Yang J, Zhang Y, Ortega G, Colombani PM, Chang DC, Abdullah F. Comparison of pediatric surgical outcomes by the surgeon’s degree of specialization in children. J Pediatr Surg. 2013; 48(8): 1657-63.

Activities & Honors


  • Johns Hopkins Center for Global Health Housestaff Global Health Travel Grant, 2014
  • Frederick A. Coller Surgical Society Coller Traveling Fellowship for Surgical Residents, 2012
  • University Honors, The University of Michigan, 2002


  • The International Society of Paediatric Surgical Oncology, 2016
  • Children’s Oncology Group, 2016
  • American Pediatric Surgical Association, 2015
  • Association of Academic Surgeons, 2011
  • World Health Organization Global Initiative for Emergency and Essential Surgical Care, 2011

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