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Education & Training

  • Fellowship, 2001
    Children's National Medical Center
  • Residency, 1998
    National Naval Medical Center-Bethesda, MD
  • Internship, 1992
    Department of Navy
  • MD, 1991
    Jefferson Medical College
  • BS, 1987
    United States Naval Academy

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Surgery
  • American Board of Surgery/Pediatric Surgery

National Provider ID: 1932113545


Jeffrey Lukish, M.D., graduated from the United States Naval Academy with merit. He attended Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia where he graduated in 1991. He completed his internship and residency in general surgery at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and his pediatric surgery fellowship at Children’s National. As a staff pediatric surgeon, he was assigned to Walter Reed Army and National Naval Medical Centers where he became the division chief of pediatric surgery in 2005. He retired from the military in 2010 and joined the faculty at Johns Hopkins until 2018 when he joined the faculty at Children’s National. He holds academic appointments as a Professor of Surgery and Pediatrics from the Uniformed Services University and Associate Professor of Surgery at George Washington University. He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and the American Academy of Pediatrics, and is a member of several prominent professional societies, including the American Pediatric Surgical Society, the International Pediatric Endosurgery Group and the Pediatric Cancer Oncology Group.

He has authored over 100 abstracts, book chapters and publications and is a nationally recognized expert in advanced minimally invasive surgery in infants and children and pediatric surgical innovation. He has received numerous clinical and research awards including the Washington, D.C. Academy of Surgery award for clinical and basic science research, the Children’s Research Institute award for scientific and academic achievement, the Harry B. Zehner Traveling Fellowship of the American College of Surgeons and the Society of Pediatric Research basic science research award. He was awarded the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society Clinical Faculty of the Year and has received numerous research grants, most notably, the St. Baldrick’s Cancer Foundation grant to implement his project focused on ovarian cryopreservation in young girls with cancer. He has been voted a Baltimore Top Doctor by his peers and has been interviewed on Fox News and National Public Radio for his role as a mission director for the World Pediatric Project providing humanitarian pediatric surgical care globally and other clinically relevant surgical issues impacting children and their families.

Most recently, he was awarded the American College of Surgeons/American Pediatric Surgical Society Health Policy Scholarship and will function as the 2019 Health Policy Scholar for these organizations.

Dr. Lukish’s goal has always been to provide outstanding, timely and effective community-based care to children who require pediatric surgical intervention. He and his wife, Donna, have raised their six children, Nick, Danielle, John, Annamarie, Peter and James, in Maryland. He is an avid little league football, baseball and basketball coach in the community. His love for little league coaching is surpassed only by his passion and energy for the care of children.

Research & Publications

Lukish J, Ellis J, Lanning D, et al. Minimally invasive pediatric surgery during remote humanitarian missions is feasible, safe and effective. J Laparoendoscopic Surg Tech A. 2018. doi: 10.1089/lap.2018.0187. [Epub ahead of print]

Garcia AV, Lukish J. Minimally invasive patent ductus arteriosus ligation. Clin Perinatol. 2017;44(4):763-771.

Gause CD, Casamassima MGS, Lukish J, et al. Laparoscopic versus open inguinal hernia repair in children ≤3: a randomized controlled trial. Pediatr Surg Int. 2017;33(3):367-376.

Gause CD, Hayashi M, Lukish J, et al. 2nd. Mucous fistula refeeding decreases parenteral nutrition exposure in postsurgical premature neonates. J Pediatr Surg. 2016;51(11):1759-1765.

Sacco Casamassima MG, Gause CD, Lukish JR, et al. Pancreatic surgery for tumors in children and adolescents. Pediatr Surg Int. 2016;32(8):779-788.

Goldstein SD, Salazar JH, Lukish J, et al. Secondary overtriage in pediatric trauma: Can unnecessary patient transfers be avoided? J Pediatr Surg. 2015;50(6):1028-1031.

Goldstein SD, Pryor H, Abdullah F, Colombani P, Lukish JR. Ultrasound-guided percutaneous central venous access in low birth weight infants: Feasibility in the smallest of patients. J Laparoendoscopic Adv Surg Tech A. 2015;25(9):767-769.

Lukish J, Pryor H, Rhee D, et al. A novel continuous stitch fundoplication utilizing knotless barbed suture in children with gastroesophageal reflux disease: A pilot study. J Pediatr Surg. 2015;50(2):272-274.

Aboagye J, Goldstein SD, Salazar JH, et al. Age at presentation of common pediatric surgical conditions: Reexamining dogma. J Pediatr Surg. 2014;49(6):995-999.

Lukish J, Rasmussen S, Garrett D, et al. Utilization of a novel unidirectional knotless suture during minimal access procedures in pediatric surgery. J Pediatr Surg. 2013 ;48(6):1445-1449.