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David Magnuson, MD

David Magnuson, MD
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Department Pediatric Surgery
Primary Location Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Type of Doctor Children & Adolescents Only
Languages English
Surgeon Yes
Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Primary Location

Cleveland Clinic Main Campus


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Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Appendectomy
  • Cancer Center
  • Circumcision
  • Colectomy
  • Department of Pediatric Surgery
  • Endoscopy
  • Evaluation/Treatment of Antenatally Diagnosed Congenital Anomalies
  • Evaluation/Treatment of Pulmonary Sequestration / CCAM
  • Fecal Diversion
  • Fundoplication Procedure for Children
  • Laparoscopic Anti-Reflux Surgery
  • Laparoscopic Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Thoracic Surgeries
  • Neonatal Surgery
  • Nissen Fundoplication
  • Nuss Procedure / Minimally Invasive Repair of Pectus Excavatum
  • Pectus Carinatum Repair / Reconstruction
  • Pediatric Oncology Surgery
  • Pediatric Thoracic Surgery
  • Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy (PEG)
  • Splenectomy
  • Surgical Drains
  • Thyroidectomy
  • Video-Assisted Thoracic Surgery (VATS)
View all 25 Treatment & Services +

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Abdominal Pain
  • Achalasia
  • Anal Fissures
  • Antenatally Diagnosed Anomalies
  • Appendicitis
  • Birth Defects
  • Congenital Anomalies
  • Congenital Cystic Adenomatoid Malformation of the Lung (CCAM)
  • Congenital Malformations
  • Duodenal Atresia
  • Gallbladder Disease
  • Gastroesophageal Reflux (GERD)
  • Gastroschisis
  • Hemangiomas
  • Hernias
  • Hirschsprung's Disease
  • Hydrocele
  • Hydrocele Hernia
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)
  • Inguinal Hernia
  • Intussusception
  • Kidney Cancer
  • Liver Disease
  • Malrotation of Intestine
  • Necrotizing Enterocolitis
  • Necrotizing Fasciitis
  • Neuroblastoma
  • Omphalocele
  • Pancreatic Disease
  • Pectus Carinatum
  • Pectus Excavatum
  • Pediatric Cancer
  • Pediatric Crohn's Disease
  • Pediatric Hydrocele Hernia
  • Pediatric Liver Cancer
  • Pediatric Neonatal Disorders
  • Pediatric Tumors
  • Pulmonary Embolism
  • Pulmonary Sequestration
  • Short Bowel Syndrome in Children
  • Solid Tumor Disorders
  • Spermatocele
  • Testicular Torsion
  • Thyroid Nodule
  • Tracheoesophageal Fistula
  • Tracheomalacia
  • Undescended Testicles
  • Vascular Malformations
  • Wilms' Tumor
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About David Magnuson, MD

David Magnuson, MD, is Chairman of the Department of Pediatric Surgery at Cleveland Clinic. His surgical interests involve the application of innovative minimally invasive technologies to the surgery of infants and children.

He was born and raised in Minnesota. He graduated Magna cum laude from Princeton University in 1979 with a degree in molecular and cell biology. He received his M.D. from the University of Minnesota in 1984, having been elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society as a junior.

Dr. Magnuson received all of his surgical training at the University of Washington in Seattle, including a residency in general surgery, an NIH-funded trauma research fellowship and a fellowship in Pediatric Surgery. During his trauma research fellowship, he won the American College of Surgeons National Research Competition in basic science research for his work on molecular mechanisms of septic shock in surgical patients.

From 1993 to 1998 he was on staff at the National Children's Medical Center in Washington, D.C. He first came to the Cleveland Clinic in 1998 in the Department of Pediatric Surgery and started the Pediatric Minimally Invasive Surgery Program there. From 2001 to 2006 he was the Section Head of Pediatric Surgery at Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital in Cleveland.

In 2007, he returned to the Cleveland Clinic as Chairman of the Department of Pediatric Surgery. Dave and his wife Heidi have been married for 28 years and have four children. They live in Chagrin Falls.

Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - Children's Hospital & Regional Medical Center
Pediatric Surgery
Seattle, WA

Residency - University of Washington Medical Center
Pediatric General Surgery
Seattle, WA

Internship - University of Washington Medical Center
General Surgery
Seattle, WA

Medical Education - University of Minnesota Medical School
Minneapolis, MN

Undergraduate - Princeton University
Princeton, NJ

Additional Training

Professional Highlights


  • Surgery - Pediatric Surgery

Specialty Interests

congenital malformations, hernia, minimally invasive repair of pectus excavatum/Nuss procedure, Minimally Invasive Surgery, neonatal surgery, pediatric critical care, pediatric general and thoracic surgery, pediatric general surgery and thoracic surgery, pediatric solid tumors, pediatric surgical oncology, pediatric trauma, pediatric tumors

Awards & Honors

Innovations & Patents

  • Devising and modifying advanced minimally invasive surgical techniques for use in newborn infants with serious surgical problems
  • Development of minimally invasive techniques for placement of long-term feeding buttons in infants and children


  • American College of Surgeons
  • American Pediatric Surgical Association
  • American Association of Pediatrics, Surgical Section
  • Society of Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons
  • International Pediatric Endosurgery Group
Research & Publications

Research & Publications

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Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

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As of 3/31/2024, Dr. Magnuson has reported the financial relationships with the companies listed below. In general, patients should feel free to contact their doctor about any of the relationships and how the relationships are overseen by Cleveland Clinic. To learn more about Cleveland Clinic's policies on collaborations with industry and innovation management, go to our Integrity in Innovation page.

Public Health Service-Reportable Financial Conflicts of Interest. Cleveland Clinic scientists and physicians engage in basic, translational and clinical research activities, working to solve health problems, enhance patient care and improve quality of life for patients. Interactions with industry are essential to bringing the researchers' discoveries to the public, but can present the potential for conflicts of interest related to their research activities. Click here to view a listing of instances where Cleveland Clinic has identified a Public Health Service (PHS)-Reportable Financial Conflict of Interest and has put measures in place to ensure that, to the extent possible, the design, conduct and reporting of the research is free from bias.

* Cleveland Clinic physicians and scientists subscribe to the guidance presented in the PhRMA Code on Interactions with Healthcare Professionals and the AdvaMed Code of Ethics on Interactions with Health Care Professionals. As such, gifts of substantial value are generally prohibited.

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