Denis R. King, MD :: Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Columbus, Ohio

Denis R. King, MD

Denis R. King, MD Best Doctors 2011-2012

Contact Information

Pediatric Surgery
700 Children's Dr
Columbus, OH 43205 [ map ]
PH: (614) 722-3900
PH: (614) 722-0440
FX: (614) 722-3903


Denis R. King, MD, is the Co-Medical Director of the Nutrition Support Services at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and a Clinical Professor of Surgery at The Ohio State University College of Medicine (OSUCM). He also serves on the surgical teams for Intestinal Support Services and the Trauma Program. Dr. King’s clinical interests include surgical nutrition and solid tumors. He has received many teaching awards during his time at OSUMC, including the Department of Surgery’s Denis King MD Outstanding Teacher Award, named in his honor.


  • Male

Languages Spoken:

  • English

Education and Training

Medical School

  • Hahnemann Medical College of Philadelphia
    Date Completed: 06/30/1969


  • Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center
    Date Completed: 06/30/1970


  • Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center
    Date Completed: 06/30/1974


  • Nationwide Children's Hospital
    Date Completed: 06/30/1975


  • Jackson Memorial Hospital
    Date Completed: 06/30/1976


  • Pediatric Surgery


  • General Pediatric Surgery


  • Pediatric Surgery
  • Surgery

Date of Appointment at Nationwide Children’s Hospital:

  • 09/19/1978


  • Matthews M, Raval M, Watkins D, King D. 2014. Diagnosis and managment of an ovarian cyst complicated by torsion in utero: A case report.  Journal of Pediatric Surgery Case Reports. Vol. 2, no. 1. (January): 20-22.
  • Al-Rawabdeh S., Prasad V, King D, Kahwash S. 2013. Xanthogranulomatous Appendicitis in a Child: Report of a Case and Review of the Literature.  Hindaw Publishing Corporation, Case Reports in Medicine. Vol. 2013, no. August: eID498191.
  • Wynn T; Ruymann FB; King DR; Luquette M. 2003. Second pregnancy-associated Wilms tumor 16 years after the first one.  Medical And Pediatric Oncology. Vol. 40, no. 2. (February): e120.
  • King DR; Groner J; Teich S. 2003. Mediastinal Cysts and Tumors. In Operative Pediatric Surgery. Edited by Ziegler MM. Columbus: McGraw-Hill.
  • Boswell HB; Dietrich A; Shiels WE; King DR; Ginn-Pease M; Bowman MJ; Cotton WH. 2001. Accuracy of visual determination of neutral position of the immobilized pediatric cervical spine.  Pediatric Emergency Care. Vol. 17, no. 1. (February): e10.
  • Ortega JA; Douglass EC; Feusner JH; Reynolds M; Quinn JJ; Finegold MJ; Haas JE; King DR; Liu-Mares W; Sensel MG; Krailo MD. 2000. Randomized comparison of cisplatin/vincristine/fluorouracil and cisplatin/continuous infusion doxorubicin for treatment of pediatric hepatoblastoma: A report from the Children's Cancer Group and the Pediatric Oncology Group.  Journal Of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal Of The American Society Of Clinical Oncology. Vol. 18, no. 14. (July): e2665.
  • Cook CH; Melvin WS; Groner J; Allen E; King DR. 2000. A cost effective thorascopic treatment strategy for pdeiatric spontaneous pneumothorax.  Pediatric Directions.
  • King DR; Groner J. 2000. Renal Neospasms. In Pediatric Surgery 3rd Ed. Edited by Ashcraft KW. Philadelphia: WB Saunders Co..
  • Iler MA; King DR; Ginn-Pease ME; O'Dorisio TM; Sotos JF. 1999. Multiple endocrine neoplasia type 2A: a 25-year review.  Journal Of Pediatric Surgery. Vol. 34, no. 1. (January): e92.
  • Cook CH; Bhattacharyya N; King DR. 1998. Aortobronchial fistula after expandable metal stent insertion for pediatric bronchomalacia.  Journal Of Pediatric Surgery. Vol. 33, no. 8. (August): e1306.
  • Collins MD; Dajani AS; Kim KS; King DR; Kaplan SL; Azimi PH; Kolokathis A; Swanson R. 1998. Comparison of ampicillin/sulbactam plus aminoglycoside vs. ampicillin plus clindamycin plus aminoglycoside in the treatment of intraabdominal infections in children. The Multicenter Group.  The Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal. Vol. 17, no. 3 Suppl. (March): eS15.
  • King DR. 1998. Malignant liver tumors. In Pediatric Surgery. Edited by O'Neill JA Jr.. St. Louis: Mosby-Year Book.
  • Van Tornout JM; Buckley JD; Quinn JJ; Feusner JH; Krailo MD; King DR; Hammond GD; Ortega JA. 1997. Timing and magnitude of decline in alpha-fetoprotein levels in treated children with unresectable or metastatic hepatoblastoma are predictors of outcome: a report from the Children's Cancer Group.  Journal Of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal Of The American Society Of Clinical Oncology. Vol. 15, no. 3. (March): e1190.
  • King DR; Patrick LE; Ginn-Pease ME; McCoy KS; Klopfenstein K. 1997. Pulmonary function is compromised in children with mediastinal lymphoma.  Journal Of Pediatric Surgery. Vol. 32, no. 2. (February): e294.
  • Waissbluth A; Handler E; King DR; Qualman S; Stafford P. 1997. Esophageal stenosis resulitng from tracheobronchial remnants.  Resident & Staff Physician.
  • Wright CC; Cohen DM; Vegunta RK; Davis JT; King DR. 1996. Intrathoracic cystic hygroma: a report of three cases.  Journal Of Pediatric Surgery. Vol. 31, no. 10. (October): e1430.
  • Martinez DA; O'Dorisio MS; O'Dorisio TM; Qualman SJ; Caniano DA; Teich S; Besner GE; King DR. 1995. Intraoperative detection and resection of occult neuroblastoma: a technique exploiting somatostatin receptor expression.  Journal Of Pediatric Surgery. Vol. 30, no. 11. (November): e1580.
  • Groner JI; Teich S; Schauer GM; King DR. 1995. Congenital diaphragmatic hernia and profound prematurity: report of a survivor.  Journal Of Pediatric Surgery. Vol. 30, no. 9. (September): e1370.
  • Martinez DA; King DR; Romshe C; Lozano RA; Morris JD; O'Dorisio MS; Martin E Jr. 1995. Intraoperative identification of parathyroid gland pathology: a new approach.  Journal Of Pediatric Surgery. Vol. 30, no. 9. (September): e1306.
  • Tubergen DG; Krailo MD; Meadows AT; Rosenstock J; Kadin M; Morse M; King DR; Steinherz PG; Kersey JH. 1995. Comparison of treatment regimens for pediatric lymphoblastic non-Hodgkin's lymphoma: a Childrens Cancer Group study.  Journal Of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal Of The American Society Of Clinical Oncology. Vol. 13, no. 6. (June): e1368.
  • Azizkhan RG; Haase GM; Applebaum H; Dillon PW; Coran AG; King PA; King DR; Hodge DS. 1995. Diagnosis, management, and outcome of cervicofacial teratomas in neonates: a Childrens Cancer Group study.  Journal Of Pediatric Surgery. Vol. 30, no. 2. (February): e312.
  • King DR. 1995. Burn prevention.  Columbus Parent - Pediatric Supplement.
  • Albers AR; O'Doisio MS; Martinez DM; Chen F; Hauger M; Wenger GD; Schirmer WA; Olsen J; King DR; Besner G; O'Dorisio TM. 1995. Somatostatin receptor expression in neuroblastoma: relative sensitivity of in vitro and in vivo assays.  Hormone and Metabolic Research Supplement.
  • King DR; Wise WE Jr. 1995. Vascular injuries. In Management of Pediatric Trauma. Edited by Buntain W. Philadelphia: WB Saunders Company.
  • Martin EW Jr; Martinez DA; O'Dorisio MS; King DR; Orahood RC; Hinkle GH; O'Dorisio TM; Barnes JA; Thurston MO. 1994. Future directions for the RIGS technology; other cancer applications, targeting agents and instruments. In Radioimmunoguided Surgery the Detection and Treatment of Colorectal Cancer. Edited by Martin EW. Austin: RG Landes Company.
  • Dietrich AM; James CD; King DR; Ginn-Pease ME; Cecalupo AJ. 1994. Head trauma in children with congenital coagulation disorders.  Journal Of Pediatric Surgery. Vol. 29, no. 1. (January): e28.
  • Dietrich AM; Bowman MJ; Ginn-Pease ME; Kosnik E; King DR. 1993. Pediatric head injuries: can clinical factors reliably predict an abnormality on computed tomography?.  Annals Of Emergency Medicine. Vol. 22, no. 10. (October): e1535.
  • Martinez DA; King DR; Ginn-Pease ME; Haase GM; Wiener ES. 1992. Resection of the primary tumor is appropriate for children with stage IV-S neuroblastoma: an analysis of 37 patients.  Journal Of Pediatric Surgery. Vol. 27, no. 8. (August): e1016.
  • Harris BH; Barlow BA; Ballantine TV; Cooper A; Karp MP; King DR; Templeton JM Jr; Wesson DE. 1992. American Pediatric Surgical Association principles of pediatric trauma care.  Journal Of Pediatric Surgery. Vol. 27, no. 4. (April): e423.
  • King DR. 1992. Renal Neoplasms. In Pediatric Surgery 2nd Edition. Edited by Ashcraft KW & Holder TM. Philadelphia: WB Saunders Company.
  • King DR. 1992. Home health care.  Pediatric Directions. Vol. 3, no. 2. (January): 12-13.
  • Ortega JA; Krailo MD; Haas JE; King DR; Ablin AR; Quinn JJ; Feusner J; Campbell JR; Lloyd DA; Cherlow J. 1991. Effective treatment of unresectable or metastatic hepatoblastoma with cisplatin and continuous infusion doxorubicin chemotherapy: a report from the Childrens Cancer Study Group.  Journal Of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal Of The American Society Of Clinical Oncology. Vol. 9, no. 12. (December): e2167.
  • Khazaeli MB; Saleh MN; Liu TP; Meredith RF; Wheeler RH; Baker TS; King DR; Secher D; Allen L; Rogers K. 1991. Pharmacokinetics and immune response of 131I-chimeric mouse/human B72.3 (human gamma 4) monoclonal antibody in humans.  Cancer Research. Vol. 51, no. 20. (October): e5461.
  • Ginn-Pease ME; King DR; Tarnowski KJ; Green L; Young G; Linscheid TR. 1991. Psychosocial adjustment and physical growth in children with imperforate anus or abdominal wall defects.  Journal Of Pediatric Surgery. Vol. 26, no. 9. (September): e1129.
  • King DR; Ortega J; Campbell J; Haas J; Ablin A; Lloyd D; Newman K; Quinn J; Krailo M; Feusner J. 1991. The surgical management of children with incompletely resected hepatic cancer is facilitated by intensive chemotherapy.  Journal Of Pediatric Surgery. Vol. 26, no. 9. (September): e1074.
  • Tarnowski KJ; King DR; Green L; Ginn-Pease ME. 1991. Congenital gastrointestinal anomalies: psychosocial functioning of children with imperforate anus, gastroschisis, and omphalocele.  Journal Of Consulting And Clinical Psychology. Vol. 59, no. 4. (August): e587.
  • Dietrich AM; Ginn-Pease ME; Bartkowski HM; King DR. 1991. Pediatric cervical spine fractures: predominantly subtle presentation.  Journal Of Pediatric Surgery. Vol. 26, no. 8. (August): e995.
  • Schropp KP; Kaplan S; Golladay ES; King DR; Pokorny W; Mollitt DL; Wise WE Jr; Mason EO. 1991. A randomized clinical trial of ampicillin, gentamicin and clindamycin versus cefotaxime and clindamycin in children with ruptured appendicitis.  Surgery, Gynecology & Obstetrics. Vol. 172, no. 5. (May): e351.
  • Wright KB; Holan G; Casamassimo PS; King DR. 1991. Alveolar bone loss in two children with short-bowel syndrome receiving total parenteral nutrition.  Journal Of Periodontology. Vol. 62, no. 4. (April): e272.
  • Tarnowski KJ; King DR; Green L: Ginn-Pease ME. 1991. Psychosocial functioning of children with congenital gastrointestinal anomalies.  J Consult Clin Psych. Vol. 4, no. 59. (January): 587-590.
  • Qualman S; Caniano D; King DR; Zipf W. 1991. Ectopic pancreas and the islet cell dysmaturational syndrome.  Annals Of Clinical And Laboratory Science. Vol. 21, no. 1. (January): e19.
  • Caniano DA; Ginn-Pease ME; King DR. 1990. The failed antireflux procedure: analysis of risk factors and morbidity.  Journal Of Pediatric Surgery. Vol. 25, no. 10. (October): e1022.
  • King DR. 1990. Preventing Burns.  Pediatric Directions.
  • Lahorra JM; Ginn-Pease ME; King DR. 1989. The prognostic significance of antrhropometric data in childre with advanced solid tumors.  Nutrition and Cancer.
  • King DR. 1989. Standards for nutrition support in hospitalized pediatric patients.  Nutrition in Clinical Practice.
  • Lin YC; King DR; Birken GA; Barson WJ. 1988. Acute scrotum due to Haemophilus influenzae type b.  Journal Of Pediatric Surgery. Vol. 23, no. 2. (February): e183.
  • Evans WE; King DR; Hayes JP. 1988. Pediatric vascular trauma.  Ann Vasc Surg.
  • Nahata MC; King DR; Powell DA; Marx SM; Ginn-Pease ME. 1988. Management of catheter-related infections in pediatric patients.  JPEN. Journal Of Parenteral And Enteral Nutrition. Vol. 12, no. 1. (January): e58.
  • Schropp KP; Ginn-Pease ME; King DR. 1988. Catheter-related sepsis - a review of the experience wtih Broviac ad Hickman catheters.  Nutrition.
  • King DR; Ginn-Pease ME; Lloyd TV; Hoffman J; Hohenbrink K. 1987. Parenteral nutrition with associated cholelithiasis: another iatrogenic disease of infants and children.  Journal Of Pediatric Surgery. Vol. 22, no. 7. (July): e593.
  • Birken GA; Schropp KP; Boles ET Jr; King DR. 1986. Discharge planning for children with perforated appendicitis.  Journal Of Pediatric Surgery. Vol. 21, no. 7. (July): e592.
  • Harmel RP Jr; Vane DW; King DR. 1986. Burn care in children: special considerations.  Clinics In Plastic Surgery. Vol. 13, no. 1. (January): e95.
  • King DR. 1986. Ovarian cysts and tumors. In Pediatric Surgery 4th Edition. Edited by Welch KJ. Chicago: Year Book Medical Publishers, Inc..
  • McClead RE; Gregoire RP; Gardner H; Thompson M; McClung HJ; Kerzner B; King DR; Boyce J; Reiner C. 1985. Intensive care management of an infant lowland gorilla: complications.  Journal Of The American Veterinary Medical Association. Vol. 187, no. 11. (December): e1282.
  • King DR; Komer M; Hoffman J; Ginn-Pease ME; Stanley ME; Powell D; Harmel RP Jr. 1985. Broviac catheter sepsis: the natural history of an iatrogenic infection.  Journal Of Pediatric Surgery. Vol. 20, no. 6. (December): e728.
  • Vane DW; Harmel RP Jr; King DR; Boles ET Jr. 1985. The effectiveness of Nissen fundoplication in neurologically impaired children with gastroesophageal reflux.  Surgery. Vol. 98, no. 4. (October): e662.
  • King DR. 1985. Trauma in infancy and childhood: initial evaluation and management.  Pediatric Clinics Of North America. Vol. 32, no. 5. (October): e1299.
  • Ginn-Pease ME; Pantalos D; King DR. 1985. TPN-associated hyperbilirubinemia: a common problem in newborn surgical patients.  Journal Of Pediatric Surgery. Vol. 20, no. 4. (August): e436.
  • King DR; Lobe TE; Haase GM; Boles ET Jr. 1985. Current management of the injured spleen. In The Injured Child. Edited by Brooks BF. Houston: University of Texas Press.
  • Vane D; King DR; Boles ET Jr. 1984. Secondary thyroid neoplasms in pediatric cancer patients: increased risk with improved survival.  Journal Of Pediatric Surgery. Vol. 19, no. 6. (December): e855.
  • King DR; Browne AF; Birken GA; Hilty MD; Kerzner B; Boles ET Jr. 1983. Antibiotic management of complicated appendicitis.  Journal Of Pediatric Surgery. Vol. 18, no. 6. (December): e945.
  • Chidi CC; King DR; Boles ET Jr. 1983. An ultrastructural study of the intimal injury induced by an indwelling umbilical artery catheter.  Journal Of Pediatric Surgery. Vol. 18, no. 2. (April): e109.
  • Zollinger RW 2nd; King DR. 1983. A useful technique for the preservation of central venous access in children.  Surgery, Gynecology & Obstetrics. Vol. 156, no. 1. (January): e87.
  • King DR. 1983. Intestinal ischemia in infancy and childhood. In Intestinal Ischemia. Edited by Cooperman M. New York: Futura Publishing Company.
  • King DR. 1983. Neuroblastoma.  Audio-Digest Urology. Vol. 6, no. 6. (January).
  • King DR; Lobe TE; Haase GM; Boles ET Jr. 1981. Selective management of injured spleen.  Surgery. Vol. 90, no. 4. (October): e677.
  • Sfakianakis GN; Anderson GF; King DR; Boles ET Jr. 1981. The effect of gastrointestinal hormones on the pertechnetate imaging of ectopic gastric mucosa in experimental Meckel's diverticulum.  Journal Of Nuclear Medicine: Official Publication, Society Of Nuclear Medicine. Vol. 22, no. 8. (August): e678.
  • King DR; Clatworthy HW Jr. 1981. The pediatric patient with sarcoma.  Seminars In Oncology. Vol. 8, no. 2. (June): e215.
  • Clatworthy HW Jr.; King DR. 1981. Necrotizing enterocolitis. In General Surgery, Current Principles in Practice. Edited by Zollinger RM. New York: LeJacq Publishing Company.
  • Clatworthy HW Jr.; King DR. 1981. Neonatal surgical emergencies II. In General Surgery, Current Principles in Practice. Edited by Zollinger RM. New York: LeJacq Publishing Company.
  • Clatworthy HW Jr.; King DR. 1981. The cryptochid patient: recent advances. In General Surgery, Current Prinicples in Practice. Edited by Zollinger RM. New York: LeJacq Publishing Company.
  • Clatworthy HW Jr.; King DR. 1981. Neonatal surgical emergencies I. In General Surgery, Current Principles in Practice. New York: LeJacq Publishing Company.
  • Anderson GF; Sfakianakis G; King DR; Boles ET Jr. 1980. Hormonal enhancement of technetium-99m pertechnetate uptake in experimental Meckel's diverticulum.  Journal Of Pediatric Surgery. Vol. 15, no. 6. (December): e900.
  • Lobe TE; Anderson GF; King DR; Boles ET Jr. 1980. An improved method of wound management for pediatric patients.  Journal Of Pediatric Surgery. Vol. 15, no. 6. (December): e886.
  • King DR; Savrin R; Boles ET Jr. 1980. Gastroschisis update.  Journal Of Pediatric Surgery. Vol. 15, no. 4. (August): e553.
  • Scoles PV; King DR. 1980. Traumatic aneurysm of the descending geniculate artery: a complication of suction drainage in the synovectomy for hemophilic arthropathy.  Clinical Orthopedics and Related Research.
  • King DR; Lack EE. 1979. Adrenal cortical carcinoma: a clinical and pathologic study of 49 cases.  Cancer. Vol. 44, no. 1. (July): e239.
  • Murphy JP Jr; King DR; Dubois A. 1979. Treatment of gastric hypersecretion with cimetidine in the short-bowel syndrome.  The New England Journal Of Medicine. Vol. 300, no. 2. (January): e80.
  • Clatworthy HW Jr.; King DR. 1979. Pediatric Surgery. In General Surgery Current principles in Practice. Edited by Zollinger RM. Huntington Station, NY: Physician Programs, Inc..
  • King DR; Buck D; Kleinman PB; Connor TM. 1978. Congenital mesoblastic nephroma.  American Journal Of Diseases Of Children (1960). Vol. 132, no. 11. (November): e1139.
  • Lack EE; Clark MA; Buck DR; King DR. 1978. Cysts of the parathyroid gland: report of two cases and review of the literature.  The American Surgeon. Vol. 44, no. 6. (June): e376.
  • Murphy JP; King DR; Dubois A. 1978. Effect of cimetidine on gastric acid secretion and fractional emptying in short bowel syndrome.  Surgical Forum. Vol. 29, no. January: e423.
  • Stanford JR; King DR; Evans WE. 1978. Reslts of surgical vs. nonsurgical treatment of abdominal aortic aneurysms.  Vasc Surg.
  • King DR; Marchildon MB. 1977. Gastrointestinal hemorrhage. An unusual complication of total anomalous pulmonary venous drainage.  The Journal Of Thoracic And Cardiovascular Surgery. Vol. 73, no. 2. (February): e316.
  • Kleinman P; King DR. 1977. Necrotizing jejunitis secondary to anastomotic obstruction following jejunal atresia repair.  Gastrointest Radiol.
  • Stanford FR; Carey LC; King DR; Anderson GW. 1976. Adverse effects of elemental diets on tolerance for fluorouracil (5-fu) toxicity in rats.  Surgical Forum. Vol. 27, no. 62. (January): e42.
  • Stanford JR; King DR; Pace WG. 1975. Investigation of the effects of vitamin A on 5-fluorouracil toxicity in the rat.  Review Of Surgery. Vol. 32, no. 6. (November): e447.
  • King DR; Evans WE. 1975. Abdominal aortic aneurysm: immediate results and extended outlook.  Vascular Surgery. Vol. 9, no. 1. (January): e46.
  • Behm V; Murchie G; King DR. 1974. Nutritional care of the patient following gastric surgery.  Dietetic Currents.
  • Zollinger RM; King DR; Sanzenbacher LJ. 1974. Pancreatic tumors and the first hormones.  Médecine & Chirurgie Digestives. Vol. 3, no. 2. (January): e81.
  • Sanzenbacher LJ; King DR; Zollinger RM. 1973. Prognostic implications of calcium-mediated gastrin levels in the ulcerogenic syndrome.  American Journal Of Surgery. Vol. 125, no. 1. (January): e116.
  • Sanzenbacher LJ; Mekhjian HS; King DR; Zollinger RM. 1972. Studies on the potential role of secretin in the islet cell tumor diarrheogenic syndrome.  Annals Of Surgery. Vol. 176, no. 3. (September): e394.
  • Mekhjian HD, King DR, Sanzenbacher LJ, Zollinger RM. 1972. Glucagon and secretin inhibit water and electrolyte transpot in the human jejunum.  Gastroenterology.

Awards, Honors and Organizations

  • Listed, Best Doctors in America
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