Kenneth W Liechty, MD

Division Chief, Pediatric Surgery
Vice Chair of Research, Surgery
Member of the Graduate Faculty
Professor, Obstetrics and Gynecology
Professor, Pediatrics
Professor, Surgery

Ken Liechty, MD, is the division chief of pediatric surgery in the University of Arizona College of Medicine Tucson's Department of Surgery, as well as director of fetal medicine at Banner University Medicine and surgeon-in-chief of Banner Children's at Diamond Children's Medical Center.

“I am thrilled to advance surgical and medical care for unborn babies, children and adults and an institution with core values to support these missions," Dr. Liechty said.

Dr. Liechty is internationally recognized for his clinical care in fetal medicine and his research in wound healing and regeneration. He received undergraduate and medical degrees from the University of Utah, and he went on to receive certifications in general surgery from the University of Pennsylvania (UPENN) and fetal and pediatric surgery from the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). Dr. Liechty stayed on as faculty at CHOP and UPENN for five years as a fetal and pediatric surgeon and basic science researcher.

Prior to joining the University of Arizona, Dr. Liechty spent eight years at the University of Colorado, where he was co-director of the Children's Hospital Colorado Fetal Care Center and director of Pediatric Surgery Basic and Translational Research.

Dr. Liechty's laboratory, which has been continuously funded for the last 18 years, is the source of many patents and two companies. He has trained numerous medical students, residents and fellows who have gone on to academic surgical positions. His research into wound healing and tissue regeneration will help ensure we are able to bring high quality fetal and pediatric surgery to patients throughout Arizona.


  • MD: University of Utah School of Medicine
Allegheny University of the Health Sciences, General Surgery
Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, General Surgery
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Pediatric Surgery Research Fellow and Fetal Surgery Fellow
Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Pediatric Surgery Fellowship