Paul Danielson, M.D.

Chair, Department of Surgery

Dr. Danielson became chair of the Johns Hopkins All Children's Department of Surgery in 2020 after serving in that role on an interim basis beginning in December 2018. He specializes in general surgery and was an early adopter of minimally invasive surgical techniques, developing expertise in treating chest wall deformities. He founded the first fellowship sponsored by Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital in pediatric surgery and was also instrumental in bringing the National Quality Improvement in Surgery Program to the institution. Dr. Danielson was named Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital physician of the year in the 2015 Johns Hopkins Medicine Clinical Excellence Awards and in 2017 was named director of innovative training and education. He joined the hospital staff in 2008.

Dr. Danielson is an associate professor of surgery in the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He retired as a colonel from the U.S. Army Reserve in 2017 after serving in both Iraq and Afghanistan.

Dr. Danielson earned his medical degree from the University of Rochester where he also completed the residency program in general surgery. He completed a research fellowship in pediatric surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital and a clinical fellowship in pediatric surgery at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.  Before joining Johns Hopkins All Children’s, he served as director of pediatric surgical oncology at the University of Massachusetts.