John M. Draus Jr., MD, FACS

Surgical Director, Pediatric Trauma Program

Clinical interests

  • Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • Neonatal Surgery
  • Pediatric Tumors
  • Thoracic Surgery
  • Trauma

John M. Draus Jr., MD, FACS

Surgical Director, Pediatric Trauma Program


My name is John Draus; I am a native of Kentucky, and completed medical school, general surgery residency and a research fellowship at the University of Louisville. I went on to complete a pediatric surgery fellowship at Riley Children’s Hospital at the University of Indiana, Indianapolis.

I am a member of the American College of Surgeons, the American Pediatric Surgical Association and the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons. I have co-authored a book chapter and several journal articles on pediatric surgery and trauma.

Faculty rank

Associate Professor of Surgery and Pediatrics


University of Louisville, School of Medicine

University of Louisville, School of Medicine

Pediatric Surgery, Riley Children's Hospital, Indianapolis

Certifications or Special training
American Board of Surgery
American College of Surgeons
American Pediatric Surgical Association
Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons
American Board of Surgery, Special Qualification in Pediatric Surgery

Pediatric Surgery

Pediatric Specialty Clinic

Kentucky Clinic
Second Floor, Wing D, Room J201
740 S. Limestone
Lexington KY 40536-0284

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Pediatric Surgery

Rockcastle Regional Hospital and Respiratory Care Center
Medical Arts Building
140 Newcomb Ave.
Mt. Vernon KY 40456-1310

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  1. Ward A, Iocono JA, Brown S, Ashley P, Draus JM. Non-accidental Trauma Injury Patterns and Outcomes: A Single Institutional Experience. Am Surg. 2015 Sep;81(9):835-8.
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  2. Stokes SM, Iocono JA, Draus JM. Peritoneal drainage as the initial management of intestinal perforation in premature infants. Am Surg. 2014 Sep;80(9):851-4.
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  3. Stokes SM, Iocono JA, Brown S, Draus JM. Intussusception clinical pathway: a survey of pediatric surgery practices. Am Surg. 2014 Sep;80(9):846-8.
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  4. Wright TN, Gilligan L, Zhurbich O, Davenport DL, Draus JM. Minimally invasive drainage of subcutaneous abscesses reduces hospital cost and length of stay. South Med J. 2013 Dec;106(12):689-92.
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  5. Long KL, Absher KJ, Draus JM. Chondromyxoid fibroma of the second rib. J Pediatr Surg. 2013 Jun;48(6):1442-4.
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  6. Smiley K, Wright T, Skinner S, Iocono JA, Draus JM. Primary Closure without Diversion in Management of Operative Blunt Duodenal Trauma in Children. ISRN Pediatr. 2012; 2012:298753. PMID: 23213560.
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  7. Draus JM, Kamel S, Seims A, Rescorla FJ. The role of laparoscopic evaluation to detect a contralateral defect at initial presentation for inguinal hernia repair. Am Surg. 2011 Nov; 77(11):1463-6. PMID: 22196658.
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  8. Foley DS, Draus JM, Santos AP, Franklin GA. An analysis of risk-taking behavior among adolescent blunt trauma patients. J Ky Med Assoc. 2009 May; 107(5):170-5. PMID: 19548520.
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  9. Draus JM, Shelgikar CS, Buchino JJ, Bond SJ. Lipoma as a pathological lead point in a child with ileocolic intussusception. J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr. 2008 Sep; 47(3):372-4. PMID: 18728538.
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  10. Draus JM, Santos AP, Franklin GA, Foley DS. Drug and alcohol use among adolescent blunt trauma patients: dying to get high? J Pediatr Surg. 2008 Jan; 43(1):208-11. PMID: 18206484.
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  11. Draus JM, Foley DS, Bond SJ. Laparoscopic Ladd procedure: a minimally invasive approach to malrotation without midgut volvulus. Am Surg. 2007 Jul; 73(7):693-6. PMID: 17674943.
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  12. Draus JM, Maxfield CM, Bond SJ. Hirschsprung's disease in an infant with colonic atresia and normal fixation of the distal colon. J Pediatr Surg. 2007 Feb; 42(2):e5-8. PMID: 17270533.
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  13. Draus JM, Huss SA, Harty NJ, Cheadle WG, Larson GM. Enterocutaneous fistula: are treatments improving? Surgery. 2006 Oct; 140(4):570-6; discussion 576-8. PMID: 17011904.
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  14. Draus JM, Elliott MJ, Atienza C, Stilwell A, Wong SL, Dong Y, Yang H, McMasters KM. p53 gene transfer does not enhance E2F-1-mediated apoptosis in human colon cancer cells. Exp Mol Med. 2001 Dec 31; 33(4):209-19. PMID: 11795482.
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