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Joseph Benjamin Lillegard, MD PhD


(612) 813-8000

Specialties: Surgery, Pediatric | Fetal Medicine

Professional History

Board Certification

  • Surgery, General - American Board of Surgery
  • Surgery, Pediatric - American Board of Surgery

Medical Education

  • MD - University of Nevada School of Medicine
    Reno, NV

Professional Education

  • PhD - University of Nevada Reno
    Reno, NV


  • Residency - Mayo Clinic
    Rochester, MN
  • Fellowship - Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
    Philadelphia, PA

Contact Information

Primary Location:

Pediatric Surgical Associates
2530 Chicago Ave S STE 550
Minneapolis, MN 55404
(612) 813-8000

Secondary Location(s):

Pediatric Surgical Associates
347 Smith Ave N STE 502
St Paul, MN 55102

Personal Biography

Joseph Lillegard is a pediatric general and thoracic surgeon at Children's Minnesota. He attended medical school at the University of Nevada where he completed his MD and PhD in Cellular and Molecular Biology. He completed his surgical training at the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN in general surgery and his pediatric surgery fellowship at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. His areas of interest are pediatric general and thoracic surgery including minimally invasive laparoscopic and thoracoscopic surgery, neonatal congenital anomalies, congenital diaphragmatic hernia repair, childhood malignancies, thyroid and parathyroid disease, anal/rectal malformation repair, and repair of the chest wall deformities such as pectus excavatum and carnatum. He will be participating with the fetal surgery team performing operative fetoscopy and will be working to help start an open fetal surgery program. He is the Director of Research at the Midwest Fetal Care Center and conducts research related to ex-vivo and in-utero cell and gene correction strategies related to in born errors of metabolism of the liver.