Welcome to the Division of General Surgery

Jon C. Gould, MD

Jon C. Gould, MD

Alonzo P. Walker Professor in
General Surgery
Chief, Division of General Surgery

Welcome to the Division of General Surgery at the Medical College of Wisconsin. The division is the proud home to several ‘cutting edge’ programs including Bariatric Surgery and the Minimally Invasive General Surgery (MIGS) Research and Innovation Program. In addition, a number of our surgeons are expert hernia surgeons and members of the Condon Hernia Institute where they work together with a multidisciplinary team of specialists to provide the latest hernia repair techniques. Surgeons in the Division of General Surgery at the Medical College of Wisconsin strive to offer the most advanced surgical options available – from laparoscopic surgery, to totally incisionless endoscopic procedures, to robotic surgery and whatever comes next. I encourage you to learn more about the clinical care, research activities, and educational programs of the Division of General Surgery.

Mission Statement and Values

The mission of the Division of General Surgery is to promote excellence in patient care, scientific research, and education.  We strive to provide the latest techniques to allow our patients to work with us to tailor a treatment plan that is right for them – whether their problem is simple or complex.  We will provide timely and attentive service to our patients and referring providers.  We will advance the science of surgery and define the future of surgery – both through our advanced research and education programs.  Our actions will embody our core values of compassion, professionalism, integrity, and excellence.

INTRODUCING: POEM - Per-Oral Endoscopic Myotomy for Achalasia

Minimally Invasive Foregut Surgeons in the Division of General Surgery at the Medical College of Wisconsin are proud to offer a novel, scarless procedure that restores swallowing function in some patients with achalasia, a rare condition where the esophagus is unable to move food into the stomach.  Per-oral endoscopic myotomy (POEM) is a state-of-the-art technique to treat patients who have achalasia. POEM is an incisionless procedure which utilizes endoscopy to perform a targeted myotomy of the circular muscle fibers of the lower esophagus. This allows food to pass more easily and helps patients eat more comfortably. Additionally, the POEM procedure is performed without any external incisions and as a result there are no surgical scars. 

The POEM procedure provides a more minimally invasive approach to achalasia that can help patients recover more quickly than a traditional surgical approach (Heller myotomy).

FEATURED UPDATE: The LINX® Reflux Management System

Surgeons in the GERD and Gastrointestinal Surgery Program are the first in the area to offer a brand new, innovative device designed to treat gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) – the LINX® reflux management system.  The LINX system is a small flexible band of interlinked titanium beads with magnetic cores designed to restore the body’s natural barrier to reflux in patients with GERD. [Read more]

YouTube video showing laparoscopic surgery to implant a magnetic sphincter augmentation device (LINX)

Journal Sentinel Article

"Heartburn hell: Woman finds relief with magnetic bead implant" (NBC Today Show 1/22/2015)

Contact Us

Medical College of Wisconsin
Division of General Surgery
9200 W Wisconsin Avenue
Milwaukee, WI  53226

Bariatric Surgery Program
New Patients
Phone: (414) 805-5747

Administrative Offices 
Phone: (414) 805-5747
Fax: (414) 805-8199

General Surgery
Clinic and Patient Appointments
Phone: (414) 805-5800
Fax: (414) 805-8199

Administrative Offices
Phone: (414) 805-5928
Fax: (414) 805-8199

Jon C. Gould, MD
  (414) 805-5928

James R. Wallace, MD
  (414) 805-5844

Matthew I. Goldblatt, MD
  (414) 805-5727

Andrew S. Kastenmeier, MD
  (414) 805-5026

Tammy L. Kindel, MD
  (414) 805-5805

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8701 Watertown Plank Road
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(414) 955-8296
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