Welcome to the Division of General Surgery
Jon C. Gould, MD
Alonzo P. Walker Professor in
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).