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.

Featured Updates

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  Self-Pay Package for the LINX® Reflux Management System

Surgeons at Froedtert and the Medical College of Wisconsin are now offering a discounted, self-pay package for patients without insurance benefits for the LINX® Reflux Management System, or for patients with high insurance deductibles and those who don't want to spend weeks to months fighting with their insurance companies for benefits. Find more information on the attached flyer (PDF).

  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).

  The LINX® Reflux Management System

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 about the LINX Reflux Management System

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)

MCW on the RADIO

Join us on Saturday, December 9 at 4 pm on NEWS/TALK 1130 WISN for the fifth program of “The Word on Medicine” supported by Selig Leasing Co., and produced by the Department of Surgery. This multidisciplinary, bi-weekly radio show will highlight innovation and discovery across MCW – how knowledge changes life!  

The Trauma program will focus on the management of trauma, mass casualties, and the importance of Level I trauma centers in the community. The panel of experts will speak about what events are classified as a trauma, process of treatment from incident to recovery, pediatric trauma, MCW’s Trauma Psychology Program, and hear from a victim of the 2012 spa shooting in Brookfield, WI.

The panel includes:

  • Dr.  Marc de Moya, Chief of the Division of Trauma and Critical Care
  • Dr. Olga Kaslow, Director of Trauma Anesthesia Services at MCW
  • Dr. Stephen Hargarten, Chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine and Associate Dean for Global Health at MCW
  • Dr. David Gourlay, Chief of the Division of Pediatric Surgery
  • Dr. Amy Drendel, Medical Director of the Emergency Department at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin
  • Dr. Terri deRoon-Cassini, Clinical psychologist in the Division of Trauma and Critical Care, and Director of MCW Trauma Psychology Program
  • Dr. Matthew Jandrisvits, Clinical psychologist at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin

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Contact Us

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

Bariatric Surgery Program
New Patients
(414) 805-5747

Administrative Offices 
(414) 805-5747
(414) 805-8199 (fax)

General Surgery
Clinic and Patient Appointments
(414) 805-5751
(414) 805-8199 (fax)

Administrative Offices
(414) 805-5928
(414) 805-8199 (fax)

Jon C. Gould, MD
(414) 805-5928

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

Rana Higgins, MD
(414) 805-5356

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

Tammy L. Kindel, MD
(414) 805-5805

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