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Welcome to Medical College of Wisconsin Perioperative and Consultative Medicine

Our services start with preoperative consultations days or weeks before the procedure. We continue care for our patients through surgery preparation and provide postoperative consultation and co-management to assist with patient care as needed after surgery.

Being evaluated by perioperative specialists has been shown to:

  • Reduce day of surgery delay
  • Reduce day of surgery cancellations
  • Reduce hospital length of stay
  • Reduce mortality
  • Reduce postoperative complications
  • Reduce patient anxiety prior to surgery
  • Facilitate communication among patients, specialists, and surgeons

Message from Our Section Chief

Welcome to the Section of Perioperative Medicine at Medical College of Wisconsin!

Our team of perioperative specialists include internal medicine physicians and advanced practice providers working with surgical teams to provide the best medical care before and after surgery.

Our patients receive perioperative care from leaders in the field. We bring together compassionate clinicians, cutting edge technology, education, and research to ensure every patient receives high-quality care.

If you are interested in learning more, I would love to hear from you.

Kurt Pfeifer, MD, FACP, SFHM
Chief, Section of Perioperative & Consultative Medicine

Professor of Medicine - General Internal Medicine
Medical College of Wisconsin

About the Preoperative Clinic at Froedtert Hospital 

The Preoperative Clinic at Froedtert Hospital provides preoperative consultations for patients undergoing surgery within the Froedtert & MCW health network.

  • Most surgical patients are referred to the Preoperative Clinic for evaluation within the month prior to planned surgery.
  • Some may be seen even prior to surgery being scheduled in order to identify opportunities for health improvements that impact surgical outcomes and recovery.
  • Patients are thoroughly evaluated to ensure their health is optimized prior to surgery.
  • The Preoperative Clinic provider works with the patient and their surgeon to develop an evidence-based pre- and post-surgery plan of care tailored to the individual.

Inpatient Internal Medicine Consultation/Co-Management Service

Our Inpatient Internal Medicine Consultation/Co-Management Service provides medical care for patients admitted to the hospital after surgery. This service is for complex surgical patients with acute and chronic health conditions. The consult service works closely with surgical teams, including orthopedics, neurosurgery, trauma surgery, ENT, plastic surgery and vascular surgery.

Goal: To enhance the outcomes of our patients undergoing surgery by helping patients avoid medical complications and promoting postoperative recovery.

Interested in Working in Perioperative Care?

Why Work for GIM?

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