Welcome to the Department of Surgery

Welcome to the Medical College of Wisconsin Department of Surgery – we are so proud of our department and every member of our team who are committed to creating the best place in the world to launch your career in surgery. This site provides an insight to our department and our people, who are inspired every day by our dedication to academic achievement and excellence in education, research, patient care and community service.

Our storied tradition of excellence in resident and student education remains a top priority of all faculty. Our innovative surgical residency program provides residents with the skills needed to care for the patients of today and tomorrow – the principles you learn at MCW will provide the foundation for life-long learning combined with a culture of caring – for patients and each other. If you are a student who is contemplating a career in surgery, are academically oriented and highly motivated to achieve excellence in patient care, we invite you to explore our program on this site and learn more about the PERK(C)S of training at MCW in our "Surgery Residency Program" video.

You can also learn more about our residency program by selecting Education, our departmental structure by selecting Divisions, and our Faculty and their Research and Academic Contributions by selecting the respective links. You can also explore the Medical College and the city of Milwaukee through the links provided. Please also view our Annual Report which provides a pdf version of our department and all of the people who make this such a great place to train!

Douglas B. Evans, MD 
Chair, Department of Surgery
Donald C. Ausman Family Foundation Chair

Dr. Elliott Asare and Dr. Douglas Evans

Dr. Evans is in the operating room with Dr. Elliott Asare when he was a surgical chief resident. Dr. Asare went on to complete a fellowship in surgical oncology at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center and Elliott is now on the faculty at the University of Utah School of Medicine Department of Surgery.

Blood Donations Urgently Needed

During this time of the coronavirus crisis, patients with cancer, those undergoing chemotherapy, trauma patients and others will continue to need blood transfusions. Efforts to contain the virus, such as social distancing, staying at home, business and school closures (all extremely critical) have had the unintended consequence of a dramatic decrease in blood donations. It is essential that individuals continue to donate in order to prevent a local and national blood shortage. Individuals can sign up to donate at Versiti Blood Center of Wisconsin by dialing: 1 877 BE A HERO or going on our website at Versiti or Versiti Blood Donation Locations.

Feed our Frontline Hospital Staff MKE

Want to show your gratitude toward our health care workers? Donate to Feed Our Frontline to provide free meals from local restaurants to our hospital staff who are working endlessly during this pandemic.

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Resident Research Fund - Double your donation today!

Thanks to the generosity of the family of Robert E. Condon, MD, the Medical College of Wisconsin Department of Surgery is pleased to announce a $100,000 matching gift challenge for the Resident Research Fund. Donate before December 31, 2020, and your gift will be matched dollar-for-dollar, up to $100,000.

Dr. Robert E. Condon was a gifted, compassionate physician, as well as an inspirational educator and mentor to generations of aspiring physicians. He served as the Chair of the Department of Surgery from 1979 to 1997. His passion for teaching will be remembered through the Resident Research Fund, which will benefit resident medical education and research.

The Resident Research Fund gives surgical residents an opportunity to initiate and complete research projects related to their professional interests. The objective is to create opportunities for residents to gain a foundational understanding of clinical and translational research methods and evidence-based medicine skills that inspire them to pursue opportunities for career development as investigators.

Make your gift online at: Resident Research Fund

Mission, Vision, and Core Values



The Medical College of Wisconsin Department of Surgery is dedicated to leadership and excellence in education, research, patient care, and community service.



The Medical College of Wisconsin Department of Surgery will become one of the best departments in the nation by dedication to:

  • Commitment to resident, student and continuing medical education
  • Innovative basic, translational, and outcomes research
  • Excellence and scholarship in patient care with robust interdisciplinary programs
  • Professionalism and collegiality in relationships with colleagues, nurses, residents, students and staff
  • Creativity, teamwork and pride in dedication to mission and achievement of vision
Core Values

Core Values

  • Commitment to education
  • Innovative research
  • Excellence in patient care
  • Professionalism and collegiality
  • Creativity, teamwork and pride


  • March 24, 2021

    7:30 am–8:30 am

    Surgery Grand Rounds

    Virtual Meeting

    SAAS Visiting Professor Eric Sheu, MD, PhD | How Does Bariatric Surgery Induce Type 2 Diabetes Remission?

  • March 31, 2021

    7:30 am–8:30 am

    Department of Surgery Grand Rounds

    Virtual Meeting

    Christina Bence, MD and Zoe Lake, MD | "Firearm Injuries in Children: A Pediatric Surgical Perspective" and "Rural Surgery Track: Reflections as the...

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The Department of Surgery offers a Medical Student Program, a General Surgery Residency Program and Fellowships in the following: Clinical Psychology, Endocrine Surgery, Hepatopancreatobiliary, Minimally Invasive/Bariatric Surgery, Pediatric Surgery, Surgical Critical Care, Trauma/Acute Care Surgery Research and Vascular Surgery.

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MCW is advancing research through curiosity and discovery with faculty and staff committed to a culture of collaboration.  

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Support the life-saving work of the Department of Surgery at MCW, and help build a foundation of excellence in patient care, medical training and innovation. 

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Explore Surgery department divisions publications, current clinical programs and clinical highlights.  

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Contact Us

Medical College of Wisconsin
8701 Watertown Plank Rd.
Milwaukee, WI 53226
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