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 the “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 visit 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. 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, M. D. 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.
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
- Commitment to education
- Innovative research
- Excellence in patient care
- Professionalism and collegiality
- Creativity, teamwork and pride
Department of Surgery Grand Rounds
This event has been cancelled (updated 3/17/20)
Department of Surgery Knowledge Saving Life Conference
Presentations by Drs. Kirk Ludwig, Timothy Ridolfi, Anu Elegbede, and David Milia
POSTPONED: Society of Black Academic Surgeons Annual Meeting
The Westin Milwaukee
This event has been postponed (updated 3/24/20)
CANCELLED: Midwest Regional Trauma/Acute Care Surgery Symposium
Potawatomi Hotel & Casino
This event has been cancelled (updated 3/19/20)
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.Learn More
MCW is advancing research through curiosity and discovery with faculty and staff committed to a culture of collaboration.Learn More
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.Learn More
Explore Surgery department divisions publications, current clinical programs and clinical highlights.Learn More
Join the conversation at @MCWSurgery
Department of Surgery NewsSee All Surgery News
Dr. de Moya Discusses the Molson Coors Tragedy
March 3, 2020
Dr. Marc de Moya, Professor and Chief of the Division of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery, discusses the Molson Coors tragedy with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
Drs. Lyle and David Joyce Edit Second Edition of Book on Mechanical Circulatory Support
January 21, 2020
Oxford University Press has just released the second edition of a textbook entitled Mechanical Circulatory Support: Principles and Applications, edited by Drs. David and Lyle Joyce.
Congratulations to Viktor Hraska, MD, PhD
December 26, 2019
On Dec. 4, Dr. Hraska, MD, received an award — the Golden Medal of the Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic — from the Slovak Embassy.
Dr. Lucian Durham Discusses the Vaping Crisis on TMJ4
November 7, 2019
Dr. Durham discusses what a single puff could do to your lungs.
Mark Attanasio, along with Roger and Jackie Caplinger, Participate in Check Presentation to the We Care Fund for Pancreatic Cancer Research
September 12, 2019
The Brewers Community Foundation presented a check on-field at Miller Park for $51,000 from the Purple Tie Guy event to benefit the We Care Fund to accelerate groundbreaking pancreatic cancer research.
Dr. Tom Carver receives Ernest O. Henschel Clinical Teaching Award
June 4, 2019
Thomas Carver, MD, Associate Professor in the Division of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery in the Department of Surgery, was selected by the senior medical students to receive the Ernest O. Henschel Clinical Teaching Award (formerly known as the Clinical Teaching Award).
Groundbreaking heart surgery saves Wisconsin toddler's life
April 26, 2019
Read how a doctor at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin saved a little boy with holes in his heart.
Congratulations to our 2019 APP Excellence Award Winners!
April 25, 2019
Congratulations to the Department of Surgery Advanced Practice Providers (APP) Excellence Award winners! Awards will be presented at the 10th annual APP Recognition Event on Thursday, May 9, 2019.
Drs. Otterson and Yen elected to Nominating Committee
April 19, 2019
The Faculty Council and School of Medicine Nominating Committee secures candidates for Faculty Council officer positions and for seats on the various standing and oversight committees, and oversees the general elections process.
Stuart D. Wilson, MD, Historical Lectureship honor
April 17, 2019
At the 40th Annual Meeting of The American Association of Endocrine Surgeons (AAES), Dr. Stuart Wilson was honored with the Medical College of Wisconsin - Stuart D. Wilson, MD, Historical Lectureship.
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