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.
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
Surgery Grand Rounds
Girma Tefera, MD | Sustainable Global Health Program: What Should Surgeons Know
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
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Department of Surgery NewsSee All Surgery News
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.
Drs. Densmore and Webb elected to Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society
April 12, 2019
Dr. John Densmore and Dr. Travis Webb have been elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) honor society by the newly elected student members of the AOA MCW beta Chapter, Class of 2019.
Dr. Tracy Wang elected Treasurer of AAES
April 12, 2019
Tracy Wang, MD, MPH, has been elected Treasurer of The American Association of Endocrine Surgeons (AAES).
Dr. Dave Lal - CHW Campus Based Physician of the Year
April 12, 2019
Dave Lal, MD MPH, has been awarded the Children's Hospital of Wisconsin 2019 Milwaukee Campus Based Physician of the Year.
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