Welcome to the Medical College of Wisconsin 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.

In Memoriam: John F. Just, MD

Emeritus Clinical Professor of Surgery
August 30, 1935-March 28, 2024

For over 48 years, Dr. Just practiced thoracic surgery and dedicated himself to serving the Milwaukee community and our department of surgery.

As the consummate role model, he imparted his wisdom, work ethic, and love of medicine and surgery to more than 140 residents.

Recipients of the John Just Award in Thoracic Surgery (PDF)

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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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Bud and Sue Selig

The Department of Surgery is honored to announce the launch of the Bud and Sue Selig Hub for Health Services Research

The Commissioner and Mrs. Selig are Milwaukee through and through and their generous support of our community has been impactful for decades. This gift will further enhance our partnership to improve health care in southeastern Wisconsin, in bringing Hope to Health, especially for those struggling to receive the care they deserve. The Department of Surgery and our Division of Research are excited to build upon the Selig’s support and transform health care the same way Commissioner Selig transformed the Milwaukee Brewers and Major League Baseball.

Department of Surgery News

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We pledge to achieve and maintain equity and diversity among faculty and staff, to reinforce professional workplace standards, and to optimize patient care and health equity. #IWILLMCW #WEWILLMCW

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

Contact Us

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

(414) 955-5700

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