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Bruce A Harms, MD, MBA

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(608) 263-2521

600 Highland Avenue
MC 7375
Madison, WI 53792-3284

Bruce A Harms, MD, MBA

Division of Colorectal Surgery
Divisions of General Surgery


  • MD, University of Nebraska Medical School, Omaha, NE, 1977
  • Residency, University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics, Madison, WI, 1977-1980, 1981-1983
  • Research Fellow, University of California-Davis, Sacramento, CA, 1980-1981
  • Senior Registrar, Surgery, Gloucestershire Royal Hospital, Gloucester, England, 1983-1984

Clinical Specialties

Dr. Harms is certified by the American Board of Surgery with a certificate of added qualifications in surgical critical care. Dr. Harms is the chief of the Department of Surgery’s section of colorectal surgery and vice-chief of the Division of General Surgery. Dr. Harms specializes in colorectal surgery with special interests in inflammatory bowel disease and reconstructive colorectal surgery.

Dr. Harms provides a wide range of services including Abdominoperineal Resection, Abscess Drainage, Appendectomy, Endorectal Advancement Flap, Excision / Fulguration of Condyloma, Fistulotomy, Flap Repair, Hemorrhoid Banding, Hemorrhoidectomy, Ileal Pouch Reconstruction, Ileocolic Resection, Laparoscopic and Open Partial Colectomy, Laparoscopic and Open Rectopexy, Laparoscopic and Open Sigmoid Resection, Laparoscopic and Open Total Colectomy, Laparoscopic Groin Hernia Repair, Lateral Internal Sphincterotomy, Lower Anterior Resection (LAR), Open Groin Hernia Repair, Pilonidal Cyst Excision, (show all).

Research Interests

Dr. Harms maintains a basic science laboratory that investigates the pulmonary microcirculation and pathophysiology of post-traumatic pulmonary injury. Clinical research projects include the factors important for successful reconstructive surgery for inflammatory bowel disease.

Recent Publications
  • Does Anastomotic Leak Contribute to High Failure-to-rescue Rates?
    Tevis SE, Carchman EH, Foley EF, Heise CP, Harms BA, Kennedy GD
    Ann. Surg. 2016 Jun; 263(6):1148-51.
    [PubMed ID: 26587851]
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  • Short-term outcomes of minimally invasive versus open colectomy for colon cancer.
    Papageorge CM, Zhao Q, Foley EF, Harms BA, Heise CP, Carchman EH, Kennedy GD
    J. Surg. Res. 2016 Jul; 204(1):83-93.
    [PubMed ID: 27451872]
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  • Postoperative Ileus--More than Just Prolonged Length of Stay?
    Tevis SE, Carchman EH, Foley EF, Harms BA, Heise CP, Kennedy GD
    J. Gastrointest. Surg. 2015 Sep; 19(9):1684-90.
    [PubMed ID: 26105552]
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  • Characterizing readmission in ulcerative colitis patients undergoing restorative proctocolectomy.
    Hanzlik TP, Tevis SE, Suwanabol PA, Carchman EH, Harms BA, Heise CP, Foley EF, Kennedy GD
    J. Gastrointest. Surg. 2015 Mar; 19(3):564-9.
    [PubMed ID: 25560185, PMC ID: 4565166]
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  • Postoperative complications in patients with rectal cancer are associated with delays in chemotherapy that lead to worse disease-free and overall survival.
    Tevis SE, Kohlnhofer BM, Stringfield S, Foley EF, Harms BA, Heise CP, Kennedy GD
    Dis. Colon Rectum 2013 Dec; 56(12):1339-48.
    [PubMed ID: 24201387, PMC ID: 3884512]
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