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Eugene F Foley, MD, FACS

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(608) 263-2521

600 Highland Avenue
MC 7375
Madison, WI 53792

Eugene F Foley, MD, FACS

Professor and Chief, Division of Colorectal Surgery
Vice Chairman of Clinical Operations, Divisions of General Surgery
Program Director, Divisions of General Surgery Residency Program


  • MD, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, 1985
  • Residency, General Surgery, New England Deaconess Hospital, Boston, MA, 1985-1991
  • Fellowship, Surgical Endoscopy, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA, 1989
  • Fellowship, Colon and Rectal Surgery, Lahey Clinic Medical Center, Burlington, MA, 1992-1993

Clinical Specialties

Dr. Foley is certified by both the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery. He specializes in the treatment of diseases of the colon and rectum, including colon and rectal cancer, ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease, and diverticulitis. His practice includes diagnostic and therapeutic colonoscopy as well as the use of laparoscopy in the surgical treatment of colonic disease.

Dr. Foley provides a wide range of services including Abdominoperineal Resection, Abscess Drainage, Appendectomy, Colonoscopic Excision, 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, Lateral Internal Sphincterotomy, Lower Anterior Resection (LAR), Pilonidal Cyst Excision, PPH Stapling, (show all).

Research Interests

Dr. Foley’s research interests focus on clinical trials designed to improve the surgical care of colorectal disease, through process improvement or the application of novel therapeutic techniques.

Recent Publications
  • Evaluating the effectiveness of a mock oral educational program.
    Fischer LE, Snyder M, Sullivan SA, Foley EF, Greenberg JA
    J. Surg. Res. 2016 Oct; 205(2):305-11.
    [PubMed ID: 27664877]
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  • 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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  • Rural Surgery--A Crisis in Wisconsin.
    Kent KC, Foley EF, Golden RN
    WMJ 2015 Apr; 114(2):81-2.
    [PubMed ID: 26756061]
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