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Girma   Tefera, MD

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MADISON, WI 53792-3284

Girma Tefera, MD

Division of Vascular Surgery


  • MD, University of Pisa Faculty of Medicine, Pisa, Italy, 1982
  • AO Clinic Fellowship in Trauma, Field Kirsh Hospital, Field Kirsh, Austria, 1991
  • Postgraduate Training in General Surgery, Friedrich Stadt Hospital, Dresden, Germany, 1988-1992
  • Residency in General Surgery, Howard University Hospital, Washington, D.C., 1994-1999
  • Fellowship in Vascular Surgery, University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics, Madison, WI, 1999-2000

Clinical Specialties

Dr. Tefera is certified by the American Board of Surgery. He specializes in all aspects of vascular surgery, with special interests in aortic aneurysm treatment with endovascular stent grafts and angioplasty of peripheral arteries including carotid artery, illiac and superficial femoral artery.

Current appointments: UWHC, Meriter, VA

Clinic appointments: West Clinic, 1 S Park Clinic, Portage

Dr. Tefera provides a wide range of services including Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA) Repair - Endovascular, Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA) Repair - Open, Amputation, Angioplasty With Stent Placement, Carotid Endartecotomy, Carotid Stenting, Compartment Syndrome Treatments, Endovascular Aneurysm Repair (EVAR) with a Fenestrated Endograft Stent , Extended Efforts in Limb Salvage, Peripheral Artery Bypass, Thoracic Aortic Aneursym - Endovascular, Thoracic Aortic Aneursym - Open, Thoracic Outlet Syndrome Treatment, and Varicose Vein Treatment.

Research Interests

Dr. Tefera has clinical research interests in abdominal aortic aneurysm treatment with endovascular stent graft and distal peripheral artery bypass surgery as well as angioplasty and stent for limb salvage.

Active Clinical Trials
  • Evaluation of the GORE Conformable TAG® Thoracic Endoprosthesis for Treatment of Acute Complicated Type B Aortic Dissection
    Principal Investigator(s): Girma Tefera, MD
    Status: Active, not recruiting
    [ NCT00908388]
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  • Evaluation of the GORE Conformable TAG® Thoracic Endoprosthesis for Treatment of Traumatic Transection of the Descending Thoracic Aorta
    Principal Investigator(s): Girma Tefera, MD
    Status: Active, not recruiting
    [ NCT00917852]
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  • Prospective Aneurysm Trial: High Angle Aorfix™ Bifurcated Stent Graft
    Principal Investigator(s): Girma Tefera, MD
    Status: Active, not recruiting
    [ NCT00522535]
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Recent Publications
  • Authors' reply to Dawn of family medicine in Ethiopia.
    Philpott J, Comelson B, Rouleau K, Wilson L, Derbew M, Mekasha A, Wondimagegn D, Yigeremu M, Haq C, Kvach E, Tefera G
    Fam Med 2015 Feb; 47(2):148-9.
    [PubMed ID: 25646990]
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  • The dawn of family medicine in Ethiopia.
    Philpott J, Cornelson B, Derbew M, Haq C, Kvach E, Mekasha A, Rouleau K, Tefera G, Wondimagegn D, Wilson L, Yigeremu M
    Fam Med 2014 Oct; 46(9):685-90.
    [PubMed ID: 25275278]
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  • Bilateral administration of autologous CD133+ cells in ambulatory patients with refractory critical limb ischemia: lessons learned from a pilot randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial.
    Raval AN, Schmuck EG, Tefera G, Leitzke C, Ark CV, Hei D, Centanni JM, de Silva R, Koch J, Chappell RG, Hematti P
    Cytotherapy 2014 Dec; 16(12):1720-32.
    [PubMed ID: 25239491, PMC ID: 4253573]
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  • Learning from developing countries in strengthening health systems: an evaluation of personal and professional impact among global health volunteers at Addis Ababa University's Tikur Anbessa Specialized Hospital (Ethiopia).
    Busse H, Aboneh EA, Tefera G
    Global Health 2014; 10(1):64.
    [PubMed ID: 25190076, PMC ID: 4172777]
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  • A comparison of open surgery versus endovascular repair of unstable ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysms.
    Gupta PK, Ramanan B, Engelbert TL, Tefera G, Hoch JR, Kent KC
    J. Vasc. Surg. 2014 Dec; 60(6):1439-45.
    [PubMed ID: 25103257]
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  • Development and implementation of an emergency medicine graduate training program at Addis Ababa University School of Medicine: challenges and successes.
    Teklu S, Azazh A, Seyoum N, Woldetsadik A, Tupesis JP, Wubben R, Hunchak C, Meshkat N, Tefera G, Maskalyk J
    Ethiop. Med. J. 2014 Jul; Suppl 2():13-9.
    [PubMed ID: 25546905]
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  • Development of pediatric emergency medicine at Addis Ababa University/Tikuranbessa Specialized Hospital, Ethiopia.
    Tefera M, Bacha T, Butteris S, Teshome G, Ross J, Hagen S, Svenson J, Busse H, Tefera G
    Ethiop. Med. J. 2014 Jul; Suppl 2():27-35.
    [PubMed ID: 25546907]
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  • Enhancing emergency medicine initiatives with a quality improvement program: lessons learned in the emergency department of Tikur Anbessa Hospital, Addis Ababa Ethiopia.
    Azazh A, Brown LD, Ayele RA, Teklu S, W/Tsadik A, Tefera M, Bacha T, Geremew H, Tefera G, Busse H
    Ethiop. Med. J. 2014 Jul; Suppl 2():37-44.
    [PubMed ID: 25546908]
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  • Emergency medicine and its development in Ethiopia with emphasis on the role of Addis Ababa University, School of Medicine, Emergency Medicine Department.
    Azazh A, Teklu S, Woldetsadi A, Seyoum N, Geremew H, Busse H, Tefera G, Wubben R, Rankin P, Tupesis JP, Maskalyk J, Landes M, Mehari E, Derbew M
    Ethiop. Med. J. 2014 Jul; Suppl 2():1-12.
    [PubMed ID: 25546904]
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  • Creating change through collaboration: a twinning partnership to strengthen emergency medicine at Addis Ababa University/Tikur Anbessa Specialized Hospital--a model for international medical education partnerships.
    Busse H, Azazh A, Teklu S, Tupesis JP, Woldetsadik A, Wubben RJ, Tefera G
    Acad Emerg Med 2013 Dec; 20(12):1310-8.
    [PubMed ID: 24341587]
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