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Suresh K. Agarwal, Jr., MD, FACS, FCCM, FCCP

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(608) 265-9574

Madison, WI 53792-0001

Suresh K. Agarwal, Jr., MD, FACS, FCCM, FCCP

Professor and Chief, Division of Trauma, Acute Care Surgery, Burn and Surgical Critical Care
Director of Trauma
Divisions of General Surgery

2011 Presidential Citation, Society of Critical Care Medicine

2011 Top Doc, US News and World Report


  • MD, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, 1995
  • Residency, Hospital of St. Raphael, New Haven, CT, 2000
  • Fellowship in Trauma Surgery, Hartford Hospital, Hartford, CT, 2001
  • Fellowship in Surgical Critical Care, University of Connecticut, Farmington, CT, 2002
  • Fellowship in Thoracic Surgery, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI, 2003

Clinical Specialties

Dr. Agarwal is certified by the American Board of Surgery in Surgery and Surgical Critical Care. He specializes in emergency surgery (Acute Care Surgery), general surgery, laparoscopic surgery, lower GI (colorectal, small bowel), chest wall stabilization, hernia surgery, resuscitation, surgical critical care, trauma (abdominal trauma, thoracic trauma, traumatic brain injury), upper GI (hepatobiliary, stomach, esophagus), and wound healing.

Dr. Agarwal provides a wide range of services including Appendectomy, Burn Surgery, Cholecystectomy (Gallbladder Removal), Excision of Lipoma, Laparoscopic Groin Hernia Repair, Muscle Biopsy, Open Groin Hernia Repair, Sebaceous Cyst Removal, Subcutaneous Tumor Removal, Trauma Surgery, and Ventral / Abdominal Hernia Repair.

Research Interests

Dr. Agarwal is the principal investigator on a multi-center National Institute of Trauma grant for acute lung injury. He is also the principal investigator for an American Association for the Surgery of Trauma-funded study to develop a novel tool for chest wall stabilization.

Active Clinical Trials

Recent Publications
  • Postoperative Pulmonary Complications-A Multifactorial Outcome.
    Haines KL, Agarwal S
    JAMA Surg 2017 Feb 01; 152(2):166-167.
    [PubMed ID: 27829075]
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  • Number of rib fractures thresholds independently predict worse outcomes in older patients with blunt trauma.
    Shulzhenko NO, Zens TJ, Beems MV, Jung HS, O'Rourke AP, Liepert AE, Scarborough JE, Agarwal SK
    Surgery 2017 Apr; 161(4):1083-1089.
    [PubMed ID: 27932031]
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  • Patterns of Facial Fractures and Protective Device Use in Motor Vehicle Collisions From 2007 to 2012.
    Hyman DA, Saha S, Nayar HS, Doyle JF, Agarwal SK, Chaiet SR
    JAMA Facial Plast Surg 2016 Dec 01; 18(6):455-461.
    [PubMed ID: 27441732]
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  • The American Association for the Surgery of Trauma grading scale for 16 emergency general surgery conditions: Disease-specific criteria characterizing anatomic severity grading.
    Tominaga GT, Staudenmayer KL, Shafi S, Schuster KM, Savage SA, Ross S, Muskat P, Mowery NT, Miller P, Inaba K, Cohen MJ, Ciesla D, Brown CV, Agarwal S, Aboutanos MB, Utter GH, Crandall M, American Association for the Surgery of Trauma Committee on Patient Assessment
    J Trauma Acute Care Surg 2016 Sep; 81(3):593-602.
    [PubMed ID: 27257696]
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  • Insurance status and race affect treatment and outcome of traumatic brain injury.
    McQuistion K, Zens T, Jung HS, Beems M, Leverson G, Liepert A, Scarborough J, Agarwal S
    J. Surg. Res. 2016 Oct; 205(2):261-71.
    [PubMed ID: 27664871]
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  • Nonoperative Management Is as Effective as Immediate Splenectomy for Adult Patients with High-Grade Blunt Splenic Injury.
    Scarborough JE, Ingraham AM, Liepert AE, Jung HS, O'Rourke AP, Agarwal SK
    J. Am. Coll. Surg. 2016 Aug; 223(2):249-58.
    [PubMed ID: 27112125]
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  • Which Complications Matter Most? Prioritizing Quality Improvement in Emergency General Surgery.
    Scarborough JE, Schumacher J, Pappas TN, McCoy CC, Englum BR, Agarwal SK, Greenberg CC
    J. Am. Coll. Surg. 2016 Apr; 222(4):515-24.
    [PubMed ID: 26916129, PMC ID: 5131647]
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    McQuistion K, Jung HS, Zens T, Beems M, Liepert A, O'Rourke A, Scarborough J, Agarwal S
    Crit. Care Med. 2015 Dec; 43(12 Suppl 1):287.
    [PubMed ID: 26570804]
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  • ICD-9-CM and ICD-10-CM mapping of the AAST Emergency General Surgery disease severity grading systems: Conceptual approach, limitations, and recommendations for the future.
    Utter GH, Miller PR, Mowery NT, Tominaga GT, Gunter O, Osler TM, Ciesla DJ, Agarwal SK, Inaba K, Aboutanos MB, Brown CV, Ross SE, Crandall ML, Shafi S
    J Trauma Acute Care Surg 2015 May; 78(5):1059-65.
    [PubMed ID: 25909431]
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  • Application of a uniform anatomic grading system to measure disease severity in eight emergency general surgical illnesses.
    Crandall ML, Agarwal S, Muskat P, Ross S, Savage S, Schuster K, Tominaga GT, Shafi S, American Association for the Surgery of TraumaCommittee on Patient Assessment and Outcomes
    J Trauma Acute Care Surg 2014 Nov; 77(5):705-708.
    [PubMed ID: 25494421]
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