Celebrating 100 Years of the Department of Surgery

Exceptional People. Extraordinary Results.

For 100 years, the University of Wisconsin–Madison Department of Surgery has been living these words. The department’s mission, to serve by preventing human suffering and promoting healing through innovation, education and collaboration, has been and continues to be carried out through the tireless work of our truly remarkable clinicians, researchers, and staff.

This year we are commemorating our centennial by highlighting the people and innovations of the past 100 years that have shaped our present and serve as the building blocks for our future.

Be sure to check back regularly as we add content to celebrate our history and look ahead to creating our future.


From three full-time faculty in 1924 to nearly 500 faculty and staff across 11 divisions today. From Wisconsin General Hospital to five clinical sites in Madison and a number of clinical outreach sites throughout Wisconsin and northern Illinois.


Mohs Surgery. UW Solution. That spirit of innovation lives on today with a research portfolio topping $21 million, nearly 50 active labs and state-of-the art programs and facilities, including the Wisconsin Surgical Outcomes Research Program (WiSOR)


Education has always been core to our mission. The first General Surgery resident graduated in 1925. Today, our nationally recognized GME programs consist of four residencies and 10 fellowship training programs, accounting for more than 150 trainees.

The Future

We are driven to be a world leader in academic surgery, achieving extraordinary results through the collaboration of exceptional people. We continuously strive to move surgery forward and positively impact the lives of those around us.

Our History

Explore some of the people, events, facilities and discoveries from our first 100 years that helped shape who we are today.

‘100 Days of Surgery’ social media

We’re commemorating our centennial with ‘100 Days of Surgery’ on Instagram!

For the 100 days from March 1 to June 8, we’ll be sharing a different photo each day to showcase our innovations and growth through the years. Take a journey with us from 1924 to today, highlighting the people and events that have shaped UW Surgery.

Follow us on Instagram (@WiscSurgery) so you don’t miss it!

Open for business!

We’re kicking off our ‘100 Days of Surgery’ by looking at where it all began. The Department of Surgery was formed when Wisconsin General Hospital opened in 1924. Wisconsin General Hospital was operational until 1979, when it moved to its current location and became known as University Hospital and Clinics.


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