Welcoming Our New Faculty

This upcoming school year, we are welcoming several new faculty members to the University of Wisconsin Department of Surgery. Learn more about them below.

Chey Collura, MD, joins us as an Assistant Professor in the Division of Acute Care & Regional General Surgery. Dr. Collura returns to Wisconsin Surgery after completing their general surgery residency here in 2019! Based primarily at UnityPoint Health – Meriter Hospital, Dr. Collura will also practice at UW Health East Madison Hospital, focusing primarily on clinical care and education. They obtained their Master of Arts (MA) in Medical Sciences at Boston University School of Medicine in 2005 before then completing their MD at St. George’s University School of Medicine in Grenada, located in the West Indies, in 2014.

Jennifer Philip, MD, will be one of our Assistant Professors in the Division of Transplantation, in addition to the UW Health Associate Medical Director, Organ and Tissue Donation. Split between clinical care, research, and administrative duties, Dr. Philip will continue their work in ex vivo machine perfusion research, in addition to seeing patients in the Madison area and working closely with Dr. Nikole Neidlinger, UW Health OTD Medical Director.

Ruth J. Davis, MD, is an Assistant Professor and laryngologist in the Division of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery. Dr. Davis will see patients primarily at University Hospital, in addition to developing an independent translational research program investigating novel therapeutic approaches to the treatment of voice and airway disorders under the mentorship of Susan Thibeault, PhD. Dr. Davis comes to us from Nashville, TN, where she completed a laryngology fellowship at Vanderbilt Voice Center. Prior to that, she completed her MD at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine in Cleveland, OH, and her residency in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD.

Andrea L. Axtell, MD, MPH, joins Wisconsin Surgery as an Assistant Professor in the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery and will serve as Surgical Director for the UW Carbone Cancer Center’s Thoracic Oncology Disease Oriented Team. Dr. Axtell completed her MD at the University of California San Francisco and MPH at the TH Chan School of Public Health at Harvard University.. She completed her residency in general surgery and fellowship in cardiothoracic surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. At the University of Wisconsin, Dr. Axtell will help develop surgically relevant clinical trials within the UWCCC and an outcomes-centered research program.