University of Wisconsin–Madison

Archive: Message From the Interim Chair

Welcome to the University of Wisconsin Department of Surgery.

We are committed to providing advanced multidisciplinary care to the people of Wisconsin and beyond, leading innovative research initiatives, and training the next generation of academic surgeons. It is our charge to uphold a standard of excellence that is consistent with our reputation as a world leader in surgery.

Everything we do is in line with our mission to provide quality care to our patients. Our multidisciplinary approach utilizes the latest technology and innovative techniques in order to deliver outcomes above national benchmarks. We pride ourselves on recruiting nationally recognized surgeons across all seven of our specialized divisions: Cardiothoracic Surgery, General Surgery, Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery, Pediatric Surgery, Plastic Surgery, Transplantation and Vascular Surgery. In total, our department is comprised of 110 full-time faculty and 500 additional full-time staff who all support this mission.

For the last 4 years, the Department of Surgery has been ranked in the top ten of U.S. Surgery departments to garner funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Our ingenuity in basic, clinical, and translational research has improved current clinical practices and produced novel treatment options for some of our population’s most pressing medical needs. Additionally, our commitment to surgical science education has resulted in a reputable culture of outstanding achievement in scientific investigation, including NIH T32 training grants for residents and an NIH T35 teaching grant for medical students.

As an academic surgical center, the Department of Surgery has a strong reputation for competitive and comprehensive education and training. In addition to providing our medical students, surgical residents and fellows with advanced exposure to surgical techniques, we expanded our other unique educational resources, such as our multidisciplinary Simulation Center. We are also dedicated to being an educational resource to colleagues throughout the region by offering an array of continuing medical education courses and hands-on training with our GlovesOn program. Ultimately, our department’s academic mission is to cultivate future leaders in surgery and to be an educational resource in the community.

The vitality of this department is evident as we recruit talented leaders across all specialties, offer prevailing ingenuity at the lab bench, and cultivate competitive training programs. I am confident the UW Department of Surgery will not only be ready for the future of healthcare, but also remain at the forefront, paving the way forward.

On, Wisconsin!


Michael L Bentz, MD
Interim Chairman, Department of Surgery