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The Department of Surgery at the University of Wisconsin cares for patients at University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics, William S. Middleton Memorial Veteran’s Hospital, American Family Children’s Hospital, and Meriter Hospital as well as other local and regional hospitals and clinics.

If you come to the Department of Surgery at the University of Wisconsin your care will be provided in a clinic that unites several specialties to provide the best possible treatment plan. Our department prides itself on highly trained expert surgeons in their fields and proven, innovative techniques supported by cutting edge research, and outcomes above national benchmarks.

Surgical Services
Adult Plastic Surgery

Surgeons in the Division of Plastic Surgery provide the full spectrum of both reconstructive and cosmetic surgery services for children and adults.

Breast Surgery

Breast Surgery at the UW Department of Surgery is performed by surgeons trained in the most advanced procedures to treat cancer and diseases of the breast. Our breast surgeons are key members of a multidisciplinary team in the Breast Center dedicated to the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of all benign and malignant breast problems. The Breast Center is located in the UW Carbone Cancer Center, the only NCI designated Comprehensive Cancer Center in Wisconsin.

Burn Center

The University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics Burn Center offers a unique level of comprehensive burn treatment for both pediatric and adult patients from the time of injury through discharge and rehabilitation.

Cardiac Surgery

From cutting edge surgical procedures to pioneering medical therapies that put UW Health at the forefront of heart care, we offer our patients a wide array of treatments, procedures and services.

Colon and Rectal Surgery

The Department of Surgery colon and rectal surgeons provide comprehensive evaluation and surgical treatment for diseases of the colon, rectum and anus.

Dental Plastic Surgery

The Division of Plastic Surgery provides outpatient and inpatient hospital dental care to adults and children.

Endocrine Surgery

The Endocrine Surgery Program includes a multidisciplinary thyroid clinic involving endocrinologists and pathologists as well as surgeons and nurse practitioners who manage your endocrine concerns.

Esophageal and Gastric Surgery

Our surgeons treat many challenging medical conditions that affect the upper regions of the gastrointestinal and digestive tract.

Extended Efforts in Limb Salvage

We offer leading-edge limb salvage techniques to patients suffering from critical limb ischemia in the lower extremities.

General Surgery

The Division of General Surgery provides comprehensive surgical consultation and care in many subspecialties including colon and rectal surgery, trauma and burn, pediatric surgery, endocrine surgery, bariatric surgery and multidisciplinary hepatobiliary pancreas surgery.

Hand and Microsurgery

Plastic and reconstructive surgeons specialize in hand and microsurgery and provide a full range of hand surgical services for children and adults.

Heart Transplant

Our Department offers a comprehensive heart transplant program for patients with end-stage heart disease. Patients with chronic heart failure receive individual evaluations by our heart failure cardiologists and transplant team.

Hepatobiliary Surgery

The Liver and Pancreas Program for hepatopancreaticobiliary disorders at the University of Wisconsin unites a complete team of health care professionals to treat diseases of the liver and pancreas.

Intestine Transplant
Islet Transplantation
Kidney Transplant

Transplantation surgeons have performed more than 6,200 kidney transplants, making it one of the largest programs in the country.

Liver Transplant
Lung Transplant

The Department of Surgery transplant team performs both single lung and bilateral lung transplants, according to the needs of individual patients.

Medical and Surgical Weight Management Program

The Medical and Surgical Weight Management Program is a multidisciplinary group of dedicated experts committed to helping morbidly obese patients who have struggled with their weight and health conditions, using the latest surgical techniques.

Minimally Invasive Surgery

UW Health surgeons use minimally invasive surgical techniques whenever possible. Minimally invasive surgery offers many benefits to patients, including less pain, shorter hospital stays and a quicker return to the lifestyle to which they’re accustomed.


The Division of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery (ENT) offers a wide range of specialists in the field of adult and pediatric general otolaryngology, facial plastics and trauma, head and neck, otology, rhinology, swallow and voice issues.

Pancreas Transplant

Transplant surgeons at the Department of Surgery have performed more than 1,100 pancreas transplant procedures since its inception in 1982, making it one of the largest and most active in the nation.

Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery

Our pediatric cardiothoracic surgeon provides comprehensive treatment for infants, children and adolescents with congenital or acquired heart and/or thoracic diseases at American Family Children’s Hospital.

Pediatric Otolaryngology

Our department’s otolaryngologists specialize in the care of children with disorders of the head and neck, and are specifically trained in the care of pediatric ear, nose and throat conditions.

Pediatric Plastic Surgery

Our specailists in pediatric plastic and reconstructive surgery provide a variety of services for children at the American Family Children’s Hospital. We care for the entire spectrum of congenital (present at birth) and acquired deformities in infants, children and adolescents.

Pediatric Surgery

From newborns to adolescents, from trauma care to cancer surgery – our pediatric general surgeons provide world-class pediatric surgical care.

Robotic Surgery

Robotic surgery provides an alternative to conventional procedures and surgeons in several of our divisions are able to perform an array of procedures using the da Vinci® robot.

Soft Tissue Surgery

Our surgical oncology specialists provide advanced surgical treatments for sarcoma and melanoma diagnoses.

Thoracic Surgery

The Thoracic Surgery specialists in the Department of Surgery offer comprehensive specialty care for patients with all types of heart and thoracic diseases. We provide a complete range of services – from initial evaluation and management to highly specialized consultation for rare diseases, new surgical approaches, devices and technologies.

Transplant Medicine
Trauma Surgery

The Department of Surgery’s Section Trauma Surgery provides expert trauma care for patients of all ages at our Level One Trauma Center.

Vascular Surgery

The Division of Vascular Surgery at the University of Wisconsin provides comprehensive service for adults and children with vascular disorders. Copyright © 2017 The Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System