Message from the Chair

Welcome to the University of Wisconsin Department of Surgery.

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

Everything we do aligns with our goal of moving the field of surgery forward to provide better care for patients. Our interdisciplinary approach to patient care utilizes the latest technology and innovative techniques in order to deliver outcomes that exceed national benchmarks. We pride ourselves on recruiting nationally recognized surgeons across our specialized divisions: Acute Care and Regional General Surgery, Cardiothoracic Surgery, Colorectal Surgery, Endocrine Surgery, Minimally Invasive Surgery, Otolaryngology-Head & Neck SurgeryPediatric SurgeryPlastic Surgery, Surgical Oncology, Transplantation and Vascular Surgery. In total, our department is comprised of more than 170 full-time faculty and 600 additional full-time staff who all support this mission.

Over the last 10 years, the Department of Surgery ranks sixth nationally in 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 outstanding achievement in training the next generation of scientific investigators, including multiple NIH T32 training grants for residents, a NIH T35 teaching grant for medical students and a grant from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation to support underserved high school students for summer research internships.

The Department of Surgery has a deep commitment to providing comprehensive patient-centered education and training in Surgery. In addition to providing our medical studentssurgical residents and fellows with exposure to both common and complex surgical techniques and comprehensive care of the surgical patient, we also have developed curricula which leverages cutting-edge educational innovative strategies like surgical simulation. Our state of the art Simulation Center provides access to both low-tech and high-tech surgical skills training, as well as a complete immersive operating room experience. We are also dedicated to being an educational resource to colleagues throughout the region and the rest of the world by offering an array of continuing medical education courses and hands-on training with our GlovesOn program, and through our robust global surgery program. Ultimately, our department’s academic mission is to cultivate future leaders in surgery, and to be an educational resource locally and globally.

The vitality of this department is evident as we recruit talented leaders across all specialties with balanced dedication to all missions. I am confident the UW Department of Surgery will not only be ready for the future of healthcare, but will be a major contributor in charting the path forward.

On, Wisconsin!


Rebecca Minter, MD, MBA, FACS
A.R. Curreri Distinguished Chair
UW Department of Surgery