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Elise Lawson, MD, MSHS

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(608) 263-2521

Clinical Science Center
600 Highland Avenue
Madison, WI 53792-7375

Elise Lawson, MD, MSHS

Assistant Professor
Division of Colorectal Surgery
Divisions of General Surgery


  • MD, Stanford University School of Medicine, Palo Alto, California, 2007
  • Residency, UCLA General Surgery Residency Program, Los Angeles, California, 2007-2015
  • Fellowship, Lahey Clinic Fellowship in Colon and Rectal Surgery, Burlington, Massachusetts, 2015-2016

Clinical Specialties

Dr Lawson is a fellowship-trained colon and rectal surgeon. She has specific expertise in the surgical treatment of colon cancer, rectal cancer, inflammatory bowel disease (ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease), diverticulitis, and other benign conditions affecting the colon, rectum, and anus. Her practice includes diagnostic and therapeutic colonoscopy as well as the use of minimally invasive surgical techniques.

Research Interests

Dr. Lawson’s research focuses on measuring and improving the quality of surgical care.

Recent Publications
  • Should classification as an ACS-NSQIP high outlier be used to direct hospital quality improvement efforts?
    Lawson EH, Roberts PL, Francone TD, Marcello PW, Read TE, Ricciardi R
    Am. J. Surg. 2017 Jul 21.
    [PubMed ID: 28751060]
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  • Robotic Total Abdominal Hysterectomy With Bilateral Salpingo-oophorectomy and Low Anterior Resection with Transvaginal Specimen Extraction and Intracorporeal Colonic J-Pouch Construction: A Multidisciplinary Approach.
    Lawson EH, Wright VJ, Francone TD
    Dis. Colon Rectum 2017 Mar; 60(3):353.
    [PubMed ID: 28177999]
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  • Variation in Hospital Use of Postacute Care After Surgery and the Association With Care Quality.
    Sacks GD, Lawson EH, Dawes AJ, Weiss RE, Russell MM, Brook RH, Zingmond DS, Ko CY
    Med Care 2016 Feb; 54(2):172-9.
    [PubMed ID: 26595222]
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  • Using Both Clinical Registry and Administrative Claims Data to Measure Risk-adjusted Surgical Outcomes.
    Lawson EH, Louie R, Zingmond DS, Sacks GD, Brook RH, Hall BL, Ko CY
    Ann. Surg. 2016 Jan; 263(1):50-7.
    [PubMed ID: 25405553]
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  • Relationship Between Hospital Performance on a Patient Satisfaction Survey and Surgical Quality.
    Sacks GD, Lawson EH, Dawes AJ, Russell MM, Maggard-Gibbons M, Zingmond DS, Ko CY
    JAMA Surg 2015 Sep; 150(9):858-64.
    [PubMed ID: 26108091]
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  • Morbidity and Mortality Conference 2.0.
    Sacks GD, Lawson EH, Tillou A, Hines OJ
    Ann. Surg. 2015 Aug; 262(2):228-9.
    [PubMed ID: 26164430]
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  • Using Merged Clinical and Claims Registry Data to Identify High Utilizers of Surgical Inpatient Care 1 Year after Colectomy.
    Stey AM, Russell MM, Zingmond DS, Gibbons MM, Hall BL, Needleman J, Lawson EH, Liu N, Ko CY
    J. Am. Coll. Surg. 2015 Aug; 221(2):441-51.e1.
    [PubMed ID: 26141469]
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  • Which Patients Require More Care after Hospital Discharge? An Analysis of Post-Acute Care Use among Elderly Patients Undergoing Elective Surgery.
    Sacks GD, Lawson EH, Dawes AJ, Gibbons MM, Zingmond DS, Ko CY
    J. Am. Coll. Surg. 2015 Jun; 220(6):1113-1121.e2.
    [PubMed ID: 25872686]
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  • Extending the value of the National Surgical Quality Improvement Program claims dataset to study long-term outcomes: Rate of repeat ventral hernia repair.
    Stey AM, Russell MM, Sugar CA, Hall BL, Zingmond DS, Lawson EH, Ko CY
    Surgery 2015 Jun; 157(6):1157-65.
    [PubMed ID: 25731782]
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  • Comparison between clinical registry and medicare claims data on the classification of hospital quality of surgical care.
    Lawson EH, Zingmond DS, Hall BL, Louie R, Brook RH, Ko CY
    Ann. Surg. 2015 Feb; 261(2):290-6.
    [PubMed ID: 25569029]
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