Bruce A Harms, MD, MBA, FACS


  • Division of Colorectal Surgery
Clinic: (608) 242-2800

  • Administrative Assistant: (608) 263-2521

600 Highland Avenue
MC 7375
Madison, WI 53792-3284


  • MD, University of Nebraska Medical School, Omaha, NE, 1977
  • Residency, University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics, Madison, WI, 1977-1980, 1981-1983
  • Research Fellow, University of California-Davis, Sacramento, CA, 1980-1981
  • Senior Registrar, Surgery, Gloucestershire Royal Hospital, Gloucester, England, 1983-1984

Clinical Specialties

Dr. Harms is certified by the American Board of Surgery with a certificate of added qualifications in surgical critical care. Dr. Harms is the chief of the Department of Surgery’s section of colorectal surgery and vice-chief of the Division of General Surgery. Dr. Harms specializes in colorectal surgery with special interests in inflammatory bowel disease and reconstructive colorectal surgery.

Research Interests

Dr. Harms maintains a basic science laboratory that investigates the pulmonary microcirculation and pathophysiology of post-traumatic pulmonary injury. Clinical research projects include the factors important for successful reconstructive surgery for inflammatory bowel disease.

Recent Publications

  • The Optimal Ileal Pouch: Physiologic Parameters Significantly Correlate with Overall Pouch Function.
    Melvin JC, Harms BA, Heise CP, Leverson GE, Carchman EH
    J. Gastrointest. Surg. 2020 May 04;
    [PubMed ID: 32367282]

  • Advances in the management of rectal cancer.
    Lawson EH, Melvin JC, Geltzeiler CB, Heise CP, Foley EF, King RS, Harms BA, Carchman EH
    Curr Probl Surg 2019 11; 56(11): 100648
    [PubMed ID: 31779779]

  • Anal Intraepithelial Neoplasia Screening With Anal Pap Tests: Follow-up and Corresponding Histology.
    Geltzeiler CB, Son J, Carchman EH, Lawson EH, Harms BA, Striker R, Selvaggi S, Voils CI
    J. Surg. Res. 2019 12; 244: 117-121
    [PubMed ID: 31284140]

  • Clinically Competent and Fiscally at Risk: Impact of Debt and Financial Parameters on the Surgical Resident.
    Tevis SE, Rogers AP, Carchman EH, Foley EF, Harms BA
    J. Am. Coll. Surg. 2018 08; 227(2): 163-171.e7
    [PubMed ID: 29859900]

  • Short-term outcomes of minimally invasive versus open colectomy for colon cancer.
    Papageorge CM, Zhao Q, Foley EF, Harms BA, Heise CP, Carchman EH, Kennedy GD
    J. Surg. Res. 2016 07; 204(1): 83-93
    [PubMed ID: 27451872]

All Publications on PubMed