University of Wisconsin–Madison

Bruce A Harms, MD, MBA, FACS


  • Division of Colorectal Surgery
(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

    • 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 Jul 05; 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]
    • Does Anastomotic Leak Contribute to High Failure-to-rescue Rates?
    • Tevis SE, Carchman EH, Foley EF, Heise CP, Harms BA, Kennedy GD
    • Ann. Surg. 2016 06; 263(6): 1148-51
    • [PubMed ID: 26587851]
    • Postoperative Ileus--More than Just Prolonged Length of Stay?
    • Tevis SE, Carchman EH, Foley EF, Harms BA, Heise CP, Kennedy GD
    • J. Gastrointest. Surg. 2015 Sep; 19(9): 1684-90
    • [PubMed ID: 26105552]

All Publications on PubMed