Bruce A Harms, MD, MBA, FACS


  • Division of Colorectal Surgery
(608) 263-4224

  • 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

  • Medically Smart, Fiscally Illiterate: Lack of Financial Education Leads to Poor Retirement Savings Strategies in Surgical Trainees.
    Barrett JR, Leonard LD, Kovar A, McCarthy DP, Harms B, Tevis S
    Am Surg 2022 May 04; 31348221096579
    [PubMed ID: 35506914]

  • Over Worked and Under Paid: How Resident Finances Impact Perceived Stress, Career Choices, and Family Life.
    Kovar A, Carmichael H, Harms B, Nehler M, Tevis S
    J Surg Res 2021 02; 258: 82-87
    [PubMed ID: 33002665]

  • 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 2021 05; 25(5): 1280-1286
    [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]

All Publications on PubMed