Elise Lawson, MD, MSHS, FACS

Associate Professor

(608) 263-4224

  • Administrative Assistant: (608) 263-2521

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


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

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. She is Executive Director of the Surgical Collaborative of Wisconsin, a state-wide surgeon-led organization that aims to optimize quality, reduce costs, and promote delivery of care that is safe, effective, equitable, and patient-centered. Dr. Lawson’s research investigates variation in the delivery of colorectal cancer care, specifically addressing disparities in access, management, and outcomes.

Recent Publications

  • Disposal of Unused Postoperative Opioids: A Real-World Demonstration of Surgeon-initiated Strategies Using an Activated Charcoal Bag System.
    Nishtala MV, Karim AS, Melnick D, Delarwelle T, Lawson E, Greenberg CC, Borza T
    Ann Surg Open 2023 Sep; 4(3): e313
    [PubMed ID: 37746621]

  • Treating acute diverticulitis in pre- and post-solid-organ transplant patients: a single-institution cohort study.
    Klos CL, Bath NM, Carchman E, Leverson G, Lawson E, Sanger CB, King R, Heise C
    Colorectal Dis 2023 Jun; 25(6): 1238-1247
    [PubMed ID: 36945080]

  • Venous thromboembolism prophylaxis following colorectal surgery: a survey of American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgery (ASCRS) member surgeons.
    Aiken TJ, King R, Russell MM, Regenbogen SE, Lawson E, Zafar SN
    J Thromb Thrombolysis 2023 Feb; 55(2): 376-381
    [PubMed ID: 36454476]

  • Impact of Care Coordination on the Content of Communication Between Surgeons and Patients With Rectal Cancer.
    Lawson EH, Sommovilla J, Buffington A, Zelenski A, Schwarze ML
    Ann Surg Open 2022 Sep; 3(3): e177
    [PubMed ID: 36199484]

  • A Statewide Approach to Reducing Re-excision Rates for Women With Breast-conserving Surgery.
    Schumacher JR, Lawson EH, Kong AL, Weber JJ, May J, Landercasper J, Hanlon B, Marka N, Venkatesh M, Cartmill RS, Pavuluri Quamme S, Nikolay C, Greenberg CC
    Ann Surg 2022 Oct 01; 276(4): 665-672
    [PubMed ID: 35837946]

All Publications on PubMed