Elise Lawson, MD, MSHS, FACS

Assistant Professor

Clinic: (608) 242-2800

  • Administrative Assistant: (608) 263-2521

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


  • 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. 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

  • Overprescription of Opioids Following Outpatient Anorectal Surgery: A Single-Institution Study.
    Livingston-Rosanoff D, Aiken T, Rademacher B, Glover C, Skelton P, Paulson M, Lawson EH
    Dis Colon Rectum 2020 11; 63(11): 1541-1549
    [PubMed ID: 33044295]

  • Natural history and cost analysis of surgical bypass versus endoscopic stenting for the palliative management of malignant gastric outlet obstruction.
    Fisher AV, Hanlon B, Fernandes-Taylor S, Schumacher JR, Lawson EH, Ronnekleiv-Kelly SM, Minter RM, Weber SM, Abbott DE
    HPB (Oxford) 2020 04; 22(4): 529-536
    [PubMed ID: 31519358]

  • 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]

  • Cohort Study of Overutilization of Preventive Screening for Patients With Pancreatic Cancer.
    Fisher AV, Abbott DE, Fernandes-Taylor S, Havlena JA, Wang X, Shan Y, Lawson EH, Winslow ER, Weber SM, Schumacher JR
    Pancreas 2018 10; 47(9): e65-e67
    [PubMed ID: 30199493]

All Publications on PubMed