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, 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

  • 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 10 01; 276(4): 665-672
    [PubMed ID: 35837946]

  • Delphi Consensus on Intraoperative Technical/Surgical Aspects to Prevent Surgical Site Infection after Colorectal Surgery.
    Ruiz-Tovar J, Boermeester MA, Bordeianou L, Chang GJ, Gorgun E, Justinger C, Lawson EH, Leaper DJ, Mahmoud NN, Mantyh C, McGee MF, Nfonsam V, Rubio-Perez I, Wick EC, Hedrick TL, Colorectal Delphi Facilitating Group
    J Am Coll Surg 2022 01 01; 234(1): 1-11
    [PubMed ID: 35213454]

  • Prevalence of High-Grade Anal Dysplasia and Anal Cancer in Veterans Living With HIV and CD4/CD8 Ratio as a Marker For Increased Risk: A Regional Retrospective Cohort Study.
    Sanger CB, Xu Y, Carchman E, Lawson EH, Heise CP, Striker R, Voils CI
    Dis Colon Rectum 2021 07 01; 64(7): 805-811
    [PubMed ID: 34086000]

  • 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]

All Publications on PubMed