Eugene F. Foley, MD, FACS


  • Chief, Division of Colorectal Surgery
  • Vice Chair of Education
  • Vice Chair of Clinical Operations, Divisions of General Surgery
  • Endowed Chair, Susan Behrens MD Surgery Education Chair
Clinic: (608) 242-2800

  • Administrative Assistant: (608) 263-2521

600 Highland Avenue
MC 7375
Madison, WI 53792


  • MD, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, 1985
  • Residency, General Surgery, New England Deaconess Hospital, Boston, MA, 1985-1991
  • Fellowship, Surgical Endoscopy, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA, 1989
  • Fellowship, Colon and Rectal Surgery, Lahey Clinic Medical Center, Burlington, MA, 1992-1993

Clinical Specialties

Dr. Foley is certified by both the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery. He specializes in the treatment of diseases of the colon and rectum, including colon and rectal cancer, ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease, and diverticulitis. His practice includes diagnostic and therapeutic colonoscopy as well as the use of laparoscopy in the surgical treatment of colonic disease.

Research Interests

Dr. Foley’s research interests focus on clinical trials designed to improve the surgical care of colorectal disease through process improvement or the application of novel therapeutic techniques.

Recent Publications

  • Comparison of the Perspectives of Medical Students and Residents on the Surgery Learning Environment.
    Jung S, Greenberg J, O'Rourke AP, Minter RM, Foley E, Voils CI
    J Surg Res 2021 02; 258: 187-194
    [PubMed ID: 33011450]

  • 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]

  • The effect of gender on operative autonomy in general surgery residents.
    Meyerson SL, Odell DD, Zwischenberger JB, Schuller M, Williams RG, Bohnen JD, Dunnington GL, Torbeck L, Mullen JT, Mandell SP, Choti MA, Foley E, Are C, Auyang E, Chipman J, Choi J, Meier AH, Smink DS, Terhune KP, Wise PE, Soper N, Lillemoe K, Fryer JP, George BC, Procedural Learning and Safety Collaborative
    Surgery 2019 11; 166(5): 738-743
    [PubMed ID: 31326184]

  • CT detection of primary and metastatic ileal carcinoid tumor: rates of missed findings and associated delay in clinical diagnosis.
    Gupta A, Lubner MG, Wertz RM, Foley E, Loeffler A, Pickhardt PJ
    Abdom Radiol (NY) 2019 08; 44(8): 2721-2728
    [PubMed ID: 31016344]

  • An Interdisciplinary Approach to Surgical Skills Training Decreases Programmatic Costs.
    D'Angelo J, Snyder M, Bleedorn J, Hardie R, Foley E, Greenberg JA
    J Surg Res 2019 03; 235: 600-606
    [PubMed ID: 30691848]

All Publications on PubMed