University of Wisconsin–Madison

Eugene F Foley, MD, FACS


  • Vice Chair of Education
  • Chief, Division of Colorectal Surgery
  • Vice Chairman of Clinical Operations, Divisions of General Surgery
  • Endowed Chair, Susan Behrens MD Surgery Education Chair
(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

    • Examining the Impact of Using the SIMPL Application on Feedback in Surgical Education.
    • Gunderson K, Sullivan S, Warner-Hillard C, Thompson R, Greenberg JA, Foley EF, Jung HS
    • J Surg Educ 2018 Nov; 75(6): e246-e254
    • [PubMed ID: 30213738]
    • Egg consumption may improve factors associated with glycemic control and insulin sensitivity in adults with pre- and type II diabetes.
    • Pourafshar S, Akhavan NS, George KS, Foley EM, Johnson SA, Keshavarz B, Navaei N, Davoudi A, Clark EA, Arjmandi BH
    • Food Funct 2018 Aug 15; 9(8): 4469-4479
    • [PubMed ID: 30073224]
    • Is the operative autonomy granted to a resident consistent with operative performance quality.
    • Williams RG, George BC, Bohnen JD, Meyerson SL, Schuller MC, Meier AH, Torbeck L, Mandell SP, Mullen JT, Smink DS, Chipman JG, Auyang ED, Terhune KP, Wise PE, Choi J, Foley EF, Choti MA, Are C, Soper N, Zwischenberger JB, Dunnington GL, Lillemoe KD, Fryer JP, Procedural Learning and Safety Collaborative
    • Surgery 2018 Sep; 164(3): 566-570
    • [PubMed ID: 29929754]
    • Clinically Competent and Fiscally at Risk: Impact of Debt and Financial Parameters on the Surgical Resident.
    • Tevis SE, Rogers AP, Carchman EH, Foley EF, Harms BA
    • J. Am. Coll. Surg. 2018 Aug; 227(2): 163-171.e7
    • [PubMed ID: 29859900]
    • Relationship of procedural numbers with meaningful procedural autonomy in general surgery residents.
    • Stride HP, George BC, Williams RG, Bohnen JD, Eaton MJ, Schuller MC, Zhao L, Yang A, Meyerson SL, Scully R, Dunnington GL, Torbeck L, Mullen JT, Mandell SP, Choti M, Foley E, Are C, Auyang E, Chipman J, Choi J, Meier A, Smink D, Terhune KP, Wise P, DaRosa D, Soper N, Zwischenberger JB, Lillemoe K, Fryer JP
    • Surgery 2018 03; 163(3): 488-494
    • [PubMed ID: 29277387]

All Publications on PubMed