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

    • 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 Apr 23;
    • [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 Mar; 235: 600-606
    • [PubMed ID: 30691848]
    • 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 09; 164(3): 566-570
    • [PubMed ID: 29929754]

All Publications on PubMed