Girma Tefera, MD, FACS


  • Chair, Division of Vascular Surgery
  • Vice Chair of Global Surgery
(608) 265-4420

600 Highland Ave
BX3236 Clinical Science Center-H5
Madison, WI 53792-3284


  • MD, University of Pisa Faculty of Medicine, Pisa, Italy, 1982
  • AO Clinic Fellowship in Trauma, Field Kirsh Hospital, Field Kirsh, Austria, 1991
  • Postgraduate Training in General Surgery, Friedrich Stadt Hospital, Dresden, Germany, 1988-1992
  • Residency in General Surgery, Howard University Hospital, Washington, D.C., 1994-1999
  • Fellowship in Vascular Surgery, University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics, Madison, WI, 1999-2000

Clinical Specialties

Dr. Tefera is certified by the American Board of Surgery. He specializes in all aspects of vascular surgery, with special interests in aortic aneurysm treatment with endovascular stent grafts and angioplasty of peripheral arteries including carotid artery, illiac and superficial femoral artery.

Current appointments: UWHC, Meriter, VA

Clinic appointments: West Clinic, 1 S Park Clinic, Portage

Research Interests

Dr. Tefera has clinical research interests in abdominal aortic aneurysm treatment with endovascular stent graft, distal peripheral artery bypass surgery, and angioplasty and stent for limb salvage.

Recent Publications

  • The American College of Surgeons as an advocate for global surgery awareness.
    Bell N, Tefera G, Melone M, Bass B
    Surgeon 2022 Feb; 20(1): 61-65
    [PubMed ID: 34961700]

  • Academic Partnerships in Global Surgery: An Overview American Surgical Association Working Group on Academic Global Surgery.
    Debas H, Alatise OI, Balch CM, Brennan M, Cusack J, Donkor P, Jaffe BM, Mazariegos GV, Mock C, Mutiibwa D, Numann P, Nyagatuba JKM, O'Neill JA, Tarpley JL, Tesfaye S, Tefera G, Tuttle TM
    Ann Surg 2020 03; 271(3): 460-469
    [PubMed ID: 31592897]

  • American College of Surgeons Member Involvement in Global Surgery: Results from the 2015 Operation Giving Back Survey.
    Boeck MA, Goodman LF, Lin Y, Wilczak B, Tefera G
    World J Surg 2018 Jul; 42(7): 2018-2027
    [PubMed ID: 29411067]

  • Above and beyond: A primer for young surgeons interested in global surgery.
    Ferrada P, Sakran JV, Dubose J, Vergis A, Peck G, Alseidi A, Moalem J, Tefera G, Turner PL
    Bull Am Coll Surg 2017 02; 102(2): 33-8
    [PubMed ID: 28925237]

  • Operation Giving Back and the ACS Archives offer opportunities for engagement.
    Tefera G, Wilczak B, Barber D
    Bull Am Coll Surg 2016 12; 101(12): 70-1
    [PubMed ID: 28937177]

All Publications on PubMed