Stephanie A. Savage, MD, MS


  • Director of Emergency General Surgery
  • Division of Acute Care and Regional General Surgery
(608) 262-6246

600 Highland Ave
Madison, WI 53792


  • MD, University of Wisconsin Medical School, 1999
  • Residency, General Surgery, UTHSCSA/Wilford Hall Medical Center, 2005
  • Fellowship, Surgical Critical Care, University of Tennessee Memphis, 2007
  • MS, Bioepidemiology, University of Tennessee Health Science Center, 2013

Clinical Specialties

Dr. Savage is certified by the American Board of Surgery in General Surgery and Surgical Critical Care. Her clinical practice focuses on care of the acute injured patient, the management of emergent general surgical diseases and providing critical care in the Intensive Care Unit setting. Dr. Savage is nationally recognized and serves on multiple committees for the American Association for the Surgery of Trauma, the Western Trauma Association, the Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma and the American Board of Surgery.

Research Interests

Dr. Savage’s research interests focus on massive hemorrhage and the interaction between abnormal clot formation and inflammation following injury. Dr. Savage is also well-published in research surrounding Emergency General Surgery grading systems and management.

Recent Publications

  • Which Hospital-Acquired Conditions Matter the Most in Trauma? An Evidence-Based Approach for Prioritizing Trauma Program Improvement.
    Lee PT, Krecko LK, Savage S, O'Rourke AP, Jung HS, Ingraham A, Zarzaur BL, Scarborough JE
    J Trauma Acute Care Surg 2022 Apr 08;
    [PubMed ID: 35393378]

  • Variations in clot phenotype following injury: The MA-R ratio and fragile clots.
    Harrington J, Zarzaur BL, Fox EE, Wade CE, Holcomb JB, Savage SA
    J Trauma Acute Care Surg 2022 03 01; 92(3): 504-510
    [PubMed ID: 35196304]

  • Comparison of a trauma comorbidity index with other measures of comorbidities to estimate risk of trauma mortality.
    Jenkins PC, Dixon BE, Savage SA, Carroll AE, Newgard CD, Tignanelli CJ, Hemmila MR, Timsina L
    Acad Emerg Med 2021 10; 28(10): 1150-1159
    [PubMed ID: 33914402]

  • Insights into the association between coagulopathy and inflammation: abnormal clot mechanics are a warning of immunologic dysregulation following major injury.
    Savage SA, Zarzaur BL, Gaski GE, McCarroll T, Zamora R, Namas RA, Vodovotz Y, Callcut RA, Billiar TR, McKinley TO
    Ann Transl Med 2020 Dec; 8(23): 1576
    [PubMed ID: 33437775]

  • Blueprint for Restructuring a Department of Surgery in Concert With the Health Care System During a Pandemic: The University of Wisconsin Experience.
    Zarzaur BL, Stahl CC, Greenberg JA, Savage SA, Minter RM
    JAMA Surg 2020 07 01; 155(7): 628-635
    [PubMed ID: 32286611]

All Publications on PubMed