University of Wisconsin–Madison

Stephanie A. Savage, MD, MS


  • Director of Emergency General Surgery
  • Division of Acute Care and Regional General Surgery

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

    • "The Utility of Rivaroxaban as Primary Venous Thromboprophylaxis in an Adult Trauma Population".
    • Kingdon LK, Miller EM, Savage SA
    • J. Surg. Res. 2019 Jul 20; 244: 509-515
    • [PubMed ID: 31336243]
    • The EGS grading scale for skin and soft-tissue infections is predictive of poor outcomes: a multicenter validation study.
    • Savage SA, Li SW, Utter GH, Cox JA, Wydo SM, Cahill K, Sarani B, Holzmacher J, Duane TM, Gandhi RR, Zielinski MD, Ray-Zack M, Tierney J, Chapin T, Murphy PB, Vogt KN, Schroeppel TJ, Callaghan E, Kobayashi L, Coimbra R, Schuster KM, Gillaspie D, Timsina L, Louis A, Crandall M
    • J Trauma Acute Care Surg 2019 Apr; 86(4): 601-608
    • [PubMed ID: 30601458]
    • Overall Splenectomy Rates Stable Despite Increasing Usage of Angiography in the Management of High-grade Blunt Splenic Injury.
    • Dolejs SC, Savage SA, Hartwell JL, Zarzaur BL
    • Ann. Surg. 2018 07; 268(1): 179-185
    • [PubMed ID: 28350569]
    • Shock volume: Patient-specific cumulative hypoperfusion predicts organ dysfunction in a prospective cohort of multiply injured patients.
    • McKinley TO, McCarroll T, Metzger C, Zarzaur BL, Savage SA, Bell TM, Gaski GE
    • J Trauma Acute Care Surg 2018 07; 85(1S Suppl 2): S84-S91
    • [PubMed ID: 29521799]
    • The Alvarado score should be used to reduce emergency department length of stay and radiation exposure in select patients with abdominal pain.
    • Coleman JJ, Carr BW, Rogers T, Field MS, Zarzaur BL, Savage SA, Hammer PM, Brewer BL, Feliciano DV, Rozycki GS
    • J Trauma Acute Care Surg 2018 06; 84(6): 946-950
    • [PubMed ID: 29521805]

All Publications on PubMed