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

  • 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 Jul 01; 155(7): 628-635
    [PubMed ID: 32286611]

  • The electric scooter: A surging new mode of transportation that comes with risk to riders.
    Puzio TJ, Murphy PB, Gazzetta J, Dineen HA, Savage SA, Streib EW, Zarzaur BL
    Traffic Inj Prev 2020; 21(2): 175-178
    [PubMed ID: 32023131]

  • Impact of Patient Frailty on Morbidity and Mortality after Common Emergency General Surgery Operations.
    Murphy PB, Savage SA, Zarzaur BL
    J. Surg. Res. 2020 03; 247: 95-102
    [PubMed ID: 31787316]

  • The Utility of Rivaroxaban as Primary Venous Thromboprophylaxis in an Adult Trauma Population.
    Kingdon LK, Miller EM, Savage SA
    J. Surg. Res. 2019 12; 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 04; 86(4): 601-608
    [PubMed ID: 30601458]

All Publications on PubMed