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Charles P. Heise, MD, FACS Print Friendly Page

Faculty, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health

Dr. Heise is certified by the American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery and by the American Board of Surgery. His specialties include the surgical treatment of colon and rectal cancer(s), diverticulitis, and inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis). He performs laparoscopic bowel surgery for benign and malignant diseases. In addition, he performs ultrasound staging of rectal cancer and provides testing and surgical treatment for many pelvic floor disorders, including fecal incontinence.


Cancer Surgery

Surgery (General)

UW Health Clinics

Digestive Health Center
(608) 890-5000 | (855) 342-9900 | Map
Digestive Health Center
(608) 890-5000 | (855) 342-9900 | Map
Digestive Health Center
(608) 890-5000 | (855) 342-9900 | Map
Digestive Health Center
(608) 890-5000 | (855) 342-9900 | Map

Regional Specialty Clinics

SwedishAmerican Regional Cancer Center (Rockford)
(779) 696-9400 |  Map

Hospital Affiliation(s)

University Hospital (primary)
Veterans Hospital - Wm. S. Middleton Memorial (secondary)

UW School of Medicine and Public Health

Department of Surgery, General Surgery

Professional Certifications and Education

Board Certification Colon and Rectal Surgery

Research Fellowship, Tumor Immunotherapy, University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics, Madison, WI 1997-1998

Specialist Registrar, Surgery, Cheltenham General Hospital, Cheltenham, England, 2000-2001

Colon and Rectal Surgery, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, 2001-2002

Residency University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics, Madison, WI
Internship University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics, Madison, WI
Medical School University of Minnesota School of Medicine, Minneapolis, MN, 1994


Madison Magazine Top Docs 2016

Best Doctors® in America 2015

Madison Magazine Top Docs 2014

Best Doctors® in America 2014

Best Doctors® in America 2013

Madison Magazine Top Docs 2012

Medical interpreters are available to help patients communicate with hospital and clinic staff. For more information, please contact interpreter services at (608) 262-9000.


Our doctors provide a wide range of services. The following list represents some, but not all, of the procedures offered by this physician.


Dr. Heise’s current clinical research interests include patient outcome and function after surgical treatment of colorectal cancer and inflammatory bowel disease. His research laboratory focuses on novel delivery of cytokines for treatment of inflammatory bowel disease.

PubMed Articles
Scarborough JE Schumacher J Kent KC Heise CP Greenberg CC . Associations of Specific Postoperative Complications With Outcomes After Elective Colon Resection: A Procedure-Targeted Approach Toward Surgical Quality Improvement. JAMA Surg. 2017 Feb 15;152(2):e164681
[PubMed ID: 27926773]
Papageorge CM Zhao Q Foley EF Harms BA Heise CP Carchman EH Kennedy GD . Short-term outcomes of minimally invasive versus open colectomy for colon cancer. J Surg Res. 2016 Jul;204(1):83-93
[PubMed ID: 27451872]
Tevis SE Carchman EH Foley EF Heise CP Harms BA Kennedy GD . Does Anastomotic Leak Contribute to High Failure-to-rescue Rates? Ann Surg. 2016 Jun;263(6):1148-51
[PubMed ID: 26587851]
Tevis SE Carchman EH Foley EF Harms BA Heise CP Kennedy GD . Postoperative Ileus--More than Just Prolonged Length of Stay? J Gastrointest Surg. 2015 Sep;19(9):1684-90
[PubMed ID: 26105552]
Hanzlik TP Tevis SE Suwanabol PA Carchman EH Harms BA Heise CP Foley EF Kennedy GD . Characterizing readmission in ulcerative colitis patients undergoing restorative proctocolectomy. J Gastrointest Surg. 2015 Mar;19(3):564-9
[PubMed ID: 25560185]
Dixon E Buie WD Heise CP . What is the preferred surgery for perforated left-sided diverticulitis? J Am Coll Surg. 2014 Mar;218(3):495-7
[PubMed ID: 24559959]
Tevis SE Kohlnhofer BM Stringfield S Foley EF Harms BA Heise CP Kennedy GD . Postoperative complications in patients with rectal cancer are associated with delays in chemotherapy that lead to worse disease-free and overall survival. Dis Colon Rectum. 2013 Dec;56(12):1339-48
[PubMed ID: 24201387]
Ballian N Rajamanickam V Harms BA Foley EF Heise CP Greenberg CC Kennedy GD . Predictors of mortality after emergent surgery for acute colonic diverticulitis: analysis of National Surgical Quality Improvement Project data. J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2013 Feb;74(2):611-6
[PubMed ID: 23354259]
Ballian N Weisensel N Rajamanickam V Foley EF Heise CP Harms BA Kennedy GD . Comparable postoperative morbidity and mortality after laparoscopic and open emergent restorative colectomy: outcomes from the ACS NSQIP. World J Surg. 2012 Oct;36(10):2488-96
[PubMed ID: 22736343]
O'Connor ES Smith MA Heise CP . Outpatient diverticulitis: mild or myth? J Gastrointest Surg. 2012 Jul;16(7):1389-96
[PubMed ID: 22411489]
Ballian N Lubner MG Munoz A Harms BA Heise CP Foley EF Kennedy GD . Visceral obesity is associated with outcomes of total mesorectal excision for rectal adenocarcinoma. J Surg Oncol. 2012 Mar 15;105(4):365-70
[PubMed ID: 21751219]
Heise CP Pickhardt PJ . Invited commentary. Radiographics. 2012 Jan-Feb;32(1):194-7; discussion 194
[PubMed ID: 22338126]
Dolejs S Kennedy G Heise CP . Small bowel obstruction following restorative proctocolectomy: affected by a laparoscopic approach? J Surg Res. 2011 Oct;170(2):202-8
[PubMed ID: 21474147]
O'Connor ES Greenblatt DY LoConte NK Gangnon RE Liou JI Heise CP Smith MA . Adjuvant chemotherapy for stage II colon cancer with poor prognostic features. J Clin Oncol. 2011 Sep 1;29(25):3381-8
[PubMed ID: 21788561]
Heise CP . Restorative proctocolectomy and primary sclerosing cholangitis: an acceptable pairing? Dis Colon Rectum. 2011 Jul;54(7):771-2
[PubMed ID: 21654241]
Greenblatt DY Rajamanickam V Pugely AJ Heise CP Foley EF Kennedy GD . Short-term outcomes after laparoscopic-assisted proctectomy for rectal cancer: results from the ACS NSQIP. J Am Coll Surg. 2011 May;212(5):844-54
[PubMed ID: 21414814]
Kennedy GD Rajamanickam V O'connor ES Loconte NK Foley EF Leverson G Heise CP . Optimizing surgical care of colon cancer in the older adult population. Ann Surg. 2011 Mar;253(3):508-14
[PubMed ID: 21169811]
Malecki EA Skagen CL Frick TJ Heise CP Saha S . Ileoanal pouch inlet obstruction following cesarean section. Am J Gastroenterol. 2010 Aug;105(8):1906-7
[PubMed ID: 20686474]
Ballian N Yamane B Leverson G Harms B Heise CP Foley EF Kennedy GD . Body mass index does not affect postoperative morbidity and oncologic outcomes of total mesorectal excision for rectal adenocarcinoma. Ann Surg Oncol. 2010 Jun;17(6):1606-13
[PubMed ID: 20077020]
Russ AJ Obma KL Rajamanickam V Wan Y Heise CP Foley EF Harms B Kennedy GD . Laparoscopy improves short-term outcomes after surgery for diverticular disease. Gastroenterology. 2010 Jun;138(7):2267-74, 2274.e1
[PubMed ID: 20193685]