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Faculty, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health

Dr. Tefera is Board Certified in general surgery by the American Board of Surgery and has added certification in vascular surgery.


Dr. Tefera specializes in all aspects of vascular surgery, but has particular interest in minimally invasive vascular interventions including stent grafts for aortic aneurysm treatment as well as percutaneous treatments of carotid arteries and vascular diseases of lower extremity.


Vascular Surgery

UW Health Clinics

1 S. Park Clinic
(608) 287-2100 | (888) 703-2778 | Map
West Clinic
(608) 263-8915 | (800) 323-8942 | Map

Regional Specialty Clinics

UW Health Specialty Clinic - Portage (Portage)
(608) 742-3004  | (888) 703-2778 |  Map

Hospital Affiliation(s)

University Hospital (primary)
UnityPoint Health - Meriter, St. Mary's Hospital, Veterans Hospital - Wm. S. Middleton Memorial (secondary)

UW School of Medicine and Public Health

Department of Surgery

Professional Certifications and Education

Board Certification Surgery
Vascular Surgery
Fellowship University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics, Madison, WI

Vascular Surgery Fellowship, University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics, Madison, WI, 1999-2000

Residency Howard University Hospital, Washington, DC
Friedrich Stadt Hospital, Dresden, Germany
Internship Howard University Hospital, Washington, DC
Medical School University of Pisa, Italy


Madison Magazine Top Docs 2014

Languages Spoken

English, German, Italian, Amharic
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. Tefera is principal investigator in multiple multi-center clinical trials that pretest the efficacy of new devices and techniques in the treatment of Abdominal and Thoracic Aneurysm. He is also principal investigator in the clinical trials to evaluate carotid artery stenting.

PubMed Articles
Stringer AP Christley RM Bell CE Gebreab F Tefera G Reed K Trawford A Pinchbeck GL . Owner reported diseases of working equids in central Ethiopia. Equine Vet J. 2017 Jul;49(4):501-506
[PubMed ID: 27565130]
Gabr RE Tefera GB Allen WJ Pednekar AS Narayana PA . Erratum to: GRAPE: a graphical pipeline environment for image analysis in adaptive magnetic resonance imaging. Int J Comput Assist Radiol Surg. 2017 Mar;12(3):459
[PubMed ID: 27905027]
Gabr RE Tefera GB Allen WJ Pednekar AS Narayana PA . GRAPE: a graphical pipeline environment for image analysis in adaptive magnetic resonance imaging. Int J Comput Assist Radiol Surg. 2017 Mar;12(3):449-457
[PubMed ID: 27796790]
Atnafie B Paulos D Abera M Tefera G Hailu D Kasaye S Amenu K . Occurrence of Escherichia coli O157:H7 in cattle feces and contamination of carcass and various contact surfaces in abattoir and butcher shops of Hawassa, Ethiopia. BMC Microbiol. 2017 Jan 25;17(1):24
[PubMed ID: 28122502]
Raykar N Mukhopadhyay S Ng-Kamstra JS Lin Y Saluja S Scott JW Anderson G Meara JG Tefera G Bickler SW . Progress in achieving universal access to surgical care: An update and a path forward. Bull Am Coll Surg. 2016 Jun;101(6):12-8
[PubMed ID: 27405180]
Tefera G Tegegne F Mekuriaw Y Melaku S Tsunekawa A . Effects of different forms of white lupin (Lupinus albus) grain supplementation on feed intake, digestibility, growth performance and carcass characteristics of Washera sheep fed Rhodes grass (Chloris gayana) hay-based diets. Trop Anim Health Prod. 2015 Dec;47(8):1581-90
[PubMed ID: 26250152]
[PubMed ID: 26591278]
Philpott J Comelson B Rouleau K Wilson L Derbew M Mekasha A Wondimagegn D Yigeremu M Haq C Kvach E Tefera G . Authors' reply to Dawn of family medicine in Ethiopia. Fam Med. 2015 Feb;47(2):148-9
[PubMed ID: 25646990]
Raval AN Schmuck EG Tefera G Leitzke C Ark CV Hei D Centanni JM de Silva R Koch J Chappell RG Hematti P . Bilateral administration of autologous CD133+ cells in ambulatory patients with refractory critical limb ischemia: lessons learned from a pilot randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial. Cytotherapy. 2014 Dec;16(12):1720-32
[PubMed ID: 25239491]
Gupta PK Ramanan B Engelbert TL Tefera G Hoch JR Kent KC . A comparison of open surgery versus endovascular repair of unstable ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysms. J Vasc Surg. 2014 Dec;60(6):1439-45
[PubMed ID: 25103257]
Philpott J Cornelson B Derbew M Haq C Kvach E Mekasha A Rouleau K Tefera G Wondimagegn D Wilson L Yigeremu M . The dawn of family medicine in Ethiopia. Fam Med. 2014 Oct;46(9):685-90
[PubMed ID: 25275278]
Busse H Aboneh EA Tefera G . Learning from developing countries in strengthening health systems: an evaluation of personal and professional impact among global health volunteers at Addis Ababa University's Tikur Anbessa Specialized Hospital (Ethiopia). Global Health. 2014 Sep 5;10:64
[PubMed ID: 25190076]
Azazh A Brown LD Ayele RA Teklu S W/Tsadik A Tefera M Bacha T Geremew H Tefera G Busse H . Enhancing emergency medicine initiatives with a quality improvement program: lessons learned in the emergency department of Tikur Anbessa Hospital, Addis Ababa Ethiopia. Ethiop Med J. 2014 Jul;Suppl 2:37-44
[PubMed ID: 25546908]
Tefera M Bacha T Butteris S Teshome G Ross J Hagen S Svenson J Busse H Tefera G . Development of pediatric emergency medicine at Addis Ababa University/Tikuranbessa Specialized Hospital, Ethiopia. Ethiop Med J. 2014 Jul;Suppl 2:27-35
[PubMed ID: 25546907]
Teklu S Azazh A Seyoum N Woldetsadik A Tupesis JP Wubben R Hunchak C Meshkat N Tefera G Maskalyk J . Development and implementation of an emergency medicine graduate training program at Addis Ababa University School of Medicine: challenges and successes. Ethiop Med J. 2014 Jul;Suppl 2:13-9
[PubMed ID: 25546905]
Azazh A Teklu S Woldetsadi A Seyoum N Geremew H Busse H Tefera G Wubben R Rankin P Tupesis JP Maskalyk J Landes M Mehari E Derbew M . Emergency medicine and its development in Ethiopia with emphasis on the role of Addis Ababa University, School of Medicine, Emergency Medicine Department. Ethiop Med J. 2014 Jul;Suppl 2:1-12
[PubMed ID: 25546904]
Zemedkun K Woldemichael K Tefera G . Assessing control of asthma in Jush, Jimma, South West Ethiopia. Ethiop J Health Sci. 2014 Jan;24(1):49-58
[PubMed ID: 24591799]
Busse H Azazh A Teklu S Tupesis JP Woldetsadik A Wubben RJ Tefera G . Creating change through collaboration: a twinning partnership to strengthen emergency medicine at Addis Ababa University/Tikur Anbessa Specialized Hospital--a model for international medical education partnerships. Acad Emerg Med. 2013 Dec;20(12):1310-8
[PubMed ID: 24341587]
Dull BZ Smith B Tefera G Weber S . Surgical management of retroperitoneal leiomyosarcoma arising from the inferior vena cava. J Gastrointest Surg. 2013 Dec;17(12):2166-71
[PubMed ID: 24146340]
Bobadilla JL Suwanabol PA Reeder SB Pozniak MA Bley TA Tefera G . Clinical implications of non-contrast-enhanced computed tomography for follow-up after endovascular abdominal aortic aneurysm repair. Ann Vasc Surg. 2013 Nov;27(8):1042-8
[PubMed ID: 23711975]