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Faculty, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health

Dr. Kudsk specializes in trauma, surgical critical care, surgical nutrition and adult general surgery.


Surgery (General)

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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 General Surgery
Surgical Critical Care
Fellowship University California, San Fransico
The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH

Research Fellowship in Respiratory Distress, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, 1976-1977 Clinical Fellowship, American Cancer Society, 1976-1977 Research Fellowship in Trauma and Burn, University of California, San Francisco, CA, 1979-1981

Residency The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH Hospital
Internship The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH Hospital
Medical School University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL, 1975


Madison Magazine Top Docs 2012

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

Programs & Conditions


Dr. Kudsk conducts basic research studying the interactions between nutritional status and infectious risk in surgical and critically injured patients. His research program investigates the effect of route and type of nutrition on mucosal immunity in the intestinal and respiratory tracts.

PubMed Articles
Busch RA Curtis CS Kight CE Leverson GE Ma Y Maursetter L Kudsk KA . An Institutional Change in Continuous Renal Replacement Therapy. Nutr Clin Pract. 2017 Apr;32(2):245-251
[PubMed ID: 27589256]
Kudsk KA Munoz-Del-Rio A Busch RA Kight CE Schoeller DA . Stratification of Fat-Free Mass Index Percentiles for Body Composition Based on National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey III Bioelectric Impedance Data. JPEN J Parenter Enteral Nutr. 2017 Feb;41(2):249-257
[PubMed ID: 26092851]
Busch RA Heneghan AF Pierre JF Neuman JC Reimer CA Wang X Kimple ME Kudsk KA . Bombesin Preserves Goblet Cell Resistin-Like Molecule β During Parenteral Nutrition but Not Other Goblet Cell Products. JPEN J Parenter Enteral Nutr. 2016 Sep;40(7):1042-9
[PubMed ID: 25934045]
Ziegler TR May AK Hebbar G Easley KA Griffith DP Dave N Collier BR Cotsonis GA Hao L Leong T Manatunga AK Rosenberg ES Jones DP Martin GS Jensen GL Sax HC Kudsk KA Galloway JR Blumberg HM Evans ME Wischmeyer PE . Efficacy and Safety of Glutamine-supplemented Parenteral Nutrition in Surgical ICU Patients: An American Multicenter Randomized Controlled Trial. Ann Surg. 2016 Apr;263(4):646-55
[PubMed ID: 26501700]
Curtis CS Busch RA Crass RL Webb AP Kudsk KA . Use of Premixed Parenteral Nutrition During a Phosphate Shortage in a Non-Critically Ill Population. Nutr Clin Pract. 2016 Apr;31(2):218-22
[PubMed ID: 25896971]
Busch RA Jonker MA Pierre JF Heneghan AF Kudsk KA . Innate Mucosal Immune System Response of BALB/c vs C57BL/6 Mice to Injury in the Setting of Enteral and Parenteral Feeding. JPEN J Parenter Enteral Nutr. 2016 Feb;40(2):256-63
[PubMed ID: 25403938]
Pierre JF Busch RA Kudsk KA . The gastrointestinal immune system: Implications for the surgical patient. Curr Probl Surg. 2016 Jan;53(1):11-47
[PubMed ID: 26699624]
Pierre JF Neuman JC Brill AL Brar HK Thompson MF Cadena MT Connors KM Busch RA Heneghan AF Cham CM Jones EK Kibbe CR Davis DB Groblewski GE Kudsk KA Kimple ME . The gastrin-releasing peptide analog bombesin preserves exocrine and endocrine pancreas morphology and function during parenteral nutrition. Am J Physiol Gastrointest Liver Physiol. 2015 Sep 15;309(6):G431-42
[PubMed ID: 26185331]
Wang X Pierre JF Heneghan AF Busch RA Kudsk KA . Glutamine Improves Innate Immunity and Prevents Bacterial Enteroinvasion During Parenteral Nutrition. JPEN J Parenter Enteral Nutr. 2015 Aug;39(6):688-97
[PubMed ID: 24836948]
Jonker MA Heneghan AF Fechner JH Pierre JF Sano Y Lan J Kudsk KA . Gut Lymphocyte Phenotype Changes After Parenteral Nutrition and Neuropeptide Administration. Ann Surg. 2015 Jul;262(1):194-201
[PubMed ID: 25563877]
Busch RA Curtis CS Leverson GE Kudsk KA . Use of Piggyback Electrolytes for Patients Receiving Individually Prescribed vs Premixed Parenteral Nutrition. JPEN J Parenter Enteral Nutr. 2015 Jul;39(5):586-90
[PubMed ID: 24390715]
Gosain A Barlow-Anacker AJ Erickson CS Pierre JF Heneghan AF Epstein ML Kudsk KA . Impaired Cellular Immunity in the Murine Neural Crest Conditional Deletion of Endothelin Receptor-B Model of Hirschsprung's Disease. PLoS One. 2015;10(6):e0128822
[PubMed ID: 26061883]
Leone V Gibbons SM Martinez K Hutchison AL Huang EY Cham CM Pierre JF Heneghan AF Nadimpalli A Hubert N Zale E Wang Y Huang Y Theriault B Dinner AR Musch MW Kudsk KA Prendergast BJ Gilbert JA Chang EB . Effects of diurnal variation of gut microbes and high-fat feeding on host circadian clock function and metabolism. Cell Host Microbe. 2015 May 13;17(5):681-9
[PubMed ID: 25891358]
Pierre JF Heneghan AF Wang X Roenneburg DA Groblewski GE Kudsk KA . Bombesin improves adaptive immunity of the salivary gland during parenteral nutrition. JPEN J Parenter Enteral Nutr. 2015 Feb;39(2):190-9
[PubMed ID: 24121183]
Busch RA Heneghan AF Pierre JF Wang X Kudsk KA . The enteric nervous system neuropeptide, bombesin, reverses innate immune impairments during parenteral nutrition. Ann Surg. 2014 Sep;260(3):432-43; discussion 443-4
[PubMed ID: 25115419]
Heneghan AF Pierre JF Tandee K Shanmuganayagam D Wang X Reed JD Steele JL Kudsk KA . Parenteral nutrition decreases paneth cell function and intestinal bactericidal activity while increasing susceptibility to bacterial enteroinvasion. JPEN J Parenter Enteral Nutr. 2014 Sep;38(7):817-824
[PubMed ID: 23894173]
Pierre JF Barlow-Anacker AJ Erickson CS Heneghan AF Leverson GE Dowd SE Epstein ML Kudsk KA Gosain A . Intestinal dysbiosis and bacterial enteroinvasion in a murine model of Hirschsprung's disease. J Pediatr Surg. 2014 Aug;49(8):1242-51
[PubMed ID: 25092084]
Heneghan AF Pierre JF Gosain A Kudsk KA . IL-25 improves luminal innate immunity and barrier function during parenteral nutrition. Ann Surg. 2014 Feb;259(2):394-400
[PubMed ID: 23426341]
Pierre JF Heneghan AF Feliciano RP Shanmuganayagam D Krueger CG Reed JD Kudsk KA . Cranberry proanthocyanidins improve intestinal sIgA during elemental enteral nutrition. JPEN J Parenter Enteral Nutr. 2014 Jan;38(1):107-14
[PubMed ID: 23359014]
Heneghan AF Pierre JF Kudsk KA . IL-25 improves IgA levels during parenteral nutrition through the JAK-STAT pathway. Ann Surg. 2013 Dec;258(6):1065-71
[PubMed ID: 23160152]