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Faculty, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health

Dr. Pfau's practice focuses on the application of diagnostic and therapeutic endoscopy to gastrointestinal disease. This primarily includes the diagnosis and treatment of gastrointestinal malignancies, disorders of the biliary system and pancreas, and screening for GI malignancies, particularly colon cancer.


Gastroenterology and Hepatology

UW Health Clinics

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

Hospital Affiliation(s)

University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics (primary)
Veterans Hospital - Wm. S. Middleton Memorial (secondary)

UW School of Medicine and Public Health

Department of Medicine

Professional Certifications and Education

Board Certification Gastroenterology
Fellowship Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
University Hospitals of Cleveland, Cleveland, OH
Residency Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
Internship Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
Medical School Northwestern University Medical School, Chicago, IL, 1994


Best Doctors® in America 2014

Best Doctors® in America 2013

Best Doctors® in America 2011

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. Pfau's research interests include therapeutic gastrointestinal endoscopy, gastrointestinal (GI) malignancies and colon cancer screening.

PubMed Articles
Wani S Hall M Keswani RN Aslanian HR Casey B Burbridge R Chak A Chen AM Cote G Edmundowicz SA Faulx AL Hollander TG Lee LS Mullady D Murad F Muthusamy VR Pfau PR Scheiman JM Tokar J Wagh MS Watson R Early D . Variation in Aptitude of Trainees in Endoscopic Ultrasonography, Based on Cumulative Sum Analysis. Clin Gastroenterol Hepatol. 2015 Jul;13(7):1318-1325.e2
[PubMed ID: 25460557]
Nelsen EM Johnson EA Walker AJ Pfau P Gopal DV . Endoscopic ultrasound-guided pancreatic pseudocyst cystogastrostomy using a novel self-expandable metal stent with antimigration system: A case series. Endosc Ultrasound. 2015 Jul-Sep;4(3):229-34
[PubMed ID: 26374582]
Stevens SM Johnson EA Pfau PR Dailey SH . Visual evaluation of the larynx and hypopharynx during esophagogastroduodenoscopy: a safety and feasibility study. Surg Endosc. 2015 May;29(5):1209-15
[PubMed ID: 25303903]
Benson M Lucey M Pfau P . Caecal intubation rates and colonoscopy competency. Gut. 2015 Feb;64(2):359
[PubMed ID: 24717933]
Benson M Pfau P . Response to Yarze. Am J Gastroenterol. 2015 Jan;110(1):195-6
[PubMed ID: 25567177]
Bowman EA Pfau PR Mitra A Reichelderfer M Gopal DV Hall BS Benson ME . High Definition Colonoscopy Combined with i-SCAN Imaging Technology Is Superior in the Detection of Adenomas and Advanced Lesions Compared to High Definition Colonoscopy Alone. Diagn Ther Endosc. 2015;2015:167406
[PubMed ID: 26167108]
Johnson EA Benson ME Guda N Pfau PR Frick TJ Gopal DV . Differentiating primary pancreatic lymphoma from adenocarcinoma using endoscopic ultrasound characteristics and flow cytometry: A case-control study. Endosc Ultrasound. 2014 Oct;3(4):221-5
[PubMed ID: 25485269]
Benson M Lucey M Pfau P . Training the competent colonoscopist. Gastroenterology. 2014 Sep;147(3):708-9
[PubMed ID: 25058019]
Benson M Grimes I Gopal D Reichelderfer M Soni A Benson H Austin K Pfau P . Influence of previous night call and sleep deprivation on screening colonoscopy quality. Am J Gastroenterol. 2014 Aug;109(8):1133-7
[PubMed ID: 24980883]
Weiss JM Smith MA Pickhardt PJ Kraft SA Flood GE Kim DH Strutz E Pfau PR . Predictors of colorectal cancer screening variation among primary-care providers and clinics. Am J Gastroenterol. 2013 Jul;108(7):1159-67
[PubMed ID: 23670114]
Grimes IC Spier BJ Swize LR Lindstrom MJ Pfau PR . Predictors of recurrent ingestion of gastrointestinal foreign bodies. Can J Gastroenterol. 2013 Jan;27(1):e1-4
[PubMed ID: 23378983]
Benson M Pier J Kraft S Kim D Pickhardt P Weiss J Gopal D Reichelderfer M Pfau P . Optical colonoscopy and virtual colonoscopy numbers after initiation of a CT colonography program: long term data. J Gastrointestin Liver Dis. 2012 Dec;21(4):391-5
[PubMed ID: 23256122]
Gagovic V Spier BJ DeLee RJ Barancin C Lindstrom M Einstein M Byrne S Harter J Agni R Pfau PR Frick TJ Soni A Gopal DV . Endoscopic ultrasound fine-needle aspiration characteristics of primary adenocarcinoma versus other malignant neoplasms of the pancreas. Can J Gastroenterol. 2012 Oct;26(10):691-6
[PubMed ID: 23061060]
Johnson EA De Lee R Agni R Pfau P Reichelderfer M Gopal DV . Probe-Based Confocal Laser Endomicroscopy to Guide Real-Time Endoscopic Therapy in Barrett's Esophagus with Dysplasia. Case Rep Gastroenterol. 2012 May;6(2):285-92
[PubMed ID: 22754488]
Benson ME Horton W Gluth J Pfau PR Einarsson S Lucey MR Soni A Reichelderfer M Gopal DV . Fiscal analysis of establishment of a double-balloon enteroscopy program and reimbursement. Clin Gastroenterol Hepatol. 2012 Apr;10(4):371-6.e1-2
[PubMed ID: 22226892]
Bowman EA Stevens EC Pfau PR Spier BJ . Ossification within an adenomatous polyp: a case report and review of the literature. Eur J Gastroenterol Hepatol. 2012 Feb;24(2):209-12
[PubMed ID: 22108510]
Fashoyin A Hartig G Schelman WR Ritter M Agni R Gopal DV Pfau PR Weiss JM . Aggressive adenocarcinoma of the cervical esophagus: importance of a multidisciplinary approach. Case Rep Gastrointest Med. 2012;2012:826246
[PubMed ID: 23304576]
Hancock S Bowman E Prabakaran J Benson M Agni R Pfau P Reichelderfer M Weiss J Gopal D . Use of i-scan Endoscopic Image Enhancement Technology in Clinical Practice to Assist in Diagnostic and Therapeutic Endoscopy: A Case Series and Review of the Literature. Diagn Ther Endosc. 2012;2012:193570
[PubMed ID: 23243384]
Weiss JM Pfau PR O'Connor ES King J LoConte N Kennedy G Smith MA . Mortality by stage for right- versus left-sided colon cancer: analysis of surveillance, epidemiology, and end results--Medicare data. J Clin Oncol. 2011 Nov 20;29(33):4401-9
[PubMed ID: 21969498]
Cornett DD Spier BJ Eggert AA Pfau PR . The causes and outcome of acute pancreatitis associated with serum lipaseĀ >10,000 u/l. Dig Dis Sci. 2011 Nov;56(11):3376-81
[PubMed ID: 21614591]