Digestive Health Research and Education

 Learn about our life-saving research

Digestive Health Services at UW Health is recognized for its excellence in the diagnosis and management of patients with disorders of the esophagus, stomach, small intestine, colon, anorectum, liver, pancreas, gallbladder and biliary tree. 

Such excellence is rooted in research. Research is the catalyst that keeps us striving for better understanding of disease; that urges us to seek better delivery of care and improved patient outcomes. It is the challenge of research and education that has attracted the superb clinicians and teachers that comprise our facility.


Current GI and Hepatology Research Trials

Contact Information
Interested in participating in a clinical trial? Call our research office at (608) 263-4185.
Information about GI Trials
View more information about current trials (Dept. of Medicine website)



Methods of Research


Research at the University of Wisconsin-Madison takes several forms. Included are several methods of research:

  • Basic scientific studies
  • Clinical studies
  • Transitional research
  • Current Research Initiatives

We have established clinical and basic science research programs which complement our clinical colon and rectal surgery program. This research is dedicated to the advancement of colorectal surgical science and improvement in patient care.

  • We have an extensive, ongoing prospective colorectal surgery database that allows us to monitor outcomes and quality of care in our UW patient population.
  • We offer participation in national, multi-institutional clinical trials such as the American College of Surgeons Oncology Group (ACOSOG) investigating rectal cancer outcomes.
  • In addition, we have ongoing funded clinical research involving both benign diseases such as diverticulitis and malignancy to include novel radiologic diagnostic rectal cancer strategies.
  • Our laboratory research also focuses on colorectal malignancy investigating the biologic differences between colon and rectal cancer.

Surgical Education


We are also dedicated to further colorectal surgery education. Our surgeons are regularly involved in various national, regional and local educational activities.

  • Annual Colorectal Surgery CME program for referring physicians, presenting timely updates and instruction on a variety of colorectal disease oriented topics.
  • Provide leadership and participation in national surgical education, including the American College of Surgeons (ACS) and American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons (ASCRS).
  • Regionally and Nationally known speakers, our surgeons often play major roles in loco-regional educational programs.
  • Have an integral role in daily medical student and resident surgical education at UW.