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Faculty, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health

Dr. Harms is certified by the American Board of Surgery with a certificate of added qualifications in surgical critical care. He is the former chief of the UW Hospital’s Section of Trauma and Surgical Critical Care. He also specializes in colorectal surgery for inflammatory bowel disease and other colorectal disorders.


Surgery (General)

Surgical Oncology

Accidental Bowel Leakage (fecal incontinence)

Anal Fissure

Anal Fistula

Anal Sphincter Reconstruction

Banding of Hemorrhoids

Bile Duct Cancer

Cancer Surgeons

Colon and Rectal Cancer

Colon and Rectal Surgery

Colon and Rectal Surgery - Specialists

Diverticular Disease

Gastrointestinal Cancer

Gastrointestinal Cancer (Colon and Rectal, Esophageal, Liver, Pancreatic)

Hand Assisted Laparoscopy

Hemorrhoidectomy for Hemorrhoids



Ileal Pouch Reconstruction

Laparoscopic Colon Surgery

Laparoscopic Rectal Surgery

Liver Cancer

Open Colon Surgery

Open Rectal Surgery

Rectal Prolapse

Sphincter Sparing Surgery

Stapled Hemorrhoid Surgery

Stomach Cancer

Total Proctocolectomy and Ileal Pouch

Ulcerative Colitis


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(608) 890-5000 | (855) 342-9900 | Map

UW School of Medicine and Public Health

Department of Surgery, Colorectal Surgery

Professional Certifications and Education

Board Certification Surgery
Fellowship Gloucestershire Royal Hospital, England
University of California-Davis Medical Center, Sacramento, CA

 Senior Registrar, Surgery, Gloucestershire Royal Hospital, Gloucester, England, 1983-1984

Residency University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics, Madison, WI
Internship University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics, Madison, WI
Medical School University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, NE

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

Dr. Harms maintains a basic science laboratory that researches the pulmonary microcirculation and pathophysiology of post-traumatic pulmonary edema.

PubMed Articles
Kovar A Carmichael H Harms B Nehler M Tevis S Over Worked and Under Paid: How Resident Finances Impact Perceived Stress, Career Choices, and Family Life. J Surg Res . 2021 Feb;258:82-87
[PubMed ID: 33002665]
Melvin JC Harms BA Heise CP Leverson GE Carchman EH The Optimal Ileal Pouch: Physiologic Parameters Significantly Correlate with Overall Pouch Function. J Gastrointest Surg . 2020 May 4;
[PubMed ID: 32367282]
Geltzeiler CB Son J Carchman EH Lawson EH Harms BA Striker R Selvaggi S Voils CI Anal Intraepithelial Neoplasia Screening With Anal Pap Tests: Follow-up and Corresponding Histology. J Surg Res . 2019 Dec;244:117-121
[PubMed ID: 31284140]
Lawson EH Melvin JC Geltzeiler CB Heise CP Foley EF King RS Harms BA Carchman EH Advances in the management of rectal cancer. Curr Probl Surg . 2019 Nov;56(11):100648
[PubMed ID: 31779779]
Tevis SE Rogers AP Carchman EH Foley EF Harms BA Clinically Competent and Fiscally at Risk: Impact of Debt and Financial Parameters on the Surgical Resident. J Am Coll Surg . 2018 Aug;227(2):163-171.e7
[PubMed ID: 29859900]
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]
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]
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]
Conhaim RL Dovi WF Watson KE Spiegel CA Harms BA Bacteremia does not affect cellular uptake of ultrafine particles in the lungs of rats. Anat Rec (Hoboken) . 2011 Mar;294(3):550-7
[PubMed ID: 21337717]
Philip AK Lubner MG Harms B Computed tomographic colonography. Surg Clin North Am . 2011 Feb;91(1):127-39
[PubMed ID: 21184904]
Conhaim RL Mangino MJ Dovi WF Watson KE Warner TF Harms BA Microthrombus formation may trigger lung injury after acute blood loss. Shock . 2010 Dec;34(6):601-7
[PubMed ID: 20442694]
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]
Ballian N Zarebczan B Munoz A Harms B Heise CP Foley EF Kennedy GD Routine evaluation of the distal colon remnant before Hartmann's reversal is not necessary in asymptomatic patients. J Gastrointest Surg . 2009 Dec;13(12):2260-7
[PubMed ID: 19727977]
Kennedy GD Heise C Rajamanickam V Harms B Foley EF Laparoscopy decreases postoperative complication rates after abdominal colectomy: results from the national surgical quality improvement program. Ann Surg . 2009 Apr;249(4):596-601
[PubMed ID: 19300230]