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Faculty, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health

Dr. Heise is certified by the American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery and by the American Board of Surgery. His specialties include the surgical treatment of colon and rectal cancer(s), diverticulitis, and inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis). He performs laparoscopic bowel surgery for benign and malignant diseases. In addition, he performs ultrasound staging of rectal cancer and provides testing and surgical treatment for many pelvic floor disorders, including fecal incontinence.


Surgery (General)

Surgical Oncology

Accidental Bowel Leakage (fecal incontinence)

Anal Fissure

Anal Fistula

Anal Sphincter Reconstruction

Anorectal Manometry

Banding of Hemorrhoids

Bile Duct Cancer

Cancer Surgeons

Colon and Rectal Cancer

Colon and Rectal Surgery

Colon and Rectal Surgery - Specialists

Colon Resection

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 Gallbladder Surgery for Gallstones

Laparoscopic Rectal Surgery

Low Anterior Resection

Open Colon Surgery

Open Rectal Surgery

Rectal Cancer Surgery

Rectal Prolapse

Restorative Proctocolectomy

Sphincter Sparing Surgery

Stapled Hemorrhoid Surgery

Total Proctocolectomy and Ileal Pouch

Transrectal Endoscopic Microsurgery

Transrectal Ultrasound

Ulcerative Colitis


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UW School of Medicine and Public Health

Department of Surgery, Colorectal Surgery

Professional Certifications and Education

Board Certification Colon and Rectal Surgery

Specialist Registrar, Surgery, Cheltenham General Hospital, Cheltenham, England, 2000-2001

Colon and Rectal Surgery, University of Minnesota Affiliated Hospitals, Minneapolis, MN, 2001-2002

Residency University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics, Madison, WI
Internship University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics, Madison, WI
Medical School University of Minnesota School of Medicine, Minneapolis, MN

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. Heise’s current clinical research interests include patient outcome and function after surgical treatment of colorectal cancer and inflammatory bowel disease. His research laboratory focuses on novel delivery of cytokines for treatment of inflammatory bowel disease.

PubMed Articles
Pop-Vicas AE Keating JA Heise C Carayon P Safdar N Gaining momentum in colorectal surgical site infection reduction through a human factors engineering approach. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol . 2020 Dec 7;:1-3
[PubMed ID: 33280622]
Hull LE Vassy JL Stone A Chanfreau-Coffinier CC Heise CW Pratt VM Przygodzki R Voils CI Voora D Wang-Rodriguez J Schichman SA Scheuner MT Identifying End Users' Preferences about Structuring Pharmacogenetic Test Orders in an Electronic Health Record System. J Mol Diagn . 2020 Oct;22(10):1264-1271
[PubMed ID: 32980074]
Pop-Vicas AE Abad C Baubie K Osman F Heise C Safdar N Colorectal bundles for surgical site infection prevention: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol . 2020 Jul;41(7):805-812
[PubMed ID: 32389140]
Watras AJ Kim JJ Ke J Liu H Greenberg JA Heise CP Hu YH Jiang H Large-Field-of-View Visualization with Small Blind Spots Utilizing Tilted Micro-Camera Array for Laparoscopic Surgery. Micromachines (Basel) . 2020 May 10;11(5)
[PubMed ID: 32397580]
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]
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]
Kim JJ Watras A Liu H Zeng Z Greenberg JA Heise CP Hu YH Jiang H Large-Field-of-View Visualization Utilizing Multiple Miniaturized Cameras for Laparoscopic Surgery. Micromachines (Basel) . 2018 Aug 25;9(9)
[PubMed ID: 30424364]
Akhter A Walker A Heise CP Kennedy GD Benson ME Pfau PR Johnson EA Frick TJ Gopal DV A tertiary care hospital's 10 years' experience with rectal ultrasound in early rectal cancer. Endosc Ultrasound . 2018 May-Jun;7(3):191-195
[PubMed ID: 28836512]
Scarborough JE Schumacher J Kent KC Heise CP Greenberg CC Associations of Specific Postoperative Complications With Outcomes After Elective Colon Resection: A Procedure-Targeted Approach Toward Surgical Quality Improvement. JAMA Surg . 2017 Feb 15;152(2):e164681
[PubMed ID: 27926773]
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]
Dixon E Buie WD Heise CP Members of the Evidence Based Reviews in Surgery Group. What is the preferred surgery for perforated left-sided diverticulitis? J Am Coll Surg . 2014 Mar;218(3):495-7
[PubMed ID: 24559959]
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]
O'Connor ES Smith MA Heise CP Outpatient diverticulitis: mild or myth? J Gastrointest Surg . 2012 Jul;16(7):1389-96
[PubMed ID: 22411489]
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]
Heise CP Pickhardt PJ Invited commentary. Radiographics . 2012 Jan-Feb;32(1):194-7; discussion 194
[PubMed ID: 22338126]