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Faculty, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health

Dr. Lawson is a fellowship-trained colon and rectal surgeon. She has specific expertise in the surgical treatment of colon cancer, rectal cancer, inflammatory bowel disease (ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease), diverticulitis and other benign conditions affecting the colon, rectum and anus. Her practice includes diagnostic and therapeutic colonoscopy, as well as the use of minimally invasive surgical techniques.


Surgery (General)

Surgical Oncology

Accidental Bowel Leakage (fecal incontinence)

Anal Fissure

Anal Fistula

Anal Sphincter Reconstruction

Banding of Hemorrhoids

Cancer Surgeons

Colon and Rectal Cancer

Colon and Rectal Surgery

Colon and Rectal Surgery - Specialists

Crohn's Disease

Diverticular Disease

Gastroenterology and Hepatology

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

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

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

Colon and Rectal Surgery, Lahey Clinic, Burlington, MA

Residency University of Southern California Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA
Medical School Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, CA

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. Lawson's research focuses on measuring and improving the quality of surgical care.

PubMed Articles
Fisher AV Fernandes-Taylor S Schumacher JR Havlena JA Wang X Lawson EH Ronnekleiv-Kelly SM Winslow ER Weber SM Abbott DE Analysis of 90-day cost for open versus minimally invasive distal pancreatectomy. HPB (Oxford) . 2019 Jan;21(1):60-66
[PubMed ID: 30076011]
Fisher AV Abbott DE Fernandes-Taylor S Havlena JA Wang X Shan Y Lawson EH Winslow ER Weber SM Schumacher JR Cohort Study of Overutilization of Preventive Screening for Patients With Pancreatic Cancer. Pancreas . 2018 Oct;47(9):e65-e67
[PubMed ID: 30199493]
Lawson EH Roberts PL Francone TD Marcello PW Read TE Ricciardi R Should classification as an ACS-NSQIP high outlier be used to direct hospital quality improvement efforts? Am J Surg . 2018 Aug;216(2):213-216
[PubMed ID: 28751060]
Lawson EH Wright VJ Francone TD Robotic Total Abdominal Hysterectomy With Bilateral Salpingo-oophorectomy and Low Anterior Resection with Transvaginal Specimen Extraction and Intracorporeal Colonic J-Pouch Construction: A Multidisciplinary Approach. Dis Colon Rectum . 2017 Mar;60(3):353
[PubMed ID: 28177999]
Sacks GD Lawson EH Dawes AJ Weiss RE Russell MM Brook RH Zingmond DS Ko CY Variation in Hospital Use of Postacute Care After Surgery and the Association With Care Quality. Med Care . 2016 Feb;54(2):172-9
[PubMed ID: 26595222]
Lawson EH Louie R Zingmond DS Sacks GD Brook RH Hall BL Ko CY Using Both Clinical Registry and Administrative Claims Data to Measure Risk-adjusted Surgical Outcomes. Ann Surg . 2016 Jan;263(1):50-7
[PubMed ID: 25405553]
Sacks GD Lawson EH Dawes AJ Russell MM Maggard-Gibbons M Zingmond DS Ko CY Relationship Between Hospital Performance on a Patient Satisfaction Survey and Surgical Quality. JAMA Surg . 2015 Sep;150(9):858-64
[PubMed ID: 26108091]
Sacks GD Lawson EH Tillou A Hines OJ Morbidity and Mortality Conference 2.0. Ann Surg . 2015 Aug;262(2):228-9
[PubMed ID: 26164430]
Stey AM Russell MM Zingmond DS Gibbons MM Hall BL Needleman J Lawson EH Liu N Ko CY Using Merged Clinical and Claims Registry Data to Identify High Utilizers of Surgical Inpatient Care 1 Year after Colectomy. J Am Coll Surg . 2015 Aug;221(2):441-51.e1
[PubMed ID: 26141469]
Sacks GD Lawson EH Dawes AJ Gibbons MM Zingmond DS Ko CY Which Patients Require More Care after Hospital Discharge? An Analysis of Post-Acute Care Use among Elderly Patients Undergoing Elective Surgery. J Am Coll Surg . 2015 Jun;220(6):1113-1121.e2
[PubMed ID: 25872686]
Stey AM Russell MM Sugar CA Hall BL Zingmond DS Lawson EH Ko CY Extending the value of the National Surgical Quality Improvement Program claims dataset to study long-term outcomes: Rate of repeat ventral hernia repair. Surgery . 2015 Jun;157(6):1157-65
[PubMed ID: 25731782]
Stey AM Russell MM Hall BL Lin A Gibbons MM Lawson EH Zingmond DS Ko CY Is there hospital variation in long-term incisional hernia repair after abdominal surgery? J Am Coll Surg . 2015 Mar;220(3):313-322.e2
[PubMed ID: 25542281]
Lawson EH Zingmond DS Hall BL Louie R Brook RH Ko CY Comparison between clinical registry and medicare claims data on the classification of hospital quality of surgical care. Ann Surg . 2015 Feb;261(2):290-6
[PubMed ID: 25569029]
Stey AM Brook RH Needleman J Hall BL Zingmond DS Lawson EH Ko CY Hospital costs by cost center of inpatient hospitalization for medicare patients undergoing major abdominal surgery. J Am Coll Surg . 2015 Feb;220(2):207-17.e11
[PubMed ID: 25529900]
Lawson EH Zingmond DS Stey AM Hall BL Ko CY Measuring risk-adjusted value using Medicare and ACS-NSQIP: is high-quality, low-cost surgical care achievable everywhere? Ann Surg . 2014 Oct;260(4):668-77; discussion 677-9
[PubMed ID: 25203884]
Stey AM Ko CY Hall BL Louie R Lawson EH Gibbons MM Zingmond DS Russell MM Are procedures codes in claims data a reliable indicator of intraoperative splenic injury compared with clinical registry data? J Am Coll Surg . 2014 Aug;219(2):237-44.e1
[PubMed ID: 24891210]
Lawson EH Hall BL Louie R Zingmond DS Ko CY Identification of modifiable factors for reducing readmission after colectomy: a national analysis. Surgery . 2014 May;155(5):754-66
[PubMed ID: 24787101]
Lawson EH Ko CY Adams JL Chow WB Hall BL Reliability of evaluating hospital quality by colorectal surgical site infection type. Ann Surg . 2013 Dec;258(6):994-1000
[PubMed ID: 23657082]
Lawson EH Hall BL Ko CY Risk factors for superficial vs deep/organ-space surgical site infections: implications for quality improvement initiatives. JAMA Surg . 2013 Sep;148(9):849-58
[PubMed ID: 23864108]
Lawson EH Hall BL Louie R Ettner SL Zingmond DS Han L Rapp M Ko CY Association between occurrence of a postoperative complication and readmission: implications for quality improvement and cost savings. Ann Surg . 2013 Jul;258(1):10-8
[PubMed ID: 23579579]