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Faculty, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health

Dr. Foley is certified by both the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery. He specializes in the treatment of diseases of the colon and rectum, including colon and rectal cancer, ulcerative colitis, crohn’s disease and diverticultis. His practice includes diagnostic and therapeutic colonoscopy as well as the use of laparoscopy in the surgical treatment of colonic disease.


Cancer Surgery

Surgery (General)

UW Health Clinics

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

Hospital Affiliation(s)

University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics (primary)

Languages Spoken

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

UW School of Medicine and Public Health

Department of Surgery

Professional Certifications and Education

Board Certification Surgery
Colon and Rectal Surgery
Fellowship Massachusetts General Hospital
Lahey Clinic Medical Center

Fellowship, Surgical Endoscopy, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA, 1989 Fellowship, Colon and Rectal Surgery, Lahey Clinic Medical Center, Burlington, MA, 1992-1993
Residency New England Deaconess Hospital, Boston, MA, Boston, MA
Internship New England Deaconess Hospital, Boston, MA, Boston, MA
Medical School Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, 1985


Best Doctors® in America 2014

Best Doctors® in America 2013

Madison Magazine Top Docs 2012

Best Doctors® in America 2011


Our doctors provide a wide range of services. The following list represents some, but not all, of the procedures offered by this physician.


Dr. Foley’s research interests focus on clinical trials designed to improve the surgical care of colorectal disease, through process improvement or the application of novel therapeutic techniques.

PubMed Articles
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]
Glarner CE McDonald RJ Smith AB Leverson GE Peyre S Pugh CM Greenberg CC Greenberg JA Foley EF . Utilizing a novel tool for the comprehensive assessment of resident operative performance. J Surg Educ. 2013 Nov-Dec;70(6):813-20
[PubMed ID: 24209661]
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]
Thomas MK McDonald RJ Foley EF Weber SM . Educational value of morbidity and mortality (M&M) conferences: are minor complications important? J Surg Educ. 2012 May-Jun;69(3):326-9
[PubMed ID: 22483132]
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]
Unger KR Romney DA Koc M Moskaluk CA Friel CM Foley EF Rich TA . Preoperative chemoradiation for rectal cancer using capecitabine and celecoxib correlated with posttreatment assessment of thymidylate synthase and thymidine phosphorylase expression. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 2011 Aug 1;80(5):1377-82
[PubMed ID: 20656421]
Greenblatt DY Rajamanickam V Pugely AJ Heise CP Foley EF Kennedy GD . Short-term outcomes after laparoscopic-assisted proctectomy for rectal cancer: results from the ACS NSQIP. J Am Coll Surg. 2011 May;212(5):844-54
[PubMed ID: 21414814]
Kennedy GD Rajamanickam V O'connor ES Loconte NK Foley EF Leverson G Heise CP . Optimizing surgical care of colon cancer in the older adult population. Ann Surg. 2011 Mar;253(3):508-14
[PubMed ID: 21169811]
Ricciardi R Roberts PL Read TE Marcello PW Hall JF Schoetz DJ Foley EF . Cyclical increase in diverticulitis during the summer months. Arch Surg. 2011 Mar;146(3):319-23
[PubMed ID: 21422363]
Spier BJ Durkin ET Walker AJ Foley E Gaumnitz EA Pfau PR . Surgical resident's training in colonoscopy: numbers, competency, and perceptions. Surg Endosc. 2010 Oct;24(10):2556-61
[PubMed ID: 20339876]
Swenson BR Gottschalk A Wells LT Rowlingson JC Thompson PW Barclay M Sawyer RG Friel CM Foley E Durieux ME . Intravenous lidocaine is as effective as epidural bupivacaine in reducing ileus duration, hospital stay, and pain after open colon resection: a randomized clinical trial. Reg Anesth Pain Med. 2010 Jul-Aug;35(4):370-6
[PubMed ID: 20588151]
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]
Zarebczan B McDonald RJ Foley E Weber SM . The dying field of general surgery: when do we intervene? J Surg Res. 2010 May 1;160(1):25-8
[PubMed ID: 19631340]
O'Connor ES Mahvi DM Foley EF Lund D McDonald R . Developing a practice-based learning and improvement curriculum for an academic general surgery residency. J Am Coll Surg. 2010 Apr;210(4):411-7
[PubMed ID: 20347732]
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]
Jarman BT Cogbill TH Mathiason MA O'Heron CT Foley EF Martin RF Weigelt JA Brasel KJ Webb TP . Factors correlated with surgery resident choice to practice general surgery in a rural area. J Surg Educ. 2009 Nov-Dec;66(6):319-24
[PubMed ID: 20142128]
Suwanabol PA McDonald R Foley E Weber SM . Is surgical resident comfort level associated with experience? J Surg Res. 2009 Oct;156(2):240-4
[PubMed ID: 19631338]
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]