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Faculty, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health

Dr. Tefera is Board Certified in general surgery by the American Board of Surgery and has added certification in vascular surgery.


Dr. Tefera specializes in all aspects of vascular surgery, but has particular interest in minimally invasive vascular interventions including stent grafts for aortic aneurysm treatment as well as percutaneous treatments of carotid arteries and vascular diseases of lower extremity.


Vascular Surgery

Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm

Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Repair


Aortic Aneursym

Aortic Aneurysm Repair

Arm Angioplasty

Arteriorvenous Fistula

Balloon Angioplasty

Balloon Angioplasty of Leg and Kidney Arteries

Brachiocephalic Artery Disease

Carotid Artery Surgery

Carotid Disease


Dialysis Access Surgery

Endovascular Aneurysm Repair (EVAR) with Fenestrated Endograft Stent

Endovascular Graft Repair for Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm

Endovascular Graft Repair for Aortic Aneurysm

Endovascular Graft Repair for Thoracic Aortic Aneurysm

Endovascular Graft Repair for Thoracoabdominal Aneurysm

Laser Therapy for Veins

Limb Preservation

Limb Salvage

Limb Salvage Surgery

Lower Extremity Bypass Surgery

Mesenteric Artery Disease

Minimal Incision Phlebectomy

Minimally Invasive Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Repair

Minimally Invasive Aortic Aneurysm Repair

Peripheral Arterial Disease

Peripheral Bypass Surgery

Radiofrequency Ablation for Vein Conditions

Renal Artery Disease



Subclavian Artery Disease

Subclavian Vein Occlusion

Superior Vena Cava Syndrome

Thoracic Aortic Aneurysm

Thoracic Outlet Syndrome

Thoracoabdominal Aneurysm

Treatment for Spider Veins or Varicose Veins

Vascular and Endovascular Surgery

Vascular Lesion Injections

Vascular Sports Medicine

Venous Disease

Visceral Angioplasty


1 S. Park Clinic
(608) 287-2100 | (888) 703-2778 | Map
UW Health Specialty Clinic - Portage
(608) 745-3399 | (888) 703-2778 | Map
West Clinic
(608) 263-8915 | (800) 323-8942 | Map

UW School of Medicine and Public Health

Department of Surgery

Professional Certifications and Education

Board Certification Surgery
Vascular Surgery

Vascular Surgery, University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics, Madison, WI, 1999-2000

Residency Howard University Hospital, Washington, D.C.
Friedrich Stadt Hospital, Dresden, Germany
Internship Howard University Hospital, Washington, D.C.
Medical School University of Pisa, Pisa, Italy

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.

Dr. Tefera is principal investigator in multiple multi-center clinical trials that pretest the efficacy of new devices and techniques in the treatment of Abdominal and Thoracic Aneurysm. He is also principal investigator in the clinical trials to evaluate carotid artery stenting.

PubMed Articles
Debas H Alatise OI Balch CM Brennan M Cusack J Donkor P Jaffe BM Mazariegos GV Mock C Mutiibwa D Numann P Nyagatuba JKM O'Neill JA Jr Tarpley JL Tesfaye S Tefera G Tuttle TM Academic Partnerships in Global Surgery: An Overview American Surgical Association Working Group on Academic Global Surgery. Ann Surg . 2020 Mar;271(3):460-469
[PubMed ID: 31592897]
Tefera GM Megersa WA Gadisa DA Health-related quality of life and its determinants among ambulatory patients with epilepsy at Ambo General Hospital, Ethiopia: Using WHOQOL-BREF. PLoS One . 2020;15(1):e0227858
[PubMed ID: 31961886]
Tefera GM Feyisa BB Kebede TM Antimicrobial use-related problems and their costs in surgery ward of Jimma University Medical Center: Prospective observational study. PLoS One . 2019;14(5):e0216770
[PubMed ID: 31100088]
Stringer AP Christley RM Bell CE Gebreab F Tefera G Reed K Trawford A Pinchbeck GL Evaluating the Efficacy of Knowledge-Transfer Interventions on Animal Health Knowledge of Rural Working Equid Owners in Central Ethiopia: A Cluster-Randomized Controlled Trial. Front Vet Sci . 2018;5:282
[PubMed ID: 30515382]
Boeck MA Goodman LF Lin Y Wilczak B Tefera G American College of Surgeons Member Involvement in Global Surgery: Results from the 2015 Operation Giving Back Survey. World J Surg . 2018 Jul;42(7):2018-2027
[PubMed ID: 29411067]
Allen WJ Gabr RE Tefera GB Pednekar AS Vaughn MW Narayana PA Platform for Automated Real-Time High Performance Analytics on Medical Image Data. IEEE J Biomed Health Inform . 2018 Mar;22(2):318-324
[PubMed ID: 29505399]
Gebru M Tefera G Dawo F Tessema TS Aerobic bacteriological studies on the respiratory tracts of apparently healthy and pneumonic camels (Camelus dromedaries) in selected districts of Afar Region, Ethiopia. Trop Anim Health Prod . 2018 Mar;50(3):603-611
[PubMed ID: 29147933]
Stringer AP Christley RM Bell CE Gebreab F Tefera G Reed K Trawford A Pinchbeck GL Owner reported diseases of working equids in central Ethiopia. Equine Vet J . 2017 Jul;49(4):501-506
[PubMed ID: 27565130]
Gabr RE Tefera GB Allen WJ Pednekar AS Narayana PA Erratum to: GRAPE: a graphical pipeline environment for image analysis in adaptive magnetic resonance imaging. Int J Comput Assist Radiol Surg . 2017 Mar;12(3):459
[PubMed ID: 27905027]
Gabr RE Tefera GB Allen WJ Pednekar AS Narayana PA GRAPE: a graphical pipeline environment for image analysis in adaptive magnetic resonance imaging. Int J Comput Assist Radiol Surg . 2017 Mar;12(3):449-457
[PubMed ID: 27796790]
Ferrada P Sakran JV Dubose J Vergis A Peck G Alseidi A Moalem J Tefera G Turner PL Above and beyond: A primer for young surgeons interested in global surgery. Bull Am Coll Surg . 2017 Feb;102(2):33-8
[PubMed ID: 28925237]
Atnafie B Paulos D Abera M Tefera G Hailu D Kasaye S Amenu K Occurrence of Escherichia coli O157:H7 in cattle feces and contamination of carcass and various contact surfaces in abattoir and butcher shops of Hawassa, Ethiopia. BMC Microbiol . 2017 Jan 25;17(1):24
[PubMed ID: 28122502]
Tefera G Wilczak B Barber D Operation Giving Back and the ACS Archives offer opportunities for engagement. Bull Am Coll Surg . 2016 Dec;101(12):70-1
[PubMed ID: 28937177]
Raykar N Mukhopadhyay S Ng-Kamstra JS Lin Y Saluja S Scott JW Anderson G Meara JG Tefera G Bickler SW Progress in achieving universal access to surgical care: An update and a path forward. Bull Am Coll Surg . 2016 Jun;101(6):12-8
[PubMed ID: 27405180]
Tefera G Tegegne F Mekuriaw Y Melaku S Tsunekawa A Effects of different forms of white lupin (Lupinus albus) grain supplementation on feed intake, digestibility, growth performance and carcass characteristics of Washera sheep fed Rhodes grass (Chloris gayana) hay-based diets. Trop Anim Health Prod . 2015 Dec;47(8):1581-90
[PubMed ID: 26250152]
[PubMed ID: 26591278]
Philpott J Comelson B Rouleau K Wilson L Derbew M Mekasha A Wondimagegn D Yigeremu M Haq C Kvach E Tefera G Authors' reply to Dawn of family medicine in Ethiopia. Fam Med . 2015 Feb;47(2):148-9
[PubMed ID: 25646990]
Raval AN Schmuck EG Tefera G Leitzke C Ark CV Hei D Centanni JM de Silva R Koch J Chappell RG Hematti P Bilateral administration of autologous CD133+ cells in ambulatory patients with refractory critical limb ischemia: lessons learned from a pilot randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial. Cytotherapy . 2014 Dec;16(12):1720-32
[PubMed ID: 25239491]
Gupta PK Ramanan B Engelbert TL Tefera G Hoch JR Kent KC A comparison of open surgery versus endovascular repair of unstable ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysms. J Vasc Surg . 2014 Dec;60(6):1439-45
[PubMed ID: 25103257]
Philpott J Cornelson B Derbew M Haq C Kvach E Mekasha A Rouleau K Tefera G Wondimagegn D Wilson L Yigeremu M The dawn of family medicine in Ethiopia. Fam Med . 2014 Oct;46(9):685-90
[PubMed ID: 25275278]