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Elise Lawson, MD, is a UW Health colorectal surgeon and an associate professor at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, Department of Surgery, Division of Colorectal Surgery.
As a fellowship-trained colon and rectal surgeon, Dr. Lawson is an expert in the surgical treatment of colorectal cancer and conditions involving the bowel including anal cancer, inflammatory bowel disease, ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease, diverticulitis, fistulas, hemorrhoids and fissures. She performs diagnostic and therapeutic colonoscopy and uses advanced, minimally invasive techniques.
Knowing that people with cancer and other bowel issues are often nervous and scared, Dr. Lawson works to help them feel as comfortable as possible, explaining treatment options and encouraging questions. She collaborates with a team of medical professionals to guide patients through surgery and recovery.
In addition to her medical practice, Dr. Lawson serves as director of the Surgical Collaborative of Wisconsin, a statewide organization that works to ensure access to high quality surgical care. Away from the hospital, Dr. Lawson enjoys spending time with family and participating in outdoor activities.
We’re a strong team, caring for our patients every step of the way — from diagnosis through recovery.
Education & credentials
- Colon and Rectal Surgery
- Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, CA
Colon and Rectal Surgery, Lahey Clinic, Burlington, MA
- University of California Los Angeles Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA
- Anal Fissure
- Anal Fistula
- Anal Sphincter Reconstruction
- Banding of Hemorrhoids
- Colon and Rectal Cancer
- Colon and Rectal Surgery - Specialists
- Crohn's Disease
- Diverticular Disease
- Gastrointestinal Cancer
- 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
Research & publications
Dr. Lawson is the Director of the Surgical Collaborative of Wisconsin, which aims to create a community of surgeons to improve the quality of surgical care across the state. Her research program focuses on decreasing variation in the delivery of colorectal cancer care and specifically addressing disparities in access, management and outcomes.