Faculty, UW School of Medicine and Public Health

Elise H. Lawson, MD, MSHS, FACS

  • Surgery (General)
  • Surgical Oncology
Elise H. Lawson, MD, MSHS, FACS


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.

Languages spoken
  • English

Practice locations

    Education & credentials

    Board certifications
    • Colon and Rectal Surgery
    • Surgery
    Medical School
    • 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


    Additional conditions and treatments
    • 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
    • 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 and 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.