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Kirk A. Ludwig, MD, FACS, FASCRS

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Colorectal Surgery
4.8 (126)
Professor and Chief, Colorectal Surgery; Vernon O. Underwood Professor in Colon Cancer Research
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Dr. Ludwig is a member of the Colorectal Surgery team. This team is comprised of surgeons, nurses and support staff who specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of benign and malignant diseases of the colon, rectum, and anus. They work closely with colleagues in Surgical Oncology, Gastroenterology, Medical Oncology, and Radiation Oncology to ensure that patients get the very finest medical and surgical care for the full range of benign and malignant colorectal disorders.

The Colorectal Surgery team is committed to providing outstanding and compassionate care to patients with colorectal diseases. The team believes that this type of care comes from the intense dedication and specialization of the staff to specific colorectal disease processes and that coordinating efforts with their medical and surgical colleagues ensures patients get the best multidisciplinary care available.


Diseases & Conditions

Anal Cancer
Anal Fissure
Benign and Malignant Diseases of the Small Intestines, Colon, Rectum and Anus
Colon Cancer
Diverticular Disease
Familial Adenomatous Polyposis
Fecal Incontinence
Hereditary Non-Polyposis Colon Cancer Syndrome
Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)
Rectal Cancer
Rectal Prolapse

Treatment & Services

Anorectal Abscess and Fistula Surgery
Anorectal Physiology Laboratory Testing
Complex Pelvic Surgery
Ileal Pouch (J-pouch) Surgery
Laparoscopic Treatment for Colorectal Disease
Pre-Sacral or Retro-Rectal Tumors Surgery
Rectal and Anal Ultrasound
Recto-Vaginal Fistula Repair
Restorative Proctocolectomy
Small Intestinal Tumor Surgery
Sphincter-sparing Techniques for Rectal Cancer
Surgical Treatment for Constipation
Trans-Anal Excision of Rectal Polyps
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Hospital Affiliations

Froedtert Hospital


Cancer Center - Froedtert HospitalCenter For Advanced Care - Froedtert Hospital

Education & Training

University of Cincinnati Medical Center - OH - Doctor of Medicine - (1988)

Medical College of Wisconsin - Milwaukee - Internship in Surgery - (1988-1989)

Medical College of Wisconsin - Milwaukee - Residency in General Surgery - (1989-1994)

Cleveland Clinic - OH - Fellowship in Colon and Rectal Surgery - (1994-1996)

Board Certifications

Colon and Rectal Surgery

Patient Reviews

The comments are submitted by patients (or their caregivers) and reflect their views and opinions. The comments are not endorsed by and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin health network. Learn more about our survey.

4.8 out of 5. 126 ratings, 21 reviews
Aug. 5, 2021
Dr. Ludwig is the best! He has improved the quality of my life.
May 20, 2021
Knowledgeable, friendly, explains perfectly, is very helpful towards my concerns and questions
May 13, 2021
commitment to my well being. understanding my unique and complex physical situation and developing a treatment path that best suited me. willingness to connect with me as a person and curiosity regarding my life goals. alive, engaging, extremely skilled and he allows me to be on my health team.
May 3, 2021
He was very knowledgeable
April 20, 2021
Knowledgeable provider and staff
April 20, 2021
very helpful and informative.
April 14, 2021
He's the top surgeon in this field
March 23, 2021
Nothing in particular. He just came across to me as being very knowledgeable and thoroughly an expertise in his practice.
March 17, 2021
I felt Dr. Ludwig listened to my concerns, and he explained what he was doing and the procedure he recommended in great detail. I feel he is the best doctor for my particular condition.
Feb. 11, 2021
excellent doc and pa.
Feb. 3, 2021
knowledgeable...up to date on my health issue...explains everything I need to know and do...
Jan. 26, 2021
provider was very detail oriented and shared this information with me in a non-hurried manner. I really appreciated this
Jan. 12, 2021
He took a lot of time, had a nice bedside manner, and was easy to talk to.
Jan. 7, 2021
took me in as fast as he could...was excellent in looking at my problem..
Nov. 29, 2020
outstanding patient experience. Felt patient care was a priority. very efficient process as well
Nov. 21, 2020
overall experience
Nov. 19, 2020
Nov. 12, 2020
Dr. Ludwig is the best. The hands of God.
Nov. 2, 2020
Very knowledgeable, highly qualified, respectful to my needs. Knows what needs to be one and explains what he is doing.
Oct. 30, 2020
Dr. Ludwig is concerned, focused and caring. Just the right amount.
Oct. 27, 2020
Was very concerned about my husband's issues & promptly ordered further tests. My thoughts that there are possibly 2 separate issues are similar to what the doctor thought.
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