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Christine J. Waller

Christine J. Waller, MD, FACS

Specialties: Surgery and Trauma Surgery

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Main Location

  • La Crosse Campus

    • La Crosse Clinic - Level 5

    1900 South Avenue La Crosse, WI 54601

    • Office Phone: (608) 775-2331


Personal Interests

Christine Waller, MD, is an acute care surgeon with an extensive background in pre-hospital emergency services, a passion for education, and a strong interest in research. After completing a general surgical residency and a critical care fellowship at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics, Dr. Waller fell in love with La Crosse and Gundersen Health System on her first visit to the area. She says it was the people of the city and Department of Surgery that drew her to the area. Dr. Waller believes Gundersen Health System’s General Surgery Residency is one of the best in education due to the commitment of hospital administrators, nursing, physicians, education staff, and patients. The designated chief surgery resident service is unique and promotes resident independence with appropriate faculty supervision. The patients enjoy working with the residents and participating in their education.


  • English

Education and Training

Medical School
Southern Illinois University-Springfield, IL
University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics
University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics

Teaching or Professional Positions

  • General Surgery Residency: Associate Program Director

Professional Memberships

  • American College of Surgeons
  • Association of Program Directors in Surgery
  • Society for Critical Care Medicine


  • American Board of Surgery - Surgery
  • American Board of Surgery - Surgical Critical Care

Published Works

  • Burlew CC, Sumislawski JJ, Behnfield CD, et al. Time to stroke: a Western Trauma Association multicenter study of blunt cerebrovascular injuries. J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2018;85(5):858-866. doi: 10.1097/TA.0000000000001989 [doi]
  • Esquibel BM, Waller CJ, Agger WA. An unusual subcutaneous mass in an otherwise healthy patient: a case report of a histoplasmosis soft-tissue infection diagnosed on excisional biopsy. Case Rep Infect Dis. 2017. doi: 10.1155/2017/9485793
  • Waller CJ, Cogbill TH, Kallies KJ, et al. Contemporary management of subclavian and axillary artery injuries - a Western Trauma Association multicenter review. 2017
  • Waller CJ, Cogbill TH, Kallies KJ, et al. Contemporary management of subclavian and axillary artery injuries-A Western Trauma Association multicenter review. J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2017;83(6):1023-1031. doi: 10.1097/TA.0000000000001645 [doi]
  • Hill LA, Waller CJ, Borgert AJ, Kallies KJ, Rathke DA, Cogbill TH. Impact of advance directives on outcomes and charges in elderly trauma patients. 2016
  • Rasmussen JM, Kallies KJ, Cogbill TH, Waller CJ. Management of traumatic hypothermia at a community teaching hospital. 2016
  • Bell R, Lipham J, Louie B, et al. Laparoscopic magnetic sphincter augmentation versus double-dose proton pump inhibitors for management of moderate-to-severe regurgitation in GERD: a randomized controlled trial. Gastrointest Endosc. 2019;89(1):14-22.e1. doi: S0016-5107(18)32848-7 [pii]
  • Bonis A, Anderson L, Talhouarne G, et al. Cardiovascular resistance to thrombosis in 13-lined ground squirrels. J Comp Physiol B. 2019;189(1):167-177. doi: 10.1007/s00360-018-1186-x [doi]
  • Ng BG, Underhill HR, Palm L, et al. DPAGT1 deficiency with encephalopathy (DPAGT1-CDG): clinical and genetic description of 11 new patients. JIMD Rep. 2019;44:85-92. doi: 10.1007/8904_2018_128 [doi]
  • Van Every MJ. Alterations in male genital and reproductive function. In: Copstead LE, Banasik JL, eds. Pathophysiology. 6th ed. St. Louis, Mo.: Elsevier; 2019:641-655

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