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Franklin Bendewald, MD

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Dr. Bendewald specializes in advanced laparoscopic gastrointestinal and bariatric surgery. He obtained his undergraduate degree from St. John’s University in Minnesota and earned his medical degree from the University of South Dakota. He completed his residency at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota and his fellowship at Indiana University in Indianapolis.

While Dr. Bendewald’s practice focuses in bariatric surgery, he is also experienced in performing surgeries related to a wide variety of conditions ¬– gastroesophageal reflux (GERD), paraesophageal (hiatal) hernia, diaphragmatic hernia, inguinal and ventral/incisional hernia, achalasia, gallbladder disease and diverticulitis. He also performs surgeries to treat both colon and gastric cancer.

In surveys conducted by Madison Magazine, Dr. Bendewalds’s peers have consistently named him as one of Madison’s Top Doctors for bariatric surgery.

Dr. Bendewald is certified by the American Board of Surgery and is a Fellow in the American College of Surgeons. He is also a member of the Wisconsin Surgical Society, the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgeons, the Society for Surgeons of the Alimentary Tract and the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES).

In his free time, Dr. Bendewald volunteers at the Dean Foundation Benevolent Specialist Project Free Clinic. He also enjoys spending time at home with his wife and taking their mixed labrador/collie dog for walks.

Medical School:

University of South Dakota School of Medicine


Indiana University School of Medicine


Mayo Medical School

Certified By:

American Board of Surgery

Drug Enforcement Administration

Wisconsin Medical Examining Board

Hospital Affiliations:

St. Mary's Hospital - Madison

Medical Interests:

Achalasia, Bariatric weight loss surgery, Colon cancer, Diverticulitis and diverticulosis, Gallbladder diseases, Gastric bypass, GERD Gastroesophageal reflux disease, Hernia, Laparoscopic cholecystectomy, Laparoscopic colectomy, Laparoscopic esophageal myotomy, Laparoscopic fundoplication, Laparoscopic gastrectomy, Laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy, Paraesophageal hernias, Robotic assisted surgery, Stomach cancer, Weight management

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