Colon & Rectal Surgery

Welcome to the Section of Colon and Rectal Surgery within the Department of Surgery at the University of Chicago Medicine.

Our section specializes in a wide range of diseases, including inflammatory bowel disease (ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease), colon and rectal cancer, diverticulitis, pelvic floor disorders, and anorectal disorders. The Section of Colon and Rectal Surgery is nationally recognized for our surgeons' expertise in complicated benign and malignant disorders of the colon, rectum and anus. We are at the forefront of surgical innovation and highly skilled in minimally invasive surgical techniques such as advanced laparoscopic surgery, transanal endoscopic microsurgery (TEM), robotic surgery and endoscopic procedures.

Networking with our physician peers within the greater Chicago area and far beyond, we provide timely access to consultation services and guarantee consultation for new cancer patients within one week of diagnosis. We then work with a multidisciplinary team of subspecialists based on patient diagnosis and need. We coordinate follow-up or referral appointments to minimize frequency of travel to and from the medical center. Listed here are some of the specialty centers at the University of Chicago Medicine with whom we partner.

Digestive Diseases Center
The University of Chicago Medicine has long been at the forefront of treatment and research into inflammatory bowel disease. The Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center within the Digestive Diseases Center is made up of a team of experts in clinical care and research, basic science and translational approaches to provide the latest therapies.

Comprehensive Cancer Center
We collaborate closely with medical and radiation oncologists within the Comprehensive Cancer Center, including regular tumor board multidisciplinary conferences, to provide the highest quality cancer care and post-operative surveillance.

Center for Pelvic Health
We work with an expert team of subspecialists in urogynecology, urology, plastic and reconstructive surgery and physical therapy to treat fecal incontinence, constipation, rectal prolapse and anorectal pain. We maintain an advanced diagnostic pelvic floor lab with 3-D endoanal ultrasound, anal manometry and electromyography.

Within the Section of Colon and Rectal Surgery, we have a dedicated group of skilled support staff including physician assistants, medical assistance, nurses and nurse practitioners, as well as highly experienced enterostomal and wound care nurses to ensure a seamless pre-, peri-, and post-operative experience for every patient. We recognize that many of the disorders we treat are sensitive issues for patients, and constantly strive to achieve discrete, confidential care with the patient's privacy and modesty always in mind. Finally, we will always give even the most complex patients full consideration, including second opinion services for patients with multiple co-morbidities deemed too risky by other medical centers.

The Section of Colon and Rectal Surgery participates in numerous clinic trials that provide our patients with the latest medical treatments. We invite you to explore the website further for more information.