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Division of Colon and Rectal Surgery

Penn colorectal surgeons are highly experienced and committed to providing the entire spectrum of care for their patients. Dedicated to the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of disorders of the colon, rectum, and anus our surgeons strive to deliver high-quality, cost-effective medical care with dignity and compassion. Our multidisciplinary approach enables us to work as a team, providing patients with the expert care they need at this crucial time.

Our primary focus is the diagnosis and treatment of diseases arising in the anus, rectum, and large bowel (colon). We treat patients with diverse problems, including colon, rectal, and anal cancer, inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn's and ulcerative colitis), diverticular disease, problems with fecal incontinence and prolapse, as well as hemorrhoids, fissures, and fistulas.

The Latest Procedures and Techniques
At Penn, our expertise and commitment to our patients distinguishes us among the world's best surgeons. Our pioneering work in surgical techniques and procedures assists us in finding what works best for each patient's individual condition. Offering patients superior surgical care is what we do, all day, every day, with our:

  • Multidisciplinary approach for the treatment of rectal cancer, with an emphasis on sphincter preservation.
  • Surgical treatment of inflammatory bowel disease, in collaboration with physicians in the division of gastroenterology, including continence-preserving restorative proctocolectomy and ileal pouch anal anastomosis for ulcerative colitis.
  • Treatment of pelvic floor disorders, including urinary and fecal incontinence, rectal prolapse and constipation, in collaboration with members of the division of urogynecology and urology.
  • Surgical treatment for diverticulitis and diverticular disease.
  • Treatment of anorectal disease, including anal fistulas, fissures and hemorrhoids.
  • Minimally invasive surgery (laparoscopic or “keyhole” surgery) for benign and malignant diseases of the colon and rectum.
  • Screening for colorectal cancer, including patients with a family history of colorectal cancer and patients over 50.

Dedicated to Your Health
Penn colorectal surgeons are recognized nationally and internationally for their clinical and scientific contributions. They are recognized as educators in the medical community and they are actively involved in community education here in the Philadelphia area.

We want our patients to be healthy and we aim to do everything in our power to help them achieve and sustain the highest quality of life possible. It's what makes us leaders in our field.

For more information, please visit the Division of Colorectal Surgery academic web site.


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