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Cary Aarons, MD

Cary Aarons, MD Surgeon

Assistant Professor of Clinical Surgery

Dr. Aarons is employed by Penn Medicine.

About Dr. Cary Aarons

Recognized in Philadelphia magazine's annual Top Docs issue for 2017

Patient Satisfaction Ratings

Patient Rating Breakdown

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Responses are measured on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the best score.

The comments are submitted by patients and reflect their views and opinions. The comments are not endorsed by and do not necessarily reflect the views of Penn Medicine.

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Clinical Specialties


  • Colon and Rectal Surgery

Programs & Centers:

Board Certification:

  • Colon and Rectal Surgery, 2011
  • Surgery, 2010

Clinical Expertise:

  • Anal Abscess
  • Anal Cancer
  • Anal Fistula
  • Anal Surgery
  • Anal Warts
  • Anorectal Abscess
  • Appendectomy
  • Cancer Surgery
  • Colitis
  • Colon Biopsy
  • Colon Cancer
  • Colon Polyps - Laparoscopy
  • Colon Surgery
  • Colonoscopy
  • Colorectal Surgery
  • Crohn's Disease
  • Diverticulitis (Colonic Diverticulitis)
  • Gastrointestinal Carcinoid Tumor
  • Gastrointestinal Fistula
  • Gastrointestinal Surgery
  • Genital Warts (Condyloma Acuminatum)
  • Hemorrhoid Banding
  • Hemorrhoid Surgery
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Hidradenitis (Sweat Glands Disease)
  • Ileal J-Pouch Anal Anastomosis (IPAA) Surgery
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease Surgery
  • Intestinal Diseases
  • Laparoscopic Appendectomy
  • Laparoscopic Colon Surgery
  • Laparoscopic Colostomy
  • Laparoscopic Intestinal Surgery
  • Laparoscopic Rectal Surgery
  • Neuroendocrine Tumors
  • Pilonidal Cyst Surgery
  • Polyps
  • Rectal Biopsy
  • Rectal Cancer
  • Rectal Fistula
  • Rectal Surgery
  • Rectovaginal Fistula
  • Small Intestine Cancer
  • Sphincter Saving Surgery
  • Ulcerative Colitis (Colitis Ulcerosa, UC)

Practice Locations and Appointments

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna US Healthcare
  • Cigna
  • Cigna HealthSpring
  • Devon Health Services (Americare)
  • Gateway Health Plan
  • Geisinger Health Plan
  • HealthAmerica / HealthAssurance, a Coventry Plan
  • HealthPartners
  • HealthPartners Medicare
  • HealthSmart
  • Highmark Blue Shield
  • Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey
  • Humana / Choicecare
  • Independence Blue Cross (Keystone East)
  • Intergroup
  • Keystone First
  • Keystone First Medicare
  • Multiplan
  • NJ Medicaid
  • NJ Qualcare
  • Oxford Health Plan
  • PA Medicaid
  • PA Medicare
  • Preferred Health Care/LGH
  • Rail Road Medicare / Palmetto GBA
  • Remedy Partners at Penn Medicine
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare
  • UnitedHealthcare Community Plan
  • US Family Health Plan

Education and Training

Medical School: Howard University
Residency: Boston Medical Center (Formerly Boston City Hospital)
Fellowship: Mayo Clinic


Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society, Gamma Chapter, Washington, DC, Local American College of Surgeons , National American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons, National ASCRS CREST Committee, National Association for Surgical Education, National Association of Program Directors in Surgery, National Pennsylvania Society of Colon & Rectal Surgeons, Local Society for Surgeons of the Alimentary Tract, National

Hospital Affiliation

Dr. Aarons is employed by Penn Medicine.

Hospital Privileges:

  • Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.
  • Penn Presbyterian Medical Center: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.
  • Pennsylvania Hospital: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.


Selected Publications:

O’Donnell MT, Aarons CB: Surgery & non-operative therapy of anal fissure Improved Outcomes in Colon & Rectal Surgery, 2nd Edition : 2018 (in press).

Han J, Riddle E, Aarons CB, Dumon K, Brooks A: Intensive surgical workshops prior to sub-internships significantly enhance medical students' learning experience American College of Surgeons Conference, San Diego, CA : 2017.

Han J, Riddle E, Aarons CB, Dumon K, Brooks A: Pre-clerkship surgical curriculum taught by senior medical students can significantly augment students' learning experience American College of Surgeons Conference, San Diego, CA : 2017.

Hoffman RL, Neuwirth MG, Kelz RR, Aarons CB: Prolonged pre-operative hospitalization increases the rate of serious morbidity in IBD patients American Society of Colon & Rectal Surgeons Meeting, Seattle, WA : 2017.

Montgomery SR, Hoffman, RL, Aarons, CB, Butler PD, Kelz, RR: Racial disparities in surgical outcomes of patients with inflammatory bowel disease Society for Black Academic Surgeons, Chicago, IL : 2017.

Hoffman RL, Bryant B, Allen SR, Lee MK, Aarons CB, Kelz RR: Using community outreach to explore health-related beliefs and improve surgeon-patient engagement Journal of Surgical Research 206 (2): 411-417,2016.

Aarons CB, Mahmoud, NM: Colon cancer: Preoperative evaluation and staging The ASCRS Textbook of Colon and Rectal Surgery, 3rd Edition : 433-442,2016.

Lee K, Aarons CB: The colon, rectum and anus The Surgical Review: An Integrated Basic and Clinical Science Study Guide, 4th Edition : 153-175,2016.

Ecker BL, Paulson EC, Datta J, Jeganathan AN, Aarons C, Kelz RR, Mahmoud NN: Lymph node identification following neoadjuvant therapy in rectal cancer: A stage-stratified analysis using the surveillance, epidemiology, and end results (SEER)-Medicare database Journal of Surgical Oncology 112 (4): 415-420,2015.

Bewtra M, Newcomb CW, Wu Q, Chen L, Xie F, Roy JA, Aarons CB, Osterman MT, Forde KA, Curtis JR, Lewis JD: Mortality associated with medical therapy vs elective colectomy in ulcerative colitis: A cohort study Annals of Intern Medicine 163 (4): 262-270,2015.

Academic Contact Info

Division of Colon & Rectal Surgery
Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
3400 Spruce Street, 4 Silverstein

Philadelphia, PA 19104
Phone: (215) 662-2078
Patient appointments: 800-789-7366 (PENN)