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Skandan Shanmugan, MD

Skandan Shanmugan, MD Physician

Assistant Professor of Clinical Surgery

Dr. Shanmugan is a Penn Medicine employed physician.

Clinical Specialties


  • Colon and Rectal Surgery

Programs & Centers:

Board Certification:

  • Colon and Rectal Surgery, 2015
  • Surgery, 2014

Clinical Expertise:

  • Anal Abscess
  • Anal Cancer
  • Anal Fistula
  • Anal Surgery
  • Anal Warts
  • Anorectal Abscess
  • Appendectomy
  • Bowel incontinence (Fecal Incontinence)
  • Cancer Surgery
  • Colitis
  • Colon Biopsy
  • Colon Cancer
  • Colon Fistula
  • Colon Polyps
  • Colon Polyps - Laparoscopy
  • Colon Surgery
  • Colonoscopy
  • Colorectal Surgery
  • Crohn's Disease
  • Diverticulitis (Colonic Diverticulitis)
  • Endorectal Ultrasound
  • Gastrointestinal Cancer
  • Gastrointestinal Carcinoid Tumor
  • Gastrointestinal Fistula
  • Gastrointestinal Surgery
  • Gastrointestinal Tumor
  • Genital Warts (Condyloma Acuminatum)
  • Hemorrhoid Banding
  • Hemorrhoid Surgery
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Hidradenitis
  • Ileal J-Pouch Anal Anastomosis (IPAA) Surgery
  • Ileostomy - Laparoscopic
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease - Surgery
  • Intestinal Diseases
  • Intestinal Surgery - Laparoscopic
  • Laparoscopic Appendectomy
  • Laparoscopic Colon Surgery
  • Laparoscopic Colostomy
  • Laparoscopy
  • Neuroendocrine Tumors
  • Paget's Disease
  • Parastomal Hernia Evaluation and Repair
  • Pilonidal Cyst Surgery
  • Polyps
  • Proctoscopy
  • Rectal Biopsy
  • Rectal Cancer
  • Rectal Fistula
  • Rectal Prolapse
  • Rectal Strictures
  • Rectal Surgery - Laparoscopic
  • Rectocele Repair
  • Rectovaginal Fistula
  • Robotic Surgery
  • Small Intestine Cancer
  • Sphincter Saving Surgery
  • Ulcerative Colitis

Practice Locations and Appointments

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna US Healthcare
  • Cigna
  • Cigna HealthSpring
  • CVS Health
  • 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
  • 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: Temple University School of Medicine
Residency: Temple University Hospital
Fellowship: Case Western Reserve University Hospital


American College of Surgeons (Associate Fellow), National American Society of Colon & Rectal Surgeons (Candidate Member), National Pennsylvania Society of Colon & Rectal Surgeons (Candidate member), Local

Hospital Affiliation

Dr. Shanmugan is a Penn Medicine employed physician.

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:

Crawshaw BP, Steele SR, Lee EC, Delaney CP, Mustain WC, Russ AJ, Shanmugan S, Champagne BJ: Failing to Prepare Is Preparing to Fail: A Single-Blinded, Randomized Controlled Trial to Determine the Impact of a Preoperative Instructional Video on the Ability of Residents to Perform Laparoscopic Right Colectomy Diseases of the Colon & Rectum 59 (1): 28-34,2016.

Shanmugan S, Steele SR, Hall GM, Delaney CP, Nobel TB, Stein SL, Lee EC, Champagne BJ: Laparoscopic rectopexy without resection: Mesh or no mesh? Diseases of the Colon & Rectum : 2016.

Shanmugan S, Champagne BJ: Anal fistula plug: Where were we, where are we now? Seminars in Colon & Rectal Surgery 25 (4): 186-189,2014.

Aarons CB, Shanmugan S, Bleier JI: Management of malignant colon polyps: current status and controversies World Journal of Gastroenterology 20 (43): 16178-16183,2014.

Shanmugan S, Bleier JI: The ideal bowel prep Seminars in Colon & Rectal Surgery 25 (2): 85-89,2014.

Hall GM, Shanmugan S, Nobel T, Paspulati R, Delaney CP, Reynolds HL, Stein SL, Champagne BJ: Symptomatic rectocele: what are the indications for repair? American Journal of Surgery 207 (3): 375-379,2014.

Shanmugan S, Leblanc F, Senagore AJ, Ellis CN, Stein SL, Khan S, Delaney CP, Champagne BJ: Virtual reality simulator training for laparoscopic colectomy: what metrics have construct validity? Diseases of the Colon & Rectum 57 (2): 210-214,2014.

Shanmugan S, Stein S: Lower gastrointestinal bleeding. Chap. in Cameron JL, Cameron AM (eds.) Current Surgical Therapy, Eleventh Edition : 302-306,2014.

Shanmugan S, Khanna A.: Mesenteric ischemia. Chap. 76 in Chai E, Meier D, Morris J, Goldhirsch S (eds.) Geriatric Palliative Care : 398-404,2013.

Shanmugan S, Arrangoiz R, Nitzkorski JR, Yu JQ, Li T, Cooper H, Konski A, Farma JM, Sigurdson ER: Predicting pathological response to neoadjuvant chemoradiotherapy in locally advanced rectal cancer using 18FDG-PET/CT. Annals of Surgical Oncology 19 (7): 2178-2185,2012.

Academic Contact Info

Division of Colon & Rectal Surgery
Penn Presbyterian Medical Center
51 North 39th Street, Ste. 266, Wright-Saunders Pvln.

Philadelphia, PA 19104
Patient appointments: 800-789-PENN (7366)