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Skandan Shanmugan, MD

Skandan Shanmugan, MD Physician

Associate Program Director, Colon & Rectal Surgery Fellowship Section Chief, Division of Colon & Rectal Surgery at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center Assistant Professor of Clinical Surgery

Dr. Shanmugan is employed by Penn Medicine.

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Clinical Specialties


  • Colon and Rectal Surgery

Programs & Centers:

Board Certification:

  • Colon and Rectal Surgery, 2015
  • Surgery, 2014

Clinical Expertise:

  • Abdominoperineal Resection
  • Anal Abscess
  • Anal Cancer
  • Anal Cerclage
  • Anal Dilation
  • Anal Dysplasia
  • Anal Fissure Fistulectomy
  • Anal Fistula
  • Anal Fistula Repair
  • Anal Incontinence Surgery
  • Anal Polyp
  • Anal Sphincterotomy
  • Anorectal Abnormalities
  • Anorectal Manometry
  • Anorectal Myectomy
  • Appendectomy
  • Appendiceal Carcinoid
  • Benign Carcinoid Tumor of Rectum
  • Benign Carcinoid Tumor of Small Bowel
  • Benign Neoplasm of Colon
  • Bladder Fistula
  • Bowel incontinence (Fecal Incontinence)
  • Cancer Risk Reduction Surgery
  • Colectomy
  • Colitis
  • Colon Cancer Surgery
  • Colon Resection
  • Colon Tumors
  • Colonic Volvulus
  • Colonoscopy
  • Colorectal Cancer
  • Colorectal Conditions
  • Colorectal Screening
  • Colorectal Surgery
  • Colostomy
  • Crohn's Disease
  • Delorme Procedure
  • Diverticular Disease
  • Diverticulitis (Colonic Diverticulitis)
  • Endoscopic Mucosal Resection
  • Enterovesical Fistula
  • Excision of External Hemorrhoidal Tags and Papillae
  • Familial Polyposis
  • Fissurectomy
  • Foreign Body in Anus and Rectum
  • Foreign Body in Intestine and Colon
  • Gracilis Muscle Transplant for Anal Incontinence
  • Hemicolectomy
  • Hemorrhoid Treatment
  • Hemorrhoidectomy
  • Hemorrhoidopexy Stapling
  • Ileal Pouch-Anal Anastomosis Surgery
  • Ileitis
  • Ileo-Colonic Fistula
  • Ileostomy
  • Incision of Anal Septum
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)
  • Intestinal Carcinoid Tumor
  • Intestinal Obstruction
  • Laparoscopic Anterior Resection
  • Laparoscopic Colectomy
  • Laparoscopic Rectal Prolapse Repair
  • Laparoscopic Treatment of Small Bowel Obstruction
  • Low Anterior Resection
  • Malignant Carcinoid Tumor of the Rectum
  • Non-Operative Hemorrhoid Treatment
  • Ostomy
  • Ostomy Care
  • Parastomal Hernia
  • Partial Colectomy
  • Pelvic Reconstructive Surgery
  • Peridiverticular Abscess
  • Pilonidal Disease
  • Pouchitis
  • Proctectomy
  • Proctitis
  • Proctocolectomy
  • Proctoplasty for Stenosis
  • Prolapse Colostomy
  • Pseudopolyposis of the Colon
  • Radiation Proctitis
  • Rectal Abscess
  • Rectal Bleeding
  • Rectal Cancer
  • Rectal Hemorrhage
  • Rectal Prolapse
  • Rectovaginal Fistula
  • Refashioning of Colostomy
  • Removal of Anal Seton Marker
  • Repair Anorectal Fistula Plug
  • Repair of Paracolostomy Hernia
  • Repair of Rectal Prolapse
  • Repair of Rectourethral Fistula
  • Revision of Colostomy
  • Robotic Colorectal Surgery
  • Sacral Nerve Stimulation for Incontinence
  • Seton Placement
  • Severe Dysplasia of the Rectum
  • Sigmoidectomy
  • Sigmoidoscopy
  • Sigmoid-Vesical Fistula
  • Sphincter Sparing Surgery
  • Sphincteroplasty
  • Sphincterotomy
  • Stapled Transanal Rectal Resection
  • Subtotal Colectomy
  • Surgical Treatment of Crohn's Disease
  • Surgical Treatment of Ulcerative Colitis
  • Transanal Hemorrhoidal Dearterialization Doppler Ligation
  • Transanal Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • Transrectal Drainage of Pelvic Abscess
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Practice Locations and Appointments

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna US Healthcare
  • Amerihealth Caritas
  • Amerihealth Caritas Medicare
  • Cigna
  • Cigna HealthSpring
  • Clover Health Plan
  • CVS Health
  • Devon Health Services (Americare)
  • eLAP Services
  • Gateway Health Plan
  • Geisinger Health Plan
  • HealthAmerica / HealthAssurance, a Coventry Plan
  • HealthPartners
  • HealthPartners Medicare
  • HealthSmart
  • Highmark Blue Shield
  • Homestead Smart Health Plans
  • 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 Health and Wellness (Centene) Medicare
  • PA Medicaid
  • PA Medicare
  • Preferred Health Care/LGH
  • Provider Partners Health Plan
  • Rail Road Medicare / Palmetto GBA
  • Remedy Partners at Penn Medicine
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare
  • UnitedHealthcare Community Plan
  • US Family Health Plan
  • Veterans Choice Program

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 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:

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 : 2019 (in press).

Birkett RT, Chamley E, Concors SJ, Bleier JI, Aarons CB, Shanmugan S, Saur NM, Paulson EC: Overuse and limited benefit of chemotherapy for stage II colon cancer in young patients Clinical Colorectal Cancer : 2019 (in press).

Shanmugan S: Complications and dilemmas in colorectal surgery Clinics in Colon & Rectal Surgery 32 (3): 147-148,2019.

Shanmugan S, Bleier J: Rectal prolapse in the healthy patient: Is perieneal approach ever indicated? Current Common Dilemmas in Colorectal Surgery : 163-169,2018.

Shanmugan S, Champagne B: Laparoscopic procedures: Laparoscopic low anterior resection Techniques in Minimally Invasive Rectal Surgery : 53-71,2018.

Mahmoud NM, Bleier JB, Aarons CB, Paulson EP, Shanmugan S, Fry RD: Colon and rectum Sabiston Textbook of Surgery, 20th Edition : 1312-1394,2017.

Jeganathan AN, Shanmugan S, Bleier JI, Hall GM, Paulson EC: Colorectal specialization increases lymph node yield: Evidence from a national database Annals of Surgical Oncology 23 (7): 2258-2265,2016.

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, 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.

Academic Contact Info

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

Philadelphia, PA 19104
Phone: (215) 662-8664
Patient appointments: 800-789-7366 (PENN)