Referral Information and Physician Resources for the Division of Colorectal Surgery

University Hospitals Division of Colorectal Surgery represents one of the most experienced minimally invasive colorectal teams in the country, and is by far the most experienced minimally invasive surgical resource in the region.

Our program consistently meets international benchmarks for minimally invasive colorectal surgery:

  • Mortality: 0.3 percent
  • Length of stay: median three days
  • Complications/readmission rate: 6 percent

UH stands at the leading edge of laparoscopic and minimally invasive procedures, including the implementation of optimized Enhanced Recovery Pathways (ERPs) that can reduce strain on other organs, reduce pain, blood loss and risk of infection, shorten hospital stays and recovery times.

Ongoing Communication with Referring Physicians

The Division of Colorectal Surgery welcomes referrals to our renowned and experienced surgical program. Our referring physicians receive complete, ongoing communication provided by our multidisciplinary team with the goal of keeping you informed and your patients comfortable during all stages of treatment.

The range of our distinct surgical specializations allows UH to accept the most complicated colorectal conditions. To refer a patient, please contact 1-866-928-7330.

Pioneering Minimally Invasive Techniques

Our surgeons, who have pioneered many minimally invasive techniques, teach nationally and internationally on a regular basis, publishing many of the authoritative texts on these conditions. As an affiliate of the prestigious Institute for Surgery and Innovation (ISI) and American College of Surgeons Level One Institute, physicians from across the globe travel to UH regularly to study our innovative surgical procedures.

Research and Clinical Trials

UH colorectal surgeons are responsible for 20 to 25 papers per year published in international literature, three patents of new technology, and a number of national and international clinical trials, including access to the very latest treatment options.

  • Advanced endoscopy
  • Single-port laparoscopic colon surgical techniques (having published on the largest group of those cases)
  • New endoscopic suturing devices
  • A new type of anal fistula surgery utilizing a biological plug

For an in-depth look at our approach to research and innovation, visit our Clinical Research page. Also, Innovations, University Hospitals in-house publication, discusses our most recent surgical advancements

Grand Rounds

UH Cleveland Medical Center's Division of Colorectal Surgery regularly offers grand rounds led by our distinguished researchers and surgeons. We cover advancements in medical technology and treatment of colorectal diseases, as well as innovative ideas, groundbreaking discoveries and clinical trial results.

Continuing Medical Education

The UH Division of Colorectal Surgery offers Continuing Medical Education (CME) options for physicians and clinician team members at University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center. These CMEs are sponsored for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ by the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine CME Program. Formats include live meeting events and regularly scheduled conferences as well as scientific journals and recorded presentations distributed online.

In addition, the Division of Colorectal Surgery at UH Cleveland Medical Center in Cleveland works in conjunction with the Institute for Surgery and Innovation (ISI). The ISI is a Level I training institute that provides skills training for students, residents and practicing surgeons. This specialty institute also fosters a multicenter research group that performs leading-edge clinical trials in various surgical disciplines and creates and tests new technical products.

Each month, the ISI offers a course for surgeons on laparoscopic colorectal surgery. The wait list is generally around nine months long, so we urge interested physicians to sign up early to learn this advanced technique. Learn more about the University Hospitals one-year Colorectal Surgery Fellowship.

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