Colorectal Surgery

The Colorectal Surgery Program at the University of Arizona (UA), Division of General Surgery is dedicated to the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of disorders of the colon, rectum, and anus. The mission of the Division and the Colorectal Surgery Program is the delivery of high-quality, cost-effective medical and surgical care with dignity and compassion. 

Colorectal surgeons at the UA specialize in colon and rectal surgery, colorectal oncology, anorectal disease management, and complex pelvic floor disorders. They perform advanced surgical techniques, including minimally invasive surgery approaches and sphincter-preserving surgeries, which maintain normal bowel function and quality of life and avoid the necessity of a colostomy. UA colorectal surgeons have extensive experience in treating patients with inflammatory bowel disease, benign and malignant colorectal neoplasm, complex anorectal diseases, a and management of pelvic floor disorders, especially fecal incontinence and rectal prolapse. Our dedicated surgeons are specialized in diagnosing colorectal conditions by colonoscopy, endorectal and endoanal ultrasound, flexible sigmoidoscopy, and routine proctoscopic examination.

UA colorectal surgeons emphasize multidisciplinary care for patients with colon, rectal, and anal cancers to provide the most advanced and comprehensive diagnostic and treatment plan. We work closely with gastroenterology, medical oncology, diagnositic and radiation oncology, and pathology, and are members of the weekly Gastrointestinal Tumor Board. Diagnostic studies, both before and after surgery, are critical to patient care. Follow-up care for colorectal surgical patients at the UA is considered crucial for lifelong health.

Our colorectal surgery team consists of two full-time staff surgeons, as well as the personnel required to administer care to our patients at the University of Arizona Medical Center – University Campus and UAMC – South Campus.  We deliver outpatient care at the Multi-specialty Surgery Clinic at UAMC – South Campus, UA Cancer Center – North Campus, and UA Cancer Center – Orange Grove Campus.

What Sets Us Apart

Our highly skilled surgeons are among a few surgeons in the nation using minimally invasive techniques for colon and rectal surgery, such as advanced laparoscopy, single-incision surgery, robot-assisted surgery,  and Transanal Endoscopic Microsurgery) (TEM), which all have been shown to reduce the patient’s wound infection rate, post-operative pain, length of stay in the hospital, and overall recovery time. Our members are pledged to provide high-quality teaching to residents, medical students, allied healthcare personnel, and peers in an encouraging environment. The Division and its members are committed to unbiased participation in clinical and basic research projects in the field of colon and rectal diseases and their treatment plan and surgical management.

Contact Us

For the best colon and rectal care in Tucson, Southern Arizona and the Southwest, you can make an appointment by calling us at (520) 694-1001.