Colorectal Surgery Service

The Division of Colon and Rectal Surgery evaluates and treats diseases and conditions of the anus, rectum and colon, including all aspects of inflammatory bowel disease. The Division consists of five full time senior staff surgeons as well as the personnel required to administer care to our patients at five outpatient facilities (Detroit Campus, West Bloomfield, Lakeside, Fairlane, and the Pierson Clinic-Grosse Pointe). Many of our operations and procedures (e.g. colonoscopy, anorectal surgery) are carried out within the outpatient clinics, while more complex procedures are conducted within the operating suites at Henry Ford Hospital, and at facilities located in Grosse Pointe.

The educational mission of the Division is as follows: [1] define a core knowledge base in colon and rectal surgery for the general surgery resident; [2] impart this data base through a multitude of fora that include didactic and case presentation conferences, staff teaching rounds, staff-to-resident interactions in the outpatient clinics, a variety of communication media, and operative supervision; [3] assist each resident in the process of developing their personal character and professional demeanor as defined by ones’ patients and peers; [4] provide feedback (primarily through written and oral examinations and monthly evaluations) to each house officer regarding the extent to which these goals were achieved.

The majority of the resident learning opportunities take place during direct patient interactions in the outpatient clinics and operating rooms at the Detroit Campus. The Clinical interests of the current Divisional staff include:

  • Medical and surgical management of inflammatory bowel disease
  • Complex anorectal conditions
  • Anorectal physiology
  • Anorectal ultrasonography
  • Neoadjuvant treatment of rectal cancer
  • Hereditary cancer syndromes
  • Sphincter saving procedures for inflammatory bowel disease and rectal malignancies

For the residents assigned to the Colon and Rectal service, our Divisional staff conduct weekly didactic sessions that are centered about the more common disease processes. In addition, the Division staff and residents actively participate in the Gastrointestinal Tumor Board and a multidisciplinary Gastrointestinal Case Presentation Conference, each held weekly. Finally, whenever possible, our residents are encouraged to participate in the senior staff patient care interactions located in the aforementioned satellite facilities.

The Division of Colon and Rectal Surgery actively seek resident participation in a variety of clinical research projects, under the active supervision of senior staff. Current interests include anorectal manifestations of HIV/AIDS patients, pathologic and clinical prognostic features of colon and rectal cancer, non-endoscopic management of Ogilvie's syndrome and the effects of clinical pathways on outcome in colon and rectal surgery patients.

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